Marton Operatic Society are inviting applications to be the MD of our next show, Iolanthe by Gilbert & Sullivan.

We are an amateur performing group based in Blackpool.  We have performed an annual Gilbert & Sullivan show since 1932.   For the last 16 years our performing venue has been the Lowther Pavilion Theatre in Lytham St Annes, but in 2019 we will be at the Thornton Little Theatre in Thornton Cleveleys for the first time.   We generally have a company strength of about 30 to 35, of all ages.   It is our policy to encourage children to participate and in our last show (The Pirates of Penzance) six under-16s took part.  

Performance dates are 22 to 26 October.   We normally rehearse at St Paul’s Church, Marton each Wednesday from early May, with principals rehearsing each Friday from early / mid June.   A pre-production meeting takes place earlier in the year involving the Director, Musical Director and other main people on the production side.  

The Musical Director will be in charge of all musical aspects of the show.   He or she will need to work closely with the Director to decide how long musical rehearsals continue and when floorwork should start.   He or she will be part of a 5-person audition panel to choose principal roles, usually on a single audition evening in June.  

In addition the MD will ensure that members of the orchestra are available for the relevant dates and find replacements if any are not.   The MD will also need to ensure band parts and conductor’s score, if used, are in a useable state.   The orchestra is invited on each occasion and are drawn from local players, many of whom have played for us for a long time.   They come together for one band call; that and the dress rehearsal are usually the only opportunity to go through the music before the show itself.

When applying please explain why you wish to be our MD, your experience, whether there is anything particular in the music that might be an issue for you, and whether and to what extent you would be willing to work with a chorus master/mistress if available.

Applicants are asked to contact our Secretary, Pat Skovlund.   Her email is   If you need any further information, contact either Pat (phone number 01253 826404) or the Chairman Tony Alman or 07710 438561.   Our comprehensive website is and we are on Facebook.

We need to hear from applicants no later than 30 November please.   Should applicants also – or alternatively – be interested in our 2020 show would they please confirm this.   The show will be The Mikado and it will take place in October 2020.