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The Music Man


HITCHIN THESPIANS

present

Book, music and lyrics by

MEREDITH WILLSON

Based on a story by

MEREDITH WILLSON

& FRANKLIN LACEY

The Hitchin Thespians - About us...

In 1902 a group of like-minded

local ladies produced a

performance of Coleridge-

Taylor’s “The Gitanos” in Hitchin.

Following the success of this

performance, on 21st February 1903, a decision was taken to form

The Hitchin Amateur Light Opera Company with the Reverend G. B.

Gainsford as President. In 1905 the name was changed to

The Hitchin Thespians, for the sake of brevity.

Initially Hitchin Thespians devoted itself largely to the works of

Gilbert and Sullivan but popularity of other shows grew following

WW1. It is interesting to note that in 1933 “The Desert Song” was

played to an audience of almost 10,000 people in a week at The

Hermitage Cinema. In 1977 the Society presented “Robert and

Elizabeth” at the newly opened Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

and has continued to produce shows at this venue ever since.

1991 saw the completion and official opening of “Woodside

Hall – The Home Of Hitchin Thespians”. This purpose built suite

provides us with our own rehearsal facilities and a

performance venue for our smaller scale productions.

Direction JIM SNELL

Musical Direction JOHN EDWARDS

Monday 8th - Saturday 13th March 2010

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Box Office: 01438 363200 Web: www.gordon-craig.co.uk

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

Musical Theatre Hitchin Thespians thrive on challenge and its

policy has always been to present, whenever possible, the first local

amateur performance of many newly released shows along with

other more avant garde shows that many other local societies

have been wary of.

Choral Choir and Concerts In addition to musical theatre Hitchin

Thespians has a strong choral tradition with the choir performing a

comprehensive repertoire, as one member put it “from Bach to

Bernstein, and beyond”. We typically sing three concerts a year at

various Hitchin venues including St Mary’s Church. Our ever

popular “Christmas at Woodside” concerts are normally a sell out.

Workshops and Sponsorship We are proud to fulfil our educational

aims and ambitions though workshops and sponsorship. In recent

years we have sponsored members to attend voice and performance

training at Little Benslow Music School and have also run master

classes with professional singers and voice coaches for our

members to attend. Young Thespians, our youth group, encourages

young people from the age of 10 to experience and develop

performance and stage skills, usually performing two shows a year.


From the Chairman...

Welcome to this evening’s performance of ‘The Music Man’. It has been many years since Thespians last staged this

musical and whilst it’s not one that is performed as often as it should be I know you will enjoy the general high-jinx and will

recognise a number of very familiar tunes. The main song associated with this show is of course ‘Seventy Six Trombones’

but perhaps you will also remember ‘Till There Was You’ which was a hit for The Beatles. We are delighted to welcome back

Jim Snell as our Stage Director for this show, whose last show with us was ‘Sweeney Todd’. John Edwards joins us again as

both an exacting and ever capable Musical Director. Rehearsals have been hard work, but tremendous fun and I hope you

will enjoy the results of the company’s labours in this performance. ‘The Music Man’ is very much a family show and it has

been fun working with and getting to know the children who have joined with us for this production. Hitchin Thespians like to

maintain a varied programme and so this more traditional show is a contrast to previous productions of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’,

‘Chess’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’. I would like to thank you for supporting us in this production and if this

is the first production of ours you have attended we hope it will be the first of many.

Now it’s time to sit back, read the synopsis and enjoy the show

as the curtain rises on this bustling town in Iowa.

Lucy Miller-White

The Committee 2009 /2010

CHAIRMAN: Lucy Miller-White

TREASURER: Mark Savage

HONORARY GENERAL SECRETARY: Alex Evans

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Sarah Bailes

CHORAL MANAGER: Sheila Soothill

BUSINESS MANAGER: Kate Webb

WOODSIDE HALL MANAGER: Ann Crook

SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING: Vivienne Tadman

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Christine Fox, Charles Langford, Susan Osbourn

LIFE MEMBERS:

Olive Ansell, Ann Crook, Brenda Cundell,

Marion Hargraves, Audrey Jenkins,

Derek Jenkins, Denis Rowland,

Gordon Wharton

HONORARY MEMBERS:

Bert Broe, Mollie Gilbert, Edgar Gilbert,

Roger Heath, Bernard Mallett,

Jim Snell, Justin Thomas


TheProduction Team

JIM SNELL - Production Director

Jim is delighted to be back with Hitchin Thespians directing his 43rd production for

the company especially as ‘The Music Man’ is a particular favourite of his. He works with

societies extensively throughout the Home Counties and is just about to commence

rehearsals of Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘Follies’ for Wembley Operatic Society. He has

won many NODA awards for ‘Best Production’. Jim is an active voluntary fundraiser for

‘Breakthrough’ – the breast cancer research charity, and any other spare time is enjoyed

in the garden or travelling.

JOHN EDWARDS - Musical Director

Here comes the Music Man! During my time as Music Adviser in Banffshire, I had

responsibility for a number of remote primary schools in the Scottish glens. My red Ford

Cortina (instantly recognisable in the snow clad hills) would be greeted in the school yard by

calls of “It’s the music manny!” - since the youngsters knew my arrival spelt a morning or an

afternoon away from other curriculum demands and a fun-filled session of music-making.

It was a privilege to be the ‘Harold Hill’ of Glenlivet, Aberlour, Tomintoul and other locations

(many with strong whisky associations!) and I look forward to generating equal enthusiasm

for music-making this week among the citizens of River City, Iowa.

SARAH BAILES - Associate Choreographer

Sarah has been involved in amateur dramatics for 30 years. She has been a member of

Hitchin Thespians since 1993 and has taken part in many productions including playing Miss

Flannery in our recent production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. Previously she danced with

Harrow Light Opera Company and has performed and choreographed for several societies in

the North London area. For the last seven years Sarah has been choreographer for Young

Thespians and is now delighted to be working with the ‘grown-ups.’

For all up-to-date news and information, don’t forget to log on to...

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

If you are interested in joining the Society as

either a member or a patron, then please contact:-

Alex Evans - Hon. Secretary, 4 Cubitt Close, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 0EL

secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk

Alternatively, if you would prefer you can join our ‘SHOW MAILING LIST’


TheStory...

Harold Hill, a travelling salesman posing as a Professor of Music, goes from town to town

selling in each the idea of forming a local boys’ band. He says he is ready to begin training

the band if the town will buy all the necessary equipment from him. Not being able to read a

note of music, he absconds with the money as soon as he has made a sale.

His confidence trick has succeeded in town after town until he reaches River City, Iowa. Here

an old crony, Marcellus Washburn, warns him about the townspeople. Harold Hill overcomes

the incredulity of a committee sent to investigate his credentials by inducing them to form a

barbershop quartet.

His easy spiel soon wins over the townspeople, although his motives are still suspected by some,

especially Marian Paroo, the local librarian and music teacher. She is the only one who really

has proof that Harold is a con man, but she chooses to overlook this fact because she loves him.

Through falling in love with Marian, Harold fails to make his usual getaway when the town officials

are ‘tipped off’ about him by a rival salesman. Harold is forced to stage a demonstration by the

Town Band he has formed in order to prove the efficacy of his teaching methods. Their rendering

of the ‘Minuet in G’ would not have pleased Beethoven, but it arouses such enthusiasm amongst

the wishful thinking parents that Harold is completely exonerated.

Infected by the contagious spirit, even Harold has a change of heart and marches in step with

the rest of the town.


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

n

Tom Evans

Professor Harold Hill

Tom is delighted to be returning to a lead role with Thespians after a short

break. Over the last twenty or so years Tom has played many leading roles

for us in shows such as ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Carousel’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’,

‘South Pacific’,‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ and ‘Chess’. Despite this

‘The Music Man’ is a first for Tom as it is the first time that he will be

appearing on stage with past and present pupils of Martins Wood Primary

School where Tom is Head Teacher.

n

Nicola Niles

Marian Paroo

Nicola joined Hitchin Thespians five years ago and since then has enjoyed

both performing in the chorus and taking on principal roles. Nicola's other

roles have included Hodel in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Gloria in ‘Thoroughly

Modern Millie’, Emma in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ and Yum-Yum in ‘The Mikado’.

She has also performed with Luton Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

playing Gianetta in ‘The Gondoliers’, Hope Harcourt in ‘Anything Goes’, Phyllis

in ‘Iolanthe’, Ann in ‘Half a Sixpence’ and Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’.

During the day she teaches part time, is chauffeur for her children's

extra-curricular activities and sometimes she finds time to help her husband

on their new allotment.


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

n

Mike Barker

Marcellus Washburn

This is Mike’s 24th show with Hitchin Thespians. He has performed

many character roles for us, such as Prince Nikki in ‘My One and Only’,

Alexander Molokov in ‘Chess’, Henry Miller in ‘Calamity Jane’ and Harold in

‘The Full Monty’. Mike has also enjoyed taking lead roles for other local

societies such as Eric ‘Rubber-Legs’ Devine in ‘Slice of Saturday Night’,

Dr. Whackoff in ‘Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens’ and Colonel Pickering

in ‘My Fair Lady’. He has been performing, directing and choreographing

shows locally for many years and has just finished a run in a 2010 Panto -

‘Beauty and the Beast’.

n

Katy King

Mrs Paroo

Katy has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since 1976 and has taken

part in 53 shows, in some of which she has had main parts - Sister Berthe

in ‘The Sound of Music’, Edith in ‘HMS Pinafore’, Patricia Fodor in ‘Crazy For

You’ and Grandma Tzeitel in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Katy has also had cameo

roles in many other shows and solos in several of our concerts. Being a

member of Thespians has been somewhat of a family affair over the years

for Katy, as her parents, sister and daughters have also been members.

Her daughter Caroline is one of the dancers in this production. Outside

Thespians she enjoys horse riding, walking her dogs and reading.


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

n

Alex Evans

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

Alex has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since 1989 and is currently

Secretary of the Society. Her favourite recent roles have been Mrs. Mullins

in ‘Carousel’ and Estelle in ‘The Full Monty’ which she performed both in

Hitchin and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. By day Alex is the Head of

Pixmore Junior School and is mum to two boys. She is delighted to play

the part of Eulalie and looks forward to working with her real life husband,

Tom, on stage.

n

Stephen Holder

Mayor George Shinn

Stephen has been involved in music all his life, singing in school choirs and

becoming an award winning boy soprano at the Cheltenham Song Festival.

From there he went on to become involved in the pop music scene during the

1960s. Stephen joined Luton Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society in

1970 and has since appeared in over 70 productions, playing a number

of leading roles, his favourite being Doody in ‘The Arcadians’. He has also

produced a number of shows for them. Stephen has worked as producer with

several other local societies. Since joining Hitchin Thespians Stephen has

played the Rabbi in our recent production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

Mike Steele

Olin Britt

The Barber Shop Quartet (L to R)

Kier Home

Jacey Squires

Ian Hamilton

Ewart Dunlop

Mike Roberts

Oliver Hix

Julia Nicolson

Ethel Toffelmier

The ‘Pick-a-little’ Ladies (L to R)

Tracey Gwynne

Mrs Squires

Vivienne Tadman

Maud Dunlop

Lucy Miller-White

Alma Hix


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

Katie Lambert

Zaneeta Shinn

Connor Lalitte

Tommy Djilas

Katherine Males

Gracie Shinn

Bethany Duxbury

Amaryllis

Adam Discipline

Winthrop Paroo

Andrew Davies

Winthrop Paroo

Colette Mitchell

Amaryllis


SCENES & SONGS... Act One

Overture

On board a train to River City, Iowa

Rock Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Salesmen & Charlie Cowell

Main Street, River City

Iowa Stubborn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Townspeople

Ya Got Trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold & Townspeople

Mrs. Paroo’s Parlour

Piano Lesson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mrs Paroo & Marian

Goodnight My Someone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marian & Amaryllis

The Madison Gymnasium in River City High School

Columbia, Gem Of The Ocean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eulalie & Townspeople

Ya Got Trouble (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold

Seventy-Six Trombones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold & Townspeople

Ice Cream / Sincere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold & Quartet

Street in front of the Library

The Sadder But Wiser Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold & Marcellus

Pick-a-Little / Goodnight Ladies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eulalie, Ladies & Quartet

The Madison Library

Marian The Librarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold

Library Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold, Marian & Dancers

The Paroo’s Porch

My White Knight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marian

Main Street

The Wells Fargo Wagon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Townspeople, Winthrop & Quartet


Act Two ...SCENES & SONGS

Entr’acte

The Madison Gymnasium

Eulalie’s Ballet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eulalie & Ladies

It’s You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Quartet

Shipoopi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marcellus & Townspeople

Shipoopi - Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Townspeople & Dancers

Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eulalie & Ladies

The Hotel Porch

Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Quartet & Marian

The Paroo’s Porch

Gary, Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Winthrop, Mrs Paroo & Marian

Lida Rose (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Quartet

The Footbridge

It’s You – Ballet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dancers

Till There Was You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marian & Harold

Goodnight (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marian & Harold

Madison Park

Till There Was You (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harold

River City High School

Seventy-Six Trombones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Full Company

The use of cameras, mobile phones and other recording equipment

is strictly prohibited. Please do not smoke in the auditorium.

There will be an interval of 20 minutes between acts.

There will be strobe lighting during this performance.


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

The Dancers

The Company


★ ★ ★ ★ THE COMPANY ★ ★ ★ ★

Harold Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Evans

Marian Paroo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicola Niles

Marcellus Washburn. . . . . . . . . . Mike Barker

Mayor George Shinn . . . . . . . Stephen Holder

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn . . . . . . . Alex Evans

Mrs Paroo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy King

Tommy Djilas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connor Lalitte

Zaneeta Shinn. . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Lambert

Jacey Squires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kier Home

Ewart Dunlop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Hamilton

Oliver Hix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Roberts

Olin Britt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Steele

Mrs Squires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracey Gwynne

Maud Dunlop . . . . . . . . . . . Vivienne Tadman

Alma Hix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucy Miller-White

Ethel Toffelmier. . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Nicolson

Charlie Cowell. . . . . . . . . . . Charles Langford

Gracie Shinn . . . . . . . . . . . . Katherine Males

Constable Locke . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philip Arend

Winthrop Paroo . . . . . . . . . . Adam Discipline

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat Eve)

Winthrop Paroo. . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Davies

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Tues & Thurs Eve & Sat Mat)

Amaryllis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bethany Duxbury

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat Eve)

Amaryllis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collette Mitchell

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Tues & Thurs Eve & Sat Mat)

TRAVELLING SALESMEN

Paul Adams, Philip Arend, Michael Bailes, Martyn Bignell, Nick Morgan, Michael Niles

DANCERS

Martyn Bignell, Holly Böhme, Caroline Bonja, Christopher Collett, Caroline Hirst, Michelle Johnstone,

Sarah Jones, Frazer Lucas, Marie Marcantonio, Kirsty McArthur, Mark Savage, Lindsey Williams

TOWNSPEOPLE

Paul Adams, Philip Arend, Jean Austin, Michael Bailes, Sarah Bailes, Judith Coen, Lizzie Cree,

Judith Harrison, Rhian Hegarty, Jack Lardent, Nick Morgan, Michael Niles, Julia Skinner, Pat Staff,

Bryan Summers, Barbara Thomas, Nicole Thomas, Melanie Troiano, Kate Webb

CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE

(RED TEAM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Evenings)

Anna Bourbousson, Imogen Harper, Amie Heath, Chloe Heath,

Dean Kirkbride, Haydn Mullane, Rebecca Wood

(BLUE TEAM – Tuesday &Thursday Evenings & Saturday Matinee)

Amélie Bernard, Chloe Bernard, Jemma Grigson, Louis Marcantonio,

Charlotte Platten, Emma Roberts, Jake Seabrooke


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.

Bursaries 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 pantomimes, a sheet music service,

official badges, youth representatives, commendation badges and

Long Service Awards.Their 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.

★ ★ ★ ★ STAGE & SCREEN ★ ★ ★ ★

‘The Music Man’ is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by

Meredith Willson. The show is based on a story by Willson and

Franklin Lacey. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway,

winning five Tony Awards, including ‘Best Musical’, and running for

1,375 performances. The original cast

included Robert Preston (who went on to

reprise his role in the 1962 screen

adaptation) as Harold Hill, Barbara Cook

as Marian, and Eddie Hodges as

Winthrop, with Pert Kelton, David Burns

and Iggie Wolfington in supporting roles.

The first Broadway revival, directed and

choreographed by Michael Kidd, opened

on June 5, 1980, at the New York City Center, where it ran for 21

performances. The cast included Dick Van Dyke as Hill, Meg

Bussert as Marian, and Christian Slater as Winthrop.

The cast album won the first Grammy Award for ‘Best Original

Cast Album’. The show's success led to revivals and a popular

1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake starring

Matthew Broderick as Hill and Kristin Chenoweth as Marian, with

Victor Garber, Debra Monk, and Molly Shannon in supporting

roles. In 2008, a revival of the show at the Chichester Festival

Theatre, England, starred Brian Conley as Professor Harold Hill

and Scarlett Strallen as Marian Paroo.

Meredith Willson was inspired by his boyhood in Mason City,

Iowa, in writing and composing his first musical, The Music Man.

Willson invited Franklin Lacey to help him edit and simplify the

libretto and considered eliminating a long piece of dialogue

about the serious trouble facing River City parents. Willson

realised it sounded like a lyric, and transformed it into the nowfamous

song, ‘Ya Got

Trouble’.The character,

Marian Paroo, was

inspired by Marian

Seeley of Provo, Utah,

who met Willson during

World War II, when

Seeley was a medical

records librarian.

The Music Man has been parodied in a number of TV shows,

including The Simpsons episode ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’. The

television program Family Guy has parodied the musical at least

twice. In the episode ‘Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows’, Lois

chastises Brian's high standards in a spoof of Mrs. Paroo and

Marian in ‘Piano Lesson’. In another episode, ‘Patriot Games’,

Peter showboats after scoring a touchdown by leading a

stadium full of people in a rendition of ‘Shipoopi’, complete with

choreography from the film.


Mrs V Barker

Mr & Mrs P Barry

Mr & Mrs J Bedingfield

Mrs M Bidwell

Mr & Mrs P Blacker

Mr N Bone

Mr R Bray

Mrs M Brendish

Mrs M Briddon

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

Mr N Cundell

Mrs S Davies

Mrs M Day

Mr R Day

Miss B Deamer

Mrs G Donald

Mr M P Doonan

Mr & Mrs A Dover

Mrs H Dublino

Mrs E Edwards

Mr M Everitt

HITCHIN THESPIANS PATRONS 2010

Mrs M E Fairchild

Mrs D Fisher

Mr & Mrs J Franks

Mrs J Frith

Mr & Mrs M Galloway

Dr & Mrs S P Gardiner

Mrs N Gilderthorp

Mrs M Gill

Mr R Gorbing

Mr B Griffiths

Mr P Guthrie

Mrs S Haigh

Mr & Mrs C Hamilton

Mrs A Hammond

Mrs B Harvey

Mr R Hawkins

Mr & Mrs D Haynes

Miss B Hillyard

Mr P & Mrs A Hollingsworth

Mr P Houldcroft

Mrs J E Howe

Mr & Mrs L Hughes

Mrs P Hunter

Mrs M Jones-Davies

Mr I Kennedy

Mr P King

Mr & Mrs H Leonard

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

Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Cobb

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

Production Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna Hallett

Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dave Nott

Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steve Overton

Scenery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scenic Projects

Costumes . . . . . .Carousel Costumes, Leamington Spa

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and Hitchin Thespians

Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kate Webb

Business Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nick Morgan

Programme Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TeeeGeee Design

Programme Editing & Advertising . . . .Susan Osbourn

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kate Webb

Programme & Poster Printing . . . .Streets of Baldock

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

Front of House Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lilian Dixon

Assistant to the Director . . . . . . . . . . .Iain Rutherford

Mr & Mrs W E Lewis

Mr A Lintern

Mrs & Mrs M Mackenzie

Mrs B Mallett

Mrs A Mansfield

Miss H Mansfield

Dr C F & Mrs E A Mathews

Mr & Mrs J Metzger

Mrs N Morgan

Mrs J Morris

Mr M Newbery

Mrs J Newton

Mr & Mrs D Nicholls

Mrs M Oliver

Mrs C Page

Mr I Page

Mrs E Parsons

Mr & Mrs K A Parsons

Mr M C Pascal

Dennis E. Pateman J.P.

Mrs B Pennicott

Mrs C Plowman

Mrs P M Pollard

Mrs E Pratt

Mr & Mrs N W Revill

Mrs M Richmond

Mrs G Rowland

For Hitchin Thespians

Mr G H Russell

Mrs R Saunders

Mrs L. M. Shaw

Mrs P Slade

Mrs V Slade

Mrs & Mrs A Smith

Mrs B Smith

Mrs J P Smith

Miss P Tadman

Mrs A D Taplin

Mr & Mrs A.R. Taylor

Mrs K Theakstone

Mrs V Thompson

Mr & Mrs D H Verney

Mr & Mrs R Vickers

Mrs M Walker

Mrs B Wall

Mrs M Watson

Mr G Williams

Mr & Mrs P Willmott

Mrs R Willmott

Mr & Mrs C Wilson

Mrs S Wisbey

Mrs B Wiseman

Mr R Woodhead

Mr & Mrs P Woods

Mr & Mrs R Worbey

Chaperone Co-ordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . .Claire Bailes

Chaperones . . .Alan Bailes, Claire Bailes, Peter Bailey

. . . . . . .Lorraine Davies, Justine Dickson, Ben Hodson

. . . . . . .Wendy Mullane, Carolyn Roberts, Helene Sahri

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

Show Week Wardrobe Team . . . . . . . . . . .Nicki Bowles

. . . . . . .Margaret Brendish, Helen Goddard, Pearl Hare

. . . . . . . . . . . .Angela Hollingsworth, Barbara Pennicott

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Roberts, Wendy Ward

Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . .Viv Stephenson, Wayne Hough

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cliff Gulbis, Neil Leggat

Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Melanie Plowman, Katie Hrbek

Continuity . . . . . .Charles Langford, Melanie Plowman

Make Up Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donna Barrett

Make Up Team . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Barry, Ron Burton

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Marple, Bron Martin

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

Librarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Fox


OUR LAST

PRODUCTION

OCTOBER 2009

FIDDLER

ON THE ROOF


THE HITCHIN THESPIANS ...COMING SOON...

THE YOUNG THESPIANS PRESENT

Below Stairs THE MUSICAL

15th - 17th April 2010, Woodside Hall, Hitchin

Spring Concert

featuring Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast

Saturday 17th April 2010, Christchurch Church, Bedford Road, Hitchin

THE HITCHIN THESPIANS CHOIR PRESENT

Carmina Burana

Sat 17th July 2010, The Hitchin Girls’ School, Hitchin

(PART OF THE HITCHIN FESTIVAL)

The King & I

12th - 16th October 2010, The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

NB We shall be looking for children to appear in this production.

If interested please see our website for details www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

HITCHIN THESPIANS: 01462 641575

GORDON CRAIG THEATRE: 01438 363200

CALLING YOUNG THESPIANS...

If you like to sing, act or dance and are in Year 6 and above we want to hear from you.

Young Thespians meet Sunday mornings at Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road, Hitchin, from 10am to 12 noon.

There is a charge of £25 to take part in each production. Young Thespians will be presenting...

at Woodside Hall from

15th - 17th April 2010

If you are interested please contact

Ann Crook 01462 434181,

anncrook@btinternet.com


FOR THE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE

Flute & Clarinet . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Killoran

Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone . . . . Clare Taylor

Clarinet & Bass Clarinet . . . . . Neil Pennock

The

Orchestra...

Clarinet & Bass Saxophone . . . Derek Kirby

Trumpet 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellie Lovegrove

Trumpet 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robin Totterdell

Trombone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Sylvester

Violin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Hicks

Violin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrea Kelly

Double Bass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiona Nisbett

Percussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Pickford

Keyboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Day


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. Having just finished our annual

three night run of ‘Christmas at Woodside’ we are

now embarking on rehearsals for our Spring

concert. This is to be a light classical programme

presented in Christchurch Church, Bedford Road,

Hitchin on April 17th with a programme to

include music by Pergolesi, Haydn and Mozart

and featuring Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast by

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. On July 17th we shall

be presenting ‘Carmina Burana’ in Hitchin Girls’

School as part of Hitchin Festival.

Interested in joining us?

Should you feel that you would like to sing, come and join us. You will be

welcomed. Contact our secretary on 01462 458803 or by email at

secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk. Visit our website at

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk to learn more about our choral and show activities.

HITCHIN THESPIANS

present

Rodgers &

Hammerstein’s

Based on the novel

‘Anna and the King of Siam’

by Margaret Landon

Tuesday 12th -

Saturday 16th

October 2010

The Gordon Craig Theatre,

Stevenage

Box Office:

01438 363200

Web: www.gordon-craig.co.uk

Music by

RICHARD

RODGERS

Book & Lyrics by

OSCAR

HAMMERSTEIN II

This amateur production is presented by

arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.

on behalf of R&H Theatricals of New York.


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

2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chess

2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Calamity Jane

2009 . . . . . . . . . . . .Sweeney Todd

2009 . . . . . . . .Fiddler on the Roof

2010 . . . . . . . . . . . .The Music Man

* NODA Region 9 Eastern Area Award


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