War Weekend Concert Party 

A big thank you to MNMT’s small concert party who once again produced and performed a excellent concert for the guests at their War Weekend event. 
Also a special mention for Gill Boler for arranging and playing the piano for the concert, thank you all your hard work in producing another excellent show. 


Well the start of Snow White rehearsals is fast approaching and we are looking forward to getting started. I thought I would just put out a reminder about some key dates which are follows: 
Sunday 2 Sept 2.30 to 5.30 Read through of script plus your opportunity to ask any questions etc. We will provide a rehearsal schedule to everyone at the read through. 
Monday 3 Sept 7pm Audition Workshop. As we did last year it is your chance to come along and go through Audition pieces and ask any questions get some ideas etc. 
Sunday 9 September - AUDITIONS - Times too be confirmed but we expect they will be between 1 to 6 pm. WE will draw up a list of time slots and this will be available at the read through. 
First Rehearsal Monday 10 September 7pm. 
All the above are to be held at the Milton Rooms. 
We want a really good turn out there are some excellent opportunities and we look forward to seeing a good mix of ages to work together to produce another excellent show you all will be proud of. 
If anyone has any queries or can’t make the read through please get in touch with Mark (07729559934) so we may add your name to the cast list. 
We will set up a dedicated Snow White FB page ASAP. 
See you all on the 2nd of September come along and enjoy yourselves. 
P.S. In the meantime if anyone has any questions then please give Mark Boler a call on 07729 559934 


Mona Chaloner 

Mona had been a member of MNAOS since its inception, playing in the first panto of 1949, Dick Whittington. She had continued to take part in the shows and pantos, until illness limited her participation.  
She continued to help backstage, however, and was present to enjoy the performance of Dick Whittington in 2014. It was wonderful to think of the unbroken link that Mona provided between the two pantos.  
A collection at Mona’s funeral was put towards a rehearsal electric keyboard. 

Jennie Henry 

Jennie graduated from Sheffield and had taught music in York as well as being appointed to the MD of York Singing Teachers Association, directing and tutoring for York Festival Productions, including ‘The World Makers’ and ‘Noyes Flood’.  
Two years in The Gambia followed, with Jennie developing drama and music at the British High Commission.  
Jennie returned to Malton in 1979, combining teaching music at Malton School with voice and piano tuition at her home in Easthorpe. In this year, Jennie was invited to join MNAOS as Musical Director.  
Joining forces with Angela Kirkham, she and Angela opened the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre, and taught many members of the Operatic Society.  
Jennie is credited with encouraging the society members to sing in harmony, and all members will remember her endless patience and fun at rehearsals. 

John Coates 

John was a huge part of Malton and Norton Operatic Society (now MNMT). He joined the society in 1973, and took an active role in many of the shows which took place in the autumn of each year.  
He was Wild Bill Hickock to his wife Jackie’s Calamity Jane, but his most memorable performance perhaps was as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Later, John also directed this musical for the society.  
He will be remembered by many members as ‘Mr Pantomime’, as he directed 24 of the annual pantomimes, giving Malton the reputation of having the best pantomime production in the area.  
Despite developing Parkinson’s Disease, John retained his interest in the society, attending rehearsals and helping in the front of house at performances. It was on the first night of the 2017 panto that the sad news came that John had died. In John’s memory, his family provide a family ticket each year. 

John Piercy 

John was known locally for his charity work and his business as a bespoke tailor.  
He did have his own dance band and he played drums for various youth groups.  
John had been involved with Malton Pantomime for 38 years, teaming up with Andrew Nix on piano/organ.  
John always seemed to be enjoying the pantomimes, and would use the drums to emphasise the comedy, which was greatly 

Fred Bower Pantomime Trophy 

This trophy is presented in Fred's memory, in recognition of contributions to pantomime, both on and off stage 
2005/6 Ian Goring 
2006/7 John Piercy 
2007/8 Mark Poole 
2008/9 Andrew Nix 
2009/10 John Coates 
20010/11 Paul Brett 
2011/12 Anne Pegg 
2012/13 Rory Queen 
2013/14 Mark Boler 
2014/15 Gill Boler 
2015/16 Martin Parrott 
2016/17 Margaret Lukey 
2017/18 Jane Rimmer Boyes 
2018/19 Mike Hammond 

Ena Smith Trophy 

An award created to honour the many years of hard work and devotion given to the society, by Ena Smith. The trophy is awarded annually to a young member of the society who has shown much dedication. 
1987/88 Catherine Rodgers 
1988/89 Kerry Headley 
1989/90 Alice Capstick 
1990/91 Polly Wragge 
1991/92 Richard Stead 
1992/93 Terri Davies 
1993/94 Paul Macrae 
1994/95 Andrew Foxton 
1995/96 Stewart Bean 
1996/97 Laura Grace 
1997/98 Lee Coverdale 
1998/99 Scott Garnham 
1999/00 Philip Coverdale 
2000/01 Felicity Hinde 
2001/02 Andrew Shaw 
2002/03 Laurie Scarth 
2003/04 Sam Boler 
2004/05 Lauren Thackray 
2005/06 Will Harrison 
2006/07 Will Gosnold 
2008/09 Katherine Hammond 
2009/10 Jolley Gosnold 
2010/11 Bethany Fox 
2011/12 Elizabeth Haigh 
2012/13 Emily Boyes 
2013/14 April Benson 
2014/15 Ria Williams 
2015/16 Beth Armstrong 
2016/17 Ben Greenhough 
2017/18 Charlie Armstrong 


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