Duns Opera need members and helpers

Duns & District Amateur Operatic Society is on the lookout for new members
Duns & District Amateur Operatic Society is on the lookout for new members

Duns & District Amateur Operatic Society is looking for committee members to provide the organisational and fundraising support behind our thriving musical drama productions.

You don’t have to have any professional experience, just enthusiasm, energy and the creativity to provide the back-up for two shows a year (one musical, one pantomime), plus social events and fundraisers.

Emma Taylor, president and secretary, Charlotte Tait, treasurer, and Lynne Gray,vice president, are looking to reduce the hours they put into the company.

This means that come the AGM in the new year, those positions would need to be filled. “It’s an incredibly rewarding role,” said Emma recently.

“We have so many great volunteers on stage, and even backstage, as well, now, because we have a lot of youngsters and teenagers coming through to help us out. “And it’s not just the committee members where we need people,” she continued, “there’s a lot of work to be done in fundraising events to be held, like our planned coffee morning in February, before we can even think about putting on a show.”

Then there are things to think of like the scenery, the costumes , and even the rights to the scripts - which, especially with musicals, like SisterAct, being rehearsed at the moment, can be expensive.

The committee meets once a month in Duns, usually on the first Wednesday.

Anybody interested in joining can find out more on the Duns Opera website, at Or volunteers are more than welcome to come along to the next production, Peter Pan, the panto, at Duns Volunteer Hall, Thursday December 4 to Saturday December 6, and meet other like minded folk.

Tickets for Peter Pan are now on sale from Nairn’s Newsagent in Duns Square, priced at £9, concessions £7.50. You can also email current secretary, Emma Taylor on