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WHO ARE WE?
Stage Musicals Society, or SMS, is the university's largest musical theatre society whose aim is to stage one musical cabaret and two full length musicals each year - and to have as much fun as possible in doing so.
The most recent SMS shows include: Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Evita, Cabaret, West Side Story, Footloose, Grease and many more. Formerly the 'Light Opera Society', the society is over 70 years old. We are proud to have received many 5 star reviews from the LS paper, such as for Cabaret and Crazy for You (example of which can be found here).
HOW DO WE WORK?
The society is totally student run resulting in the direction, production, lighting, staging, choreographing, vocal coaching and performing of each musical being down to whoever is brave enough to step forward put forward a production team. Each show is produced to a very high standard and in recent years our cast selection has become very competitive. Nevertheless, it remains the SMS ethos that we work hard and play hard! Each show is self-funded from the sales of previous performances as well as sponsored by various organisations willing to help out the performance. Back staging, similarly, is conducted totally through LUU Backstage Society without whose continual help and support we would not be able to survive as a society. For more information, contact us or find Backstage Soc on the LUU website.
A usual rehearsal week will involve a Friday evening singing rehearsal followed by drinks at The Terrace and clubbing at Fruity, and then the dance rehearsal on Sunday afternoons, where the lads get to show off their finely honed dance moves. Things heat up as show week approaches, and culminate in a week we doubt you'll forget, where too much alcohol ultimately leads to a fair few stories in the changing rooms for a few days after (or a few shows if you're as notorious as a few of our members).
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
As a member of SMS, you will enjoy being a part of a wholly inclusive, welcoming and FUN society, around like-minded people who share your love of performing. You will take part in incredible shows, where no cast member is neglected, and receive excellent vocal and dance training from experienced performers.
The other main attraction of SMS, aside from the fabulous shows we stage, is the social side. Many people have had some of their best times at University within the show, usually during the carnage that makes up the show-week, and that's why many of the cast come back year after year. We also go on an annual SMS holiday to Brittany where we rent a 24-person house by the sea! Finally, we are the ONLY SOCIETY in Leeds University which boasts attendance at every single Fruity (Friday club night @ the Union) throughout the year. We take our partying seriously. We are a very solid group of friends and love to take it to the next level - remember to bring your fancy dress.
We also have fantastic social and collaborative links with other societies. We share members with A'Capella society and Music Theatre society, perform with Dance Exposé, guest-perform at competitions with Dance societies, actively support and perform for Leeds RAG, and often recruit our band from LUUMS. Being in SMS, we all agree, is the best social experience you could get from university as a performer.
HOW TO JOIN
COME FIND US: We run a Fresher's stall every year in September. So come down, meet us, hear what we have to say and get involved! Don't worry if you can't make it, audition details will become available on Facebook, or drop us an email for information at our Facebook page.
AUDITION: Our next show and audition dates for it will be announced before December so watch this space!
GIVE IT A GO: We hosted a very successful GIAG in October 2014 and will be releasing the date for our second semester GIAG before Christmas.
ONLINE: Follow us on twitter (@LUUSMS), message/add us as a friend on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/leeds.sms) and get involved!
Expect £5 for yearly membership, £15 for show fees (twice yearly) and £20 for your own society hoodie. For this, you get reduced entry to club nights, free dance tuition, free acting and vocal classes, a chance to perform at the top level of amateur Musical Theatre, and friends for life.
Semester 1 Show 2014 - GUYS AND DOLLS
Dates: 2nd-6th December in The Riley Smith Hall.
Tickets available from our stall in the union from Monday 24th November.
Director: Jessica Price
Musical Director: Harry Style
Assistant Director: Josie Leadbetter
Choreographers: Sarah Binns and Katie Wiltshire
Vocal Coaches: Hannah Elkins and Ben Palmer
Executive producer: Max Woodall
Pastoral Producer: Chloe Houghton
The SMS Committee 2014/2015:
President: Imy Halsey
Secretary: Maria Craster
Treasurer: Sarah Binns
Social Secretaries: Jess Price and Max Woodall
Publicity: Josie Leadbetter
Sponsorship and Fundraising: Sophie Roberts
Open Seat: Holly Bird
Half Open Seat: Piers Cottee-Jones
First Year Rep to be announced soon!
Download the codes of Good Practice via this link;
£5 Standard Membership. Available to anyone. Standard membership grants:
Eligibility to perform in SMS events and shows, audition dependent.
Free entry to our 'Give It A Go' events
Eligibility to audition for 'SMS Cabaret', our performance in October, regardless of whether you are a member of the current cast.
Eligibility to vote in SMS General Meetings, attend socials and special events
Access to order SMS apparel and promotional hoodies
Discount entry to selected clubs, including weekly discount guestlist access to Fruity Fridays
Friends for life!
*DISCLAIMER* You MUST successfully audition for a show in order to perform in it and be regarded as 'cast'.
£15 Show Membership. You should only purchase this membership if you successfully audition for an SMS show.