President / Trustee
David's association with LADOS began over 50 years ago when his late wife, Peggy, joined LADOS to play the part of Fiona in their production of 'Brigadoon'. Although he has never actually trodden the boards with LADOS, he is no stranger to performing, having met Peggy whilst performing in plays.
David performed in numerous summer seasons on the Central Pier, and Christmas Pantos at the Winter Gardens during the 1970's.
When Peggy took over the reins as LADOS Producer in 1986, David supported her throughout the next 21 years as her advisor, mini set builder, sounding board, chauffeur and shoulder to cry on. Throughout those years David was Front of House Manager for all LADOS shows, running a tight ship, and he became our President from 2004 to 2006. He has reprised his Presidential role in 2017 for another 3 year stint.
He agreed to take on the role of Trustee, as he feels passionate about LADOS continuing successfully for at least another 125 years and he is now around to support daughter Suzanne, and pass on Peggy's experience and knowledge to her.
Chairman / Trustee
Sylvia has been with the Society since 1968 when she was a mere slip of a girl. She has been involved with many aspects of the amateur theatre both on stage and off. For several years she ran the Society's publicity campaigns, drawing on her experience as the former Ceremonies Officer at Lancaster University. Sylvia has played many roles for LADOS, but perhaps her most challenging role to date, was that of a nun in 'The Sound of Music' in 1970, whilst pregnant with son Robert, who is also now a member of LADOS! Sylvia is also a member of Lancaster City Council, and spends several weeks each year at her 'retreat' in Spain to recharge her batteries.
Sylvia received her 40 year NODA bar after our 2009 production of 'Carousel'.
Secretary / Trustee
It seems as though LADOS has been a part of Audrey's life forever; back in September 1970 Audrey was encouraged to join LADOS by a friend. Her first show was "The King & I" and since then she has been involved in some way or other in every show. If asked to name her favourites of the ones she was in it would be difficult although "Fiddler on the Roof", "No No Nanette", "Chess", La Cage Aux Folles, Jesus Christ Superstar and "The Pirates of Penzance" would be up there.
Audrey joined the Committee in the early 80's and was Membership Secretary for many years - prior to taking over as Secretary/Trustee in 2004 - following in the footsteps of Chris (Pom) Riley and Margaret Hartley. Her last appearance on a LADOS stage was in September 2013 for a fleeting appearance in "Grease".
Now instead of being onstage Audrey feels it is more important to keep the Society going (together with other longstanding members) for future generations. Who would have thought when she first walked through the doors of the Customs House back in 1970 (which is where LADOS were then based) that almost 50 years on she would still be there as Secretary/Business Manager - booking shows, costumes, scenery, sorting out licences, programmes, rotas etc - an all year round role.
In addition to LADOS, Audrey is a member of local group, The Gadabouts, who perform concerts in the local area.
Now a Nana with two young granddaughters who seem to love music and musicals as much as she does, life is never dull.
Hazel joined L.A.D.O.S. for the 1978 production of The Merry Widow as part of the props team, and is still involved with props. today, although more on the acquisition side, than physically shifting items on and off stage. Between 2002 and 2018 she also took on the role of the prompt, but failing eyesight and increasing deafness made her decide to step down from that role after the 2018 production of Kiss Me Kate. She is currently Vice-Chair of the General Committee, and helps our secretary out wherever needed.
Hazel was awarded her 40 year service bar in 2018.
Dawn first helped backstage when she was in her teens, but then took a break whilst she went to University in Ripon. She moved back to Lancaster in 2004, and came back to LADOS in 2005/2006 and joined her dad, Cliff Beckett, as part of the props team for Hot Mikado.
Dawn took over her own accountancy business in January 2011, and is a busy working mum with two young children to look after, but she somehow found time to join the LADOS general committee after being elected at the AGM in 2011. Her biggest challenge so far on the props team has been negotiating the handcart and bed, backstage, during Fiddler on the Roof, and as anyone who has ever been backstage during a performance knows, there isn't much room around there when there are large props to be moved and stored!
Dawn took on the daunting task of Treasurer from Frank Dewhurst in the autumn of 2012, little realising she would have a baptism of fire, with not one, but two shows to deal with in 2013, with The Producers in May and Grease in September.
Membership Secretary / Committee MemberJames joined LADOS back in 2012 for his first amateur show, The Producers, playing nervous accountant Leo Bloom and winning him the NODA that year for his category. He stayed on donning a T-Bird jacket for Grease before moving to London to train at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
On graduating James returned to Lancaster and to LADOS for West Side Story, and performed in various other shows in the area including American Idiot and 9 to 5.
He hopes to undertake his MA in Musical Theatre in the future, but before that there is no better way to spend his time but where he started, with LADOS. He can't wait for this years show and to be working on the Committee.
Cliff joined L.A.D.O.S. as a member of the props team for the 1989 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which was quite appropriate, as he married wife Hazel seven days after this production finished its run. He is still involved with the props team, which is currently headed up by his daughter, Dawn Naylor, however, following a heart attack in December 2018 he has taken a step back, and will unfortunately no longer be able to lift and shift the heavier props on and off the stage.
Cliff has been a member of the general committee for a number of years now, and has taken most of the photos of the dress rehearsals which appear on the website.
Cliff was awarded his 30 year service bar in 2018
Holly made her LADOS debut as one of the children in our 2002 production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and was a dancer in "Kiss Me Kate" in 2003. Fast forward 15 years and she choreographed our 2018 production of "Kiss Me, Kate". In fact Holly has been our Choreographer since 2014 and is working her magic once again for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in 2019.
Holly throws herself 100% into any production, and always gets into the thick of the routines right alongside the cast. Even those members with 'two left feet', soon find themselves being able to join in with everyone else in Holly's slick routines. Coming from a dancing background, with a mum who is the 'Read' in the Robinson Read School of Dance, it is no wonder that Holly is such a great dancer, which she has proved in previous LADOS shows such as 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' and 'Kiss Me Kate'. Having danced practically as soon as she could walk, she won many trophies and was offered a place at the prestigious 'Millennium Dance 2000', where she stayed from 2004 to 2007. She returned to the area to get married, and is now mum to two young children, as well as working in the dance school, and she also teaches at Diddi Dance.
A life long friend of our Producer Suzanne, Lorraine has recently joined the committee and brings to the table many years experience of musical theatre.
She has played leading roles for both MAODS and Lancaster Footlights, the most memorable being Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady which won her the NODA award for best actress. For several years Lorraine has been involved with LADOS. She helps out back stage as make up artist to the men, making them look as beautiful as possible!
Apart from her love of show business, Lorraine has been successful in family business all of her working life and in her spare time loves to travel the world!
John first appeared on the stage of Lancaster Grand in December 1962 when a pupil at The Friends' School. On moving to Pilling, he joined the drama group before college and seven years teaching in Ipswich. Returning to Pilling he re-joined the group, recently completing 40 years as actor, director and writer.
Four years ago eldest daughter Claire, got him into musical theatre, firstly appearing with MAODS in 'Evita' then joining LADOS and GMP. Favourite roles in drama include Gerry Evans in 'Dancing at Lughnasa' and Sergeant Plod in 'Inspector Drake and the Black Widow' and in musical theatre Harold Wilson in 'Made in Dagenham' and Baptista in 'Kiss Me, Kate'.
Outside of theatre he chairs Pilling Parish Council and is an active musician playing various instruments, mainly saxophone in a wind band and a dance band.
Producer / Director
Suzanne is the daughter of the late Peggy Brierley, our previous long term producer, and has been part of LADOS since 1986, when she played one of the shop girls in 'Half a Sixpence', which was her mum's first show as producer for LADOS. Since then she has played many leading roles, some of the most memorable being Cassie in 'A Chorus Line' and Miss Adelaide in 'Guys and Dolls'.
Suzanne has been nominated in the "Best Artistic Direction of a Musical" category in the NODA North West Awards nominations for her work on our 2016 production of "The Witches of Eastwick".
Angela first joined LADOS in 1989 for the 1990 production of 'Hello Dolly' as the rehearsal pianist, and she has been a stalwart of the society ever since. In 2002 she was persuaded to take over the mantle of Musical Director, and she rapidly proved to be one of the best in the area, and we are very lucky to have her as a major part of our society. Angela has the ability to coax even the shyest of cast members to come out of their shells musically, and is always willing to put in extra hours to coax the cast to master the, often quite complex, harmonies. With many other local societies clamouring for her musical services, a full time job at Lancaster University, plus her teaching commitments, she is one very busy lady. Her little black book contains the names of some of the best local musicians, which is why she always puts together a fabulous orchestra for our productions.
As she proved in our 2015 production of 'Hairspray', Holly throws herself 100% into any production, and always gets into the thick of the routines right alongside the cast. Even those members with 'two left feet', soon find themselves being able to join in with everyone else in Holly's slick routines. Coming from a dancing background, with a mum who is the 'Read' in the Robinson Read School of Dance, it is no wonder that Holly is such a great dancer, which she has proved in previous LADOS shows such as 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' and 'Kiss Me Kate'. Having danced practically as soon as she could walk, she won many trophies and was offered a place at the prestigious 'Millennium Dance 2000', where she stayed from 2004 to 2007. She returned to the area to get married, and is now mum to two young children, as well as working in the dance school, and she also teaches at Diddi Dance.
Mark is not a Committee Member, but we have to stick the Webmaster somewhere! With strong family connections to LADOS, Mark is the cousin of our current Producer Suzanne, nephew of the late Peggy Brierley and current President David, and brother of Gary who appeared in several productions back in the 1990s. Through his Web & App Development company AGMTEK, Mark has been producing the LADOS website since 2016.
The first task was to make it responsive and accessible across all devices from mobile phones and tablets to laptop and desktop computers, and to ensure that the current production was always "centre stage".
Then, what do all websites need? Good content. The old site only went back as far as 2005, but why stop there? Let's go right back to the beginning, back to 1891! Sounds easy enough? How hard can it be to take nearly 130 years of history and place it on a website?
Audrey provided her stash of LADOS programmes and Mark set about the task of scanning them all in page by page, re-touching them, and re-assembling them into a format which could be viewed on the website. Cliff dug deep into his hoard of film negatives to provide Mark with photos for productions going back to 1991.
www.lados.online has been custom-developed to meet the needs of a successful modern Amateur Dramatic Society whilst preserving its rich heritage for all to see. There is still more to do. A few programmes to track down, more photos to find. Keep coming back to visit us, to keep in touch with our current productions as well as our show-stopping history.