In the spotlight

Our current “Members in the spotlight” member is :

NATASHA BRYAN joined LAOS in 2006 for Flower Drum Song

Voice – Alto/Mezzo

Favourite Show – Aida

Funniest Moment – Trying to do ballet in Oklahoma!

Worst Costume – Aida’s see through bed sheet.

JOHN SMITH joined LAOS in 2014

Voice – Baritone.

Favourite Show – Oliver!

Funniest Moment – When he called another member Panthinkaikos (a Greek football team) when he meant to call her Penthiselia ( a Greek goddess!)

Worst Costume – John feels he has been fortunate so far!

Our previous spotlight members..

JAMES HIGHTON joined LAOS in 2014 for West Side Story.

Voice – Tenor

Favourite Show – Half a Sixpence.

Funniest Moment – Any scene with the shop boys in Half a Sixpence.

Worst Costume – Tony’s costumes in West Side Story.

CLARE PROCTOR joined LAOS in 2007 for The King and I.

Voice – Soprano.

Favourite Show -Anything Goes when she played Mrs Harcourt.

Funniest Moment – When another cast member ‘passed wind’ very loudly at the start of a long freeze during Back to the 80’s. We were all in pain trying to stifle giggles for so long.

Worst Costume – The Pirates of Penzance bathing suits.

HANNAH OSGOOD joined LAOS in 2000 for Annie Get Your Gun.

Voice – Alto.

Favourite show – There’s too many to choose from! Best Little Whorehouse was so much fun and Aida was phenomenal but I loved choreographing Rock of Ages in 2017.

Funniest moment – Nothing will top Tammi’s Back to The 80’s far… although antics with the band for Pirates of Penzance were hilarious.

Worst costume – Back in the day when we didn’t have an amazing costume ladies, she wore a dress well documented as ‘the sick dress’ as it looked like someone had vomited down the front and then made a Tate modern type art piece out of it… oh and maybe the horse in Underneath the Arches! How could anyone forget that gem!

SEAN HICKLING joined LAOS in 2014 for Oliver!

Voice – Bass

Favourite show – Was West Side Story where he played Doc.

Funniest moment -One night during West Side Story, he walked on behind the counter and thought he had gone on to early. So he wiped the counter and wondered off stage just in time to hear Riff say ”Doc?” He’d gone on in the right place!

Worst costume – The night watchman in Oliver! The hat was truly dreadful.

CARL BATESON

It is with very great sadness that LAOS announce that much-loved member, Carl Bateson passed away on Thursday, 20th April. Carl joined LAOS in 2012 for our production of Pirates of Penzance which he said was his favourite show. Happy talking to anyone and everyone Carl was a very popular member right from the start.

Sadly after some months of ill health he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and because of major surgery had to pull out of LAOS’ production of West Side Story in March 2015 but returned for Sweet Charity! Ever one to make light of his illness, he told unsuspecting people on holiday and in the dressing rooms that his impressive scar from the surgery was the result of a shark bite !

Unfortunately the cancer returned and Carl had more chemotherapy in 2016, but ever-determined to work for others, he arranged a charity fund-raising night in conjunction with LAOS in September 2016 which raised over £2,000 for the two cancer charities Cancer Research and Hope Against Cancer.

He will be very sadly missed by all his friends at LAOS, in the Loughborough theatre world and beyond.

LINDA ADLAM Joined LAOS in 2013 for Anything Goes.

Voice – Alto

Favourite Show – Aida

Funniest Moment – Getting pushed in the coffin and having water thrown at her every night in Oliver

Worst Costume – The “Humbug” dress in Half a Sixpence – eughh!

JULIE RODWELL joined LAOS for Merry Widow in 1982!

Voice – Alto

Favourite Show – Chess

Funniest Moment – Watching Sue Connelly’s tartan slippers walking across the stage in The King and I.

Worst Costume – The Chop suey box in The flower Drum Song!

ALISON MATTHEWS has been a member of LAOS since 2012.

Voice – Soprano

Favourite Show – Half a Sixpence

Funniest Moment – Missing the cue and having to sneak on stage for rains got to fall in Half a Sixpence.

Worst Costume – Blue dress and hat in Anything Goes

NICOLE RAY has been a member of LAOS since 2006 when she joined for Oliver!

Voice – Soprano / alto

Favourite Show – Half a Sixpence

Funniest moment – Nikita’s wig flying off in West Side Story “my last night as a blonde”

Worst Costume – The frug dress in Sweet Charity.

ADRIAN DOBSON has been a member of LAOS since 2009 when he joined for The Likes Of Us.

Voice – Tenor.

Favourite Show – Chess because he got to play the Russian which was his dream part. This is closely followed by Half a Sixpence which was so much fun.

Funniest Moment – When a fellow cast member trumped on stage during Back to the 80s.

Worst Costume – The Dogette costume in Best Little Whorehouse.

DEBBIE PETTIT has been a member of LAOS since 2006 when she joined for Flower Drum Song.

Voice – Mezzo Soprano

Favourite Show -Oliver! when she played Nancy!

Funniest Moment – Was one of the boys rehearsals for the YMCA medley in Disco Inferno

Worst Costume – The silver number in Disco Inferno because it looked like a lampshade.

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ANDY MARMOY has been a member of LAOS since 2004 when he joined for Half A Sixpence.

Voice – Tenor.

Favourite Show – Its a tie between Pirates of Penzance and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Funniest moment – Any time anyone trumps on stage.

Worst costume – Andy claims hes never had a bad costume as he takes pride in being the most ridiculous looking person on stage! The auctioneer in The Likes Of Us was pretty excessive though,

CARL BATESON has been a member of LAOS since 2012 when he joined for Pirates of Penzance.

Voice – Bass

Favourite Show – Pirates of Penzance

Funniest moment – Aida when Eric trumped on stage!

Worst costume – The Minister costume in Aida.

SUE REYNOLDS has been a member of LAOS since 1981!

Voice – Alto

Favourite Show – Can’t choose between Camelot & Aida!!

Funniest moment – When she hooked someone’s wig off with her parasol in Hello Dolly!!

Worst costume – A hideous glittery green dress in New Moon that made her look like a Christmas tree!!

JOSH HILL joined LAOS in 2013 for AIDA.

Voice – Tenor/Baritone

Favourite show – Little Shop of Horrors

Funniest moment – When he tripped over walking onto the stage in a blackout and the cast on stage noticed,  so when the lights came up for the scene they were all trying not to burst out laughing

Worst costume – His 60’s hippy flowery top during ‘rhythm of life’ in sweet charity

CASSIE BRIGGS joined LAOS in 2012 for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas!

Voice – Alto.

Favourite Show – Anything Goes.

Funniest moment – When she fell on her bottom during Anything Goes.

Worst costume – The robe she wore for Aida.

RICHARD YORK joined LAOS in 2010 for My Fair Lady

Voice – Tenor

Favourite Show – Anything Goes

Funniest Moment – Has to be the bows after each performance of Little Shop Of Horrors, watching the front row of the audience each night as he came out in his Audrey 2 T-shirt, revealing he was the voice of the plant. The collective looks of disbelief were a picture he wont forget.

Worst Costume – Bert Healeys red striped blazer!

GEMMA BAXTER joined LAOS in 2007 when she joined for Disco Inferno and played the part of Kathy.

Voice – Alto

Favourite Show – Aida

Funniest Moment –  every ending position she had in Half a Sixpence, She ended up on Ian’s knee “if in doubt sit on Ian’s knee”

Worst Costume – everything she wore in Pirates of Penzance

IAN DEAN joined LAOS for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 2003
And then returned for Disco Inferno in 2007 and then returned in 2014 for Oliver and stayed.

Favourite show…Sixpence was amazing! Not only did Ian have great little character role, He loved the fact that he had so much support from the society when he took over from Jeanette as choreographer!

Funniest moment… Only just made it on stage to start a dance but missed the introduction!

Worst costume – Ian thinks he’s been lucky with costumes…

NICOLA DEXTER has been a member of LAOS since 1990 but actually appeared in shows from the age of 8!

Voice – 2nd Soprano

Favourite Show – to be in was The Hired Man, but favourite show to direct was Anything Goes

Funniest moment on stage – Dancing in a giant horse in Underneath the Arches

Worst Costume – There have been many! But dancing in a chop suey carton for Flower drum song has just pipped the yellow gingham dress that matched the table cloth in Calamity Jane

DAVID BURTON joined LAOS in 2011 for Jesus Christ Superstar!

Voice – Tenor/Baritone

Favourite show – JCS

Funniest moment on stage – Ad libbing like mad as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance

Worst Costume -Fake tanning for Aida closely followed by the ‘deerstalker’ in Anything Goes.

NATALIE LITTLEWOOD has been a member of LAOS since 2005 when she joined for West Side Story.

Voice – Top Soprano.

Favourite show – To be in was Aida but her favourite show to direct will always be Half A Sixpence.

Funniest moment on stage – Having her costume come open in ‘Best Little Whorehouse’ whilst dancing with Natasha.

Worst Costume – Her windmill hat in Flower Drum Song.

KEVIN CLARKE has been a member of LAOS since 2009 when he joined us for The Likes of Us.

Voice – Bass Baritone.

Favourite show – Aida.


Funniest on stage moment –
Tammy farting at the end of back to the 80s while he was trying to summarise/ narrate the show.

Worst costume – the priest costume in JCS or evil smurf suit as he liked to refer to it as.

ALLISON CUNDELL has been with LAOS since 2013 when she joined us for Annie.

Voice – Soprano.

Favourite show – Aida.

Funniest moment – Strolling across the stage in Anything Goes with a yellow duster stuck to her heel.

Worst costume ever – My Sweet charity costumes.

ADRIAN GREASELY has been with LAOS since 1993 when he joined for Kismet.

Voice – Baritone.

Favourite show – My Fair Lady.

Funniest moment – Dropping his dance partner during Disco Inferno, they carried on once they had picked each other up!

Worst Costume – He has worn a fair few terrible costumes since 1993 so it would be too hard to single one out!

JOANNA HAYES has been with LAOS since 2014 when she joined for Oliver!

Voice – Joanna is lucky enough to range from alto to top soprano.

Favourite show – Her favourite Laos show was Half A Sixpence for the joy of being on stage, with her theatre family, loving the whole feel of the piece 😀

Funniest moment – Being very close to going on stage in Sweet Charity as a ‘hostess’ whilst still wearing her Rhythm of Life knee pads!! Would have looked very, very dodgy!

Worst costume ever – Jitterbug all in one spandex in The Wizard of Oz. She shudders just thinking of it!!

NIKITA COLLINGTON has been with LAOS since 2013 when she joined for Annie!

Voice – Metzo

Favourite show – Her favourite Laos show was Aida but she wasn’t performing in it, so Oliver! when she played the role of Charlotte.

Funniest moment-  Was when her wig fell off in west side.

Worst costume – Was everything she wore in Half A Sixpence.