The performances of our 2009 production of “Fiddler on the Roof” were dedicated to the memory of Harry Dallard, our beloved ex-chairman and President.
Harry joined what was then Durham Amateur Operatic Society in 1962 and remained a loyal, active and enthusiastic member until his sad death in 2007. He was a member for 45 years in what was very much a family affair. His wife Joan was usually seen beside him and also took a very active part in the life of the Society.
Harry’s first production was “The Arcadians” in 1963, after which he rarely missed a production until his final appearance in “Titanic” in 2006. During this time Harry played 59 parts, the last being Lientenant Brannigan in our 2005 production of “Guys and Dolls”. He played Dame in 7 of our pantomime productions.
Amongst his favourite productions were “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1978), in which he played Senex and “Fiddler on the Roof” (1974), in which he played the Rabbi, while his daughter Janet was Shprintze.
Harry often served on both the executive and entertainments committees, was business manager for a time, had two four-year periods as Chairman of the Society (1972-76, 1985-89) and became our president in June 2000.
Harry had a great love for amateur theatre and Durham Musical Theatre Company in particular. He was a strong believe in striving for excellence and not resting on your laurels. He was particularly excited about the Company restaging “Fiddler on the Roof” for a second time.
We hope he would have been proud of our efforts.