Founded in 1946 under the auspices of the Trecynon and District Welfare Association, the Coliseum Amateur Operatic Society opened with its first production of “The Vagabond King”. During the next ten years the society was responsible for producing several Welsh Premiers including “Balalaika” in 1948 and “Annie Get Your Gun.” in 1952. Right through to 1980 the society produced a show a year but in 1981 financial hardships meant that no show was produced and the society disbanded in that year. However, due to the dedication of a few hardworking faithful members,1982 saw the Society returned to the stage once more and throughout the 1980’s continued to produce more shows. This is especially noteworthy as through this period the society was left with control of the Coliseum itself and were it not for a number society members and other volunteers who not only kept the theatre open but also the upkeep on the building Aberdare would have lost it’s theatre.
In 1988 the society switched from producing one show a year to producing four that year and then three a year afterwards. 1991 was met with yet more changes. The Trecynon and District Welfare Association was dissolved and, as a result the society became self funding. The theatre was sold to the Cynon Valley Council. The changes didn’t stop there as the Coliseum Amateur Operatic Society became the COLSTARS and for their first show under their new name produced the Welsh Premier of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.
We perform in the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare, and work with people of all ages helping them gain confidence and experience in Musical Theatre. We have both a youth chorus working with children aged 8-16, and an adult chorus for those 16 and over.Welcome to our site. This is just a place holder page while we gather our content.
Productions include 2 musicals/operettas, a pantomime and Christmas concert work annually.
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