Ruthin Musical Committee 2018/19
MIKE VAN DER EIJK
HANNAH "GLITTERTOO" SHERWOOD
History of Ruthin Musical Theatre
Way back in the autumn of 1974 a group of people met up in a pub in Ruthin to formally set up The Ruthin & District Amateur Operatic Society, whose brief was to perform the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. There is some disagreement about which pub it was and who was actually there at the very first meeting, but from that gathering of like-minded, enthusiastic people HMS Pinafore was presented at the local Town Hall in the following spring. Admittedly, time lends enchantment to all things but we will defend our belief that ‘this was the best thing since sliced bread’!
Pinafore was followed by Iolanthe but then Merrie England was performed (which is not really G&S but closely associated).
The next couple of years were G&S again, but then, flushed with success and the support of our audiences, members felt ready to tackle almost anything. From 1982 onwards the annual production would roughly be: something ‘modern’, something ‘waltzy’ and a G&S. This was never set in stone and the pattern would shift and change. In 1983, 1987 and 1998 there were two productions each year (how did we have the stamina?)
In 1992 we decided to change the performance venue. We left the much-loved Town hall and set up shop at the local Secondary School, Ysgol Brynhyfryd. Here, the facilities are so much better but there is no denying that we all miss the cosiness of our first home.
In 2009 it was decided to change the name of the society to Ruthin Musical Theatre – the word “Operatic” in the original name was thought to be possibly a bit restrictive and off-putting. But the aim of the group remained exactly the same – to present their productions of a broad range of musical shows to the people of the Vale of Clwyd. So for nearly 40 years now the members of RMT have had a huge amount of fun doing just that.
The membership ebbs and flows, some people join for just one or two shows, some for one show and then return some years later for another. Some of the original members from that very first meeting in the pub are still very active within the society.
However RMT always welcomes new members, either to be on stage or behind the scenes. Please see the join us section for information on how to get involved. -