About us

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What we do

WOW Youth Musical Theatre is a youth-focused charity that develops the confidence, teamwork and talent of 10-18 year olds by performing high quality, award-winning musical theatre. A professional creative team sets each production to the highest standards and ‘show week’ gives members the unforgettable experience of performing to large theatre audiences with professional musicians, sound and lighting.

At these shows, WOW raises hundreds of pounds for charities through bucket collections. In addition, WOW regularly performs cabarets in the community to support local good causes.


WOW depends on the support of a large number of volunteers. Listed below are some in key roles including the committee who manage WOW and act as trustees of the group’s charitable status.

PresidentJanet Stockley
ChairmanAlan McKechan
SecretaryZoe Stockley
TreasurerNicky Brunell
Business ManagerJane Hurdiss
SafeguardingKirstie Purnell
Health & Safety & Deputy Stage ManagerRod Pattinson
Press & PublicitySamantha Lucken
TrusteesMelanie Moore, Laura Baldwin, Karen Cecil
Fundraising LeadJane Hurdiss
Head of WardrobeKaren Cecil

Brief History

WOW was formed in 1982 after a highly successful production of ‘Oliver’ by the Weymouth Operatic Society (WOS). Two of the WOS members, Pauline Wootten and Janet Stockley, were asked to form a junior society and Janet Stockley is still actively involved with the group as President. The group aimed to develop an environment in which young people could learn and enjoy all aspects of Musical Theatre and carry the life skills gained into their adult lives.

WOW has gone from strength to strength over the past 40+ years and has enjoyed many notable successes which you can find under ‘Productions‘ on the site menu.

WOW purchased its premises in 2003 and now rehearses at 25/27 Park Street, Weymouth. There is a public car park very close by. The building now houses the extensive WOW wardrobe which has been built up over the years. Rehearsals are held from Sundays to Tuesdays during term time. We can receive visitors by appointment.