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THE DMS TIMELINE

In the late 2000’s the DMS website was developed but it was not until 2012 that the site was expanded and improved and further developed to what it is today. The website ensures that the Society are “hit” by surfers from all parts of the world and in recent years tickets have been ordered through the site from Canada, Australia, The United States, and several European countries for their shows

In 2012 DMS suffered from the national financial recession in the UK and were forced, for the first time in their history, to cancel their spring production of "Anything Goes".

In 2012 Tayport Musical Society would join forces with St Peter and St Paul’s Musical Society and perform a Successful show in the Starlight

Later in 2012 DMS were invited to present the Closing Award Ceremony Cabaret at the Waterford International Music Festival which they did to a standing ovation in the Theatre Royal. This was the second time the Society had entertained at the awards ceremony, the first being in 1997, and was another example of the very close friendship that DMS have with Waterford

Also in 2012, DMS once again ventured into the world of Drama when they presented the Scottish Amateur Premier of “Calendar Girls” and Mother Goose played to over 6000 happy Panto goers in December 2012 in the newly managed Whitehall Theatre, continuing to be the Premier Panto in the City

In December 2012 the DMS website registered a quarter of a million hits

2013 saw another Tayside Premier presented by DMS with Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind" at the Whitehall Theatre which received significant critical acclaim

2013 also saw DMS presenting the Scottish Amateur Premier (and only the third amateur company in the UK) of Monty Python's Spamalot once again to great public acclaim.

The Starlight Showroom continued to be popular with other theatrical groups and Thomson Leng Youth Music Theatre presented a highly successful "Seussical The Musical"

Another highly acclaimed Panto "Dick Whittington, a 29th year at Peebles and the Starlight hosting a community based group Panto saw 2013 closing as one of DMS's best years.

2014 was another highlight year for DMS. Once again the Cabaret group appeared in the Invercarse Hotel appearing at the Dundee FC Supporters club Dinner.
April saw the return of that audience favourite “Oliver” and another play in the Starlight with the hilarious “Vicar of Dibley”.

In keeping up a tradition of presenting premiers “The Drowsy Chaperone” was presented in the Starlight.

The Whitehall Theatre changed Management once again and the new team apointed a Venue Coordinator and Technical Supervisor. A new company (The Dundee Whitehall Theatre Limited) was established with Kenny Christie Lina Waghorn and Graeme Smith as directors. The Theatre is now a viable and successful organisation and through significant refurbishment is attracting substancial bookings and incrased business

For the fourth time in their history DMS returned to Peebles Hydro to present the Midnight Cabaret at the Scottish National Conference. Unfortunately after 30 years due to a change of management Downfield’s annual Christmas and New Year Cabarets at the Hydro came to an end. Truly an end of an era.

The year finished off with a record breaking Panto “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

2015 started with another Tayside Premier and a highly acclaimed production of “Sister Act” followed by several "Cabarets at the Starlight " and "Babes in the Wood"

Dms continues to present cabarets at the Invercarse Hotel for Dundee Rotary and Dundee Football Club

2016 saw another premier to the City when "Signin' in the Rain" was presented at the Whitehall with the audience experiencing a full rainstorm on stageg

In another first for DMS, Annie was presented by DMS. This show allowed the Society to introduce many youngsters to performing with the Society and in 2017 the idea of having our own youth company came to fruition when DMSYouth was born. DMSYouth’s first production were junior versions of Disney’s The Jungle Book and Aladdin. The workshops attracted over 100 youngsters and over 80 were successful in gaining a place in the company.

Also in 2017 DMS secured the rights for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. This show was another amazing success with packed audiences and once again saw a bus on stage and probably the most lavish costumes ever seen on the Whitehall.
Several Cabarets were performed in the City in 2017

Large amount of repair work was completed on the fabric of the Clubrooms

The Wizard of Oz. another show that DMS had never presented was performed in Autumn 2017 and the year was completed with the annual Panto at the ‘Whitehall, Aladdin, Which turned out to be the most successful panto in the society’s history

In 2018 DMS celebrated its 90th Birthday and a special party was held in the Woodlands Hotel.

Once again a bus appeared on the Whitehall stage when Cliff Richards Summer Holiday made its return.

DMSYouth’s 2017 success was repeated with two productions, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jnr and Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr

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