History of STAMPS
Known originally as St Alphege Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the company was formed, as a Parish activity by the newly-arrived Rector, Canon Raymond Wilkinson. Canon Wilkinson had formed a Gilbert and Sullivan society in every parish he had resided.
With an attendance of approximately 40 people, some wishing to be actors or singers, some for specific tasks such as scenery, rehearsal pianists, wardrobe, etc, it was decided, at an inaugural meeting held on Tuesday 25th May 1971, that the first production would be The Pirates of Penzance, to be performed in the autumn.
By 1978, 13 original members remained and the membership stood at 62. A few years later, after performing most of the G & S collection and performing fundraising concerts for many organisations across the Borough, the company became St Alphege Operatic Society, when it would perform works such as The Merry Widow, Orpheus in the Underworld, Belle of New York and Die Fledermaus with considerable musical ability and polish.
As the company continued to grow, expand and look into new ventures, they decided to increase their repertoire and include a variety of modern musicals. The company took a new direction with this transformation, deciding to become more than an Operatic Society and ultimately became St Alphege Musical Production Society.
From its inception the company has presented two shows each year in the Oliver Bird Hall, our rehearsal venue, then from 1978 in the Solihull Arts Complex, now known as The Core Theatre.
We have won awards over the years and present a Trophy each year at the Birmingham Music Festival in memory of Doris Adams, a long-time Music Associate and rehearsal pianist of the company. This Trophy is awarded in the English song section.
As a company we are a warm, welcoming group, endeavouring to support each other on and off the stage. We strive to produce the best possible show with a full orchestra, professional costumes and set whilst having fun.
We are always on the look out for new talent who wish not only to perform with us but can assist us in any way they can through Patronage, Sponsorship, Front of House etc.
Giving Back to The Community
We are always committed to raising the profile of amateur theatre in Solihull and the Greater Midlands, alongside this we continue in our support of other charities. STAMPS is committed to helping worth while causes in any way possible including linking our show to a selected charity, to raise funds and support the wonderful work that they do.