October 2007 - Hitchin Thespians

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October 2007 - Hitchin Thespians

Hitchin Thespians

October 2007

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


Hitchin Office: 01462 438979

Stevenage Office: 01438 743999

Shefford: 01462 813235


Music by

Arthur Sullivan

HITCHIN THESPIANS

PRESENT

Lyrics by

W. S. Gilbert

Tuesday 16th October

- Saturday 20th October 2007

The Gordon Craig Theatre,

Stevenage

Production Director

JIM SNELL

Musical Director

JOHN EDWARDS


From the Chairman...

As I write this message I have just returned from Edinburgh where some of our members

were performing The Full Monty to packed houses and much acclaim, described by one

reviewer as “definitely a cut above your average amateur dramatic society”. The Full Monty

was one of a number of brand new shows that we brought to you, the others being Jekyll

and Hyde and Thoroughly Modern Millie. We do have a few other brand new shows lined

up for you in the future but in the meantime it is great to return to where it all began.

Like many amateur dramatic societies our roots are well and truly based in the Gilbert and

Sullivan tradition, just take a look at our list of previous shows.You will soon realise that although

set in Japan, The Mikado has nothing to do with the Japanese. It is a witty and satirical commentary

upon English life and manners in the late Victorian period.The Mikado is quintessentially English with

many of Gilbert’s observations ringing as true today as they did when The Mikado was first performed.

Our next show at the Gordon Craig Theatre will be Chess. This is the show that was written by the male

members of Abba after their break up and shot Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige to the top of the charts

with “I Know Him So Well”. It’s a fabulous show and we hope you will book your tickets after tonight’s

performance. As you can tell it gives me great pleasure and makes me very proud to be Chair of a society that

can bring you such range and diversity and I do hope that you will enjoy this production of The Mikado.

Tom Evans - Chairman, Hitchin Thespians

HITCHIN THESPIANS OFFICERS 2006-2007

PRESIDENT: Derek Jenkins

CHAIRMAN: Tom Evans

TREASURER: Trevor Hiorns

GENERAL SECRETARY: Lucy Miller-White

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Sarah Bailes

CHORAL MANAGER: Susan Osbourn

BUSINESS MANAGER: Nick Morgan

WOODSIDE HALL MANAGER: Ann Crook

SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING: Vivienne Tadman

COMMITTEE MEMBER: Geraldine Hiorns

COMMITTEE MEMBER: Melanie Plowman

COMMITTEE MEMBER: Ron Burton

LIFE MEMBERS:

Olive Ansell, Ann Crook, Brenda Cundell,

Marianne Hargraves, Audrey Jenkins, Derek Jenkins,

Denis Rowland, Gordon Wharton

HONORARY MEMBERS:

Bert Broe, Mollie Gilbert, Edgar Gilbert,

Roger Heath, Alfons Krupp, Bernard Mallett,

Richard Moore, Jim Snell, Justin Thomas


Hitchin Thespians is proud to be affiliated

to the National Operatic and Dramatic

Association (NODA) which was founded in

1899 as the main representative body

for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a

membership of some 2,500 amateur/

community theatre groups and 3,000

individual enthusiasts throughout the

country, staging musicals, operas, plays,

concerts and pantomimes in a wide

variety of performing venues, ranging

from leading professional theatres to village halls.

NODA is divided into eleven national Regions, each

headed by a Regional Councillor who sits at the ruling

body of the Association and who is supported by

a network of Regional Representatives and other

volunteers. The Representatives and their volunteers

are the vital link to the grass roots of the Association,

the amateur theatre companies themselves. The

association is administered from its headquarters in

Peterborough.

NODA offers multiple benefits to its members,

providing free expert advice and factsheets on

the many issues which can arise in putting on a

performance. NODA represents the interests of

amateur theatre in authorities, rights holders and

the media. Conferences, workshops and seminars

held at National and Regional level all help the

members to share information on best practice.

The NODA Annual Summer School offers

training from professional tutors in acting,

directing, music directing, musical theatre,

stage management and other technical

aspects of theatre performance.

Burseries are available from National

and Regional funds. Regular Regional

magazines and the quarterly ‘NODA

National News’ provide a range of useful

advice and information for amateur

societies and practitioners, as well as free

listings of performances, free classified ads for

selling, buying or hiring scenery, props, scripts, and

details of shows released or restricted for amateur

performance. NODA’s trading area offers access to

goods and services for members and other amateur

theatre enthusiasts,such as NODA Pantomines,a sheet

music service, official badges, youth representatives,

commendation badges and Long Service Awards.

There awards are available for presentation to those

who have given active service to amateur theatre

for a period of ten years and every five years thereafter.

NODA Insurance provides a package that caters

for the specific needs of amateur theatre with

discounted premiums for NODA members.

NODA aims to ensure that it provides help to

amateur societies and individuals in achieving the

highest standards of best practice and performance,

and in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

CALLING YOUNG THESPIANS...

If you want to sing, want to act, and want to dance and are in Year 6 and above we want to

hear from you. Young Thespians meet Sunday mornings from 10am to 12 noon at Woodside Hall,

Walsworth Road, Hitchin. In the Spring and early Summer we hold workshops in Song,

Dance and Drama which result in a ‘concert’ in early July. There is a charge of £25 to

take part in each production. Young Thespians are presenting ‘Oklahoma’

at Woodside Hall on March 27th - 29th 2008...Come and see us!

There are no auditions to join so if you are interested please contact

Ann Crook 01462 434181, anncrook@rmplc.co.uk


The Story...

ACT ONE

The show opens in the town of Titipu where the chorus of nobles are joined

by Nanki-Poo, disguised as a second trombone, who is looking for Yum-Yum,

the ward of Ko-Ko. A noble lord named Pish-Tush asks what Nanki-Poo's

business is with Yum-Yum, and learns that the minstrel had seen the girl a

year ago when he was a member of the town band, and they had fallen in

love. But Yum-Yum was given in marriage to her guardian Ko-Ko, 'a cheap

tailor.' However on learning that Ko-Ko was condemned to death for flirting,

the minstrel has hurried back to try to claim Yum-Yum. Unfortunately on his

return he finds that far from being dead, Ko-Ko has in fact been let out on bail,

and appointed Lord High Executioner.There is worse to come as Pooh-Bah, who

holds every major office of state, informs Nanki-Poo that Yum-Yum and Ko-Ko are

to be married that very day.

Yum-Yum and her sisters, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo, appear with their schoolfellows.

When Yum-Yum finally catches sight of Nanki-Poo he reveals that he is the son of the

Mikado, and when they are alone, she admits she does not love her guardian.The two

lovers realise that their cause is hopeless, and Yum-Yum leaves Nanki-Poo who then tries to

kill himself. Meanwhile, Ko-Ko has received a letter from the Mikado, who threatens to abolish

the post of Lord High Executioner and reduce Titipu to the rank of a village unless a beheading

takes place within a month. On seeing Nanki-Poo about to 'terminate an unendurable existence,'

Ko-Ko comments that suicide is a capital offence, and offers to do the job professionally. Nanki-Poo

agrees, on the condition that he can Marry Yum-Yum and enjoy one month of married life before he is

beheaded. After the execution Ko-Ko will then be able to marry the widowed Yum-Yum. In the middle of the

celebrations in appears Katisha, having tracked down the object of her affections, Nanki-Poo, and

threatens to reveal his true identity. She is outshouted by a chorus of Japanese syllables: " O ni!

bikkuri shakkuri to!" (one of the many possible translations of which is "So surprised, we hiccup!

Bah!") . But the town inhabitants are not to be dissuaded and 'joy reigns everywhere around.'

ACT TWO

Yum-Yum is being prepared for her wedding. But soon the terrible fact is known that under the

Mikado's law the widow of a beheaded man must be buried alive. This places Nanki-Poo in a

dilemma, if he holds Yum-Yum to this marriage, she dies a repulsive death, and if he

releases her she must marry Ko-Ko at once. The marriage is off, and Nanki-Poo

determines to terminate with himself that afternoon unless Ko-Ko will kill him at

once. But it happens that Ko-Ko can't kill anything. To make matters worse, the

Mikado and his suite are approaching the town and will arrive in ten minutes. In

desperation Ko-Ko arranges to draw up an affidavit of Nanki-Poo's execution.

The Mikado arrives with Katisha who makes much of being his daughterin-law

elect.When Ko-Ko presents his certificate of execution the Mikado

reads it and says, 'My poor fellow, in your anxiety to carry out my wishes

you have beheaded the heir to the throne of Japan!' Ko-Ko and

Pooh-Bah find Nanki-Poo and beg him to present himself, alive, to his

father, because of that absolving them of his death. But Nanki-Poo,

now married to Yum-Yum, is afraid of Katisha's wrath. Unless Ko-Ko

will agree to marry the old woman himself, he and Yum-Yum will

leave on their honeymoon at once. Katisha, meanwhile,

is mourning the death of Nanki-Poo, and when Ko-Ko tries to woo

her, she is at first reluctant, but he wins the formidable lady with a

pack of flattering lies and a sad, unhappy song. Katisha adds her

powerful supplications to the Mikado for everyone to be

pardoned.The Mikado, a bit bewildered by it all, however

pronounces that 'Nothing could possibly be more satisfactory!'


THE COMPANY

TOM EVANS - NANKI-POO

Tom last performed with Thespians in our award winning

production of Jekyll and Hyde last autumn. Tom played the

very challenging dual role of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and

since then he has been “resting”. By this Tom means that he

has continued to perform in a number of concerts and a

production of The Mikado earlier this year. He has

continued to be Chairman of Hitchin Thespians. During

the day he is headteacher of a large primary school in

Stevenage which had an Ofsted inspection last term!

CHRIS WAGHORN - THE MIKADO

This will be Chris’s first principal role for Hitchin Thespians. He has twice

featured as one of the 'Gentlemen of Japan' as well as other G & S operettas

and popular musicals such as ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘The Desert Song’. For the

past twenty years Chris has been singing ‘barbershop style’ as a member of

the renowned Shannon Express Chorus that has twice won gold in Britain

and competed in International Conventions in America. Other international

singing credits have included singing in Holland, Germany and Ireland, the

Queen's Jubilee Celebrations in Hyde Park,TV appearances in two successive

Finals of the Sainsbury's COTY Competition and The Royal Albert Hall.

As the Baritone in the quartet 'Anything Goes', Chris appeared before an

audience of over1,500 in the Assembly Rooms in the Mormon Tabernacle

Headquarters in Salt Lake City.

BARBARA THOMAS - KATISHA

Barbara has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since 1993,

and has appeared in many shows, concerts and workshops since. Her

favourite roles have included Anne in ‘A Little Night Music’ and

The Blues Singer in ‘Barnum’, and has appeared in many other

Thespian productions such as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and

‘Jekyll & Hyde’. Barbara especially enjoys performing in concerts

as it enables her to perform some of her favourite ‘less well-known’

songs, especially works by Stephen Sondheim and Stephen

Schwartz. Barbara is married with three children, and works

locally as an occasional supply teacher and marker.


THE COMPANY

NICOLA NILES - YUM-YUM

Nicola has been involved in amateur dramatics from an early age.

Her previous roles for Hitchin Thespians have included Gloria

in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and Emma in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.

Nicola is also a member of Luton Amateurs, where she has had the

fortune to play roles such as Hope Harcourt in ‘Anything Goes’,

Ann in ‘Half a Sixpence’, Chava in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and Eliza

Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’. Nicola has also played the role of

Yum Yum in ‘The Mikado’... twice! During the day she teaches

part time in a Special Needs School in Luton and spends

the rest of her time looking after her two children.

GINA ABBATT - PITTI-SING

Gina joined Hitchin Thespians for the 2004 production of ‘Jesus

Christ Superstar’ in the role of Mary Magdalene. Since then,

she has appeared as Bianca in ‘Kiss Me Kate’, Julie Jordan in

‘Carousel’, Miss Dorothy Brown in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', and

Vicki Nichols in ‘The Full Monty’. This Summer, Gina again had the

pleasure of playing Vicki at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Some of Gina’s other favourite roles include Carrie Pipperidge in

'Carousel’, Hodel in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Chesty Prospects in

‘Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens’ and Nancy in ‘Oliver!’ Gina is

delighted to be playing Pitti-Sing in this production of The Mikado.

KATE HARDING - PEEP-BO

' This is Kate’s first production with the Hitchin

Thespians. She trained at Hertfordshire Theatre School,

most recently played Hortense in the musical 'The Boyfriend'

and 'Suzanne' in the farce 'Don't Dress For Dinner' for the

locally-based Bancroft Players. Kate hopes to appear in

more Hitchin Thespians productions and wishes to say

thank you to all it's members for making her feel so welcome.


THE COMPANY

COLIN WILSON - KO-KO

Colin joined us in 2004 and has appeared in most of the shows

since then, including 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Kiss Me Kate' and

'Jekyll & Hyde'. His favourite roles include Dexter Haven in

‘High Society’, Nathan Detroit in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and

particularly Jimmy Smith in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

earlier this year. He also directed a gothic version of

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' whilst at university in Durham.

Colin has been acting since he was nine but has never

appeared in any Gilbert and Sullivan! He is very pleased

to finally have the chance.

MIKE NILES - POOH-BAH

‘The Mikado’ will be Michael’s ninth show with Thespians and

twenty-first at the Gordon Craig. He last appeared with Thespians

playing ‘Mr Trevor Graydon in our last production here - ‘Thoroughly

Modern Millie’. Michael joined us eleven years ago as the Pirate King

in ‘Pirates of Penzance’. He has taken many different parts in many

shows including ‘Chess’,‘The King & I’,‘Oliver’ and ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ for

us. Michael’s first love is singing, having had classical lessons

since the tender age of eight, and he often competes in the

Bedford Music Festival. In his spare time, he enjoys fencing,

film, and spending time with his family.

STEPHEN CHALKLEY- PISH-TUSH

As well as a regular in Hitchin Thespians’ productions, Stephen has

enjoyed performing in amateur theatre for twenty years, including

some award winning shows in Waterford, Ireland. Having spent many

years performing Gilbert & Sullivan, this is familiar territory for

Stephen. His first performance for us was in ‘La Cage aux Folles’

which included some spectacular costumes, and since then has

taken part in ‘Chess’,‘My One and Only’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

His last performance was as Sir Danvers Carew in last years’

‘Jekyll & Hyde’. He is looking forward to spending another

fun week with the Thespians.


THE COMPANY

The Mikado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Waghorn

Nanki Poo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Evans

Ko-Ko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colin Wilson

Pooh-Bah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Niles

Pish-Tush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Chalkley

Yum-Yum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicola Niles

Pitti-Sing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gina Abbatt

Peep-Bo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Harding

Katisha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Thomas

‘Comes a train of little ladies....’

Chris Fox, Lynne Leggatt, Lucy Miller-White, Melanie Plowman,

Jean Austin, Margaret Coxall, Lesley Greasley, Katy King,

Pat Staff, Caroline Bonja, Lilian Dixon, Tracey Gwynne,

Julia Nicolson, Vivienne Tadman, Nicola Wilson

‘We are gentleman of Japan....’

Philip Arend, Ron Burton, Eddie Cullum, Kier Home,

Andy Johnson, Peter Keates, John Keogh, Charles Langford,

Keith Mortland, Bryan Summers, Ian Turner


ACT ONE

MUSICAL NUMBERS

Place: ‘ Courtyard of Ko-Ko’s Official Residence ‘

1. ‘Overture’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

2. ‘If You Want To Know Who We Are’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gentlemen of Titipu

3. ‘A Wand’ring Minstrel I’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nanki-Poo & Men

4. ‘Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pish-Tush & Men

5. ‘Young Man Despair, Likewise Go To’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pooh-Bah, Pish-Tush & Nanki-Poo

6. ‘And Have I Journey’d For a Month’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pooh-Bah, Pish-Tush & Nanki-Poo

7. ‘As Some Day It May Happen’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ko-Ko

8. ‘Behold The Lord High Executioner’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ko-Ko & Company

9. ‘Comes A Train Of Little Ladies’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chorus of Girls

10. ‘Three Little Maids From School Are We’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Peep-Bo

& Chorus of Girls

11. ‘So Please You Sir, We Much Regret’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Peep-Bo,

Pooh-Bah & Chorus of Girls

12. ‘Were You Not To Ko-Ko Plighted’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yum-Yum & Nanki-Poo

13. ‘I Am So Proud’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah & Pish-Tush

14. ‘With Aspect Stern And Gloomy Stride’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

There will be an interval of

20 minutes between acts


ACT TWO

MUSICAL NUMBERS

Place: ‘ Ko-Ko’s Garden ‘

1. ‘Braid The Raven Hair’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pitti-Sing & Chorus of Girls

2. ‘The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yum-Yum

3. ‘Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day’ . . . . . .Nanki-Poo, Yum-Yum, Pooh-Bah & Pitti-Sing

4. ‘Here’s A How-De-Do!’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo & Ko-ko

5. ‘Mi-Ya-Sa-Ma, Mi-Ya-Sa-Ma’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

6. ‘A More Humane Mikado Never Did In Japan Exist’ . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mikado & Company

7. ‘The Criminal Cried As He Dropped Him Down’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pitti-Sing, Pooh-Bah,

Ko-Ko & Company

8. ‘See How The Fates Their Gifts Alott’ . . .Pitti-Sing, Katisha, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah & Mikado

9. ‘The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nanki-Poo, Ko-Ko, Yum-Yum,

Pitti-Sing & Pooh-Bah

10. ‘Alone And Yet Alive’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Katisha

11. ‘On A Tree By a River, A Little Tom-Tit’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ko-Ko

12. ‘There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ko-Ko & Katisha

13. ‘For He’s Gone and Married Yum-yum’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

The use of cameras, mobile phones and any kind of

recording equipment is strictly prohibited

Please do not smoke in the auditorium


Sheila Soothill wishes

The Hitchin Thespians

every success with

‘THE MIKADO’

THE DRUM PLACE

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Tel: 01438 860334

Fax: 01438 861326

Email: sheila@thedrumplace.co.uk

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For Hitchin Thespians...

Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Philippa Tadman

Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Bailes

Lighting & Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . .Black Duck AV LTD

Wardrobe Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .Keryle Rutherford

Wardrobe Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Margaret Brendish

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Helen Goddard, Pearl Hare

. . . .Angela Hollingsworth, Rene Pollard, Judy Page .

. . . .Wendy Ward, Barbara Pennicott, Mary Roberts

Stage Crew . . . . . . . . .Viv Stephenson, Gary Kifford

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Colin Ratcliffe, Richard Cobb,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neil Leggat, Wayne Hough

Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Marple

Properties Assistants . . . .Alex Evans, Lucy Arnold

Sword Fight Arrangement . . . . . . . . . . . .Kier Home

‘Mikado’ Song Additional Lyrics . .Chris Waghorn

Continuity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Iain Rutherford

Make Up Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bronwen Martin

Make Up Assistant Managers . . . . . .Nerys Martin,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donna Barrett

Make Up Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hitchin Thespians

Rehearsal Accompanist . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Day

Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel Costumes

Front of House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kate Webb

Librarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lucy Miller-White

Programme Editing & Design . . . . . .Nick Morgan

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tracey Gwynne

Programme/Poster Printing . . .Streets of Baldock

Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nick Morgan

Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ralph Rapley/XMO4

Cameras . . . . . . . . . .supplied by Fujifilm UK Limited

- THE COMPANY -


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theory & aural for beginners to advanced students of all ages.

Liz Childs GRSM (Hons), LRAM - woodwind specialist, adjudicator and council member

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examiner Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

For further information visit www.childsmusic.co.uk or telephone 01462 816244

The Orchestra...

Violin (Leader): Janet Hicks

Violin: Rebecca Hughes

Viola: Naomi Morris

‘Cello: Hilary Drinkall

Flute: Clare Taylor

Oboe: Catherine Wild

Clarinet: Neil Pennock

Bassoon: Jeremy Goggins

Horn: John Lavelle

Trumpet: Ellie Lovegrove

Trombone: Richard Turberville

Percussion: Les Arnold

Keyboard: Robert Day

Orchestral Arrangement

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HITCHIN THESPIANS PAST PRODUCTIONS

1903 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gitanos

1904 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Sorcerer

1905 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1905 . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mountebanks

1906 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1907 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1908 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1909 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.M.S. Pinafore

1910 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1910 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruddigore

1911 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1913 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patience

1920 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1921 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1922 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1922 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1923 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruddigore

1923 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Sorcerer

1924 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Iolanthe

1924 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Merrie England

1925 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

1926 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patience

1926 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1926 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.M.S. Pinafore

1927 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1927 . . . . . . . . .Miss Hook of Holland

1928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Geisha

1928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A Country Girl

1929 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Princess Ida

1929 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Veronique

1930 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Jones

1931 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1931 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Merrie England

1932 . . . . . . . . .The Belle of New York

1932 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rose Marie

1933 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Desert Song

1933 . . . . . . . . . . .The Vagabond King

1934 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The New Moon

1935 . . . .The Maid of the Mountains

1936 . . . . . . . . .Miss Hook of Holland

1937 . . . . . . . . . . . .The Student Prince

1938 . . . . . . . . . . . .Goodnight Vienna

1939 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Showboat

1946 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Rebel Maid

1947 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Desert Song

1948 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

1949 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chu Chin Chow

1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rose Marie

1951 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bitter Sweet

1951 . . . . . . . . .Yeomen of the Guard

1952 . . . . . . . . .Viktoria & Her Hussar

1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The New Moon

1954 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wild Violets

1955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Magyar Melody

1956 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Quaker Girl

1957 . . . . . . . . . . . .Goodnight Vienna

1957 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Call Me Madam

1958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bless the Bride

1959 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Love from Judy

1960 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oklahoma

1961 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel

1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hansel & Gretal

1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Merry Widow

1963 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kiss Me Kate

1964 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pink Champagne

1965 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Music Man

1966 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial By Jury

1966 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King & I

1967 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Half A Sixpence

1969 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carmen

1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kismet

1971 . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Merry Widow

1972 . . . . . . . . . . .The Sound of Music

1972 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hello Dolly

1973 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Most Happy Fella

1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Night in Venice

1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South Pacific

1976 . . . . . . . . . . .The Beggars Opera

1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bitter Sweet

1977 . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert & Elizabeth

1977 . . . . . . . . .Yeomen of the Guard

1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Die Fledermaus

1979 . . . . . . . . . . .Fiddler on the Roof

1980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Showboat

1981 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hello Dolly

1982 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Music Man

1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grease

1984 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel

1985 . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Merry Widow

1986 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kismet

1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .West Side Story

1988 . . . . . . . . . . .Annie Get your Gun

1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Boyfriend

1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .My Fair Lady

1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kiss Me Kate

1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cabaret

1992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oklahoma

1992 . . . . . . . . . . .The Sound of Music

1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trial by Jury

1993 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.M.S. Pinafore

1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Guys and Dolls

1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charlie Girl

1995 . . . . . . . . . . .A Little Night Music

1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barnum

1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42nd Street

1996 . . . . . . .The Pirates of Penzance

1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hello Dolly

1997 . . . . . . . . . . .La Cage Aux Folles*

1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Crazy For You

1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chess

1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oliver!

1999 . . . . . . . . . . . .Singin’ in the Rain*

2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mack & Mabel

2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South Pacific

2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King & I

2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Half A Sixpence

2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carmen

2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .My One & Only

2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .West Side Story

2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barnum

2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seven Brides for

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seven Brothers*

2004 . . . . . . . . .Jesus Christ Superstar

2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kiss Me Kate

2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carousel

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Me & My Girl

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Full Monty

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jekyll & Hyde*

2007 . . . .Thoroughly Modern Millie

2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mikado

* NODA Region 9 Eastern Area Award

Mrs J Aked

Mr T Alban

Mrs J Armstrong

Mrs V Barker

Mr & Mrs N Barron

Mr & Mrs P Barry

Mr & Mrs J Bedingfield

Mrs M Bidwell

Miss V Bishop

Mr P Blacker MBE & Mrs P

R Blacker

Mr N Bone

Miss N Bonja

Mrs B Bowskill

Mr R Bray

Mrs S Budin-Jones

Miss R E Burrows

Mrs E Calverley

Mrs D E Chennells

Mr R Cobb

Mr & Mrs G T Cork

Mr & Mrs D R Crick

Miss J Crossman

Mr N Cundell

Mr & Mrs G Day

Mr R E Day

HITCHIN THESPIANS PATRONS 2007

Miss B Deamer

Mrs G Donald

Mr M P Doonan

Mr & Mrs A Dover

Mrs H Dublino

Mr M Everitt

Mrs M E Fairchild

Mrs D Fisher

Mr & Mrs J M Franks

Mrs J Frith

Mr & Mrs M Galloway

Dr & Mrs S P Gardiner

Mrs M Gill

Mrs C Green

Mr B Griffiths

Mr P Guthrie

Mrs D Guyton

Mrs S A Haigh

Mr & Mrs C E Hamilton

Mrs A Hammond

Mr N Harpham

Mrs E Harvey

Mr R G Hawkins

Mr & Mrs D Haynes

Mrs D Henderson

Mr P Hickman

Miss B Hillyard

Mr & Mrs P Hollingsworth

Mrs Mr P Houldcroft

Mrs J E Howe

Mrs W T Hoy

Mr & Mrs L E Hughes

Mrs P Hunter

Mrs J Huthert-Averill

Mr O Jarvis

Mrs P Jenkins

Mrs H M Jones-Davies

Mrs L Keeling

Mrs M Kemball-Cook

Mr I Kennedy

Mr P King

Mr B J Kingsley

Mr & Mrs H Leonard

Mr & Mrs W E Lewis

Mr A Lintern

Mr & Mrs M Mackenzie

Mrs B Mallett

Mrs A Mansfield

Miss H Mansfield

Dr & Mrs C Mathews

Mrs M McArthur

Mrs J McGeown

Mr & Mrs J B Metzger

Mrs G Moles

Mr E T Moore

Mrs N J Morgan

Mr M Newbery

Mrs J Newton

Mr & Mrs D Nicholls

Mrs M Oliver

Mr I Page

Mrs C Page

Mr & Mrs K A Parsons

Mrs E Parsons

Mr M C Pascal

Dennis E. Pateman J.P.

Mrs J Paterson

Mr R Pennicott

Mrs C Plowman

Mrs P M Pollard

Mrs E Pratt

Mr & Mrs N W Revill

Miss M Richmond

Mrs H Roberts

Mrs G Rowland

Mr G H Russell

Mr N Rutherford

Mrs R Saunders

Mrs L M Shaw

Mrs A Shephard

Mrs P M Slade

Mrs V Slade

Mr W C Smeeth

Mr & Mrs A Smith

Mrs B J Smith

Mrs J Smith

Mr J Smyth

Miss P Tadman

Mr & Mrs A R Taylor

Mrs K Theakston

Mrs V Thompson

Mr J F Turgoose

Mr & Mrs D H Verney

Mr & Mrs R Vickers

Mrs M Walker

Mr & Mrs S Watson

Mr G Williams

Mr & Mrs P Willmott

Mrs R Willmott

Mrs S B Wisbey

Mrs B Wiseman

Mr R Woodhead

Mr & Mrs P Woods

Mr & Mrs R C Worbey


THE HISTORY OF ‘THE MIKADO’

The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by

Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic

collaborations. It opened on March 14, 1885, in London, where it ran at the

Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for

any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece

up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and

America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera. The Mikado

remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially

popular with amateur and school productions. The work has been translated

into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical

theatre pieces in history. Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away

from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more

freely by disguising them as Japanese. Gilbert used foreign or fictional

locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers,

Utopia Limited, and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed

satire of British institutions.

NOT ACTUALLY A JAPANESE OPERA...

To the extent that the opera is inspired by, and purports to portray, Japanese

culture, style, and government, it draws on Victorian notions of the subject,

gleaned from the general British fascination with Japanese fashion and art

that immediately followed the beginning of trade between the two island

empires, and the popular Japanese exhibition in Knightsbridge, London,

that Gilbert visited during rehearsals for The Mikado, and which Ko-Ko uses

as Nanki-Poo's "destination" in Act II. The song "Miya sama", however, is a

version of a Japanese war march composed in the Meiji Era. Giacomo

Puccini later incorporated it into Madama Butterfly. The characters'

names in the play are not Japanese names, but rather English "baby-talk"

or simply dismissive exclamations. For instance, the beautiful heroine is

named Yum-Yum; the pompous officials are Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush;

the hero is called Nanki-Poo, baby-talk for "handkerchief".


OUR LAST PRODUCTION

SPRING 2007

‘THOROUGHLY

MODERN

MILLIE’


Technical Manager

Nigel Howlett

Chief Technician

Craig Murphy

Deputy Chief Technician

Dave Nott

Stage Technicians

Michael Christofi

Rob Johnson

Crew

Colin Allen

Clare Howell

John Maddox

Mike Oliver

Alex Washer

Managing Director

Ian Morton

FOR THE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - BOB BUSTANCE

Operations Manager

Trish Washer

Theatre/Arts Administrator

Ria Burgess

Front of House Manager

Sue Achard

Assistant Front of House Manager

Jill Wadsworth

Lynn Cooper

Front of House Assistants

Lisa Perry Coupe, Lauren Donnelly

Brenda Downie, Jan Gant,

Hannah Gauld, Jennie Hills,

Pam King, Tracie Litton,

Martin McKenzie, Stephen Sapsed,

Maria Scott, Shirley Sheldrick,

Jemma Wadsworth, Sarah Watton

FOR STEVENAGE LEISURE LIMITED

Human Resources Director

John Norton

Operations Director

Bob Bustance

Marketing Manager

Claire Dixon

Press & Publicity Manager

Kelly Betts

Press & Publicity Co-ordinator

Carl Rutherford

Box Office Sales Manager

Dan Blumenau

Box Office Sales Co-ordinator

Amy Platt

Box Office & Group Sales Advisor

Kym Bowden

Box Office Sales Advisors

Jenny Bell, Sheila Birch

Jake Farrell, Chloe Maddox

Barbara Salisbury, Jemma Wadsworth

Arts & Leisure Assistant

Lesley Powell

Finance Director

Roz Hawkes

The Hitchin Thespians - About us...

In 1902 Miss Pepper, returning to Hitchin after a visit to the south

coast, told her friend, Mrs Walter Carling, of a performance she

had seen there. Hitchin, she said, must have an operatic society.

Mrs Carling agreed, and arranged a local performance, by ladies

only, of Coleridge Taylor's "The Gitanos". On February 21st 1903,

a decision was taken, at a meeting of people interested in

continuing such activities, to form the Hitchin Amateur Light

Opera Company, with the Reverend G.B. Gainsford,Vicar of

Holy Saviour Church, as president.

In its early years, the Society devoted itself largely to the works of

Gilbert and Sullivan. In March 1905, the name was changed, for

the sake of brevity, to Hitchin Thespians.Though the Society

suspended its activities during World War 1, the popularity of its

shows grew rapidly in post-war years. In May 1933, "The Desert

Song" was played to almost 10,000 people in a week at the

Hermitage Cinema!

In 1958 the Thespians purchased the freehold of the Old Guild

Rooms in Paynes Park, in which they had rehearsed for a number

of years, for £750. In 1977 the Society presented "Robert and

Elizabeth" in Stevenage's new Gordon Craig Theatre, where it still

continues to stage its major productions. Its policy has been to

present, whenever possible, the first performance of newly

released shows, of near-professional standard.

Musical Theatre

Each year we present two fully staged musicals at The Gordon

Craig Theatre in Stevenage.We thrive on challenge and have

presented some shows that many other societies are wary of.

In addition there are occasionally smaller scale productions of

musicals which are performed at our purpose built rehearsal

suite,Woodside Hall, or at the Town Hall, Hitchin. Groups of

members are also welcomed to get together and perform

concerts and shows with a smaller cast.

Concerts and Choral Works

In addition to our musical theatre activities we have a thriving

choir.The variety of music performed by this group is staggering,

as one member put it - "from Bach to Bernstein!"There are typically

three concerts each year, often performed at Woodside Hall, but

sometimes in surroundings that might suit the performance

better such as the lovely parish church of St. Mary's in Hitchin.

Workshops and Sponsorships

We are proud to fulfil our educational aims and ambitions

through workshops and sponsorships. In recent years we have

sponsored members to attend voice and performance training at

the Little Benslow Music School in Hitchin and have also been

arranged for members to participate in masterclasses with

professional singers and voice coaches. One of our Musical

directors has also led a fascinating series of lectures on

wide-ranging aspects of music.


THE HITCHIN THESPIANS

COMING SOON...

‘Christmas at Woodside’

Old favourites and popular Christmas

hits sung by Hitchin Thespians Choir

Woodside Hall, Hitchin.

Wednesday 5th, 6th and 8th December 2007

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‘ CHESS ’

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

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10th-15th March 2008

THE YOUNG THESPIANS PRESENT

‘ OKLAHOMA ’

March 27th - March 29th 2008.

Woodside Hall, Hitchin

HITCHIN THESPIANS:

01462 641575

GORDON CRAIG THEATRE:

08700 131030

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Hitchin Thespians choir is

looking for new members...

We are a long established choral

group singing a diverse range of music

encompassing everything from modern show

songs to large scale classical choral works.

We perform 3 concerts a year, including the ever

popular and always sold out ‘Christmas at Woodside’

concerts. At the moment we are rehearsing for

‘Christmas at Woodside 2007’. See the coming

soon section on the left for further details.

Interested in joining us? If so, contact our secretary

at secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk or by phone

on 01462 458803 for further details. Visit our

website at www.hitchinthespians.org.uk to learn

more about our choral and show activities.


Hamilton

Davies

28 High Street, Stevenage,

Herts, SG1 3HF

Fax: (01438) 740084

Email: law@hamiltondavies.co.uk

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We always offer a truly approachable,

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