Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society have announced a number of firsts for their 2012-2013 season of productions at Chorley Little Theatre.

Of the seven shows lined up between September and June none have them have been performed by CADOS before and two are World Premieres. Coming off the back of one of their most successful seasons ever, Artistic Chairman Mark Jones hopes the new plays will be just as popular with audiences.

He said “It’s a season which will provoke thought, make you shed tears of sadness, laughter and joy, but most of all will provide you with an entertaining night out.”

This will be the Society’s 80th anniversary but rather than look back, Mark was keen to bring the best of modern theatre to Chorley. The season opens with the Lancashire amateur premiere of Calendar Girls, which is already selling fast.

Then there’s an innovative version of the tragic true-life story of The Elephant Man.

The traditional Pantomime will be a very Christmassy adventure as Santa battles to save Christmas in the specially-written Santa The Panto, a show for the whole family.

2013 opens with two GCSE curriculum plays: Kes, and Two. The classic story of a boy and his pet falcon has touched generations, while Chorley-based writer Jim Cartwright’s Two is a knowing look at life in a northern pub.

The ensemble musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is in May, and the season ends with a thrilling new version of the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Mark Jones says “We’re always striving for the best quality productions we can do and we’ve got some very creative directors in the next season who’ll help us achieve this.”

Tickets for all the shows on sale now, priced between £6 and £10 and a Season Pass is also available which gives a discount on the plays and concessions for other shows.

The CADOS AGM takes place at the theatre on Thursday 19th July at 7.30pm and new members are welcome to come along. The Society is also looking for sponsors to help fund the shows and building renovation.