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Calamity Jane

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The Theatre Guild committee were proud to present Calamity Jane as our 1997 production. This was Theatre Guild’s first ever production of Calamity Jane in its 37 year history! This year saw Alasdair Hawthorn’s first term in the director’s chair for the Guild. Audience levels were good and the show turned a modest profit. However the use of an ‘electronic orchestra’ for the first (and last) time was not well received. This production raised significant funds for “HITS” (Head Injuries Trust for Scotland). The show was particularly praised for it’s presentation style and it’s energetic cast of 35.

 

SYNOPSIS

One of the legendary figures of the Old West, Calamity Jane lives in Deadwood and rides shotgun on the stage-coach between Deadwood and Chicago. She dresses as a man, drinks like a man and can shoot better than most men. Although there is an element of truth in her adventures, the number of Indians shot and brave soldiers saved by her have led the townspeople to feel that she is “careless with the truth”!

Despite her outward toughness she has fallen for Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and also, to a lesser extent, Wild Bill Hickock, a gambler.

Henry Miller is the owner of the Golden Garter Saloon and is anxiously awaiting actress Frances Fryer booked to perform that night. His anxiety increases when she does not arrive on the stage-coach. Due to a booking error a song and dance man Francis Fryer arrives instead, not what Miller’s red blooded customers would want. To dispel a riot Miller persuades Fryer to do a female impersonation. This is a disaster but Calamity saves the day (and Miller’s hide) by promising the angry audience she will go to Chicago and fetch Adelaide Adams, a famous start of vaudeville.

In Chicago, Calamity mistakes Adelaide Adams’ maid, Katie Brown, for the great star. Stage-struck Katie seizes the chance to break into show business by agreeing to perform at the Golden Garter. Her impersonation of Adelaide flops, but Calamity calms the audience and, given a second chance, Katie performs her own act and becomes the toast of Deadwood.

Katie and Calamity become good friends and Katie moves into Calamity’s cabin in the beautiful Black Hills of Dakota. Danny and Bill have fallen for Katie and visit the cabin to seek her favour. A ball at Fort Scully promotes an opportunity for the four of them to go as a foursome, with Calamity in a borrowed gown, revealing her feminine side and becoming the belle of the ball.

Danny finds himself alone with Katie, and declares his love for her. Katie although worried about Calamity, is overcome by passion and they fondly embrace and kiss. Calamity discovers them and flies into a rage, ordering Katie to get out of town.

Calamity sets back to her cabin to throw Katie’s belongings out, but on the trail with Wild Bill she discovers her “Secret Love” for him, and yes, you can guess, it all ends with wedding bells.

Songs include The Deadwood Stage, I Can Do Without You, Windy City, Keep It Under Your Hat, The Black Hills of Dakota and Secret Love!

 

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Glasgow
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United Kingdom
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CAST

Henry Miller Iain Fraser
Susan Miller Jacqueline Thomson
Doc Pierce Leslie Hooper
Bill Hickock Robin Wilson
Calamity Jane Karen Herbison
Rattlesnake Jim Munro
Francis Fryer Cameron Lowe
Hank Wilson Paterson
Danny Gilmartin Robert Henderson
Adelaide Adams Jacqui Thomson
Katie Brown Suzanne Lowe
Colonel Mulder David Brown

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Musical Director Gerry Devlin
Choreographer Wilma Reid
Rehearsal Pianist Jean McGregor
Stage Director Alistair Wylie
Stage Manager Liz McGoldrick
Properties George Collins
Shirley Collins
Wardrobe Joan Conway
Prompt Margaret Brown
Professional Services
Set Border Studios, Selkirk
Costume Theatre Costumes, Shoreham

 

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The King and I

DESCRIPTION

We were happy to present The King and I as our 1998 production. With the addition of 26 junior members playing the royal children the cast set a new ticket selling record – the show was a complete sell out! The show was particularly acclaimed for its lush scenery, its dramatic direction and the very well presented ballet sequence. This year was also significant for the club as we recruited a large number of members to our adult cast – some of whom remain as members today! Theatre Guild presented the Glasgow Amateur Premier of The King and I back in 1961.

 

SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Anna Leonowens journeys to Siam with her son Louis to take up the position of Governess and Tutor to the King’s many children. They are met by the Kralahome, the King’s senior advisor and Anna insists that the King’s promise of a separate house is kept.

Some weeks later the King recieves Lun Tha, an emmissary from Burma, who has brought him a gift of a girl, Tuptim. On their journey Lun Tha and Tuptim have fallen in love. Anna is introduced to the King who makes it clear that Anna will do his bidding, living in the palace and teaching his wives and children. Anna is determined to leave but is enchanted by the children and remains.

Anna’s western teachings soon revolutionise Palace thinking. Despite the King’s initial brusqueness he is willing to learn. He is keen that his heir, Prince Chululongkorn is ready to govern. However, his own traditional views about women come to the fore when he tells Anna she is his servant. She decides to leave before she becomes too attached to the children.

The Kralahome and Lady Thiang, the King’s head wife, conspire to bring the King and Anna back together again, principally for political gain as the British Ambassador, Sir Edward Ramsay, is on his way. The King and Anna agree to present Tuptim’s play to the guests and he finally concedes Anna the house she desires.

Lun Tha and Tuptim decide to elope after the play but Tuptim is captured and Lun Tha is found dead. Anna defies the King who finds himself unable to flog Tuptim, but this demonstration of tradition is too much for Anna and she again resolves to leave. Some months later as Anna prepares to board a ship Lady Thiang brings a letter from the King, who is now dying, and Anna arrives in time to effect a reconcilliation. She also witnesses the effect her teachings have had on Chululonkorn, the new King. The King dies and Anna, kneeling beside him, takes his lifeless hand and kisses it.

The timeless score includes “I Whistle A Happy Tune”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Getting To Know You”, “Something Wonderful” and “Shall We Dance”.

 

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Mitchell Theatre
6 Granville Street, Charing Cross
Glasgow
G3 7DR
United Kingdom
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CAST

Captain Orton Les Hooper
Louis Leonowens 1 Andrew Shearer
Louis Leonowens 2 Christopher Maclean
Anna Leonowens Suzanne Lowe
Interpreter Cameron Lowe
The Kralahome Wilson Paterson
The King David Brown
Phra Alack Craig Lundie
Lun Tha Alan Orr
Tuptim Heather Dalrymple
Lady Thiang Moira McLeod
Prince Chululongkorn 1 Derek Martin
Prince Chululongkorn 2 Mathew Hall
Princess Ying Yaowlack 1 Emma Knox
Princess Ying Yaowlack 2 Elise Mulford
Sir Edward Ramsay Peter Blair

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Iain Fraser
Musical Director Gerry Devlin
Choreographer Rita Jane Kinloch
Rehearsal Pianist Gerry Devlin
Stage Director Alistair Wylie
Stage Manager Liz McGoldrick
Properties Jim Watt
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Louise Begg
Professional Services
Set Scenic and Property Hire, Wales
Costume Midland Costume, Crewe

 

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Half A Sixpence

DESCRIPTION

We were delighted to present Half A Sixpence as our 1999 production. This was a marvelous show featuring loads of full chorus numbers a rousing score and story that ranged from almost slapstick comedy to bitter sweet romance. This rarely performed show was very popular with our audience. The show broke even with ticket sales at around 80% of capacity.

 

SYNOPSIS

Arthur Kipps, an orphan now aged twenty, is an apprentice shop assistance in Mr Shalford’s Drapery Emporium, one of the most fashionable shops in Folkestone. Ann Pornick, Sid’s sister, is Kipps’ childhood sweetheart, but they don’t have much opportunity to spend time together. To make up for this, Kipps gives Ann a token of his love – half a sixpence – so that Ann can be reminded of him when they’re apart. One day in the shop, Kipps literally bumps into an excitable actor called Chitterlow, who informs Kipps that he is about to inherit a large legacy. Kipps leaves Ann, thinking that he is bettering himself, for Helen Walsingham, a young lady from a privileged family. Helen’s brother takes over Kipps’ financial affairs and Helen sets about improving Kipps. Some time later, Kipps meets Ann again when she is employed as a servant at the home of Mrs Botting, a friend of Helen’s mother. On seeing Ann being treated badly by her employer, Kipps realises that he is surrounded by people whose attitudes and values are very different to his own. Knowing that it is Ann that he really loves, he cancels his engagement to Helen and marries Ann. Kipps is still rather careless with his money and decides to have a large house built. Unfortunately, Helen’s brother has speculated with Kipps’ money with disastrous results. He has to sell the house and just has enough left to rent a bookshop with accommodation for him and Ann. A year later they have started a family, and are relatively content with their new modest lifestyle. That is until Chitterlow returns unexpectedly one day with some surprising news…

The score includes “All in the cause of economy”; “Half a sixpence”; “Money to burn”; “If the rain’s got to fall”; “Flash, Bang,Wallop!” & “I know what I am”.

 

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6 Granville Street, Charing Cross
Glasgow
G3 7DR
United Kingdom
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CAST

Arthur Kipps Cameron Lowe
Sid Pornick Jim Munro
Buggins Alan Orr
Pearce Doug McFarlane
Carshot Wilson Paterson Snr.
Flo Bates Moira McLeod
Kate Diane Stewart
Victoria Heather Smith
Emma Claire McMurray
Edwin Shalford Les Hooper
Mrs. Walsingham Shona McAulay
Mrs. Botting Dorothy Bedford
Ann Pornick Suzanne Lowe
Helen Walsingham Norma Fingland
Yound Walsingham Stuart Forrester
Harry Chitterlow Wilson Paterson
Laura Charlotte Hesford
Edith / Gwendolin Sharon Osdin
Mr. Jones Drew Montgomery
Special Guest Appearance:
EDWIN the cat JEROME

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Iain Fraser
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Amanda Letarte
Rehearsal Pianist Janice Raeside
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Alastair Wylie
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Rhona Skea
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Agnes Dalrymple
Professional Services
Set Border Studio, Selkirk
Costume Midland Costume, Crew

 

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South Pacific

DESCRIPTION

We were happy to present South Pacific as our 40th Anniversary production. This was a particularly appropriate choice as South Pacific had been the Guild’s first ever production back in 1960.

 

SYNOPSIS

Set against the backdrop of World War II the story unfolds on a French colonial island recently taken over by the Americans who are preparing to clear the surrounding islands of Japanese troops. Our hero, Emile de Becque, a French planter, falls in love with Nellie Forbush, an unsophisticated US nurse. While she returns his love she is upset to learn that he has two children from a relationship he had with a Polynesian woman, now dead.

We are introduced to the amusing characters of the ‘seabees’ – the American sailors of the Construction Battalion (hence the acronym), led by Billis. They are running a black market line in grass skirts and shrunken heads. The sailors are far removed from the front line and all the nurses on the island are spoken for – so they long to visit the island of Bali-Hai. Bali-Hai is strictly out of bounds. Their only contact with the island is through Bloody Mary, a Tonkinese woman who trades with them.

A new officer joins the company – Lieutenant Cable. Bloody Mary decides to introduce her daughter, Liat. Cable falls in love with Liat contrary to everything he has been brought up to believe in.

The sailors and nurses prepare for a show for Thanksgiving. Emile arrives to speak to Nellie but she is unwilling to listen. He and Cable leave on a dangerous mission that night. They are dropped on a Japanese held island to set up a reconaissance post. Nellie is devastated when she discovers that Emile is gone. The mission is a success but there is one casualty – Cable is killed in action. Emile returns safely and he and Nellie set up home together with their young family.

The score includes “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Bloody Mary”, “There Is Nothing Like A Dame”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and “Happy Talk”.

 

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CAST

Ngana 1 Ashley McShane
Ngana 2 Maria Celino
Jerome 1 Hamish Fingland
Jerome 2 Christopher Lowe
Henry Iain Fraser
Ensign Nellie Forbush Suzanne Lowe
Emile de Becque Robin Wilson
Bloody Mary Norma Fingland
Yeoman Herbert Quale Jim Munro
Seaman Tom O’ Brian Ghyll McCallum
Luther Billis Cameron Lowe
Stewpot Sean McQueen
Professor David Brown
Ensign Dinah Murphy Moira McLeod
Lt. Joseph Cable Alan Orr
Cmdr. William Harbison Wilson Paterson
Capt. George Brackett Les Hooper
Liat Heather Smith
Seaman Bob McCaffrey George Baird
Lt. Buzz Adams David Sturgeon
Shore Patrolman Ghyll McCallum
Ensign Janet MacGregor Karen Brown

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Robert Carter
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Amanda Letarte
Rehearsal Pianist Janice Raeside
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Jacqui Thomson
Properties George Collins
Shirley Collins
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Scenic and Property Hire, Wales
Costume G5, Glasgow

 

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Anything Goes

DESCRIPTION

The committee were delighted to present this classic Cole Porter musical as our 2001 production. The show reunited the production partnership of Iain Fraser and Julie Ballantyne and introduced a talented new choreographer in the form of Karen Feeney. Members may recall this as the show where the impressive two storey set developed an ever weakening staircase stage left resulting in some difficult footing towards the end of the week! The active musical numbers resulted in EVERYONE learning a litle bit of tap dancing!

 

SYNOPSIS

The action takes place aboard the S.S. American, sailing from New York to England. On board are the beautiful American heiress Hope Harcourt, her fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh and Hope’s mother Evangeline. Also on board is Billy Crocker making sure that his boss Mr. Elisha Whitney (who happens to be very fond of the occasional tipple) has everything he needs for the trip.

Billy intends to disembark before the ship sails but when he finds out that Hope (whom he has dated and is in love with) is sailing to be married, he decides to stay aboard even though he has no ticket, passport or money!

Moonface Martin (Public Enemy Number Thirteen) and the moll of his associate Public Enemy Number One – Erma – are also aboard. They are trying to escape from the FBI. Billy and Moonface team up using all sorts of disguises to avoid various people on board ship. To add to the confusion, Reno Sweeney, the former evangelist turned nightclub singer (and another of Billy’s aquaintances) is also on board with her troup of dancers cum backup singers the “Angels”. She tries to help Billy in his attempts to win over Hope and at the same time falls for the charms of Sir Evelyn. What ensues is something between a Marx Brothers movie and a Brian Rix farce with hilarious results!

The score incorporates some of Cole Porter’s best known and comical work including “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “You’re The Top”, “Easy To Love”, “Friendship”, “Deloveley”, “Blow, Gabriel Blow” and “Anything Goes”.

 

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6 Granville Street, Charing Cross
Glasgow
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CAST

Elisha J Whitney Les Hooper
Fred Barry Martin
Billy Crocker Alan Orr
Reno Sweeney Jocelyn Nelson
Girl In Bar Susan Kerr
Sailor In Bar Cameron Lowe
Captain David Sturgeon
Purser Michael Lacy
Reporters Jim Munro
Victoria Eadie
Photographer David Brown
Rev Henry T Dobson Cameron Lowe
Luke Barry Martin
John David McCurrach
Purity Suzanne Lowe
Chastity Gillian Sutherland
Charity Monique Alexander
Virtue Karen Reilly
Evangeline Harcourt Shona McAulay
Hope Harcourt Sharon Osdin
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Wilson Paterson
FBI Agents Ghyll McCallum
Steven Scott
Erma Moira McLeod
Moonface Martin Mark Ridyard
Old Lady In Wheelchair Dorothy Bedford

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Iain Fraser
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Karen Feeney
Rehearsal Pianist Guy Milford
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager George Baird
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Assistant to the Director Norma Fingland
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Scenic and Property Hire, Wales
Costume G5, Glasgow

 

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The Wizard of Oz

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present The Wizard of Oz as our 2002 production. This was the first time in the club’s history that we had presented this show! This recently released version of the stage show was written to be almost identical to the original 1939 MGM movie. Audience figures finalised at around 90% and feedback was extremely positive (artistic direction, choreography and cast enthusiasm coming under particular praise). The addition of around 50 children to our membership certainly boosted ticked sales (and, some might add, blood pressure readings!).

 

SYNOPSIS

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams frequently of what lies over the rainbow.

One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away. At the end of the rainbow, she finds herself in picturesque Munchkinland; home of the fascinating people, the Munchkins. In this famous land of Oz, Dorothy meets her first fairyland figure: the Good Witch of the North.

The Munchkins fête Dorothy as a heroine, because in landing, her house has accidentally killed the Wicked Witch of the East, who had long tormented the Munchkins. Dorothy wants to return to Kansas, fearing her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry will worry about her. The Good Witch advises Dorothy that only the great Wizard of Oz can help her get back to Kansas.

But Dorothy has an enemy, the Wicked Witch of the West, sister of the dead Wicked Witch of the East, who vows revenge. The witch is frightened away on her first encounter with Dorothy as the Good witch places the powerful ruby slippers previously owned by the Wicked Witch of the East on Dorothy’s feet!

On the way to Emerald City Dorothy meets Scarecrow who joins her. Next they meet the Tin Woodman and finally in a haunted wood they are joined by a Cowardly Lion. The Wicked Witch curses a poppy field on the outskirts of the Emerald City causing the travellers to fall asleep – but they are saved by the Good Witch who causes a fall of snow to awaken them.

In the Emerald City Dorothy introduces herself and her friends to the Guard. He explains that the Wizard of Oz is the most powerful Wizard in the world, but not very friendly! They are granted an audience with the Wizard who sends them on a quest to capture the broom of the wicked witch.

On the way to the Witch’s castle they are attacked by the Witch’s evil Flying Monkeys who kidnap Dorothy. The three remaining friends vow to rescue her but at the castle the Witch attacks the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy protects Scarecrow by throwing a bucket of water over the Witch. This is the witch’s weakness and she melts immediately at the touch of the water – the Witch is DEAD!

When they return to the Great Oz, the four discover he is an ordinary man, not a powerful wizard. Nevertheless, the Wizard of Oz is able to grant everyone’s wishes. He gives the Lion a medal to represent courage, the Tinman a watch to show his large heartedness, and the Scarecrow a diploma to signify graduation from advanced study. The Great Wizard of Oz escorts Dorothy back to Kansas in his balloon.

 

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6 Granville Street, Charing Cross
Glasgow
G3 7DR
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CAST

Main Cast
Dorothy Allison Bennie
Toto ‘Chloe’
Aunt Em / Glinda Victoria Eadie
Uncle Henry / Guard Mark Ridyard
Hickory / Tin Man Wilson Paterson
Hunk / Scarecrow Cameron Lowe
Zeke / Cowardly Lion David Brown
Miss Gultch / Wicked Witch Norma Fingland
Professor / Wizard of Oz Les Hooper
Munchkin Mayor Laura Burns
Munchkin Barrister Ashley McInnes
Martha Smart
Munchkin Coroner Christopher Lowe
Kris Guthrie
First Crow Moira McLeod
Second Crow Shona McAulay
Third Crow David McCurrach
First Tree Susan Kerr
Second Tree Sharon Osdin
Third Tree Suzanne Lowe
Winkie General Stuart Forrester
Nikko Hamish Fingland
Dancers Susan Bedford
Karen Brown
Denise Hooper
Suzanne Lowe
Moira McLeod
Heather Smith
People of Kansas, Snowflakes, Ozians & Jitterbugs Laura Caricato
Linda Conway
Julie Cuthbertson
Hamish Fingland
Stuart Forrester
Lynn Henderson
Susan Kerr
Robin Kyle
Shona MacAulay
David McCurrach
Elaine McGill
Claire McMurray
Louise McMurray
Sharon Osdin
David Sturgeon
Sonia Wallace
Munchkins Ailsa Baird
Jenna Carey
Karay Gibson
Gabriel Harris
Julie Henery
Julie Henery
Jennifer Jamison
Christopher Kerr
Aimee Knox
Megan McMillan
Matthew McGlinchey
Katie McKitting
Mharie McLay
Jamie Martin
Stephanie Mullen
Jade Patterson
Natalie Pollock
Karen Adamson
Hannah Bowering
Christopher Brown
Stuart Brown
Dawn Bulloch
Sophie Dalziel
Laura Dickson
Bethany Donald
Rebecca Donald
Kimberley Gibson
Laura Hendry
Laura Kelly
Rebecca Lowe
Andrew McArthur
Heather McGillion
Laurie McIntyre
Sammy-Jo Marshall
Katy Morrison
Siobhan O’Brian
Helen Slater
Ashley Welch

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Assistant Director Mark Ridyard
Musical Director Gerry Devlin
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Graham Boyd
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager George Baird
Properties Elenor Wilkins
Colin Hooper
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Louise Munro
Professional Services
Set Border Studio, Selkirk
Costume Utopia, Dundee
Lighting Design George Armstrong
Sound Alan Beattie, BSL

 

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Sweet Charity

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present Sweet Charity as our 2003 production.

 

SYNOPSIS

Sweet Charity follows the adventures of Charity Hope Valentine in her search of Love and Happiness. Charity has been treated badly by Love in the past but she doesn’t let that get her down. As the show opens she is treated particularly badly by her current Love, Charlie. Charlie steals her handbag and pushes her in the lake! Charity is convinced that there has been some misunderstanding and explains this to her girlfriends back at the Fandango Ballroom (a place where men pay to dance and women ‘defend themselves to music’). Her best friends Nickie and Helene try to convince her that she is kidding herself and that life deals nothing but heavy blows – Charity will have none of it!

By chance Charity (literally) runs into Vitorrio Vidal (a famous Italian movie star) just as he is breaking up with his famous girlfriend Ursula. Vitorrio decides to take Charity to a high class night-club to teach Ursula a lesson. Starstruck Charity cannot refuse. In the Pompeii Club Charity feels faint through lack of food and convinces Vitorrio to take her to his apartment. Once there, Charity feels better and begins to pursue the unsuspecting star. Vitorrio is captivated by Charity’s innocence and optimism and gives Charity tokens of his (platonic) affection . . . just as Ursula returns to his apartment! Vitorrio ‘sweet talks’ Ursula in the time honoured way and Charity leaves with her tokens. Charity’s friends are sceptical of her story but Charity’s optimism is infectious (even in the Fandango ballroom) and they all dream of ‘Something Better Than This’. Charity decides to ‘improve herself’ with a night class and meets Oscar (a nervous accountant with claustrophobia denial) in a lift. The lift gets stuck . . . and Oscar becomes unstuck! Charity comforts him until they are rescued and they agree to meet again – but Charity is afraid to tell Oscar her real occupation and lets him believe she works in a bank. On their first date they decide to visit this month’s recommended ‘Church of the Month’. The ‘Rhythm of Life’ church. They are a very devout group sought after by hippys, pot heads . . . and the police! Oscar is convinced that Charity is the woman of his dreams. She is innocent and pure (and obviously doesn’t dance with strange men for a living). Charity keeps her terrible secret.

Eventually Charity can bear the deception no more and plucks up the courage to tell Oscar the truth. Oscar, it turns out, already knows. He loves her too much to let her past come between them. He decides to ignore her past ‘indiscretions’ and they arrange to be married. Charity is bubbling over with the news and returns to the Fandango to proclaim that she is getting out! Her friends throw a farewell party. Oscar arrives just as the singing and dancing are becoming riotous and doesn’t like what he sees. They argue over her past. Oscar cannot accept her for who she is and he leaves her. Charity is distraught but (once again) she picks herself up and lives ‘hopefully ever after’.

The score includes “Big Spender”, “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”, “If They Could See Me Now”, “I Love To Cry At Weddings” and the show stopping hippy rave “The Rhythm of Life”.

 

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6 Granville Street, Charing Cross
Glasgow
G3 7DR
United Kingdom
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CAST

Charity Suzanne Lowe
Helene Karen Herbison
Nickie Norma Fingland
Frenchy Allison Bennie
Herman David Sturgeon
Suzanne Victoria Eadie
Ursula Susan Kerr
Vittorio Vidal / Charlie Cameron Lowe
Oscer Lindquist / Baseball Player John Cuthbertson
Daddy Brubeck / Manfred / Monte Wilson Paterson
Assistant 1 / Marvin / Waiter / Cop 2 David McCurrach
Assistant 2 / Spanish Man Tony Smith
Rosie / YMCA Receptionist Moira McLeod
Tenor Jim Munro

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Andy Brown
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Mark Ridyard
Properties Jackie Garden
Colin Hooper
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Claire McMurray
Professional Services
Set Scenic & Property Hire, Wales
Costume Utopia, Dundee
Sound BSL

 

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Oklahoma!

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present Oklahoma! as our 2004 production. This was only the second time in the club’s history that we had presented this classic musical (the first being back in 1995 in Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre)! With an all new production team, a new theatre, a largely new cast (and a significantly larger budget – £25k) we hoped to bring something fresh to our patrons. Audience figures finalised at around 84% and feedback was extremely positive. The production raised a total of £726 for Accord Hospice – a Renfrewshire based charity. We almost doubled our membership remaining from the previous year’s Sweet Charity for this show. All in all it was noted that 2004 was a very good year for Theatre Guild!

 

SYNOPSIS

The story follows Curly’s romantic pursuit of Laurey in the weeks leading up to the territory’s declaration as a state in the early 20th century. Laurey is secretly happy to be pursued but Curly has a rival in the form of rough farm hand Jud Fry.

Meanwhile, Will Parker has returned from a trip to the big city hoping to woo his love Ado Annie. Unfortunately for Will she is the proverbial girl who can’t say “no” and hasn’t said “no” to any man since he left! Will finds that he has to romance Ado Annie away from the attentions of the Persian peddler – Ali Hakim.

The two love stories meet at the picnic basket auction where tradition dictates that a man who really loves a woman will bid highest for her basket since he wins not only the food but her company when he eats it! Jud and Curly rage a fierce bidding war for Laurey’s basket but Curly sacrifices everything to win. Jud is a bad loser and tries to kill Curly. There is a fight and Jud is killed. Curly is cleared of wrongdoing and they all live happily ever after (aw!).

Songs include Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re In Love, Kansas City, The Farmer and the Cowman and Oklahoma!

 

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Athenaeum Theatre
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street
Glasgow
G2 3DB
United Kingdom
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CAST

Curly McLain Cameron Lowe
Aunt Eller Norma Fingland
Laurey Williams Caroline Patterson
Ike Skidmore Tony Smith
Slim David McCurrach
Will Parker Sean Stirling
Fred Jim Munro
Jud Fry John Cuthbertson
Ado Annie Suzanne Lowe
Ali Hakim Wilson Paterson
Gertie Cummings Sharon Curley
Andrew Carnes Les Hooper
Singing Girls Alyson Steel
Suzanne Wilson
Victoria Ridyard
Dream Laurey Sarah MacKay
Cord Elam David Sturgeon
Mike Chris Potter
Joe Hamish Fingland
Tom Stephen Armour

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Margaret Carr
Rehearsal Pianist Maryam Sherhan
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Mark Ridyard
Properties Jackie Garden
Colin Hooper
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Albemarle, London
Costume Utopia, Dundee

 

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Hello Dolly!

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present Hello Dolly! as our 2005 production. This 45th Anniversary production was the first time that the club produced this show! With it’s humourous storyline, excellent score and lavish set and costumes we felt sure that ‘Hello Dolly!’ would be a big hit with audience and club members alike. Feedback from club members and patrons certainly supported this with particular praise coming from organisations who took large block bookings for the show! This production was famous for ‘Ambrose Kemper III’ – John Paul Liddle stepped into the role with only 10 days until the opening night after 2 previous players had to drop out due to other commitments.

 

SYNOPSIS

HELLO, DOLLY! is the story of Mrs. Dolly Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rainwater the way her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’ assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Mrs. Molloy’s assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kemper, with Mr. Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde. Mrs. Levi tracks Vandergelder to his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train back to Mrs. Molloy’s hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city where they are all caught up in the great Fourteenth Street Association Parade, and finally to the most elegant and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens. There, Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, Hello, Dolly!

What happens in the end? Dolly gets her man, of course. Even makes him glad she caught him. Dolly leaves the stage at the end of Act II with a wink to the audience as she takes a peep into Vandergelder’s bulging cash register, and promises that his fortune will soon be put to good use. She quotes her late husband as she says, “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”

HELLO, DOLLY! is an irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage…Dolly Gallagher Levi!

 

VENUE

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Athenaeum Theatre
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street
Glasgow
G2 3DB
United Kingdom
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CAST

Dolly Gallagher Levi Norma Fingland
Ambrose Kemper III John Paul Liddle
Horace Vandergelder David Brown
Ermengarde Gill Gilmour
Cornelius Hackl Cameron Lowe
Barnaby Tucker John Cuthbertson
Minnie Fay Sharon Cartwright
Irene Molloy Suzanne Lowe
Mrs. Rose Caroline Patterson
Ernestina Karen Herbison
Rudolph Reisenweber David Sturgeon
Judge Wilson Paterson
Policeman David McCurrach
Court Clerk John Woods
Dancers: Susan Bedford
Karen Brown
Jennifer Carrol
Karen Herbison
Sarah MacKay
Moira McLeod
Caroline Patterson
Victoria Ridyard
Heather Smith

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Mark Ridyard
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Mark Macdonald
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Jackie Duncan
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Jackie Garden
Colin Hooper
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Albemarle, London
Costume Utopia, Dundee
Sound BSL (Alan Beattie)
Lighting Design Moray Coull

 

MEDIA

Song List: * Overture * I Put My Hand In * It Takes A Woman * Put On Your Sunday Clothes * Ribbons Down My Back * Motherhood March * Dancing * Before The Parade Passes By * Elegance * Hello, Dolly * It Only Takes A Moment * So Long Dearie * Finale

Kiss Me Kate

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were proud to present Kiss Me Kate as our 2006 production. This classic show featuring some of Cole Porter’s best known songs was previously performed by Theatre Guild back in November 1963! With a comically complicated plot interlaced with deep emotion and a score that is “Too Darn Hot” to ignore we were confident that “Kiss Me Kate” would prove to be “Wunderbar” in the eyes (and ears) of our audience. The show was our first venture to Gilmorehill G12 – an intimate (i.e. ‘small’) venue with excellent lighting and sound facilities but limited performing space and auditorium (196 capacity). These issues were addressed by the production team who simplified the set, costume and orchestration to help the show fit the venue. In particular this spawned the use of Mark Ridyard’s (now famous) ‘boxes’ which represented the packing crates of the Baltimore Players and doubled as their ‘Taming of the Shrew’ set! This placed the emphasis of the show on the cast performances and here we delivered in some style! The cast of 37 sold all but 15 tickets for the week making the show a commercial (as well as artistic) success!

 

SYNOPSIS

A musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew” is about to open in Baltimore. In the show with producer- actor Fred Graham are his former wife, Lilli; Lois, a singer in whom he is interested; and Bill Calhoune, who is Lois’s interest. The irresponsible Bill informs Lois that he has signed Fred’s name to a 10,000 dollar IOU for gambling debts. She begs him to reform. Fred and Lilli patch up their differences as they reminisce nostalgically about other shows in which they have appeared together. Fred sends a bouquet to Lois, which is delivered in error to Lilli. On stage as Katharine, Lilli discovers that the bouquet was meant for Lois and threatens to leave the show. Her departure is prevented by two gangsters who have come to collect the IOU with Fred’s signature. As the first Act ends she is raging, both in character and reality.

Petruchio ( played by Fred Graham) although just married to Katharine, and beginning his tempestuous wedded life, begins to yearn for his life as a single man. Because of a sudden change in gang administration the gangsters tear up the now worthless IOU and Lilli prepares to walk out on the show as Fred muses on his love for her. The gangsters sing the always show-stopping ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’. As the show comes to close, Lilli unexpectedly returns and in Katharine’s words expresses her intention of returning to her husband.

The great Cole Porter poured a huge amount of his best music into Kiss Me Kate. The score scintillates with hits like “Wunderbar”, “Always True To You In My Fashion”, “Why Can’t You Behave”, “Too Darned Hot” ….. a great stream of lovely melody allied to words by the wittiest lyricist America ever produced.

  • Click HERE to download our Director’s Brief Plot Synopsis.
  • Click HERE to download our Director’s Detailed Plot Synopsis.

 

VENUE

Gilmorehill G12 Theatre

Gilmorehill G12 Theatre
9-11 University Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
United Kingdom
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Gilmorehill Theatre G12 is run by Glasgow University and housed in a modern church conversion. In addition to the theatre the building also contains a cinema and a café/bar.

It is situated on Kelvin Way, at the junction of University Avenue in Glasgow’s West End: just opposite Glasgow Uni Union, round the corner from Gibson Street.

 

CAST

Fred Graham (Petruchio) David Brown
Harry Trevor (Baptista) David Sturgeon
Lois Lane (Bianca) Caroline Patterson
Lilli Vanessi (Katherina) Suzanne Shanks
Hattie Gill Gilmour
Paul (Gremio) Cameron Lowe
Bill Calhoun (Lucentio) David McCurrach
Harrison Howell John Woods
Gangster #1 Robert Kirkham
Gangster #2 Jim Munro
‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Principal Players
Bianca Caroline Patterson
Baptista David Sturgeon
Gremio Cameron Lowe
Hortensio Tony Smith
Lucentio David McCurrach
Katharine Suzanne Shanks
Petruchio David Brown
DANCERS: Arlene Nicol
Susan Bedford
Karen Brown
Jennifer Carrol
Sharon Cartwright
Lisa Dutch
Suzanne Lowe

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Mark Ridyard
Musical Director Sean Stirling
Choreographer Amanda Letarte
Rehearsal Pianist Carol Hannigan
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Jackie Duncan
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Jacqui Garden
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Elevation Design
Costume Theatre Guild Cast / Christine Hoope

 

MEDIA

Song List: * Another Op’nin’, Another Show * Why Can’t You Behave * Wunderbar * So in Love * We Open in Venice * Tom, Dick or Harry * I’ve Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua * I Hate Men * Were Thine That Special Face * Cantiamo D’Amore * Kiss Me, Kate * Too Darn Hot * Where Is the Life That Late I Led? * Always True to You (In My Fashion) * From This Moment On * Bianca * So in Love (Reprise) * Brush Up Your Shakespeare * Pavane * I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple * Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise)

Click HERE to download our list of Musical Numbers.