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The AIMS Awards for the 2021/2022 season were held in Killarney on the 18th of June 2022.

The OSCARS for Amateur Musical Societies in Ireland.

We had an unprecedented 9 nominations going in to the Awards Ceremony.

We only went and won 6 awards including BEST OVERALL SHOW!

Huge kudos to all the nominees and winners...

Best Stage Management - Andrew McKnight - Nominated

Best Supporting Actress - Karen Hawthorne as Anita - Nominated

Best Actress- Lucia McLaughlin as Maria - Nominated

Best Supporting Actor - Matthew Watson as Riff - Winner

Best Ensemble - Somewhere Scene - Winner

Best Choreographer - Ann Marie Morgan - Winner

Best Musical Director - Wilson Shields - Winner

Best Director - Tony Finnegan - Winner

BEST OVERALL SHOW - West Side Story - Winner


Don't miss out. Get your tickets booked now!

Tickets for West Side Story are on sale at


Audition registration for West Side Story is now OPEN and available here:

The totally open auditions will be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September at Belvoir Players Studio.

As the show has adult themes, we are auditioning only those aged 17 or over as at 26th September 2021.

The format will be vocal auditions on Saturday 25th September, with dance, dialogue and callbacks on Sunday 26th September.

Rehearsals will start in January 2022.

The online audition registration will be open from 1st August to 12th September, with audition groupings and timings emailed to all those auditioning after this.

All roles will be cast without bias!

Something's Coming...

Grease is the Word!

Grease is returning to the Grand Opera House, Belfast

Brought to you by the award winning Ulster Operatic Company this is a show not to be missed

Tickets are selling like hotcakes so make sure and get yours booked!

Monty Python's Spamalot coming to the Grand Opera House Belfast in October 2017 To book tickets go to:

Ghost The Musical coming to the Grand Opera House 

Ghost The Musical, Johanna Johnston and Boyd Rogers singing 'Three little words'

Legally Blonde

Rock the Musicals is Back!

Oliver! Registration

The Audition Register for Oliver! is now closed. Thank you to all those who have registered. The response has been amazing!

Open Auditions for Oliver!

The Audition Register is now open! Click on our Auditions Tab to register.

We are delighted to announce...

Grease in the Opera House - Book Now!

Ulster Operatic Youth Academy

Our Bugsy Malone workshop was a great success!

Our February Event will be Ulster Got Talent (Youth)

Auditions from 2pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Belmont Bowling Club.

Singing, dancing, acting, comedians, entertainers… anything you think would entertain your audience!

No audition fee for auditions.

Open to anyone aged 16 and under

Email [email protected] to register with name, age, contact details and details of your act.

The event itself will be held on February 23rd in Newforge Country Club!

The Music Box 2012


Rock the Musicals 2

Jesus Christ Superstar Finale

Jesus on the Cross. Dress Rehearsal 31st October 2011. Pic by Christin White

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is a Rock Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. First staged on Broadway in 1971, it highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. The opera is based very loosely on the Gospels’ account of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem, and ending with the Crucifixion. It was controversial in its time and even today it can stir up great emotions.


Jesus Christ Superstar will be performed in the Grand Opera House, Belfast from Tue 1-Sat 5 Nov 2011.

Book online at this link

AIMS Awards & Nominations

If success is measured by the number of nominations and awards, then 2010-11 was a great year for the Ulster. The AIMS Awards for 2010-11 produced no fewer than seven nominations for the Ulster.

Our 2010 summer show, Little Shop of Horrors, received two nominations - Best Ensemble and Best Comedian (Ross Chambers), while our autumn show, Guys and Dolls, received an impressive five nominations, including Best Overall Show, Best Actor (Kerry Rooney), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gerry McBrien), Best Chorus and Best Musical Director for the hardest working man in show business, Wilson Shields.

Congratulations to our AIMS Award winners:

Best Musical Director - Wilson Shields

Best Actor - Kerry Rooney, for Nathan Detroit

Rock the Musicals

Ulster Operatic Company presented Rock: The Musicals at Belvoir Players Studio for two nights in June 2011.

These productions included many well-known songs from the great rock musicals such as We Will Rock You, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Chess, Rent, Moulin Rouge, and Sister Act, as well as several lesser-known numbers such as Petrified from Taboo and My Strongest Suit from Aida (the Elton & Tim Rice version).

As usual with The Ulster, we welcomed a number of new members to the company. The highly talented and experienced Jennifer Rooney joined us as choreographer for the first time, working alongside Wilson Shields (MD) and Mal Hanna (staging).

It is a testament to the strength in depth of our company that no fewer than 28 different singers featured as soloists or duettists in the 32 songs. Furthermore, Judith Neill and Johanna Johnston each choreographed a routine (Holding Out for a Hero and My Strongest Suit respectively.)

There were only a few seats left for each performance, and audience reactions and feedback were highly complimentary.