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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: A Chorus Line, Guys & Dolls, 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. This year, our stall will be in the Riley Smith Hall on Monday 21st September from 10am. 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: Audition dates for our next show West Side Story will be Monday 28th September and Tuesday 29th September. The auditions will be held in Clothworkers South G11a on the Monday and Clothworkers South 2.03 on the Tuesday. The evening will run from 5pm til late. You only need to come along to one day. Look at our Facebook page for more information. Don't worry if you don't know where the venue is, there will be friendly committee members dotted around the entrance of the union to direct you.
GIVE IT A GO: Fancy an opportunity to perform in our first semester cabaret? Come along to our Give It A Go on Wednesday 14th October where you will learn a song and a dance routine as a group to perform in our cabaret!
Semester 1 Cabaret Auditions: We encourage everyone to come and audition for our cabaret held at the end of October, even if you're not part of the SMS cast! Auditions for this will be Sunday 11th October (time and venue TBC) come prepared with a song, duet, trio of your choice from any musical.
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 roughly £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 2015 - West Side Story
Auditions details tbc
Director: Marcus Marsh
Musical Director: Freya Parr
Co-Musical Director: James Gregg
Assistant Director: Amy Gardner
Choreographers: Jenny Halliday and Yasmin Raif
Executive producer: Benjamin Landman
Assistant producer: Greg Morris
The SMS Committee 2015/2016:
President: Jessica Price
Secretary: Sophie Roberts
Treasurer: Emma Hooker
Social Secretaries: Jenny Halliday and Max Woodall
Publicity: Laura Bithell and Tara Blackburn
Sponsorship and Fundraising: Thea Young
Open Seat: Greg Morris
Half Open Seat: Josh Wren
First Year Rep: TBC
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.
Cheaper 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.