Ripley and Alfreton Musical Theatre Company (RAMTC) was founded in 1932. Its first full show was performed in 1936 and other than a short break during World War 2 has performed one main show each year together with a number of concerts.
The company was originally formed by members of the Ripley Co-op and at that time was called the Ripley Co-operative Operatic Society it operated under that name for a number of years until support by the Co-operative Society was withdrawn. The Company then became known as the “Ripley Operatic Society”.
Until 1968 the company produced its shows at the Hippodrome Theatre in Ripley. When the theatre closed alternative accommodation was found at Mortimer Wilson School in Alfreton.
Having moved to the Alfreton area the company changed its name again to “Ripley & Alfreton Operatic Society”.
Having moved area and changed from a large theatre to a school hall the numbers of our audience dropped and we decided to make every effort to make the school hall more like a theatre, to do this we knew we had to install a tiered seating structure so that each row of seats was higher than the one in front. With the help of Swanwick Delves School a wooden structure was built which we had to erect in the school hall prior to the week of the show. The structure took over two days to construct and was used for every performance for 27 years.
When the wooden tiered structure was showing signs of age the company applied to the Lotteries Commission for a grant towards the cost of a replacement metal alloy structure. The new structure was compact and far easier to erect taking only five to six hours and could be adapted to use in smaller venues and can be used as tiering or for staging. The structure is available for hire to local societies.
Also in 2008 Mortimor Wilson School changed its name to Alfreton Grange College; subsequently the year after the company also changed its name to “Ripley & Alfreton Musical Theatre Company”.
In 2017 the company moved venues to Mansfield Palace Theatre. This will be the first time the company has performed at this venue so fingers crossed it is a success and our amazing audience that supports us follows us and comes to see our next show Oklahoma!.
The company is affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.
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