A TRULY fitting concert of song and dance is to be performed by Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society in memory of their longest serving member, Sonia Armstrong, who recently passed away.

WODS is staging the event at its rehearsal rooms in Northfield Street, Worcester, ‪on November 15, November 16 and 17, and including many of the shows that she will be remembered for.

A spokesman said: “Sonia joined WODS 73 years ago, immediately after the war and first appeared in The Desert Song staged at the Theatre Royal, Worcester.

“She went on to demonstrate her considerable talent and professionalism as a solo dancer and in a number of leading and supporting roles; serving on the WODS committee including a period as secretary, later elected as president and a Life Member, supporting the youth group WODYS as their secretary and a fantastic mentor to many. She will be remembered for her talent, inspiration and enthusiasm by everyone she met.

“WODS is putting on the concert as a tribute to Sonia and her loyalty and dedication to the society. It will be produced by David Humphries, WODYS chairman and a past president of WODS, and the production team will include Sheila Boniface, and Hattie Amos, WODS and WODYS musical directors.”

The spokesman added: “Music will consist of songs that Sonia performed as a leading lady and songs from WODS and WODYS shows that won the NODA Best Musical award for the region.

“Outside WODS, Sonia worked at Heenan & Froude and then for many years as a secretary to John Hole the artistic director at the Swan Theatre, in addition to arranging fund raising events for the theatre.

“Sonia will be remembered for her talent, inspiration and enthusiasm by everyone she met. Following the opening of the theatre in the 1960s, Sonia frequently appeared in plays there. as well as keeping time for her other interests of painting, gardening, school reunions, volunteering at the local hospital and in more recent years the Civic Society.

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