Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society (YAOS)

Location YEOVIL
Contact Mrs P Budzynski -
Rehearsal Venue Edwards House, 14 Buckland Road, Yeovil, BA21 5EA

Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society was founded in 1902 when it put on a concert at The Assembly Rooms in the Constitutional Club, where it performed Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Trial by Jury'. Over 100 years later we are still carrying on the tradition.

We now perform two shows a year - March and October - at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, which is conveniently situated in the centre of the town with good parking facilities. The theatre seats 620 and has one of the largest stages in the South West.  The Society has won over 20 National Awards in the last 25 years (more than any other in the West Country).  Our range of productions stretches from the big hits like South Pacific, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music, to the challenging Sweeney Todd, intermingled of course with the many Savoy Operettas.

The roots of the Society lie deep in Yeovil and the surrounding area of Somerset and Dorset. Some families have been members since the very beginning, many have newly arrived; all have enjoyed the opportunity to perform before the footlights. A few who started with us in their youth have flourished into national stars on stage, film and television.