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15 September 2008

2005: Fiddler On The Roof

 

'Fiddler on the Roof' is set in 1905 in Tsarist Russia.  In the Prologue, we meet Tevye a poor yet hardworking father in the Jewish village of Anatevka.  He explains the role of God's law in providing balance in the villagers' lives. He describes the inner circle of the community and the larger circle which includes the constable, the priest, and countless other authority figures. He explains, "We don't bother them and so far, they don't bother us." He ends by insisting that without their traditions, he and the other villagers would find their lives "as shaky as a fiddler on the roof."

The story revolves around Tevye and his  daughters, all of whom must be marrried soon.  The local matchmaker, Yente, arranges 'suitable' matches however the girls have ideas of their own.  Each daughter's relationships cause Tevye to struggle between his faith and the traditions of the community and with the love he has for his family.  He 'tricks' his wife into letting his oldest daughter Tzeitel marry her childhood sweetheart Motel for love rather than convenience. His middle daughter, Hodel, falls for the idealistic young scholar Perchik who tries to explain modern thinking to the villagers.  When Perchik is arrested, Hodel follows him, with her father's blessing, to Siberia.  Tevye cannot accept the relationship of his youngest daughter Chava who falls in love with a young Russian soldier, Fyedka.  When he discovers that they have been married in secret by a priest, he tells his wife that Chava is dead to them.

The show ends with the villagers being forced to leave the their homes by the Russians.

The musical was made most famous by a film version starring Topol as 'Tevye'.  It features well known songs such as "If I were a rich man", "Matchmaker", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Tradition".

 

Linlithgow Gazette show review available here!

 


 

Our 2005 cast is:

 

Tevye - Bob Clark

Golde - Sheila Rodgers

Tzeitel - Susan McFarlane

Hodel - Alison Thomson

Chava - Pamela Scott

Shprintze - Caitlin Phillips

Bielke - Christine Copland

Yente - Carol Fraser

Motel - David Mearns

Perchik - Keith Gibson

Lazar Wolf - Eric Brown

Rabbi - Jim Porter

Grandma Tzeitel - Julie Reid

Fruma Sarah - Fiona Deighton

The Fiddler - Malcolm McNulty

 

Producer...Bill Robertson

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Lesley Scott

 

15 September 2008

2004: Kiss Me, Kate

 

'Kiss Me, Kate' is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It is structured as a play within a play, where the interior play is a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew.  

Egotistical Fred Graham is the director of a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'. He and his diva movie-star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi star opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katharine. The pair argue backstage as only people in love can argue. Meanwhile, Fred's girl, Lois Lane, who plays Bianca, is romantically interested in Bill Calhoun, the actor playing Lucentio. Bill loves to gamble, and it turns out that he has signed Fred's name to a big IOU. Also, flowers sent by Fred to Lois mistakenly get delivered to Lilli, and Lilli realizes that she still loves Fred.

Everyone is in the middle of performing The Taming of the Shrew on stage when Lilli discovers that Fred's flowers were really intended for Lois, and she starts an all-out war mid-performance that threatens the production's success. At the same time, a pair of gangsters have come after Fred to collect the gambling debt, since his name is on the IOU. Only a successful show will provide the money that Fred needs to avoid getting his fingers broken. Fred slyly uses the gangsters to prevent the furious Lilli from walking out on the show. The gangsters join the cast to keep an eye on Lilli. Lilli channels her anger into a fierce performance as Katharine, and Fred is forced to spank her as Petruchio.

Later, the gangsters learn that their boss has been killed, and so the IOU is worthless, and they leave, noting that guys who know Shakespeare can impress the ladies. Lilli quits the show, walking out with her dependable fiance Harrison. On stage, Bianca and Lucentio are finally married. As "The Shrew" comes to a close, Lilli unexpectedly returns to the stage, and speaking as Katharine, she admits her love for Fred. Lilli and Fred are reunited, Lois and Bill come together, and all ends happily.

 


 

Our 2004 cast is:

 

Fred Graham (Petruchio) - Keith Gibson

Lilli Vanessi (Katharine) - Lorna Robertson

Bill Calhoun (Lucentio) - Craig Gourlay

Lois Lane (Bianca) - Roseanne Mylles

Harrison Howell - Bob Clark

1st Gangster - Paul Rice

2nd Gangster - Eric Brown

Harry Trevor (Baptista) - Gordon Smith

Paul (Hortensio) - David Wylie

Hattie - Susan McFarlane

 

Artistic Director/Choreographer...Nicola Hughes

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Additional Choreography...Lesley Scott

 

15 September 2008

2003: Oklahoma

 

'Oklahoma!'  is set in the Indian territory at the turn of the century when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One between a cowboy called Curley and a hired hand named Jud, both in love with Laurey. The second involves Ado Annie, Will Parker and Ali Hakim, a trio that will provide plenty of laughs.

Curly expresses his feelings on how he would like to take Laurey to the box social that night. Meanwhile Will Parker has just returned from Kansas City. He along with other cowboys tell stories of the modern city to the onlooking ladies. Will is in fact in love with Ado Annie who herself is involved with a travelling salesman, Ali Hakim. Curly is upset to discover that Laurey has asked Jud Fry, a menacing field hand, to take her to the box social. To see what the fuss is over Jud, Curly makes a trip over to his smoke house. Laurey is now uncertain and she wishes she had not asked Jud Fry, and asked Curly instead. Onlookers bid on hampers containing home made food. When it comes to Laurey's hamper, Jud and Curly both fight over bids. Jud runs off with Laurey who, frustrated, fires him and breaks down. When Curly comes to her rescue they admit their love for each other. Three weeks later, they are married and Jud reappers. Curly frantically fights him and Jud falls on his own knife. Curly is announced not guilty in a court and the show ends happily as Laurey and Curly ride off in their surrey with the fringe on top.

The music and lyrics, by Rodgers and Hammerstein,  have proven to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", People Will Say We're in Love, "I Can't Say No", "Oklahoma! and many more, making this a musical treat for all the family.

 

Linlithgow Gazette show review available here!

 


 

Our 2003 cast is:

 

Curly - Keith Gibson

Laurey - Shirley Hay

Aunt Eller - Sheila Rodgers

Jud Fry - Eric Brown

Will Parker - Craig Gourlay

Ado Annie Carnes - Susan McFarlane

Ali Hakim - David Wylie

Gertie Cummings - Fiona Deighton

Andrew Carnes - Bob Clark

Cord Elam - Jim Train

Ike Skidmore - David Mearns

Fred - Calum Fraser

Slim - Garry Withnell

 

Artistic Director/Choreographer...Nicola Hughes

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

15 September 2008

2002: Mame

 

The musical 'Mame' revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis.

Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all.

 


 

Our 2002 cast is:

 

Patrick Dennis (age 10) - Stephen Campbell

Mame Dennis - Carol Fraser

Vera Charles - Sheila Rodgers

Patrick Dennis (age 19-29) - Craig Gourlay

Agnes Gooch - Susan McFarlane

Beauregard Burnside - Bob Clark

Bentley - Jim Nicol

Mother Burnside - Fiona Scott

Dwight Babcock - Eric Brown

Sally Cato - Shirley Hay

Cousin Fan - Pamela Scott

Junior Babcock - Graeme Scott

 

Artistic Director...Lesley Easton

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Nicola Hughes

15 September 2008

2001: Calamity Jane

 

'Calamity Jane' is set in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, in 1876. Largely the abode of men, Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality.

One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress, the legendary Adelaide Adams, for the Golden Garter stage. However she mistaking hires the maid, Katie Brown.  After being exposed as an imposter, Katie becomes a star in her own right in Deadwood... All of Deadwood's hearts are won, not the least being the hearts of Calamity's close friends, Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and Wild Bill Hickok.

After a ball given in honor of the new commander at Fort Scully, Calam, dressed in Katie's finery, is the belle of the event. Her hour of triumph explodes when she finds Katie with Danny. In a fit of jealous anger she orders Katie to leave town, but Wild Bill corners her and reveals to the inner Calam that she is a real woman despite the fact she professes to act like a man. She learns that it was Bill all the time (not Danny) she loved. The show ends with all of Deadwood's citizens attending a double wedding, that of Calam to Wild Bill and Katie to Lt. Danny Gilmartin.

In the film version of the musical, the title role was played by Doris Day and the role of Wild Bill, by Howard Keel.  Day's version of 'Secret Love' won an Academy Award. 

 


 

Our 2001 cast is:

 

Calamity Jane - Carol Fraser

Katie Brown - Shirley Hay

Wild Bill Hickok - Bob Clark

Lt. Danny Gilmartin - Keith Gibson

Francis Fryer - Steven Findlay

Henry Miller - Garry Withnell

Susan - Claire Porterfield

Adelaide Adams - Fiona Harrison

Rattlesnake - Jim Nicol

Doc Pierce - Eric Brown

Joe - Craig Gourlay

Hank - Gordon Smith

Pete - David Wylie

Colonel - Jim Train

 

Artistic Director...Lesley Easton

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Nicola Hughes

15 September 2008

2000: South Pacific

 

In 'South Pacific', a naive U.S. Navy nurse from Arkansas, Ensign Nellie Forbush, falls in love with middle-aged French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, and his plantation. The restless American sailors, led by the entrepreneurial Seabee Luther Billis, lament the absence of women. It's so boring that "Bloody Mary", a middle-aged Tonkinese (Vietnamese) grass skirt seller, is the girl they love!  Lieutenant Joe Cable of the U.S. Marine Corps arrives on the island to take part in a dangerous spy mission. Bloody Mary tries to convince him that "Bali Ha'i" is his special island.

After learning more about Emile's past and realizing how little she knows about him, Nellie tells the other nurses "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and break up with Emile. She meets Emile unexpectedly and realizes that she loves him. He invites her to a party on Friday to meet all his friends.

Billis convinces Lt. Cable to accompany him to Bali Ha'i. There, Bloody Mary introduces Cable to her teenage daughter, Liat. The two fall in love, just as Bloody Mary planned. The two couples – Nellie and Emile, Liat and Joe – gain deepening affection, and marriages are proposed. But Nellie has deep-seated ethnic prejudices, and Emile tells her after his party that he is a widower with biracial children, Ngana and Jerome, from his marriage to a Polynesian wife. Nellie, torn between her long-held prejudice and her heartfelt love for Emile, refuses to marry Emile.

Dejected and with nothing to lose, Emile agrees to join Joe on his dangerous mission behind Japanese lines. The two send back reports on enemy forces which the Americans use to intercept and destroy Japanese convoys. "Operation Alligator" gets underway, and the previously idle sailors, including the reluctant Luther Billis, go off to battle. Joe is killed; Emile narrowly escapes a similar fate. Nellie, meanwhile, spends time with Ngana and Jerome and learns to overcome her prejudices. Emile returns home to the now-understanding Nellie and his – soon to be their – children.

South Pacific is generally considered to be one of the greatest musicals in history, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by both Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The story draws from James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1948 book, Tales of the South Pacific. The musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950 - the issue of racial prejudice was sensitively and candidly explored, particularly for a 1949 stage work. Several of its songs, including "Bali Ha'i," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Happy Talk", "Younger than Springtime," and "A Wonderful Guy" have become worldwide standards. The Broadway production of South Pacific was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won all of them, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto. It was the only musical production ever to win all four Tony Awards for acting. The show was a critical and box office hit, and the musical has since enjoyed many successful revivals and tours and spawned a 1958 film and other adaptations.

 


 

Our 2000 cast is:

 

Nellie Forbush - Shirley Hay

Emile De Becque - Hamish Duncan

Luther Billis - Steven Findlay

Bloody Mary - Carol Fraser

Lt. Joe Cable - Craig Gourlay

Liat - Lesley Scott

Stewpot - Gordon Smith

Professor - Eric Brown

Ngana - Nyree Brankin

Jerome -  William Gibbs

Mia - Fiona Scott

Cpt. George Brackett - John Danskin

Commdr. William Harbison - Ian Scott

Ensign Lisa Manelli - Fiona Harrison

Ensign Pamela Whitmore - Susan McFarlane

 

Artistic Director...June Galbraith

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Kirsten Raeburn

15 September 2008

1999: Guys and Dolls

 

In 'Guys & Dolls', all the hot gamblers are in town and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York". The only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical.

The show includes the well-known songs: "Fugue for Tinhorns", "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". The original Broadway production won five 1951 Tony Awards and revivals have won scores of awards and accolades.  The film adaptation famously stars Frank Sinatra as 'Nathan Detroit' and Marlon Brando as 'Sky Masterton'.

 


 

Our 1999 cast is:

 

Sky Masteron - Steven Findlay

Sarah Brown - Claire Porterfield

Nathan Detroit - John Danskin

Miss Adelaide - Carol Fraser

Nicely-Nicely Johnson - Alex Kemp

Benny Southstreet - Garry Black

Arvide Abernethy - Eric Brown

Rusty Charlie - Jim Nicol

Harry the Horse - Garry Withnell

St. Brannigan - Robin Cook

General Cartwright - Lesley Johnson

Big Jule - Ian Scott

Mimi - Iona McCullagh

Hot Box Girls - Margaret Brown, Shirley Hay, Valerie Withnell

 

Artistic Director...June Galbraith

Muscial Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Nicola Hughes

15 September 2008

1998: Annie

 

Set in the 1930's, 'Annie' is the story of an eleven-year-old orphan, presided over by Miss Hannigan, who keeps the little girl orphans in line by bullying and threatening them. The girls are ever hopeful that they will find parents and happiness ("Maybe") while Miss Hannigan is unhappy with her situation. Annie decides to escape to find her parents, running into a friendly dog (Sandy) ("Tomorrow") and the people made homeless because of the Great Depression ("Hooverville"). However, she is returned to the orphanage.

Grace Farrell, assistant to the billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks, picks her to live in his palatial home for the Christmas holidays ("I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here"). Although initially uncomfortable with each other, Annie and Daddy Warbucks soon come to love each other (You Won't Be An Orphan For Long). Warbucks wants to adopt her, but Annie insists that her parents will come for her. Over the radio show of Bert Healy, and with the help of President and Mrs. Roosevelt, Warbucks offers a reward for the parents ("You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile").

Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster, and his slightly ditzy girlfriend, Lily St. Regis, scheme to pretend to be the parents and collect the reward ("Easy Street"). When they are found out, it is revealed that Annie's parents have died. Warbucks and Annie become a family ("I Don't Need Anything But You").

A  film adaptation was released in 1982, starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Tim Curry as Rooster and musical theatre star Bernadette Peters as Lily.

 


 

Our 1998 cast is:

 

Mrs Hannigan - Carol Fraser

Bundles - Keith Gibson

Dog Catcher - Garry Withnell

Assistant Dog Catcher - Ian Scott

Sandy - Samson (owner Megan Russell)

Lieutenant Ward - David Wylie

Grace Farrell - Lesley Johnson

Mrs Pugh - Sheila Rodgers

Mrs Greer - Fiona Scott

Drake - Willy Devlin

Oliver Warbucks - Jim Morrison

Rooster - Craig Gourlay

Lily St. Regis - Lyndsay Wallace

Bert Healy - Keith Gibson

Boylan Sisters - Margaret Brown, Fiona Scott, Fiona Harrison

Franklin D. Roosevelt - John Danskin

Whitehouse Cabinet - Keith Gibson, Ian Scott, Bill McDonald, David Wylie, Garry Withnell

Annie - Jasmin Alzadjally

Orphans - Sarah Manning, Deborah Newell, Hazel Gardiner, Pamela Scott, Nyree Brankin, Victoria Brankin, Alison Piper, Sarah Brown, Claire Kenned, Fiona Kennedy, Ciara Monteith, Claire Crommie

 

Director...Nan McDonald

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Kaye Findlay Crowe

15 September 2008

1997: The Sound of Music

 

'The Sound of Music' tells the story of a nun living in a convent, which, for Maria, is restrictive and unfulfilling, and she constantly, and often unintentionally, breaks the strict rules. The reverend mother decides that Maria, who is not cutting it as a nun, should leave and take on a job as governess at the nearby Von Trapp household in Salzburg.  The widowed, retired Austrian naval officer, Captain Von Trapp has made his Austrian home one of overly restrictive and harshly enforced discipline.

Through music and various outings, Maria gives the children a taste of a more fulfilling, joyous, life than they have ever known, and they come to love her very dearly. The Captain grows closer to his children, too, coming to understand the value and beauty of the freedoms that Maria has given them. Ironically, the freedom of all Austrians to live their lives to the fullest is in danger, for it is 1938, and Germany is marching into Austria.  The Captain is a patriot, passionate about the fulfilling life that Austria has always offered its citizens.

In his personal life, the Captain is having a romance with a wealthy, cultivated, and lovely Baroness, but he is becoming more and more captivated by Maria, and is falling in love with her, and she, too, feels growing affection for him. She is a nun, however, and unschooled in dealing with the situation. Frightened by the developments, Maria runs back to the convent, where the reverend mother convinces her that she must face, rather than run from, the situation, causing Maria to return to the Captain's home. It seems, though, that she is too late, learning that the Captain and the Baroness have become engaged.

The Captain, confides to the Baroness that he loves Maria, but the Baroness admits she had sensed it long ago, and the engagement is called off. The Captain and Maria marry, but an ugly situation befronts them upon return from their honeymoon -- the Captain has been summoned, in a telegram, by the Third Reich to serve in its navy. Due to the Captain 's unwillingness to serve the Third Reich, the Captain and Maria resolve to leave Austria, and, after escaping the pursuit of some Nazi officers, they set out, with the children, for the mountains of Switzerland on foot.

 


 

Our 1997 cast is:

 

Maria Rainer - Alison  Train

Captain Von Trapp - Willie Brown

Mother Abbess - Nan McDonald

Max Detweiller - Jim Morrison

Elsa Schraeder - Carol Fraser

Louisa Von Trapp - Megan Rodgers

Rolf Grumbler - Craig Gourlay

Sister Berhe - Sheila Rodgers

Sister Margaretta - Fiona Scott

Sister Sophia - Jennifer Wylie

Franz, the Butler - Jim Adamson

Frau Schmidt - Susan McFarlane

The Von Trapp children - Karin Morris, Duncan Russell, Jonathan Cameron, Claire Crommie, Nyree Brankin, Mhairi-Claire McIntyre

 

Director...Nan McDonald

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

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