Around about the year 1998 the company name was changed to "SOC" as it was felt that the word "Operatic" in the old company name of "Southall Operatic Company" may be putting of prospective members as they would naturally assume we are an operatic company when in reality we are a light musicals company as can be seen from our past productions page. In August 2001 at our AGM it was decided that as we now have no connection with Southall we would change our name to update it, the name ShOwCase was chosen as it fits all our requirements and if written in a form shown above the SOC stands out so we do not entirley lose our identity.
That is a potted and condensed history of the company, I am sure you realise that with a 60+ year track record there has got to be so much more that I could have put in and in the fullness of time that will indeed happen but for now that 's it, come back soon.
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The History Of ShOwCase
ShOwCase was formed in 1947 a couple of years after the second world war had finished. At that time (and only until very recently) the company was called "Southall Operatic Company", and as can be guessed from the companies title, opera was the type of production performed.
For all of that time and indeed right up to July 2000 our rehearsal venue had been at Southall Community Centre, Merrick Road, Southall. Ealing. London. For various reasons it was necessary in July 2000 to change it, CLICK ON THESE WORDS to see where we currently rehearse.
The first performance in 1947 was "The Mikado" which opened on the 22nd October 1947 at Southall Community Centre, finishing on 25th October, the price of seats being 5/-, 3/6 or 2/6 (25p, 17p or 12p). Up to December 1999 we were still performing at Southall Community Centre with a concert for the boroughs elderly population.
Several years after it's inception Southall Operatic Company amalgamated with a variety company that also used The Community Centre for it's performances and rehearsals, and for a while it was known as Southall Operatic and Variety Company, later on still it became part of the borough of Ealings evening class program with the added bonus that the accomodation costs as well as the MD's, rehearsal pianist's, and producers fees were all paid for out of the evening class fees, (what ever happened to that arrangement?.) At this time the name was changed to Southall Operatic Company, the company is still on the go 60+ years later and still looking for new members.
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