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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

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The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas as our 2007 production. Based on the life and times of the real “Chicken Ranch” and made famous by the 1982 movie starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds this fun, tongue-in-cheek musical was brimming with energetic dance routines, rousing chorus numbers and beautiful ballads. The ‘bawdy’ title didn’t put our audience off as the club sold 82% of the available seats! Feedback was universally positive with the show achieving a ‘5 STAR’ rating on review website www.uktheatre.net. Cast members will fondly remember a very happy show featuring revealing costumes, outrageous characters and “Peanut Delight” candy bars! This was the show where Stage Manager, Tess Byrne, regularly called for “The Ladies of the Ranch” and younger members of the backstage crew didn’t know where to look!

 

SYNOPSIS

The best bordello in Texas dated back to 1915, when Jessie Williams purchased an old farmhouse on 12 acres on the border of La Grange, where it existed in harmony with the law and local citizens for nearly 50 years. During the Depression, the girls traded services for farm goods and livestock. So many chickens were received that hen houses were set up for poultry and egg production – hence the name Chicken Ranch. In 1960 Edna Milton purchased the property from Miss Jessie’s estate and did a first-class remodelling job. It was under Miss Edna’s direction that the house of prostitution reached its greatest fame. In 1973 Marvin Zindler, a Houston TV newsman, mounted a campaign to close the Chicken Ranch. Jim Flournoy, former Texas Ranger and country sheriff since 1946, cited charitable work, saved marriages, and local acceptance and refused to close it. Zindler directed his TV attack on the Governor, who called Sheriff Jim. He in turn placed the call that quietly ended the Chicken Ranch’s 58-year history.

THE STORY

This happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and state-wide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. The rural community of Gilbert has long tolerated, secretly relished, and certainly patronised Miss Mona’s cosy homelike bordello. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams-sponsored by an alumnus-frequented the Chicken Ranch until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focused his television cameras and righteous indignation on the institution.

Shy and Amber arrive at Chicken Ranch knowing full well what goes on there. They’ve been used, had hard luck, and are lonely. They confide to Miss Mona that they have never done anything professional but plead for the chance to get some money together for a fresh start. Mona is taken with their honesty, hires them on, and sees to their training. She can use the extra help for the upcoming Texas Aggies/ Longhorn football-game party. The alumni associates of each school traditionally treat the winners of the annual rivalry to a night of frolicking at the Ranch. Some important political and business leaders are involved, too. (Miss Mona always has the right people to call on for advice).

Things are pretty much as they have been for 58 years-until Melvin P. Thorpe, a Houston TV reporter and do-gooder, sets out to spoil everybody’s fun. His Watchdog exposés do little to prompt Sheriff Dodd to close the Chicken Ranch. In fact, when Melvin visits the Ranch, Sheriff Dodd runs him off. It seems there is a romantic interest between the sheriff and Mona. In retaliation, Melvin raids the Ranch with his camera crew. The surprise visit proves embarrassing for all the above. Chicken Ranch is now too public to remain open in face of the state law against prostitution. Melvin P. Thorpe wins again. The girls ponder their futures as they await the bus from Amarillo. Mona and Sheriff Dodd pause for a moment of nostalgia before locking up after the girls have gone.

Click HERE to download our Director’s Brief Plot Synopsis (.pdf). Click HERE to download our Director’s Detailed Plot Synopsis (.pdf).

 

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

Narrator Cameron Lowe
Angel Sharon Cartwright
Shy Linn van der Zanden
Mona Stangley Karen Herbison
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd John Woods
Jewel Nicola Coffield
Melvin P. Thorpe Robert Kirkham
Doatsey Mae Catherine Mackenzie
Mayor Rufus Colin McGowan
Bob Silver (Announcer) Jon Cuthbertson
Imogene Charlene Lindsay McCourt
Governor David Sturgeon
Edith Laura Thomson
CJ David McCurrach
Senator Wingwoah Les Hooper
“The Girls”: Adele Simpson
Caroline Patterson
Christine Donaldson
Karen Brown
Lisa Dutch
Moira McLeod
Norma Fingland
Susan Bedford
Suzanne Lowe
Victoria Ridyard
“The Dogettes” Gill Gilmour
Louise McMurray
Lorna Templeton
Rachael Hepburn
David Brown
David Fingland
Les Hooper
Jim Potter
Thorpe Singers Bobby Allan
Karen Brock
Jon Cuthbertson
Hamish Fingland
Susan Kennedy
Emma Lindsay
Cameron Lowe
Catherine Mackenzie
Ian MacLeod
Lindsay McCourt
David McCurrach
Campbell McDougall
Karen McDougall
Colin McGowan
Louise Munro
Chris Potter
David Sturgeon
Laura Thomson
Melanie Todd
Angelettes Gill Gilmour
Emma Lindsay
Lindsay McCourt
Lorna Templeton

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Mark Ridyard
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Carol Hannigan
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Tess Byrne
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set The Border Studio, Selkirk
Costume Utopia Costumes, Dundee
Sound John Ewing Sound

 

MEDIA

Song list:

  • Prologue – Solo Girl Singer, The Rio Grande Band
  • 20 Fans – Mona Stangley & Ensemble
  • A Lil Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place – Mona Stangley, the Girls
  • Girl You’re a Woman – Mona Stangley, Shy, Jewel, the Girls
  • Watch Dog Theme – Melvin P. Thorpe, Dogettes
  • Texas Has a Whorehouse in It – Melvin P. Thorpe, Thorpe Singers, Dogettes
  • Twenty-Four Hours of Lovin’ – Jewel, the Girls
  • Watchdog Theme (reprise) – The Dogettes
  • Texas Has a Whorehouse in It (reprise) – Melvin P. Thorpe & Ensemble
  • Doatsey Mae – Doatsy Mae
  • Angelette March – Imogene Charlene, Angelettes
  • The Aggie Song – The Aggies
  • The Sidestep – The Governer & Ensemble
  • No Lies – Mona Stangley, Jewel, the Girls
  • Good Ole Girl – Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, the Aggies
  • Hard Candy Christmas – Amber, Linda Lou, Ginger, Ruby Rae, Beatrice
  • Hard Candy Christmas (reprise) – The Girls
  • Bus from Amarillo – Mona Stangley
  • Finale – The Company

Click HERE to download our list of Musical Numbers (.pdf).

Copacabana

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present Barry Manilow’s Copacabana as our 2008 production. The show is based on the lyrics of Barry Manilow’s famous hit song of the same name! With 14 catchy and atmospheric musical numbers (9 of which featuring chorus and dancers), dance routines from the world famous ‘Copa-Girls’ and a story starring Lola (she was a showgirl!) that is as hot as its tropical Cuban location the committee felt sure that this show would prove to be a worthy successor to our 2007 hit “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”! Our audience agreed as ticket sales hit the high 90s (in percentage terms) and feedback was almost universally positive.

Clyde 1’s Suzie Maguire said “Copacabana is going down a storm”, UK Theatre Network said “Music and passion are most definitely the fashion in this delightfully cheesy, wonderfully upbeat rendition of the Barry Manilow classic” and added that our audience were “singing along with glee and literally dancing out of the aisles”. The production was memorable for being Ian Purves’s first as Artistic Director, Jackie Duncan’s first as Stage Director and leading man, Anthony Kelly’s, first ever show with Theatre Guild. This was the show with confetti cannons, mirror balls, marracas and all those showgirls costumes! We enjoyed David Sturgeon’s numerical repertoire (“a 6-17, a 7-11 and a 5 and dime”), John Woods Tarzan impression and Craig Ledgerwood’s “barking dogs”.

The show opens in with a dreamlike sequence set in an elegant but other-wordly nightclub in 1947.

Act I

Stephen is a songwriter suffering writer’s block. He acts as narrator but also becomes part of his imaginary settings and as a character in his forthcoming musical, that of leading man Tony. Stephen’s wife, Samantha, reminds him that their parents are coming for dinner which momentarily takes Stephen away from his imaginary world. He turns to his drum machine as he begins to visualise the way his musical is going to take shape. It will be about a showgirl performing at the famous Copacabana in 1947. We are whisked to Grand Central Station where his heroine is about to arrive. Her name is Lola and she hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is not alone, there are other would-be showgirls from St. Paul, or Fargo or Billing. Together they march down glittering, glorious Broadway. Back to the 1990s and Stephen’s musical is beginning to take shape. His leading man will be called Tony – a songwriter by day and at night he works in the famous Copacabana nightclub. Stephen becomes Tony and then, it’s showtime. Tony and the Copa boys lead the entertainment before introducing the fabulous Copa girls. After the show, Tony commiserates with Gladys, a worldly-wise cigarette girl, about the less glamorous side of showbusiness. Lola enters looking for a job and Tony is immediately head-over-heels in love. He and Gladys persuade Sam Silver, the Copa’s hard-headed owner, to give Lola the chance to audition for the show the following afternoon. Tony is desperate to have his songs published and auditions them for music publishers while Lola does the rounds of theatre producers. They both arrive at the Copa tired and exhausted, Lola fully expecting to fail this audition also. People who audition for the Copa are expected to arrive with their own pianist but Tony comes to the rescue and together with Gladys transform Lola – and her song – into star material. Lola gets the job at the Copa and she and Tony obviously hit it off. Tony hadn’t reckoned, however, with the arrival of Rico, the local Godfather, and his goons. He immediately takes a shine to Lola and invites her to his table for champagne. He tells her of his own magnificent nightclub, the Tropicana in Havana – the world’s largest outdoor nightclub. Persuasion by word doesn’t get Lola to come to Rico’s nightclub but a drugged drink means he can kidnap her and transport her to Havana on his ocean clipper and thence to his opulent lair in Cuba.

Act II

Realisation dawns that Lola has been kidnapped. Tony vows to rescue her with the aid of Willy, one of the Copa’s waiters. Sam Silver also offers to help but vacillates between his desire to help and his fear of Rico’s machine-guns. Meanwhile, in Havana, Lola is coming round from her drug induced sleep. Conchita, Rico’s moll and the one ousted from favour by Lola, puts Lola firmly in the picture and a plan to help Lola escape begins to take shape. Conchita returns to the Tropicana to rehearse her number for the show that evening and Rico decides that they should revive one of Conchita’s past hits, only this time to star Lola. Conchita is furious and despite her protestations Rico is firm in his decision. More than ever Conchita decides that Lola must escape. Sam and Tony have by this time arrived in disguise and seek Conchita’s help. During the big Tropicana production number, Lola’s escape is engineered and she and Tony finally melt into each other’s arms.

Thus, the fantasy is over and Tony becomes once again, Stephen. Stephen is dejected now that his fantasy has been completed and it is then that he realises that his fictitious Lola is none other than his wife, Samantha. All ends happily.

Song List (in alphabetical order):

Ay Caramba – The Copa Girls
Bolero de Amor – Rico and company
Copacabana – Company
Dancin’ Fool – Tony and company
El Bravo! – Lola and the Pirates
Just Arrived – Lola and Women Hopefuls
Lola / Man Wanted – Tony / Lola
Night on the Town – Lola and the Copa Girls
Sweet Heaven – Tony and the Copa Girls
This Can’t Be Real – Lola, Stephen
Welcome to Havana – Conchita and the Trop Boys
Who Am I Kidding? – Sam, Gladys and Doorman
Who Needs to Dream? – Tony
Finale – Company

 

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

Stephen / Tony Anthony Kelly
Lola / Samantha Caroline Patterson
Rico David Brown
Conchita Norma Fingland
Sam Robert Kirkham
Gladys Judith Miller
Willie Craig Ledgerwood
McManus David Sturgeon
Singing Girl 1 Gill Gilmour
Singing Girl 2 Rachael Hepburn
Skip Graeme Lochhead
Maitre D’ John Woods
Coat Check Girl Alyson Steel
Piano Accompanist Paul Hannigan
Male Auditioner Bobby Allan
A Back-of-the-house Voice Les Hooper
Mr. Brill Colin McGowan
Music Publisher Campbell McDougall
Two Goons Paul Hannigan
Jim Munro
Luis David McCurrach
Carlos John Woods
Veronica Lake Vasso Georgiadou
Veronica’s Escort Les Hooper
Copa Girls: Monique Alexander
Karen Brown
Chris Donaldson
Lisa Dutch
Suzanne Lowe
Moira McLeod
Adele Simpson
Linn van der Zanden

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Ian Purves
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Carol Hannigan
Stage Director Jackie Duncan
Stage Manager Tess Byrne
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Wardrobe Morag Arthur
Sandra Crawford
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Prosceneium
Costume Triple C
Lighting Design Kevin Robertson

Summer Holiday

DESCRIPTION

Theatre Guild were delighted to present Guys and Dolls as our 50th Anniversary production. The show’s combination of strong characters, uplifting chorus numbers, touching ballads and laugh out loud comedy proved to be a great draw for members and audience alike. This was our third production of Guys and Dolls in our 50 year history (previous shows being in 1966 and 1996). Recent revivals on Broadway, London’s West End and a UK national tour received rave reviews.

Our production received critical acclaim for the high production standards and, in particular, for the performances of the four main principal characters (three of whom were new members to the club in 2010). Director Alasdair Hawthorn asked for every member of the company to develop a character that was “cartoon-like”. The cast delivered extremely animated performances that were loved by our audience. Members will remember this show as Norma’s first as MD, the one where Nathan pretended he was playing “Risk” and Big Jule wanted to “win back China”, the show where the suits were the stars and the one where EVERYONE knew the words to “Follow The Fold”!

 

Don and his fellow London Transport bus mechanics journey through Paris, the Alps, Italy and then Greece. Along the way they pick up three young girls in a clapped-out Morris Minor and a young American pop star on the run from her domineering mother. This all to the strains of a hit-filled score featuring “In the Country”, “Summer Holiday”, “I Could Easily Fall in Love with You”, “Bachelor Boy”, “Move It”, “Living Doll”, “The Young Ones” and “On the Beach”. A real taste of Great British nostalgia to a score our audience will already know and love!

 

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Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
United Kingdom
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Eastwood Park Theatre is an outstanding visual and performing arts venue in the leafy suburbs, south of Glasgow, fusing the comforts of a modern, revamped facility with an air of retro from the original 1970′s building.

Both audience members and performing arts organisations have benefited from a recent £1.75 million refurbishment to the theatre building which now provides state-of-the-art stage facilities, access for performers and patrons using wheelchairs, and a lush modernised, intimate auditorium.

Since re-opening on the 22nd February 2007, the theatre has accommodated full-scale performing art productions, festivals, author events, film screenings, bands and launch events.
The new auditorium can seat up to 338 people.

 

CAST

Don Anthony Kelly
Edwin Bobby Weston
Cyril David McCurrach
Steve Colin McGowan
Alma Lisa Dutch
Mimsie Adele Simpson
Angie Judith Miller
Barbara Caroline Telfer
Stella Norma Fingland
Jerry Robert Kirkham
Wilf Gylen Boardman
Italian Wedding Singer David Sturgeon
Sandra Gill Gilmour
Jean D’Arm David Sturgeon
WPC Alyson Steel
Wrightmore David Brown
Commander David Brown
Customs Man David Sturgeon

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Ian Purves
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Carol Hannigan
Stage Director Jackie Duncan
Stage Manager Tess Byrne
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Wardrobe Morag Arthur
Sandra Crawford
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Albemarle
Costume Triple C
Lighting Design Kevin Robertson

Crazy For You

DESCRIPTION

Theatre Guild were delighted to produce Crazy for You as our 2011 musical. With a screwball storyline, classic 30’s styling, dozens of character roles, huge ‘song and dance’ chorus numbers and a Gershwin Score that reads like the “Greatest Hits” of the 1930s, this was a popular show with our members and our audience.

This was the show where Karen Herbison took the Director’s chair for the first time and the ‘firsts’ continued as David McCurrach and Adele Simpson played our all singing, all dancing all Gershwin leading roles! Lank’s ‘HOTEL’ sign had to be rebuilt by the stage crew for every performance and prompt Dorothy Bedford didn’t have to say a word all week thanks to Adele who, it seemed, had memorised the entire script! Social networking became a big part of our promotion for the show which included webmaster Cammy’s “Beardwatch” on Twitter and Facebook. Ticket sales topped the 90% mark helping chairman, David Brown, sleep at night while a large portion of the budget spent on the 11-strong band proved to be worth every penny as they delivered the atmospheric 1930s score to perfection! UK Theatre network posted a great REVIEW saying that “Theatre Guild Glasgow .., who never fail to impress, hit all the high notes”!

 

CRAZY FOR YOU is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930’s playboy, who’s dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancee, Bobby achieves his dream! In doing so, he travels to Deadrock, Nevada, ostensibly to foreclose on the mortgage of the failing Gaity Theatre. However, he falls for local girl, Polly, and he sets out to impress her. He decides to pose as New York theatre producer “Zangler” and put on a show to save the theatre using the deadbeat local townsfolk as the entertainment! Turning the sleepy local cowboys into dancers is not easy but, aside from that, all seems to go well until the REAL Zangler shows up with Bobby’s mother and the “Zangler’s Folly’s” production in tow!! Big show numbers and lots of belly-laughs are sure to follow … It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music. CRAZY FOR YOU played for 1,622 performances on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson. The show won 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Songs include They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Bidin’ My Time, Embraceable You, Someone To Watch Over Me and I’ve Got Rhythm!

 

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Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
United Kingdom
Get Directions
Eastwood Park Theatre is an outstanding visual and performing arts venue in the leafy suburbs, south of Glasgow, fusing the comforts of a modern, revamped facility with an air of retro from the original 1970′s building.

Both audience members and performing arts organisations have benefited from a recent £1.75 million refurbishment to the theatre building which now provides state-of-the-art stage facilities, access for performers and patrons using wheelchairs, and a lush modernised, intimate auditorium.

Since re-opening on the 22nd February 2007, the theatre has accommodated full-scale performing art productions, festivals, author events, film screenings, bands and launch events.
The new auditorium can seat up to 338 people.

 

CAST

The cast of our 2011 production of Crazy For You (in order of appearance) is as follows:

Principal Cast

Tess
Patsy
Bobby Child
Bela Zangler
Irene Roth
Mother
Perkins
Moose
Mingo
Sam
Pete
Jimmy
Billy
Wyatt
Polly Baker
Everett Baker
Lank Hawkins
Harry (Barman)
Eugenie Fodor
Patricia Fodor
Louise (Follies Girl)
Betsy (Follies Girl)

Follies Dancers

Tess
Patsy
Mitzi
Elaine
Susie
Margie
Sheila
Vera
Norma
Karen

Other Follies Girls and Wardrobe Staff

Pamela Ross
Catherine Ross
David McCurrach
John Woods
Suzanne Shanks
Shona McAulay
Craig McDougall
Cameron Lowe
Jim Munro
David Sturgeon
David Brown
Ross Fingland
John Dunne
Andrew Neilson
Adele Simpson
Les Hooper
Gylen Boardman
Campbell McDougall
Louise Munro
Gill Gilmour
Alison Strawbridge
Rachael Hepburn

Pamela Ross
Catherine Ross
Judith Miller
Suzanne Lowe
Nikki Green
Laura Anderson
Lisa Dutch
Caroline Telfer
Karen Brown
Ashleigh Fry

Karen Brock, Dawn Bulloch, Gillian Carey, Sarah Mackay, Craig McDougall, Karen McDougall, Louise McMurray, Mhairi Meighan, Samantha Spencer, Jennifer Thom, Linn Van der Zanden.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

The production team for our 2011 production of “Crazy for You” are as follows:

Artistic Director
Musical Director
Choreographer
Rehearsal Pianist
Stage Director
Stage Manager
Properties
Wardrobe

Prompt

Karen Herbison
Norma Fingland
Jonathan Parsons
David Fisher
Jacqui Duncan
Tess Byrne
Eleanor Wilkins
Sandra Crawford
Morag Arthur
Dorothy Bedford

Fiddler on the Roof

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild Committee are proud to present our 2013 production, “Fiddler on the Roof”. The show was chosen by popular vote of the members back in January 2012 and promises to be a hit with our audience, too! With a classic score, a dramatic storyline, diverse principal roles and and a cracking production team on board this show promises to be one of our greats!!

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway’s fifteenth longest-running show in history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

Theatre Guild last performed this show in 1972 and the Committee and members of Theatre Guild felt that it was long overdue a revival!

 

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. The show is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem.

The story centres on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

Fiddler on the Roof features a classic score with many well known songs including “If I Were A Rich Man”, “Tradition”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “To Life” and “Sunrise Sunset”.

 

VENUE

Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre
Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
United Kingdom
Get Directions
Eastwood Park Theatre is an outstanding visual and performing arts venue in the leafy suburbs, south of Glasgow, fusing the comforts of a modern, revamped facility with an air of retro from the original 1970′s building.

Both audience members and performing arts organisations have benefited from a recent £1.75 million refurbishment to the theatre building which now provides state-of-the-art stage facilities, access for performers and patrons using wheelchairs, and a lush modernised, intimate auditorium.

Since re-opening on the 22nd February 2007, the theatre has accommodated full-scale performing art productions, festivals, author events, film screenings, bands and launch events.
The new auditorium can seat up to 338 people.

 

CAST

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

The committee are delighted to announce Theatre Guild Glasgow’s production team for our 2013 production of Fiddler on the Roof. Details of the team follow:

Alasdair Hawthorn

Alasdair HawthornArtistic Director: Alasdair Hawthorn. Alasdair returns hot-foot from directing our sellout smash Footloose – The Dance Musical. Alasdair previously directed a our 50th Anniversary production of Guys and Dolls which was a roaring success! He trained at the RSAMD and graduated with a BA in Dramatic Studies. A professional director, actor and producer, Alasdair is very highly regarded and particularly hot property in Glasgow theatrical circles. For Theatre Guild he has directed Calamity Jane, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls and, arguably our most accomplished artistic success in recent years, Sweet Charity. He is also a regular director for the Pantheon Club and PMOS. We are delighted that he has been able to return to Theatre Guild in 2013!

David Fisher

Jonathan Parsons

Chapter Three: Theatre Guild Today

Today Theatre Guild stands as one of the most highly respected musical theatre companies in Glasgow. We are an adult club offering full membership to those aged 16 or over – but we do need child performers from time to time. While never financially ‘well off’ the club continues to maintain an incredibly high production standard by reinvesting any surplus cash into the following production – we even manage to make charitable donations on a regular basis! The current constitution was expertly written by Wilson Paterson in 1997 and provides guidance for the committee and membership. We have a reputation as a friendly club free of favouritism and ‘cliques’ with a VERY active social life! We owe our continued success to our members and committee who together strive to ensure that Theatre Guild Glasgow will continue to provide first class entertainment to our patrons.

Chapter Two: The NEW Theatre Guild

At the EGM a tearful Jack Holmes broke the news to members that club funds had now diminished to a mere £2,000. With production costs in excess of £40,000 looming for our forthcoming production of “Meet Me In St Louis” the existing committee were reluctant to proceed with the show fearing further losses and financial liability to members. The future of the club hinged on the result of this meeting! By the end of a very long meeting the club had agreed to continue and appointed a new committee to determine the next crucial steps. The committee was chaired by Jim Rutherford and included current members Billy Love and Cameron Lowe.

The new committee made several key decisions immediately. The Guild would proceed with “Meet Me In St. Louis” but would move to a smaller venue with a much smaller budget. The club would become a Limited Company – a legal entity which would protect members from the club’s financial liabilities. Finally, and perhaps most reluctantly, the club would abandon it’s constitutional promise to perform new or rarely performed musicals – a new constitution would be written removing this restriction.

Mistakes were made that first year by the largely inexperienced committee. Meet Me In St Louis lost almost £4,000 at the box office and the club went into the RED for the first time in it’s 34 year history. Things looked grim. But Billy Love offered a solution: “Singing Our Songs” (or SOS!). Billy concieved, produced and choreographed this show which proved to be a true lifeline for Theatre Guild. He personally persuaded dozens of past principals from Theatre Guild shows to perform a fantastic revue of Theatre Guild’s history. The result was 3 performances in the Mitchell Theatre to packed houses raising almost £3,000 and literally putting the club back on it’s feet.

By 1995 the committee had the experience of 2 productions behind them and really hit their stride. They took on the role of ‘Producer’ (previously associated with the Director role) and hired a professional production team to rehearse members through a new production of Oklahoma! The show was a great success raising £4,500 in clear surplus and beginning a new era in Theatre Guild history. Following a run of musical successes the club voted to change its name in 2006 to “Theatre Guild Glasgow” to remove any preconceptions of ‘amateur’ status and to help the club to compete on a more equal footing with other local societies. To reaffirm our respect for the history of the club and pride in its longevity we added the tag line “Staging Success Since 1960”.

Guys and Dolls

DESCRIPTION

Theatre Guild were delighted to present Guys and Dolls as our 50th Anniversary production. The show’s combination of strong characters, uplifting chorus numbers, touching ballads and laugh out loud comedy proved to be a great draw for members and audience alike. This was our third production of Guys and Dolls in our 50 year history (previous shows being in 1966 and 1996). Recent revivals on Broadway, London’s West End and a UK national tour received rave reviews.

Our production received critical acclaim for the high production standards and, in particular, for the performances of the four main principal characters (three of whom were new members to the club in 2010). Director Alasdair Hawthorn asked for every member of the company to develop a character that was “cartoon-like”. The cast delivered extremely animated performances that were loved by our audience. Members will remember this show as Norma’s first as MD, the one where Nathan pretended he was playing “Risk” and Big Jule wanted to “win back China”, the show where the suits were the stars and the one where EVERYONE knew the words to “Follow The Fold”!

 

It all begins with a bet. Nathan Detroit bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson that Sky cannot persuade Save-A-Soul Missionary Sister Sarah Brown to accompany him on a trip to Cuba. While the worldly Sky works his charms on a wary Sarah, Nathan is doing his best to stay outside the matrimonial clutches of his long-suffering fiancée, Miss Adelaide. “Guys and Dolls” is a fable about what happens to gambling men and the women who long to tame them. Set in the colourful world of New York City in the mid 20th century, the romantic and funny “Guys And Dolls” is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and scantily clad showgirls, and one of the greatest musical scores in the history of American theatre. Songs include I’ll Know, A Bushel and a Peck, Guys and Dolls, If I Were a Bell, I’ve Never Been in Love Before, Luck be a Lady & Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat!

 

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

Principal Cast
Sarah Brown Caroline Telfer
Nicely-Nicely Johnson David Sturgeon
Benny Southstreet Cameron Lowe
Rusty Charlie Robert Kirkham
Arvide Abernathy John Woods
Agatha Louise Munro
Harry The Horse David McCurrach
Lt. Brannigan Les Hooper
Nathan Detroit Neil Campbell
Miss Adelaide Lisa-Jayne Rattray
Sky Masterson Richard Magowan
Joey Biltmore Jim Munro
Mimi Moira McLeod
General Matilda B. Cartwright Shona McAulay
Big Jule Gylen Boardman
Hot Box Girls
Tallulah Belle Karen Brown
Lola De Franco Jenna Cameron
Poppy Lamonte Lisa Dutch
Jessie Jordan Karen Herbison
Honey Grove Suzanne Lowe
Dolores Dark Moira McLeod
Apple Martini Catherine Ross
Chastity Denver Pamela Ross
Misty Brookes Val Wilson
Gamblers
Society Max David Brown
Scranton Slim John Dunne
Brandy Bottle Bates David Fingland
Chicago Red Ross Fingland
Johnny One-Eye Campbell McDougall
The Greek Colin McGowan
The Seldom Seen Kid Ian McLeod
Angie the Ox Jim Munro
Kid Switch Andrew Neilson
Lame Louis John Phee
Save-a-Soul Missionaries
Sally Ann Cross Laura Allan
Penny Dollar Dawn Bulloch
Philomena Warburton Gill Gilmour
Truffelena Warburton Rachael Hepburn
Deirdre Disnae Laura Lewis
Briget St. John Sarah Mackay
Philipa Can Karen McDougall
Dymphna O’Hara Louise McMurray
Susan Fairfax Alyson Steel
Mary Gillbert Jennifer Thom

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Musical Director Norma Fingland
Choreographer Jonathan Parsons
Rehearsal Pianist Carol Hannigan
Stage Director Jacqui Duncan
Stage Manager Tess Byrne
Properties Eleanor Wilkins
Wardrobe Sandra Crawford
Morag Arthur
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Fight Co-ordinator Jon Cuthbertson
Professional Services
Set Scenic Projects
Costume Triple C
Lighting Design Kevin Robertson

Chapter One: The Founders

The company was founded in 1960 by a group of experienced players on the Glasgow amateur musical circuit. These like minded individuals were disenchanted by the lack of variety of musical productions performed in the city. At the time it seemed like there was endless repetition of the tried and tested musical formula involving an endless rehash of only a few different shows. The group agreed to form their own club and set out to perform new and rarely performed shows – the shows that the other clubs said “just couldn’t be done by amateurs”.

Their first task was to select a name for this pioneering company. They settled on the name “Theatre Guild – Amateur Musicals” taking inspiration from the world famous Theatre Guild of New York. For their first production they set out on the ambitious project to perform “South Pacific”. With it’s exotic locations, colourful costumes and complex orchestration this show had never before been performed by an amateur company in Glasgow. The show was performed in Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre in October 1960 and was a rousing success. Theatre Guild had set a new benchmark for amateur productions and so a bright new light had been lit on the Glasgow theatre scene!

One of the founder members of The Guild (as we quickly became known) was Billy Love who remains as our Honorary Life President to this day. Billy soon took on the pivotal roles of Producer and Choreographer for the club holding these positions for more than 3 decades! While the new club settled on a constitution which set a direct course for ‘adventure’ in the form of the uncharted waters of new and rarely performed musicals, Billy produced dozens of successful Glasgow, Scottish, British and even World Amateur Premiers. In fact, to this day Theatre Guild remain the only amateur club to have EVER performed a number of our ambitious premiers. The founders of Theatre Guild – Amateur Musicals should be truly proud that they achieved their aims to bring new shows to the audiences of Glasgow.

But all would not be plain sailing for The Guild. Towards the end of the 80’s, the club began to lose money on each show. The fantastic cost of each production (at that time in excess of £40,000) was forcing ticket prices to creep ever higher. Slowly the club found that audiences were less inclined to buy a ticket for a show that they perhaps had not heard of and certainly had not seen before. In addition, the King’s Theatre (at that time owned by Glasgow City Council) – which had been The Guild’s home for many years – announced a massive increase in rental costs. In January 1993, Chairman Jack Holmes called an Extrordinary General Meeting of all Theatre Guild members to break some very difficult news ….