The West Otago Theatrical Society (formerly known as the West Otago Musical Society) was formed in Tapanui in 1982. Our first show was performed in the Old Town Hall, the site of the present West Otago Community Centre, which houses the theatre today.
Since then, productions, from Broadway hits to locally scripted shows, have been staged every year. The high calibre of local talent ranges in age and membership is open to all ages and sectors of the community. Our 204 raked-seat theatre boasts state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and provides an intimate setting for patrons who come from all over to enjoy our live stage shows.
"Every time I hear West Otago Theatrical Society is putting on a production, I jump at the chance to grab tickets - knowing from experience the show is sure to impress! I'm always blown away by the talent these guys manage to attract. Perhaps it's the fun, encouraging, family atmosphere they manage to foster, which has thespians far and wide jumping at the chance to be a part of it. That really resonates through the audience. It's always such an joyous experience rolling through the doors of the quaint Tapanui Theatre; being treated to a first class show matched with back country hospitality. For a small group, they sure do have a big heart. You appreciate they work extremely hard, certainly not brushing over the finer details. But they match that effort ten-fold with the sort of fun-filled comradery that makes them the envy of Theatre Groups across the country. Always a delight. Bring on the next show!"