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Brenda Hindle

Sheila Marshall

Brenda joined Ulverston in 1975 after being approached by a member of the Society to come along to help them raise some much needed funds.

Finances were in a very poor state but as enthusiastic as always she vowed that the committee formed to raise funds, would raise the princely sum of £1,000 in the first six months. They did, and Ulverston Opera has never looked back.

During her time with the society her enthusiasm and love for Ulverston Amateur Operatic Society has never waned. She has been a member of the committee for all those years except for one and has served as secretary for several years now, and had two spells as treasurer, and is currently treasurer.

Having no desire ever to be on stage she has been invaluable both backstage and in the dressing rooms and has done make up, call, prompt, and tea girl. She has also organised, and at times made, costumes, compiled the programme, designed and build sets and dressed them, sorted and gathered props and even helped with the choreography.

She is also ticket secretary and takes care of the stock control of ice cream which we sell all year round when stewarding at the Coronation Hall.

We are very fortunate as this venture brings us in a steady income. She has directed eleven of our shows, the last one being Whistle Down the Wind and gets great satisfaction from working with the children in the society.

She was also very much the driving force behind the society joining ACT.

As we say no one is indispensable but Brenda could be the exception to the rule

Sheila first joined the Amateur movement in 1965 with Middleton Operatic Society helping backstage with their production of Annie Get Your Gun.

She Joined Dukinfield AODS in 1966 helping backstage as a dresser for its production of The New Moon, and then became a member of the prop team from 1970 to 2012.

She was elected to the Management Committee as Assistant Secretary in 1975, and is still a member of the committee.

In 1979 she became part of the Ticket Booking team. She took on more responsibility over the next 4 years until, in 1983, she became sole Booking Secretary, only having assistance during the seat allocation period.

Up to 2007 she had the responsibility of allocating up to 1,200  seats for each performance at Tameside Hippodrome. Since 2007, it is 360 per night at the George Lawton Hall.

Her job also entails sending out over 600 booking forms.

Sheila has been a Committee member for 39 years and a Booking secretary for 35 years. Sheila was also part of the Prop team for 42 years but after a rest for 2 years she re-joined the prop team this year.

In 2010 she became a member of the social committee of which she is now Chairman.

In her 49 years Sheila has been a Dresser/Property Assistant/Management Committee Member/Booking Secretary/Social Committee Chairman and also helps with Get Ins and Get Outs.