March 2008 - Hitchin Thespians

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March 2008 - Hitchin Thespians

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THE HITCHIN THESPIANS

March 2008

The Gordon Craig Theatre,

Stevenage


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THE HITCHIN THESPIANS PRESENT

Lyrics by

Tim Rice

Based on an idea by

Tim Rice

Music by

Benny Andersson

and

Bjorn Ulvaeus

Production Director

Jim Snell

Musical Director

Mike Payne

Choreographer

Mollie Gilbert

Monday 10th March toSaturday 15th March 2008

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

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, to form the Hitchin Amateur Light Opera

Company, with the Reverend G.B. Gainsford, 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.


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From the

Chairman....

HITCHIN THESPIANS

OFFICERS 2007/2008

Welcome to our March 2008 production of ‘Chess’! I first

heard the music from ‘Chess’ back in the 1980s when it

was released as a concept album ahead of the show. I was

immediately struck by its fantastic and varied score and

looked forward to the day when I could be a part of it.

We are delighted to welcome the very talented Mike Payne

as our musical director for this show. The company have

thoroughly enjoyed working with him and we hope that it will

be his first of many shows with us. As ever it has been a

pleasure to work under the direction of Jim Snell.

We next retuen to The Gordon Craig Theatre in October for that

all time favourite Doris Day musical, Calamity Jane and we

hope you will join us again then. We are also delighted to have

secured the rights to bring you Sweeney Todd next March here

at the Gordon Craig Theatre. In the meantime I hope you enjoy

tonight’s show and look forward to seeing you at future

Thespian productions.

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

Tom Evans - Chairman,

Hitchin Thespians

THECOMPANY...

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


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THE

PRODUCTION

TEAM

JIM SNELL

PRODUCTION

DIRECTOR

Jim works extensively with

societies throughout the Home

Counties and has won many

NODA awards for 'Best Production'. This is his 45th

show for Hitchin Thespians. He will be directing for

Bishops Stortford, Wembley and Broxbourne operatic

societies, and then returning to us next Spring to stage

‘Sweeney Todd’. He is an active voluntary fundraiser for

'Breakthrough' - the Breast Cancer Research charity.

MIKE PAYNE

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

This is Mike’s first show with us,

having previously worked extensively

throughout Herts, Beds, Bucks and

EssexThe Mikado to Mack & Mabel,

with many more in between. As a

performer, Mike has played several leading roles including

two Kings - ‘Siam’ and ‘of the fairies’, along with Pilate in

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’,The Snake in ‘Children of Eden’ (both

at the same time as MDing the show!!) and the one that

best sums up his character (some would say!) as the notorious

MC in ‘Cabaret’. This is the fourth time that Mike has

performed Chess since being Musical Director on the Herts

Amateur Premiere in 1994. Obviously a firm favourite of his!!

MOLLIE

GILBERT

CHOREOGRAPHER

Mollie has been Choreographer

for many Thespian productions

and in the 1950’s was a dancer

as well as an assistant choreographer. She is well known

in Hitchin, having been Principal of the Granville School of

Dance for more than 40 years, during which time many

pupils have had very successful ballet, stage and teaching

careers. Mollie has five grand-daughters, two of whom have

appeared as dancers in our previous productions. Mollie

enjoys gardening and travel in her spare time.

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:-

Lucy Miller-White - Hon. Secretary, 4 Half Acre, Hitchin, Herts SG5 2XL

Tel: 01462 458803 or email: lucymillerwhite@hotmail.com

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


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THE SYNOPSIS

ACT ONE

The world chess championship is being held in the northern

Italian town of Merano. The brash American champion

Freddie Trumper, and his second, Florence Vassey, relishes

the crowd's affection. Meanwhile Russian challenger,Anatoly

Sergievsky, and his second Molokov (actually a KGB agent),

watch with curiosity and disdain on TV. The opening ceremony

features an arbiter insisting on holding the proceedings

together, US and Soviet diplomats vowing their side will win,

and marketers just looking to make a buck. The American

storms out of a rules meeting, leaving Florence in an argument

with the Arbiter and the Russians. She later scolds him, but

he insists that she, a child who escaped Hungary during the

1956 Hungarian Revolution, should support him. The first

game of the match goes badly, with dirty tricks nearly evolving

into a brawl. A meeting to smooth things over goes badly and

ends with the Russian and Florence together, where they quickly

develop feelings for each other. As the matches continue,

Freddie flounders and blames Florence, who leaves him. The

Russian wins the championship, then defects to the west.

Answering reporters' questions about his loyalties, his ‘Anthem’

declares that ‘my land's only borders lie around my heart.’

ACT TWO

A year later, Anatoly is set to defend his championship in

Bangkok, Thailand. Freddie is already there, chatting up

locals about the nightlife. Florence and Anatoly are now

lovers, and upon hearing the news on the television that

Anatoly’s wife has been allowed to leave the USSR to attend

the match, the couple argue. Svetlana and Florence both

reflect on their relationships with him. Freddie goes to

Anatoly with information about Florence's long-lost father,

claiming that instead of being a hero as she believed, he

was a collaborator. Anatoly, and later Florence, dismiss

him, unwilling to hear what he has to say. Freddie reflects on

his life and his obsession with chess as a way to escape

an unhappy childhood. In the deciding game of the match,

Anatoly manages an exceptional victory, and realises

that it may be the only success he can achieve - his wife

castigates him for wallowing in the crowd's empty praise.

Both acknowledge they are doomed to care only for themselves.

Later, he and Florence reflect on their story that seemed so

promising, and how ‘stories like ours - have happy endings.

Maybe not for Florence, as she has yet to discover?


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THE COMPANY

FREDDIE TRUMPER

MATT GREENBANK

Matt has performed in shows since the age of seven.

He joined the Hitchin Thespians in 2003 and has taken

part on or backstage in every show since. Matt has

played a number of lead roles, including Riff in ‘West

Side Story’, and Benjamin in ‘Seven Brides For Seven

Brothers’. Elsewhere, Matt has been involved in both

plays and musicals but his favourite parts have been

Daniel Mendoza in ‘Jack The Ripper - The Musical’,

Daniel Shellmedine in ‘The Safari Party’ and the Voice

of the Plant in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

In his spare time Matt is an acoustic guitarist and

aspires to become a professional singer/songwriter.

He has wanted to perform in Chess for many years

and is very much looking forward to playing the vocally

challenging role of the American.

ANATOLY SERGIEVSKY

TOM EVANS

Tom’s first principal performance was at the tender age

of nine, playing the lead in a school production of

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat’.

Since then he’s probably done at least one show per

year and sometimes as many as six! Since moving to

Hertfordshire in the 1980s, many of those shows have

been with Hitchin Thespians. Tom’s favourite, and most

challenging role to date, was as Doctor Jekyll and Mr

Hyde in our recent award winning production of the

same name. But, up there at the top of his list is the

part of The Russian in ‘Chess’ which he is delighted to

be performing this evening. By day Tom is headteacher

of Martins Wood Primary School in Stevenage.


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THE COMPANY

FLORENCE VASSEY

TRACEY GWYNNE

Tracey joined Hitchin Thespians in eight years ago to

play silent movie icon Mabel in ‘Mack & Mabel’, and

has been in every show since - she tell us “this is due

to the varied types of show, both modern and traditional

that Thespians produce”. Her roles with Thespians have

included Ann in ‘Half A Sixpence’, Charity Barnum in

‘Barnum’, Kate in ‘Kiss Me Kate’, Carrie in ‘Carousel’

and Lucy in ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. You would have seen

her last as Millie in last year’s ‘Thoroughly Modern

Millie’. Apart from Thespians, Tracey has also played

many other roles around Hertfordshire - her favourites

being Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’, and Lynette

‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’.

Professionally, Tracey runs an illustration and design

business and designed tonights programme for us!

SVETLANA SERGIEVSKY

BARBARA THOMAS

Barbara has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since

1993, and has appeared in many shows, concerts and

workshops since. Her most recent role for us was as the

frightening Katisha in ‘The Mikado’. Other favourite

roles have included Anne in ‘A Little Night Music’

and The Blues Singer in ‘Barnum’. Barbara has also

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 wellknown’

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.


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THE COMPANY

WALTER DE COURCEY

JOHN KEOGH

John has been performing with the Thespians for many

years, primarily in the choral productions of the society,

and singing occasional solo parts. He is making a long

overdue return to more extrovert stageshow productions,

and as you will see tonight, seemingly playing not so

nice characters (his last performance for us was as

Lord Savage in ‘Jekyll & Hyde)! He also performed in

‘The Full Monty’ and our last production ‘The Mikado’.

You may recall John’s small cameo part in our

production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ as a long-suffering

husband at dinner - with a one-liner that virtually stole

the show! Elsewhere in the society, John has been an

valued and active member for us, involving himself in

both on and off-stage efforts, in one production being a

key member not only of the company, but also as part

of the back-stage crew.

MOLOKOV

MIKE BARKER

This is Mike’s twentith show with Hitchin Thespians. He

has performed many character roles for us, such as

Prince Nikki in ‘MyOne and Only’, the Gangster in ‘Kiss

Me Kate’ and Harold in ‘The Full Monty’. Mike has also

enjoyed taking lead roles for other local societies such

as Eric 'Rubber-Legs' Devine in ‘A Slice of Saturday

Night’, Dr. Whackhoff in ‘Saucy Jack and the Space

Vixens’ and Professor Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’. He has

been performing, directing and choreographing shows

locally for many years now and has just finshed directing

rehearsals for a 2008 January Panto - ‘Sinbad’.


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THE COMPANY

THE ARBITER

CHARLES LANGFORD

Charles has been a member of Hitchin Thespians

for ?????? years, and is a talented character actor

(usually stealing any scene he is in!). You will have

seen him last as ???????? in the very successful ‘The

Full Monty’ which received great acclaim, both locally

and in Edinburgh when it was also taken to the Festival

last year. His other performing credits with us have

included ‘South Pacific’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’.

Charles’ favourite roles to date have been Tobias in

‘Sweeney Todd’, and Cornelius in ‘Hello Dolly’, both for

the Stevenage Lytton Players. He has also appeared

with societies in his native Australia.

THE POP

CHOIR

(Top left to right):

Kier Home, Jo Lillian Cartwright,

Alex Evans, James Hamilton

(Bottom left to right):

Julia Nicholson, Philippa Bayfield


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THE COMPANY

Anatoly Sergievsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Evans

Frederick Trumper .

Florence Vassey .

Svetlana Sergievsky .

Alexander Molokov .

Walter De Courcey .

The Arbiter .

The Mayor of Merano .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Greenbank

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

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Thomas

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Barker

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Keogh

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charles Langford

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Waghorn

POP CHOIR

Philippa Bayfield

Jo Lillian Cartwright

Alex Evans

James Hamilton

Kier Home

Julia Nicholson

CHORUS

Philip Arend, Jean Austin

Sarah Bailes, Donna Barrett

Holly Bohme, Caroline Bonja

Sarah Cunningham, Alison Day

Chris Fox, Maz Greenbank

Anna Hallett, Ian Hamilton

Katy King, Jack Lardent

Ranae McCrae, Lucy Miller-White

Nick Morgan, Keith Mortland

Kevin Nolan, Sandra Page

Melanie Plowman, Carolyn Roberts

Mike Roberts, Pat Staff

Zoe Stubbs, Bryan Summers

Kate Webb, Andy Wyllie

DANCERS

Sarah Bailes, Donna Barrett

Holly Bohme, Caroline Bonja

Sarah Cunningham, Alison Day

Ranae McCrae, Melanie Plowman

Carolyn Roberts


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ACT ONE

SCENES & SONGS

1. ‘PROLOGUE - The Story of Chess’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

SCENE ONE - A station in Merano, Italy

2. ‘Merano’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

SCENE TWO - Freddie & Florence’s Hotel Suite / Conference Room

3. ‘Commie Newspapers’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence & Freddie

4. ‘Press Conference’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freddie, Florence & Reporters

SCENE THREE - Molokov’s Hotel Suite

5. ‘Anatoly & Molokov’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anatoly & Molokov

6. ‘Where I Want To Be’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anatoly & Pop Choir

SCENE FOUR - The Arbiter’s Chambers

7. ‘Diplomats’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Molokov, Walter & Delegates

8. ‘The Arbiter’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Arbiter & Pop Choir

9. ‘Hymn To Chess’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

10. ‘The Merchandisers’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

SCENE FIVE - The Chess Arena

11. ‘The Arbiter (reprise)’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Arbiter & Pop Choir

12. ‘A Model Of Decorum And Tranquility’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Arbiter, Molokov, Florence & Anatoly

13. ‘Florence & Molokov’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Molokov & Florence

SCENE SIX - A Television Studio and Control Room

14. ‘1956 - Budapest Is Rising’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freddie & Florence

15. ‘Nobody’s Side’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence & Pop Choir

SCENE SEVEN - The Merano Mountain Inn

16. ‘Der Kleine Franz’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

17. ‘Mountain Duet’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence & Anatoly

SCENE EIGHT - The Chess Arena

18. ‘Chess - Instrumental’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Orchestra

SCENE NINE - Freddie & Florence’s Hotel Suite / Conference Room

19. ‘Florence Quits’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence & Freddie

20. ‘Pity The Child’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freddie

SCENE TEN - A Consulate in Merano

21. ‘Embassy Lament’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Civil Servants

22. ‘Heaven Help My Heart’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence

SCENE ELEVEN - A Station in Merano, Italy

23. ‘Anatoly & The Press’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Reporters

24. ‘Anthem’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anatoly & The Company

SOMEONE ELSES SRTORY????


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ACT TWO

SCENES & SONGS

SCENE ONE - The streets of Bangkok, Thailand

1. ‘Golden Bangkok’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Orchestra

2. ‘One Night In Bangkok’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freddie & Company

SCENE TWO - Anatoly & Florence’s Hotel Suite

3. ‘One More Opponent’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anatoly & Florence

4. ‘You & I’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anatoly & Florence

SCENE THREE - Molokov’s Hotel Suite

5. ‘The Soviet Machine’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Molokov & Comrades

SCENE FOUR - A Television Studio

6. ‘Interview’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Walter, Freddie & Anatoly

7. ‘Someone Else’s Story’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Svetalan

SCENE FIVE - The foyer of the Oriental hotel, Bangkok

8. ‘The Deal’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Arbiter, Molokov, Svetlana, Anatoly, Florence, Walter & Freddie

9. ‘I Know Him So Well’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence & Svetlana

SCENE SIX - A Buddhist temple

10. ‘Talking Chess’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freddie & Anatoly

SCENE SEVEN - The Chess Arena

11. ‘Endgame’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company

SCENE EIGHT - The Chess Arena / The Airport

12. ‘You & I (reprise)’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence & Anatoly

13. ‘Walter & Florence’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Walter & Florence

14. ‘Epilogue’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florence

The use of cameras, mobile phones and any kind of recording

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

There will be an interval of 20 minutes between acts.


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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


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Wishing The Hitchin Thespians

‘all the right moves’ this week in

‘CHESS’

THE DRUM PLACE

Unit 5

80 High Street

Walkern

Herts

SG2 7PG

Tel: 01438 860334

Fax: 01438 861326

Email: sheila@thedrumplace.co.uk

info@thedrumplace.co.uk


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Flute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jo Marriott

Oboe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rachel Broadbent

Clarinet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Claire Frost

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Julia Griffiths

Flute/Clarinet/Baritone Sax . . . . . . . . . .Ian Killoran

Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Lavelle

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, Judy Page

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Pennicott, Mary Roberts

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

. . . . . . .Colin Ratcliffe, Richard Cobb, Neil Leggat, Wayne Hough

Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cliff Gulbis

Properties Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lucy Arnold

Continuity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Marple

THE ORCHESTRA

Trumpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barry Yardley

Trumpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andy Humphries

Trombone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fred Slide

Trombone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Adrian Jarvis

Keyboard 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kelvin Thomson

Keyboard 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Claire Middleton

Keyboard 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robert Day

Guitar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alan Fraser

Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alan Coughlan

Drums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Simon Kirby

Violin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jon Acton

Violin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Boris Peck

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

Make Up Team . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Cunningham, Ranae McRae,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Barry Ron Burton, Sheila Soothill

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

Costumes . . . . . .Dereham Theatre Costumes, Hitchin Thespians

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

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

Programme Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nick Morgan

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

Programme/Poster Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Streets of Baldock

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

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

Chess


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FOR THE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE

Arts Marketing & Sales Manager

Claire Dixon

Arts Director - Bob Bustance

General Manager

David Holder

Press & Publicity Manager

Kelly Betts

Customer Services Manager

Carl Rutherford

Productions & Buildings Manager

Stephen Overton

Theatre Arts Administrator

Ria Burgess

Education & Outreach Manager

Ricky Manning

Front of House Manager

Sue Achard

Assistant Front of House Managers

Lyn Cooper

Jill Wadsworth

Box Office Co-ordinator

Amy Platt

Technical & Maintenance Manager

Nigel Howlett

Deputy Chief Technician

Dave Nott

Stage Technicians

Mike Christofi

Rob Johnson

Arts & Leisure Assistant

Lesley Powell

Visual Arts Co-ordinator

William Barnard

Front of House Assistants

Lisa Perry Coupe, Lauren Donnelly

Brenda Downie, Jan Gant, Hannah Gauld,

Jennie Hills, Pam King,Tracie Litton

Martin McNicholas, Stephen Sapsed

Maria Scott, Shirley Sheldrick

Jemma Wadsworth, Sarah Walton

Box Office & Group Sales Advisor

Kym Bowden

Box Office Sales Advisors

Jenny Bell, Sheila Birch, Jake Farrell,

Chloe Maddox, Barbara Salisbury,

Jemma Wadsworth,Terri Power

Human Resources Director

John Norton

For Stevenage Leisure Limited

Managing Director

Ian Morton

Finance Director

Roz Hawkes


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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

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

* 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 2008

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

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

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THE STORY BEHIND

‘CHESS’...

Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by

Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The

story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a

world chess championship, and a woman who manages one

and falls in love with the other. The characters’ personalities

are loosely based on those of Victor Korchnoi and Bobby

Fischer (who died in January of this year).

Following the pattern of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita,a concept

album of Chess was recorded in 1984, and generated a

number of hit singles.The first theatrical version of Chess opened

in London's West End in 1986 and played for three years. A

much-altered production premiered on Broadway in 1988 but was

badly received by most critics and failed to attract large audiences.

A single from the album, "One Night in Bangkok", performed by

Murray Head with Anders Glenmark became a worldwide smash

and reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, while

the duet, "I Know Him So Well", by Elaine Paige and Barbara

Dickson, held the number one spot on the UK singles charts for 4

weeks in February 1985 and won the Ivor Novello Award as the

Best Selling Single. The West End production won a London Critics'

Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical and received three Laurence

Olivier Award nominations: Best Musical, Outstanding Performance

by an Actor (Körberg) and Outstanding Performance by an Actress

(Paige), closing on 8 April 1989.

‘THE STORY OF CHESS’

(ACT ONE - SCENE ONE)

Each game of chess, means there's one less variation left to be played

Each day got through means one or two less mistakes remain to be made

Not much is known of early days of chess beyond a fairly vague report

That fifteen hundred years ago two princes fought - though brothers, for a Hindu throne

Their mother cried, for no-one really likes their offspring fighting to the death

She begged to stop the slaughter with her every breath but sure enough one brother died

Sad beyond belief - she told her winning son you have caused such grief

I can't forgive this evil thing you've done

He tried to explain how things had really been

But he tried in vain no words of his could mollify the Queen

And so he asked the wisest men he knew the way to lessen her distress

They told him he'd be pretty certain to impress by using model soldiers on a chequered board

To show it was his brother's fault - they thus invented chess

Chess displayed no inertia, soon spread to Persia then west

Next the Arabs refined it, thus redesigned - it progressed

Still further yet and when Constantinople fell in fourteen fifty three

One would have noticed every other refugee included in his bags a set

Once in the hands and in the minds of leading figures of the Renaissance

The spirit and the speed of chess made swift advance through all of Europe's vital lands

Where, we must record the game was further changed

Right across the board, the western touch upon the pieces ranged

King and queen and rook and bishop, knight and pawn

All took on the look we know today - the modern game was born

And in the end we see a game that started by mistake in Hindustan

And boosted in the main by what is now Iran

Become the simplest and most complicated pleasure yet devised

For just the kind of mind who would appriciate this well-researched and fascinating yarn

Chess original

cover artwork

Björn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice and Benny

Andersson, the creators of Chess

Bobby Fischer, U.S.A

1943 - 2008

Victor Korchnoi, Soviet Union

1931 - present day


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OUR LAST PRODUCTION

‘AUTUMN 2007’


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THE HITCHIN THESPIANS

COMING SOON...

Hitchin Thespians choir is

looking for new members...

THE YOUNG THESPIANS PRESENT

‘OKLAHOMA’

March 27th - March 29th 2008.

Woodside Hall, Hitchin

THE HITCHIN THESPIAN CHOIR PRESENT

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Friday 11th & Saturday 12th April 2008

Woodside Hall, Hitchin

THE HITCHIN THESPIAN CHOIR PRESENT

‘SUMMER CONCERT’

Friday 27th – Saturday 28th June. Woodside Hall

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Monday 6th – Saturday 11th October

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

HITCHIN THESPIANS: 01462 641575

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We are a long established choral

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encompassing everything from modern show

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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.

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