Summer Update


Welcome ladies and gentlemen to our 2016-17 season. We have recently held our AGM and are now busy organising behind the scenes to get ready for rehearsal season starting in September. If any of you are interested, or someone you know is interested in becoming a member, we will be holding new member auditions in September. Please see below for further details on how to apply.

I am so excited to be President during this year's production of the fabulous Dolly Parton's 9 to 5. What a superb show, giving the audience that feel good factor that we all love! I'm sure rehearsals are going to be most enjoyable for all concerned topped by a fantastic week in the newly refurbished Ayr Gaiety Theatre with our wonderful audiences. I am delighted to report that our production team is remaining the same as last year'. Martin Christie as producer, Stephen Bradley as musical director and Jo-Ann Robinson as choreographer. This very talented group of people strive throughout the year to get the very best from each and every member of the cast, and we all appreciate their hard work and dedication.

To you our audience, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you all at this season's performance of 9 to 5 in the Gaiety Theatre, Monday 27th February - Saturday 4th March 2017

Ellen Fitzsimmons AAOC President 2016-2017


On the 25th of June, some of our toughest members and friends will be taking part in the Tough Mudder event at Drumlanrig Castle in order to raise funds for our next production. The event is 16-20 kilometres of mud and obstacles including fire, ice and electric shocks. You can donate to our mudders at or by speaking to participating members. If you would like to see what our mudders will be up against, visit or why not come along on the day? You can find more information about spectator tickets at the Tough Mudder website.
Here we have two of our Tough Mudder participants getting ‪#ToughMudderReady‬ with Scottish Assault Courses at the weekend! Good weather, good company and good practice!


9 To 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?

This high-energy Musical will be perfect for our company this year, with its jubilant score and easily relatable characters. It's easy to see how 9 To 5 is the perfect show for us to take to our newly refurbished Gaiety Theatre.
If you want more information about the Gaiety's Refurb you can contact the Theatre itself via

WorkSmart Contracts are heading up the Restoration of our Beloved Theatre and you'll never guess what... They have only gone and found a 'Secret' Staircase!. Click here to read about it... WORKSMARTS SECRET STAIRCASE

"We're hiring"... new members that is!

On Monday the 5th of September, we will be holding our New Members Auditions for our 2017 production of 9 to 5 the Musical and we would like to invite you to audition! So if you want the chance to become part of our fun-loving and hard-working company and have the chance to perform on the Newly Refurbished Gaiety Theatre Stage, then please visit our website to register your interest at After our hugely successful production of the classic 42nd Street in February 2016, we are delighted to be returning with another upbeat, high-energy production which we know will be heaps of fun for all the cast, crew and audience alike!

New members must be aged 16 or over. Rehearsals begin on Monday the 12th of September and continue up until show week, 27th of February to 4th of March 2017!"

For more information about the company and how you could be involved visit or take a look at our Social Media links below.
All of us at AAOC had an amazing time presenting our last show, 42nd Street, and after reading some of our reviews, we're delighted to say that our audiences loved it as much as we did!

42nd Street Review - NODA Review