Hello Dolly!


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.



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!




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



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