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Programme - Hitchin Thespians

THE HITCHIN

THESPIANS

OCTOBER 2010

THE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE, STEVENAGE


HITCHIN THESPIANS

present

Director

ROSEMARY BIANCHI

Musical Director

JUSTIN THOMAS

Music by

RICHARD RODGERS

Book & Lyrics by

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

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

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

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk


The COMPANY


From the

Chairman...

Good evening and welcome to our production of ‘The King and I’.

So many of you have mentioned to me how much you love this show since

hearing about our Autumn 2010 production. With its wonderful songs and opulent

setting ‘The King and I’ has won a place in many people’s hearts.

This is Rosemary Bianchi’s first production for Hitchin Thespians and it has been very

exciting to work with a director who has also created the scenery for the show with the

help of many of her students at North Herts College. We have been delighted to

welcome back Justin Thomas as Musical Director after a couple of years break and we

hope that we will see more of him in the future. I am sure you will enjoy watching many

familiar faces in our cast such as Tracey Gwynne, Steve Wilks, Kier Home, Melanie

Plowman and Lucy Miller-White. Maybe you will also spot a future leading man or

lady amongst the youngsters who have joined us for this show. I hope you enjoy this

production and look forward to your continued support in the future.

CHAIRMAN: Tom Evans

TREASURER: Mark Savage

HONORARY GENERAL SECRETARY: Lynne Leggat

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Alex Evans

CHORAL MANAGER: Charles Langford

BUSINESS MANAGER: Chris Ingley

VICE CHAIRMAN: Ann Crook

SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING: Vivienne Tadman

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Mike Roberts, Holly Böhme, Susan Osbourn

Tom Evans

The Committee 2010 / 2011

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


The Production Team

ROSEMARY BIANCHI

DIRECTOR

Rosemary has very much enjoyed

working with the Hitchin Thespians

on exploring this richly evocative

musical. With a strong interest in

visual performance, her previous

work covers a wide spectrum of

productions; from ‘La Traviata’ to the Trestle Theatre

Company’s ‘Hamlet, to ‘The Wiz, and from a community

play with a cast of 100 plus and a live steam locomotive,

to a one-woman ‘Bessie Smith’ that was the toast of the

Edinburgh Fringe.

SARAH BAILES

CHOREOGRAPHER

Sarah has been involved in

amateur dramatics for 30 years.

Previously she danced with Harrow

Light Opera Company and has

performed and choreographed

for several societies in the North London area. Sarah

has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since 1993

and also choreographs for our Young Thespians group.

She is delighted to be choreographing again for ‘The

King and I’ following her debut with our last production

of ‘The Music Man’.


JUSTIN THOMAS

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

We welcome Justin back to us after

being resident Musical Director of

Hitchin Thespians from 1984-2004,

on shows such as ‘Guys & Dolls’,

‘42nd Street’, ‘Chess’, Carmen’ and

the NODA award winning ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’.

He also conducted over 60 concerts for us including

‘Messiah’,‘Carmina Burana’and ‘The Middleham Requiem’.

He has been MD of Letchworth Choral Society and St.

Mary’s Singers,Potton,and currently at the Locrian Chamber

Choir, Beds. Justin is a school teacher by day but his

main delight is being with his family.

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:-

Lynne Leggat, Hitchin Thespians,Woodside Hall,

Walsworth Road, Hitchin SG4 9SP

secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk

Alternatively, if you would prefer

you can join our ‘SHOW MAILING LIST’

THE HITCHIN THESPIANS ...COMING SOON...

Christmas at Woodside

9th-11th December 2010, Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road, Hitchin

The Gondoliers

March 10th - 12th 2011, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

HITCHIN THESPIANS: 01462 641575 GORDON CRAIG THEATRE: 01438 363200


In the 1860s the King of Siam - in his attempt to

bring Western culture to his country - engages Anna

Leonowens, an attractive English schoolteacher, to teach

his royal princes and princesses. Once in the palace,Anna

is shocked to learn that she and her son will not get a

house of their own as had been promised her by the King.

She is also witness to the arrival of Tuptim brought from

Burma by Lun Tha, as a gift to the King of Siam. The King

is pleased with Tuptim, and turns a deaf ear to Anna's

complaints about having to live in the palace. He then

summons his children in a fine procession to meet Anna.

After they leave Lady Thiang arouses Anna's sympathy for

Tuptim by explaining that Tuptim and Lun Tha are deeply

in love, and that once Lun Tha returns to Burma they will

never again see each other.Anna can be duly sympathetic,

for she can never forget how much she had loved her

husband Tom, now dead.

The King confesses that he is not sure of anything at all,

that he does not know how much his children should be

taught and what is right or wrong. But Anna has no such

qualms. After she and the children become acquainted

with each other, a unique bond of empathy and

affection develops between teacher

and pupils. Meanwhile, Tuptim and Lun

Tha meet secretly in the darkness of the

palace garden to exchange love vows.

A crisis is developing in Siam. An agent

in Singapore has discovered letters to

The King and I was based on the book

‘Anna and the King of Siam’ by Margaret

Landon.The plot comes from the memoirs

of Anna Leonowens, who became school

teacher to the children of King Mongkut

of Siam in the early 1860s.

The musical opened on Broadway in

1951 and was the sixth collaboration for the

team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It ran for 1,246

performances, winning the Tony Award for Best

Musical, among other awards. It spawned numerous

The STORY

STAGE AND SCREEN

revivals and a popular 1956 film version,

starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr.

This most popular of Rodgers &

Hammerstein’s musicals has spawned

many recent revivals, most notably being

the 2000 London production and the

Royal Albert Hall revival in 2009, starring

Elaine Paige and Maria Friedman respectively.

There has also been a highly rated non-musical

1999 movie ‘Anna and the King’, starring Jodie

Foster and Chow Yun-Fat.


the British describing the King of Siam as a barbarian

and suggesting that Siam be made a protectorate.This

information upsets Anna, for despite her differences

with the King, she has come to admire him. When the

King tells her of his political difficulties and advises

her that Sir Edward Ramsey and other high-ranking

English men and women are coming to visit Siam and

judge for themselves, Anna suggests that they be

entertained in grand style, with a European dinner and

ball. In another part of the palace, Lun Tha and Tuptim

are making plans to run away together.

The visiting English are entertained with a ballet, ‘The

Small House of Uncle Thomas’, in which Uncle Tom's

Cabin is translated in terms of a Siamese dance. Both

Anna and the King are exhilarated by the success of their

efforts. Suddenly Tuptim is brought to the King. She has

been caught red-handed trying to escape.The King orders

that she be whipped, but Anna fiercely takes her part

and prevents the King from carrying out this order. Lun

Tha however, has been killed. By now Anna feels that she

can stay in Siam no longer and makes plans to return

to England. Before she can leave, the King falls

seriously ill. On his death-bed he implores

her to stay in Siam. When the royal

children join in this entreaty Anna cannot

find it in her heart to leave a country,

a people and, most of all, the pupils she

has come to love.


The COMPANY

The King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Wilks

Anna Leonowens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracey Gwynne

Tuptim. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melanie Plowman

Lun Tha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kier Home

Lady Thiang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucy Miller-White

Prince Chululongkorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Rayner

Louis Leonowens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Davies

Captain Orton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iain Rutherford

Sir Edward Ramsay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Roberts

Kralahome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Langford

Phra Alack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Roberts

Interpreter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Bailes

Princess Ying Yaowlak. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emma Roberts


Female Chorus

Jean Austin, Holly Böhme, Caroline Bonja, Justine Dickson, Isaac Evans,

Iain Fishpool, Belinda Gee, Caroline Hirst, Sarah Jones, Katy King, Katherine Males,

Carolyn Roberts, Charlotte Roberts, Julia Skinner, Pat Staff, Nicole Thomas,

Melanie Troiano, Kate Webb, Jenny Wilson, Iain Fishpool

DANCERS - BALLET

Holly Böhme (Eliza), Caroline Bonja ( Angel), Sam Rayner (Simon of Legree),

Sarah Jones (Uncle Thomas), Caroline Hirst (Little Eva), Melanie Troiano (Topsy),

Justine Dickson, Charlotte Roberts, Nicole Thomas (Dogs), Michael Bailes, Isaac Evans (River)

CHILDREN

Melissa Bailey, William Davies, Holly Dear, Jamie Dear, Adam Discipline, Imogen Harper,

Amie Heath, Chloe Heath, Colette Mitchell, Georgina Pybus, Sophie Taylor, Rebecca Wood


THE COMPANY


Steve Wilks

The King of siam

Steve is very happy to be reprising his leading role of ‘The King’

in this production, having first played the part for us in 2001.

You will have seen him last playing ‘Tevye’ in last year’s production

of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ but his other numerous leading roles for us

and other local societies have included Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’,

Emile in ‘South Pacific’, Escamillo in ‘Carmen’, Pirate King in ‘Broadway

Pirates of Penzance’, Pilate in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Judas in

‘Godspell’, Cervantes in ‘Man of La Mancha’, Adam in ‘Seven Brides

for Seven Brothers’, Billy Bigelow in ‘Carousel’, Captain in ‘Titanic’ and

Rico in ‘Copacabana’.

Tracey Gwynne

Anna Leonowens

Tracey is thrilled to be playing the part of ‘Mrs Anna’ in this production

as she tells us it is one of her favourite musicals. You will have seen

her last playing an unrecognisable ‘old biddy’ in ‘The Music Man’, our

last production.

Tracey’s many leading roles for us and various local societies have

included Lucy in ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, Florence in ‘Chess’, Sally Bowles in

‘Cabaret’, Nellie in ‘South Pacific’, Mrs Barnum in ‘Barnum’, Yum-Yum

in ‘The Mikado’, Millie in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, Mercedes in

‘Carmen’, Kate in ‘Kiss Me Kate’, Anne in ‘Half A Sixpence’, Squeaky

Fromme in ‘Assassins’ and both Julie and Carrie in ‘Carousel’.

When not on stage, Tracey is a designer and illustrator and has been

known to make a lot of noise on a drum kit!


Lucy Miller-White

LADY THIANG

THE COMPANY

Lucy made her public singing debut aged 6, singing live on local BBC

radio with her older sister! She joined Hitchin Thespians in 1999 and

has been involved in almost every show since, if not performing on

stage, then behind the scenes. During that time, she has played a

number of roles including Valencienne in ‘The Merry Widow’, Joanie in

‘The Full Monty’ (both in Hitchin and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival),

Cora in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and more recently,Alma Hicks in ‘The

Music Man’. Apart from the shows, Lucy can be more often heard

singing in recitals as well as with choirs both locally and in London. In

recent years, she has enjoyed singing in various fund raising concert

performances for Thespians, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and also an

Opera Evening for Benslow Music Trust, where she was able to indulge

in her main passion for singing opera. She has really enjoyed working

with her fellow cast members in ‘The King and I’ and is looking forward

to what promises to be a very emotionally charged week!

Iain Rutherford

Captain Orton

Iain thought he had retired from the stage after 48 years of involvement

in amateur theatre, during which time he has played principal parts

including Tommy in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, Kenneth Gibson in ‘Call Me

Madam’, Charlie Cameron in ‘Brigadoon’ and ‘Lun Tha in an earlier

production of ‘King and I’. He has also been Musical Director for

the Young Arcadians and the Noteable Youth Choir, and also piano

accompanist for several operatic societies locally and in different parts

of the country, playing also in the pit orchestra. More lately he has

been content to sing with the Thespians Choir, occasionally as soloist,

but the opportunity to play Captain Orton (a role with few lines and

where the Scots accent will not go amiss) was too inviting to resist!


SCENES & SONGS...

Act One

THE TIME: EARLY 1860s

THE PLACE: THE ROYAL PALACE, BANGKOK SIAM

OVERTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Orchestra

Scene 1: Arrival at Bangkok

‘I Whistle A Happy Tune’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna & Louis

Scene 2: Interior of the Palace

‘Vignettes’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Royal Dancers

Scene 3: The King’s Library

‘My Lord & Master’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tuptim

‘Hello Young Lovers’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna

‘March Of The Siamese Children’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Orchestra

Scene 4: Palace Exterior

‘A Puzzlement’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King

Scene 5: The School Room

‘Getting To Know You’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna, Wives & Children

‘We Kiss In A Shadow’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lun Tha & Tuptim

Scene 6: Palace Exterior

‘A Puzzlement - Reprise’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Prince & Louis

Scene 7: Anna’s Bedroom

‘Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna

‘Something Wonderful’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lady Thiang

Scene 8: The King’s Study

‘Finale’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Company


SCENES & SONGS...

Act TWO

ENTRACTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Orchestra

Scene 1: A Reception Room at the Palace

‘Western People Funny’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lady Thiang & Wives

Scene 2: Palace Exterior

‘I Have Dreamed’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lun Tha & Tuptim

‘Hello Young Lovers - Reprise’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna

Scene 3: The Theatre Pavillion

‘Ballet - Small House Of Uncle Thomas’ . . . . . . . .Tuptim & Company

Scene 4: The King’s Library

‘Song Of The King’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The King

‘Shall We Dance’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna & The King

Scene 5: Palace Exterior

‘Processional’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Company

Scene 6: A Room In Anna’s House

Scene 7: The King’s Study

‘I Whistle A Happy Tune - Reprise’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anna & Children

The use of cameras, mobile phones and other

recording equipment is strictly prohibited.

There will be an interval of 20 minutes between acts.

There will be strobe lighting during this performance.


THE COMPANY

Kier Home

Lun tha


Kier has spent most of his life on stage, mostly with Hitchin

Thespians and his first musical was coincidentally ‘The King And I’

for us in 1991. You will have seen him most recently appearing as

our ‘barber-shop tenor’, Jacey Squires in our recent production of

‘The Music Man’ but Kier has played many roles for us - Fydeka in

last year’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, an Apostle in ‘Jesus

Christ Superstar’, Hortensio in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and various chorus

roles. His favourite role to date though has been Anthony in our

production of ‘Sweeney Todd’.

When he’s not involved in a show, Kier is either working here at the

Gordon Craig Theatre Box Office, at home listening to ‘The Rat

Pack’ or with his nose in a book somewhere!

Melanie Plowman

Tuptim

Melanie joined Hitchin Thespians as one of the ‘animated townsfolk’

in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. Since then she has taken part in

all of their productions with a brief flirtation as props manager working

backstage for the last show. Her favourite roles include Susan in

‘Calamity Jane’, Nellie in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, Ruth in ‘Thoroughly Modern

Millie’, Susan Hershey in the ‘Full Monty’ (both in Hitchin and at the

Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Tzeitel in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. She is

also a member of the Lytton Players where she performed as Caroline

Neville in ‘Titanic’. Aside from shows, Melanie enjoys singing with the

choir and participating in fundraising performances at Woodside

Hall such as ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’. Melanie (and her husband

Richard, the assistant stage manager) are very pleased that she has left

the production team and is back on stage for ‘The King and I’ - although

she confesses she will miss dancing in the wings with the crew!


THE COMPANY

Charles Langford

The Krahlahome

Charles has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since 2000. He

has performed in many of the shows since then, most recently as

Motel the Tailor in last years production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

His other favourite roles have included Tobias in 'Sweeney Todd',

Cornelius in 'Hello Dolly', Demetrius in 'A Midsummer Night's

Dream' (The Lytton Players), and Bossy Barbara in ‘Beauty and the

Beast’. He says his most memorable experience was performing

at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007 playing Malcom in ‘The

Full Monty’. His last principal role for us was the Arbiter in 'Chess'.

He says he is looking forward to working with the wonderful

company in ‘The King & I’.

Mike Roberts

SIR Edward

Ramsay

Mike has been a member of Hitchin Thespians for 26 years. He and

his family have always been involved in musical theatre and indeed he

met his wife Carolyn whilst performing in ‘West Side Story’ with Hitchin

Thespians back in 1985. As well as performing with Thespians, the

Roberts family are also involved in a theatre group in Sandy who are

currently rehearsing for their next Panto, ‘Robin Hood’. Mike has had a

few roles over the years, most recently as Oliver Hix being one quarter

of the barber shop quartet in ‘The Music Man’.

Mike is pleased to see his daughters following the family tradition and

in fact this show really is a family affair with Carolyn, Mike and both

their daughters (Emma and Charlie) treading the boards tonight.


THE COMPANY

Sam Rayner

Prince Chululongkorn

Sam tell us he has been ‘tormenting’ audiences since the age of six, when he appeared in

the Thespians’ previous production of ‘The King and I’. Nineteen musicals, three plays and

several concerts later Sam is thrilled to be revisiting the show that started it all. His

favourite stage outings include Tobias in ‘Sweeney Todd’, Ralph in ‘The Lord of the Flies’,

MC in ‘Cabaret’ in the Breakthrough Charity Concert 2010, Avigdor in ‘Yentl’, Mendel and

(bizarrely) Yente in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, and Will Parker in ‘Oklahoma’. Outside the world

of theatre, Sam rows for his school and is being ‘tormented again’ by his A-levels. He has

loved working with the Hitchin Thespians on ‘The King and I’ and is eagerly anticipating

the rise of the curtain.

Andrew Davies

Louis Leonowens

This is 13 year old Andrew’s third show with the Hitchin Thespians where he

previously enjoyed playing Winthrop in our last production of ‘The Music Man’. He

is also a member of the Young Thespians and has made lots of friends over the last

three years, doing many shows including ‘Aladdin’, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Below Stairs’.

He goes to The John Henry Newman school in Stevenage where his favourite

subjects are maths, science, music and languages. He was also lucky enough to

recently visited Budapest in Hungary with the school choir. Andrew enjoys learning

to play the piano at school, and the double bass at Stevenage Music Centre on

Saturday mornings.

Michael Bailes

Interpretor


‘The King and I’ will be Michael’s third show with Hitchin Thespians, but he has

been a member of Young Thespians for 6 years. His favourite roles have included

Captain Smolsky in ‘Bugsy Malone’, Badger in ‘Wind in the Willows’, Andrew Cairns in

‘Oklahoma’ and Mr Town in ‘Below Stairs’. Michael is currently studying Interactive

Media at The Centre for the Arts in Hitchin and looks forward to following his family’s

footsteps in theatre!


The Dancers

Top (From L to R)

Melanie Troiano

Justine Dickson

Charlotte Roberts

Holly Böhme

Bottom (From L to R)

Sarah Jones

Caroline Bonja

Caroline Hirst

THE COMPANY

The CHILDREN

Top (From L to R): Andrew Davies, Colette Mitchell, Sophie Taylor,

Adam Discipline, Emma Roberts, Jamie Dear, William Davies

Bottom (From L to R): Rebecca Wood, Imogen Harper, Chloe Heath, Amie Heath,

Holly Dear, Georgina Pybus, Melissa Bailey (not present).


Mrs G Atkinson

Mrs V Barker

Mr & Mrs J Bedingfield

Mrs M Bidwell

Mr & Mrs P Blacker

Mrs M Brendish

Mrs S Budin-Jones

Miss R Burrows

Mrs E Calverley

Mrs D Chennells

Mr R Cobb

Mrs D Cork

Mr J Coxall

Mrs D Crick

Mr N Cundell

Mrs S Davies

Mrs M Day

Miss B Deamer

Mrs G Donald

Mr M Doonan

Mrs & Mrs A Dover

Mrs E Edwards

Mr M Everitt

HITCHIN THESPIANS PATRONS 2010

Mrs D Fisher

Mr & Mrs J Franks

Mrs J Frith

Dr & Mrs S Gardiner

Mrs N Gilderthorpe

Mrs M Gill

Mr R Gorbing

Mrs M Greenbank

Mr B Griffiths

Mr P Guthrie

Mrs S Haigh

Mr & Mrs C Hamilton

Mrs A Hammond

Mr R Hawkins

Miss B Hillyard

Mr & Mrs P Hollingsworth

Mr & Mrs L Hughes

Mrs P Hunter

Mr I Kennedy

Mr P King

Mr H Leonard

Mr & Mrs W Lewis

Mr & Mrs M Mackenzie

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

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

Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alex Evans

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

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

Scenery . . . . .Mike Roberts, Neil Leggat, Richard Cobb

Costumes . . .Carousel Costumes, Letchworth Arcadians

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .& Martins Wood Primary School

Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Ingley

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

Programme Co-ordination . .Susan Osbourn, Chris Ingley

Programme & Poster Printing . . . .Streets of Baldock

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

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

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

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

Mrs B Mallett

Mrs A Mansfield

Miss H Mansfield

Mrs N Morgan

Mrs J Morris

Mr M Newbury

Mrs J Newton

Mr & Mrs D Nicholls

Mrs M Oliver

Mr I Page

Mrs E Parsons

Mr & Mrs K Parsons

Mr M Pascal

Mrs B Pennicott

Mrs C Plowman

Mrs P Pollard

Mrs E Pratt

Mr & Mrs N Reville

Mrs G Rowland

Mr G Russell

Mrs R Saunders

Mrs P Slade

Mr & Mrs A Smith

For Hitchin Thespians

Mrs B Smith

Mr F Smith

Mrs J Smith

Mrs J Smith

Miss P Tadman

Mr & Mrs S Taplin

Mr & Mrs A Taylor

Mrs V Thompson

Mr & Mrs D Verney

Mr & Mrs R Vickers

Mrs M Walker

Mrs B Wall

Mrs M Watson

Mr G Williams

Mr P Willmott

Mrs R Willmott

Mr & Mrs C Wilson

Mrs S Wisbey

Mrs B Wiseman

Mr R Woodhead

Mr & Mrs P Woods

Mr R Worbey

Chaperones . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alan Bailes, Claire Bailes

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Bailes, Lorraine Davies

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

Wardrobe Team . . . . . .Nicki Bowles Margaret Brendish

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Clare Goddard, Helen Goddard

. . . .Angela Hollingsworth. Judy Page, Barbara Pennicott

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Roberts, Natasha Staff

Stage Crew . . . .Neil Leggat, Wayne Hough, Cliff Gulbis

. . . . . . . .Viv Stephenson, Connaire Packeer, Clive Hall

Props . . . . . . . . . .Alex Evans, Viv Tadman, Katie Hrbek

Props ASM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Erin Green

Continuity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lynne Leggat

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

Make Up Team . .Sarah Barry, Karis Allen, Rhian Hegarty

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marie Marcantonioo, Jenna Knight

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

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

Hitchin Thespians would like to thank all our advertisers, the Queen Mother Theatre for the use of their premises

for set building, Bancroft players for use of QMT, the use of their Brooker's account for the supply of materials,

and the production arts students of North Herts College for help with set and props.

Hitchin Thespians choir is looking for new members...

Interested in joining us? Email the secretary at secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk

or by writing to: The Secretary, Hitchin Thespians,

Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road, Hitchin, SG4 9SP.

Visit our website at www.hitchinthespians.org.uk to learn more about our activities.


OUR LAST PRODUCTION - SPRING 2010

THE MUSIC MAN

HITCHIN THESPIANS - Founded in 1902

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

PAST PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE:

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

* NODA Region 9 Eastern Area Award


Calling Young Thespians!! If you are in Year 6 or above come and join Young Thespians who

meet every Sunday morning in Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road, near the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin, from 10am

until 12noon. We have just started recruiting for a production of ‘The Wiz’ to be produced just before Easter 2011.

Previous productions have included ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Aladdin’. There is a production fee of £25 and

rehearsals start on September 26th.

For more information contact: Ann Crook, 01462 434181 anncrook@btinternet.com or just turn up.


The orchestra

Violin 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JANET HICKS

Violin 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANDREA KELLY

Viola. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARTIN MCNICHOLAS

Cello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RACHEL SANDERS- HEWETT

Double Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FIONA NISBETT

Flute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IAN JUDSON

Oboe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KAREN BROWN

Clarinet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IAN KILLORAN

Bassoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAROLINE CARTWRIGHT

Trumpet 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ELLIE LOVEGROVE

Trumpet 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROBIN TOTTERDELL

French Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN LAVELLE

Trombone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARD HYAMS

Percussion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICHAEL DODSON

Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROBERT DAY

ROBERT DAY

REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST


Robert first worked with us in

1987,on ‘West Side Story’with

Justin Thomas as MD, using a

grand piano in the pit - a luxury

never to be repeated! Since

then, he has played for several shows per year, his

favourites being ‘Carmen’, ‘Barnum’, Jesus Christ

Superstar’, ‘Singing In The Rain’ and ‘Thoroughly

Modern Millie’. Having completed 20 years penal

servitude as a secondary school music teacher, he

now works as a piano teacher for Hertfordshire

Music Service and as a freelance jazz pianist.


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