We are a Rhyl based musical theatre society who enjoy everything theatre! With members ranging from 15 years to 83 years old there really is something for everyone to get involved with. We have a wide range of opportunities and anyone is welcome to get involved from performers, backstage and technical crew, makeup and hair, marketing, event organising or tea makers and biscuit distributers ☺
We currently put on 2 shows a year either in The Pavilion Theatre or The Little Theatre, Rhyl. We rehearse on a weekly basis in The Operatic Centre on Vale Road. There is a small singing audition for any new performing members or you can come in as a non-acting member if that is more your thing.
Message from Kevin Griffiths – Chairperson
RADMTC formerly known as Rhyl and District Amateur Operatic Society have entertained thousands of people over the years and this link with the community is paramount in the continued success of the society. It is important to me that the society does its bit to present a positive face to Rhyl and the surrounding areas in order to encourage visitors and locals to enjoy amateur musical theatre at its best. For our future years we plan to maintain the standards achieved in our past successes. The society’s motto of producing amateur theatre to a professional standard is one that will carry us into the future.
History – from Operatic Society to Musical Theatre Company
According to our records, Rhyl and District Amateur Operatic Society was born on 14th November 1938 and has been showcasing talents ever since (articles from the Rhyl Journal have recently been found which date us back to 1910 but as we have just made a big deal of our 75th anniversary, we will just breeze past this discovery!!!).
The curtain went up on our first official production, HMS Pinafore, which took place at the Pavilion Theatre at Easter 1939.
The phrase ‘the show must go on’ was put in to action when the Society took to the stage to perform The Mikado at Easter 1940 despite the outbreak of war. Sadly, following this performance the Society was forced to take a break during the remaining war years, due to the shortage of men.
Following the war, HMS Pinafore was chosen to be the show that would kick-start the Society’s victory celebrations. Gilbert & Sullivan shows were then performed every year, until 1949, when the mould was broken by performing Edward German’s “Merrie England”. This then altered the character of the Society and a wider, more varied, range of shows were performed.
In 1966 we needed to find a rehearsal space that would give us the opportunity to keep putting on our shows and a place that we could call ours. With a big dream and no money we begged, borrowed and… applied for grants!! Successfully we purchased a derelict building that used to be St. Anne’s School on Vale Road. From that moment onwards, and for the last forty years, members have worked hard to maintain our headquarters and keep it up to date. It is now a great venue that is well used by the community and many other groups.
As a company we have moved our way through the various Rhyl theatres from the old Pavilion Theatre, to The Gaiety Theatre, to The Coliseum Theatre and then on to the new Pavilion Theatre in 1991.
With a new theatre, vibrant show choices and an energetic cast it was decided in 2008, our 70th anniversary year, that our name should be changed to reflect the changing nature of our society and the shows we put on. * Drum roll please for* Rhyl and District Musical Theatre Company…. and we are here to stay!