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92 Years of the Operatic Society at Weymouth Pavilion Comes to an End


2:13pm 15th April 2013
(Updated 5:06pm 15th April 2013)

A group who've been performing at Weymouth Pavilion for nearly a century have had to pull the plug on their performance this year.

The Weymouth Operatic society are moving their shows to Hope Church at Brewers Quay due to the venues uncertain future.

The society has only ever stopped performances at the Pavilion during the two world wars.

Ralph Ricardo, treasurer of the operatic Society, says the group feel shaken by the uncertainty.

"It feels like the foundations have been taken away from the society. Hopefully there will be a future there in some shape or form, but it is a little bit upsetting"

The Weymouth Pavillion's will close the end of May, so as a result the show will now be held at Hope Church on July 23rd to the 27th with extra dates added to allow for the limited seating of the church.

Ralph explains that although they have performed small concerts at the church before, the performance as a whole will have to be reduced in size.

"We do perform small concerts at the church, the difference is when we do a large show, we're used to having a massive set that we hire, a mass of costumes and a ten piece orchestra, and in the church that has to be scaled down."

He went on to add: "This should be the only break the society has to take away from the theatre".

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