Welcome return of All that Jazz

Two years since the first COVID lockdown put paid to our  “Chicago” preparation, it was great to be at Number 8 rehearsing the hot number from that show.  “All that Jazz” is just one of 32 show-stopping numbers and routines PODS is proud to feature in its homage to the finest from the West End and Broadway stage “Mad about Musicals”  June 13th – 18th, 7.30 p.m.  atr Number 8.  Box Office : 01386 555488  or http://www.number8.org

Reflections on some Mirror Magic…

Matt Owens, Victoria Annis (centre) with the cast

As two first-time directors, Snow White was a baptism of scary, joyous fire. We’ve already thanked people – to do so again would take up the entire newsletter – but we remain in awe of PODS’ talents and collaborative spirit. We had such amazing support from the cast, crew and society throughout the months of preparation and the intense twelve weeks of rehearsals. Not least when we came down with Covid-19 just before the show!

Our illustrious predecessors told us that nothing would compare to seeing “our” show on the stage at No.8, and they were right. It feels like a gentle miracle that PODS put on Snow White at all. But we got much more than that: watching and hearing PODS blow the audience away again and again, with a show that surpassed our wildest dreams thanks to the efforts of everyone on and off stage, will stay with us forever.

We’re so excited that we get to come back for Guys and Dolls, co-produced with Allan Brodie with maestro Hemming wielding the baton, in June 2023!

Behind the scenes with the crew

PODS next production will be our Summer show ‘Mad About Musicals’. Tickets on sale now from Number 8 Box Office: https://www.number8.org/events/mad-about-musicals/

The Story of PODS

For over 20 years, before moving from Nottinghamshire to their Pershore home and joining Worcester’s Operatic and Dramatic Society, Judy had won her spurs in all aspects of musical theatre, whilst Stuart’s engineering expertise had long proved invaluable behind-the-scenes. 

Seeing that Pershore lacked musical theatre, the pair began to dream.

What if…

  • the community could once again support an Operatic and Dramatic Society?
  • What if….those performing and behind scenes skills and talents that must surely be in our midst, could be gathered and developed to stage something of a renaissance in community arts?

The pair began to act – posting handbills to attract people to the first ever meeting of PODS.  And, with 74 folk crowding into Pershore’s Baptist Church Hall that January night, PODS was born! 

Over 30 years since then, the Megarry’s evolved PODS into a ‘brand’ that’s really come to mean something, giving a wealth of activities and entertainment people couldn’t previously enjoy in the town.

PODS was the inspiration and leading lights of a massive community effort to fund raise, then successfully turn a former derelict High St Co op supermarket into a thriving, multi award winning Theatre Arts Centre called Number 8; a jewel in Pershore’s High Street.

As well as performing 65 musicals (several award winning), PODS has led or participated in cabarets and ‘Singalongs’ for organisations and charities, entertained care home and sheltered housing residents, and at community events. Facets recognised when Judy was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours.