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HITCHIN THESPIANS PRESENT

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2012

QUEEN MOTHER THEATRE, HITCHIN


HITCHIN THESPIANS present

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH

SAMUEL FRENCH LIMITED.

HITCHIN THESPIANS IS A REGISTERED

CHARITY, NUMBER 1005332

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

Direction Linda Dyne

Musical Direction Charlie Wakely

Monday October 29th -

Saturday November 3rd, 2012

The Queen Mother Theatre,

Hitchin

HITCHIN THESPIANS ...COMING SOON...

Christmas at Woodside

THURSDAY 13TH, FRIDAY 14TH & SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2012

Woodside Hall, Hitchin - Tickets: Hitchin Thespians Box Office

ANNIE

THE YOUNG THESPIANS - THURSDAY 21ST, FRIDAY 22ND & SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2013

Woodside Hall, Hitchin - Tickets: Ann Crook

Annie Get Your GUN

TUESDAY 12TH MARCH - SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2013

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Spring Concert

Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2013

Woodside Hall, Hitchin

Tickets: Hitchin Thespian Box Office

JOAN LITTLEWOOD’S Musical Entertainment

OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR

By Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton,

Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast

Title Suggested by Ted Allan

Summer Concert

Thursday 18th, Friday 19th

and Saturday 20th July 2013 Woodside Hall

Tickets: Hitchin Thespian Box Office

HITCHIN THESPIANS 01462 641575, QUEEN MOTHER THEATRE 01462 455166 GORDON CRAIG THEATRE: 01438 363200

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk Visit Hitchin Thespians Website for further details of all of our productions


FROM THE CHAIRMAN...

Good Evening... Welcome to the Queen Mother Theatre and our production of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War’.

There are many challenges facing musical theatre groups such as ours. Not least of which is the rising cost of

putting on a show which is why we have started to perform only one show per year at the Gordon Craig Theatre.

Obviously the Queen Mother Theatre is much smaller than the Gordon Craig but that isn’t a bad thing.

Putting on a show in this more intimate venue is enabling us to consider the opportunity to put on rarely

performed pieces which don’t necessarily work in a large theatre. This is how we arrived at our choice for tonight’s show.

‘Oh, What a Lovely War’ is a true ensemble piece with all of us in the show assuming many roles and characters.

It’s great to see some of our members who often prefer to stay in the chorus step forward into the limelight for

the numerous character roles. We are delighted to be working with the Territorial Army and the Royal British Legion,

who have helped to organise local cadets to sell poppies at each of our performances. I hope you enjoy this evening’s

show and look forward to seeing you at our next show ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ at the Gordon Craig Theatre in the Spring.

TOM EVANS - CHAIRMAN, HITCHIN THESPIANS

THE COMMITTEE 2012 - 2013

CHAIRMAN: Tom Evans

VICE CHAIRMAN: Ann Crook

HON. SECRETARY: Lynne Leggat

HON. TREASURER: Melanie Troiano

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Sarah Bailes

BUSINESS MANAGER (PUBLICITY): Kier Home

SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING MANAGER: Vivienne Tadman

CHORAL MANAGER: Susan Osbourn

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Holly Böhme, Alan Dickinson,

Susan Osbourn, Iain Fishpool, Jan Nash

LIFE MEMBERS: Ann Crook, Brenda Cundell, Marion Hargraves,

Audrey Jenkins, Derek Jenkins, Denis Rowland, Gordon Wharton

HONORARY MEMBERS: Bert Broe, Edgar Gilbert, Mollie Gilbert,

Roger Heath, Jim Snell, Justin Thomas

Woodside Hall Available for Hire

Hitchin Thespians have their own rehearsal facilities, Woodside Hall which is next to

the Queen Mother Theatre in Walsworth Road, Hitchin, SG4 9SP, which is available for

group activities or private function hire. It is well equipped, with a main hall holding

up to 200 people, a smaller room off, which can accommodate about 40 adjacent to

a big kitchen. There is a fully stocked bar, good toilets including facilities for the

disabled and baby nappy change. There is also a good size lawn and free parking for

six cars outside. There is a ramp for wheelchair access.

For further details contact Ann Crook:

Email: woodsidebookings@hitchinthespians.org.uk Tel: 01462434181



of this production as the rest of the cast and crew do. Linda would like to thank the Committee and

★LINDA DYNE - DIRECTOR

After 20 years of acting and 35 years of directing, Linda thought she had either acted in, or directed,

practically all the shows that were on the local theatrical circuit, so she was delighted to be asked back

by Hitchin Thespians to direct a musical that she had never seen, been in or directed before. Having

immersed herself in WW1, Linda realised that this was a show where she could indulge her love of

improvisation, as the whole cast had to be totally involved to make it believable. This has meant everyone

creating and evolving their own characters and we hope that the audiences will feel just as much a part

everyone involved in the show for making it such an enjoyable yet moving experience. Her next show in

May 2013, will be back at The Alban Arena in St Albans with ‘Guys and Dolls’.

CHARLIE WAKELY - MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Charlie was born and raised in Hertfordshire, but his career as a conductor and trombonist has taken him

all over the world, including Australia and the Czech Republic. Nowadays, the transient life of a musician

has given way to fatherhood, a mortgage and a steady job as a physics teacher. Nevertheless, Charlie

continues to conduct and musically direct extensively in London and the home counties. He is delighted

to be waving his stick once more for the Thespians, whom he regards as his ‘home team’.

THE ORCHESTRA

Piano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Hessian

Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Hutchinson

Drums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Fawbert

Trumpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Lawrence

Reed 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neil Pennock

Reed 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Semark

Reed 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Barbett


THE COMPANY

LADIES

Gina Abbatt, Jean Austin, Sarah Bailes

Holly Bohme, Caroline Bonja, Belinda Gee

Judith Harrison, Lynne Leggat, Katherine Males

Nicola Niles, Melanie Plowman-Cobb

Sue Rayner, Mel Troiano, Sheila Soothill

MEN

Michael Bailes, Mike Barker, Phil Calver

Tom Evans, Isaac Evans, Iain Fishpool

Graham Garley, Stephen Holder, Kier Home

Mike Niles, Mike Roberts, Mark Savage

Bryan Summers, Raff Troiano


SYNOPSIS

‘Oh ,What A Lovely War’ won critical

acclaim when it was first performed

in 1963, quicklyy establishing itself

as a classic of the modern theatre.

It was devised and presented by

Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop

and first performed at the Theatre

Royal, Stratford East, London. The

original production took the form of a

seaside pierrot show and chronicled

the key events of the First World War through songs and

sketches. Members of the original cast had each done their

own research about the personalities and events of the

First World World War and many of the scenes we see in

today’s show came about through improvisation.

The show is a collection of songs

and sketches which more or less

follow the chronology of historical

events. Many of the songs are

parodies of popular hits of the time

with words made up by the soldiers

in the trenches to maintain morale.

There are many songs you will

recognise such as ‘Pack Up Your

Troubles’, ‘Goodbye-ee’ and ‘Keep

The Home Fires Burning’.

There are many events you will have heard about such

as the moving protrayal of Christmas and in the trenches

when the opposing forces ceased their hostilities and

met up in no-man’s land.

HITCHIN THESPIANS - Founded in 1902

PAST PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE:

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 Beggar’s 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

2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King & I

2011 . . . . . . . . . . . .The Gondoliers

2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gypsy

2012 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

2012 . . . . . . .Oh, What A Lovely War

* NODA Region 9 Eastern Area Award


HITCHIN THESPIANS PATRONS 2012

Mrs J Armstrong

Mrs G Atkinson

Mr & Mrs P Barry

Mr & Mrs J Bedingfield

Mrs M Bidwell

Mr P Blacker MBE

Mrs P R Blacker

Mrs M Brendish

Mrs M Briddon

Miss R E Burrows

Mrs D E Chennells

Mr R Cobb

Mr N Cundell

Mrs S Davies

Mrs M Day

Mrs G Donald

Mrs E Edwards

Mr M Everitt

Mrs D Fisher

Mr J Fletcher

Mr & Mrs J M Franks

Dr & Mrs S P Gardiner

Mrs N Gildenthorp

Mrs M Gill

Mrs M Greenbank

Mr P Guthrie

Mr & Mrs C E Hamilton

Mrs A Hammond

Mr R G Hawkins

Miss B Hillyard

Mr & Mrs L E Hughes

Mrs M Kemball-Cook

Mr I Kennedy

Mr P King

Mr & Mrs W E Lewis

Mr M Mackenzie

Mrs B Mallett

Mrs A Mansfield

Miss H Mansfield

Miss K McArthur

Mrs M Moore

Mrs N J Morgan

Mrs J Morris

Mr M Newbery

Mrs J Newton

Mr & Mrs D Nicholls

Mrs M Oliver

Mr & Mrs I Page

Mrs E Parsons

Mr & Mrs K A Parsons

Mr M C Pascal

Mrs P M Pollard

Mrs E Pratt

Mr & Mrs N W Revill

Mrs H Roberts

Mrs G Rowland

Mr G H Russell

Mrs P M Slade

Mrs B J Smith

Mrs J Smith

Miss P Tadman

Mrs A Taplin

Mr & Mrs A R Taylor

Mrs V Thompson

Mr & Mrs D H Verney

Mr & Mrs R Vickers

Mrs B Wall

Mrs M Watson

Mr G Williams

Mr & Mrs P Willmott

Mrs S B Wisbey

Mr R Woodhead

Mr & Mrs P Woods

Mr & Mrs R C Worbey

For Hitchin Thespians...

Stage Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Cobb, Neil Leggat

Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Evans

Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alan Bailes

Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hitchin Thespians

Scenery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rosemary Bianchi

Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Cooper, Emily Napier

Continuity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vivienne Tadman, Kate Webb

Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hitchin Thespians, Harlequin Costumes

Wardrobe Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jan Morris

Wardrobe Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Cunningham, Alex Evans, Michelle Marple

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

Front of House Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lilian Dixon

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

Programme Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Evans, Susan Osbourn

Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ralph Rapley/XM04

Hitchin Thespians would like to thank The Royal British Legion,

The Hitchin Territorial Army,The Queen Mother Theatre

and The Bancroft Players for the use of their facilities.

HITCHIN THESPIANS is a Registered Charity, Number 1005332


HITCHIN THESPIANS present

Music & Lyrics by IRVING BERLIN

Book by HERBERT & DOROTHY FIELDS

As revised by PETER STONE

Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th March 2013

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Box Office: 01438 363200

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF

WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of R&H Theatricals of New York

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