Q&A: Chairwoman of the Brentwood Operatic Society Maggie Kiel

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 06:55 17 October 2018

Chairwoman of Brentwood Operatic Society Maggie Kiel. Picture: Juliet Thomas

Chairwoman of Brentwood Operatic Society Maggie Kiel. Picture: Juliet Thomas

Brentwood Operatic Society

Maggie Kiel, who has been the chairwoman of the popular Brentwood Operatic Society for the past three years, tells Enjoy Brentwood More about the ‘camaraderie’ of the group as well as one of her proudest moments.

For those who don’t know, what is the Brentwood Operatic Society (BOS)?

Brentwood Operatic Society was founded 113 years ago when a group of people got together who were interested in doing musicals - at that time, mainly Gilbert and Sullivan.

We currently perform two musicals a year.

How did you get involved with the society?

I was a dancer and had previously been in Hornsey Operatic Society.

I joined BOS in 1972 when I moved to Billericay and have been chairwoman for three years and previously did a stint back in the 1980s.

What are some of your responsibilities as chairwoman?

I have to make sure all aspects of the society are working well.

We have a committee comprising of a treasurer, secretary, business manager and sub committees covering social events, marketing and looking into shows for our future productions.

I feel the job of chairwoman is to involve every member in the society so that we have a group of people enjoying what they love to do which is to perform in a musical.

What do you like about being part of the society?

Having been a member for many years, I still get a kick out of seeing new members come in to BOS and the society welcome them and make them feel at home immediately.

I have made very good friends over the years and it is very heartwarming to feel the camaraderie at rehearsals and during show week.

Of course there is always the fact that we put on very good shows!

Have you got a favourite moment/highlight?

For me personally, it was a great honour to receive the Jackson Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Non-Professional Theatre in Brentwood at the Brentwood Theatre Awards last year.

A recent outstanding moment was also when two new young members told me that joining BOS had changed their lives.

Can anyone become a member?

Anyone is welcome to audition to join BOS.

The requirements are for a song, a short monologue and some movement (given at the audition).

It sounds daunting but it really isn’t!

Why do you think residents should get involved with BOS?

BOS doesn’t require people just to perform and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in working backstage or making props.

As a society, we are very proud of what we do and we aim to please all those who support us by coming to see our shows.

The Brentwood Operatic Society will be performing Jesus Christ Superstar at the Brentwood Theatre from Tuesday, October 9, until Saturday, October 13.

Its next show will be Our House, which will take place in May 2019.

Visit brentwoodoperatic.co.uk

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