These musings from the Cabaret programme are written by Director Graeme Cairns - a legend in the history of Alloa's relationship with drama and here, for the first time, musical theatre. A film was made to celebrate the aforementioned Centenary of Alloa Town Hall - local actors feature here:
As the company's contribution to Alloa District Arts Festival, an innovation supported by Clackmannan District Leisure Services Team and the local Arts Council, a concert was given in the well-equipped theatre of Lornshill Academy.
The company often performed concerts, usually at Christmas, and often in partnership with other local performing groups such as The Murray School of Dance or Alloa Brass Band.
We have not included images of the many programmes published for these intermediary performances, but it is worth noting, that before the age of personal computers and printers, these were often handwritten by one of our gifted members,
Alistair Buchanan. Alistair was a draftsman and dedicated a huge amount of time to volunteering for AAOS.
For many years he led a highly popular concert party which rehearsed often in Alistair and his wife Wendy's home. He would copy out by hand both words and musical notation for the concert party to use and he was an entertaining MC of these concerts - given in halls large and small all over the district.
This is an example ...
Rehearsals for a concert at Alloa Town Hall, with Dorothy Allan at the piano. David Dewar is on the left. Centre above the piano is Molly Michie with Nan Govan on her left.