Our Charity…the Children’s
The Montreal West Operatic Society has, for many years, been a proud supporter of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. To date, MWOS has donated more than $130 000 to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1989 with a gala performance of The Gondoliers with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital.
Traditionally, Society members precede their annual Christmas party by going door-to-door in Montreal West singing carols and collecting donations. All profits from programme donations at performances are also donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation And, at our annual Hail! Unity concert in January, the MWOS share of the profits is donated to the MCHF.
It is interesting to note, that the great-niece of two of the founding physicians of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Drs. Charles and Albert Vipond, is a current life-time member of MWOS. Drs. Vipond founded the Vipond Hospital, later known as the Montreal Children’s Hospital, in 1920.
Workshops and masterclasses
Theatre 101: What you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about theatre
Designed for the newcomer to the theatrical process, the course addresses such issues as what to take to the theatre and what to leave behind, theatre etiquette, how to take blocking notes on the run, and any other issues performers may face during the rehearsal and production period. While aimed at newcomers, this course is also for those who have been away from the theatre for a while, or those who wish to refresh their skills. Participation is actively encouraged by the moderator, and handouts are designed to let you take notes that will help you get the most out of your participation in the process.
Total Vocal Care Workshop
In the past, we have held a Total Vocal Care Workshop which featured a multimedia presentation from one of the top Ear, Nose and Throat doctors in Montreal, and included some scoping of our members chords, followed by a masterclass with Dimitris Ilias, former performer and music director of MWOS.
Costume workshops are attended by all and sundry to build the costumes the cast will wear during the show that year. We meet between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on Saturdays during the fall and winter and your hard work will be seen by eager theatre-goers during the run of the show.
Set Construction Workshops
Set construction workshops are attended by those with construction skills who want to learn how to build a set that is safe for performers and still stunning to look at. You learn perspective in set painting and sizing a set for 40 performers that still looks realistic from the audience’s point of view.
Member social events
New Members Party
In late October, our New Members Party welcomes new members by treating them to a party in their honour. The party welcomes them to the MWOS family and introduces them to their fellow performers. Returning members bring a pot luck dinner for all to enjoy. And we have some spectacular cooks and bakers in the Society! Definitely not for those who are watching their weight! Or maybe you can leave the diet alone for one night.
Muppets and Fondue
As the name suggests, this is where the members get together at our Music and Casting Chair’s home to eat all manner of fondue and watch episodes of “The Muppet Show”. Great fun and great eats for all!