OSMaD is a non-professional company which draws widely from those interested in music, theatre performance and production.
OSMaD - The Old Scotch Music and Drama Club - had its beginnings in the Old Scotch Music Club (OSMC) formed originally in October 2005. Scotch College has an association with Music and Drama which now stretches over 165 years and a warranted reputation for excellence.
However, there had been little opportunity for past students to continue the involvement developed during school days.
Timed to coincide with the completion of the James Forbes Academy, the inception of the OSMC was designed to provide an avenue to allow past students to continue their involvement in music.
OSMC became OSMaD in 2008 with the mounting of an ambitious full scale production of Les Miserables. Since then OSMaD has continued with an annual musical theatre production -
- 2008 Les Miserables
- 2009 Jesus Christ Superstar
- 2010 My Fair Lady
- 2011 Sweeney Todd
- 2012 Normie - The Musical
- 2013 The Music Man
- 2014 The Producers
- 2015 Oliver!
- 2016 The Pajama Game
- 2017 Chess
Each of these musical productions have delighted audiences, drawn wide praise from the critics winning several awards and nominations for Production of the Year by the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria and in the Lyrebird Awards.
All productions have been staged in the Geoffrey McComas Theatre; a fully resourced state-of-the-art theatrical space.
All shows have drawn on the interest and resources which exist in the broader amateur theatrical community network and an open audition policy has always been in place to ensure that the cast and crew, whilst remaining amateur, is of the highest quality possible. In this sense the company, while encouraging participation from past students, is not restricted to the Scotch College community.
Melbourne is fortunate in that it has Australia's most vibrant non-professional theatre scene and the brilliance of those who auditioned for past OSMaD productions has been testament to that. Theatre and performance require talent but they are also an permissible addiction for people who love to sing and to perform and are excellent at what they do.