Why Not Join WLOG?
Have you ever watched a stage show and thought "I wish I could do that ..."?
Well, maybe you can! Why not come and join WLOG. We are always looking for aspiring performers for our successful productions, whether they be dancers, actors, musicians or helping behind the scenes. We are a really friendly group, and although auditioning can seem like a daunting thing to do, it really is quite informal and supportive.
If you would like to come and see us to find out more, please do contact the
Q. What is WLOG's Purpose?
Our purpose is "to educate the public in the operatic, dramatic and light choral arts; to further the development of public appreciation and taste in said arts, and to encourage local talent in the performance of said arts." In other words, we put on musical shows so that everyone might realise just how good this form of entertainment is, and we help local singers, actors & stage people develop their skills in musical theatre.
Q. Why WLOG?
Well, we are a friendly welcoming society who enjoy being involved and performing a range of musical theatre shows, from the more modern musicals like “Our House” to the classical like “My Fair Lady” We also have social events, like Quizzes.
So, if you fancy playing a lead part or being an important part of our ensemble in one of our musicals, why not join us?
Q. Is WLOG open to all ages?
It certainly is. There are places in the ensemble and in principal roles for all ages. If you are aged between 6 and 19, you could also consider joining Rising Stars, which is the Junior section of WLOG. For more information about how Rising Stars works and how to join visit
Q. What if I don’t know the show very well, or I’m not sure if I want to do it?
Before we even start rehearsals on a show, there is a preview evening, where anyone who thinks they may be interested in being involved can attend. The director gives an outline of the plot, plays the songs, and explains the characters. Don’t worry, you will not be asked to perform in any way or read any script, and if you feel a little nervous you are welcome to bring a friend for support. This is also an opportunity to informally ask any questions you may have. You can also pick up the pieces of script you will need if you would like to audition for a main part.
If you are interested in being involved in the show, there is usually another evening, where you will have an opportunity to listen to a read through of the entire script. The parts are read by anyone who would like to read but don’t panic, you WILL NOT have to read if you don’t want to!
Q. What if I can’t read music – will that matter?
Not at all! Although sheet music is used in the rehearsals, the musical director works through each part note by note, which will help you to learn the parts to each number
Q. What if I’m not good at dancing?
Not at all! We have members of the society who have danced for years, and members who haven’t! All you will need is enthusiasm and commitment and the choreographer will help you every step of the way!
Q. Will I have to audition, and if I do, what should I expect?
For a Principal Part:
If you are auditioning for a principal role, you will usually be asked to audition for a small panel of people which includes the director, musical director and the choreographer. This will usually involve a song and some script which you will have been able to collect at the preview evening. If the principal part requires it, you may also be asked to do some movement
The format for ensemble auditions, can vary according to what the director prefers. Some directors like to have small groups together or one large group, but ensemble auditions are rarely individual. The choreographer will usually ask for a few steps to be performed, and repeated and because this audition is in groups, it is fairly informal, and no one will be pushed beyond their capabilities. Even if you can’t or don’t want to dance, don’t worry, it may not necessarily prevent you from becoming a member of the ensemble.
There are always audition rehearsal evenings which give you the opportunity to learn the music and really get to know the pieces before the audition
Details of audition dates for our future productions will be posted on this website, as well as appearing in the local press and our show programmes
When and where do you rehearse?
We usually rehearse on a Monday and a Wednesday evening at the Quaker Hall, 15a Smallgate, Beccles NR34 9AB between 7.30 and 10.00 pm. There are occasional Sundays too at the director’s discretion
What does it cost to become a member of the society?
Once you have successfully auditioned for a show, you would need to become a “performing member” and pay the annual membership fee which are usually in the region of the amounts shown below.
Student Members (age 14 or over and in full-time education): £15.00
Junior Members (age 6 to 13 inclusive): Free of charge
Family Membership (for three or more family members living at the same address): £60.00
For some productions there is a show fee which is payable to help to cover the production costs. This is dependent on the show and is usually around £20- £25
Can I help backstage?
Definitely! Without a strong backstage team, a show cannot happen. There are lots of roles in the society for those who would rather be away from the spotlights! The backstage team helps with scenery, props, costumes, lighting and sound. You don’t need to be an expert to join in – there is always help on hand, so if you fancy having a go, then please do get in touch!
The information above should answer your questions, but if you want some more information, or just a chat to see if WLOG is for you, then please do email and we will be happy to help!