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October 2009, The Gordon Craig Theatre,Stevenage


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HITCHIN THESPIANS

present

Original choreography

and direction reproduced by

LINDA DYNE

Musical Direction

JOHN EDWARDS

Monday 5th - Saturday10th October 2009

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

amateur performance of newly released shows, of near-professional standard.

Book by

JOSEPH STEIN

Music by

JERRY BOCK

Lyrics by

SHELDON HARNICK

Produced on the New York stage by

HAROLD PRINCE

Original New York stage production directed

and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Based on SHOLEM ALEICHEM stories

by special permission of ARNOLD PERL

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.

on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.

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 welcome 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 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.


From the

Chairman...

Welcome to this evening’s performance of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

This classic musical theatre piece will be well known to most as it has

long been one of the more popular shows. Despite the rather grim topic of the

pogroms, Jewish clearances, there are still some joyous moments in the story.

Numerous love stories, weddings and comedic moments from family life all bring

this story to life and many of the issues seen are very relevant in today’s society.

We are delighted to welcome back Linda Dyne as our stage director for this show and

John Edwards as musical director. Rehearsals have been hard work but tremendous

fun and I hope you will enjoy the results of the company’s labours in this performance.

Hitchin Thespians like to maintain a varied programme and so this more traditional show is a

contrast to the previous production of ‘Sweeney Todd’. Our next production in March 2010 will be

‘The Music Man’ also at the Gordon Craig Theatre and I hope you will come along to this too.

I would like to thank you for supporting us in this production and if this is the first production of ours

you have attended, we hope it will be the first of many. Now its time to sit back, read the synopsis and be

transported as the curtain rises on the countryside, somewhere in Eastern Europe.

Lucy Miller-White

The Committee 2009 /2010

CHAIRMAN: Lucy Miller-White

TREASURER: Mark Savage

HONORARY GENERAL SECRETARY: Alex Evans

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Sarah Bailes

CHORAL MANAGER: Sheila Soothill

BUSINESS MANAGER: Kate Webb

WOODSIDE HALL MANAGER: Ann Crook

SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING: Vivienne Tadman

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, Alfons Krupp,

Bernard Mallett, Jim Snell,

Justin Thomas

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Christine Fox, Charles Langford, Sue Osbourn


The Production Team

Linda Dyne

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Linda has now been acting both professionally and directing

Amateur Societies for longer than she will admit to! Her last

two shows have both been directed at the Gordon Craig

Theatre with ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate’. She is

delighted to direct ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ again, as this has

been a favourite show of hers since she herself played

Tzeitel. Linda says that although this production is going to

be ‘traditional’, it will be a slightly different portrayal of this

classic piece. Linda is very pleased to have retired this year

so that she has more time to direct, and has ‘Princess Ida’ at

Watford Palace, ‘Hot Mikado’ in the Arena at St Albans and

‘Crazy for You’ at the Gordon Craig lined up for 2010.

John Edwards

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Throughout his career, often in far-flung places (Scotland,

Singapore and New Mexico included), John has directed

choirs and stage productions in a wide variety of styles and

locations.He also composes in his spare (?) time – his

cantata ‘England’s Heartland’ was awarded first prize in the

1989 ‘Theme for Hertfordshire’ competition. He is also

involved in the annual fund-raising concerts in aid of

Breakthrough, the breast cancer charity.

This will be his 11th production as M.D. with Hitchin

Thespians – two of which (‘Singing in the Rain’ and ‘Jekyll

and Hyde’) won the company NODA awards - and he is

looking forward (hopefully) to adding ‘Fiddler’ to the tally.

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

www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

If you are interested in joining the Society as

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

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

secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk

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


The

Story...

The year is 1905 and a Jewish community in Tsarist Russia is trying to eke out a

living in the village of Anatevka. Tevye, a milkman, strives very hard to keep up the

traditions of his faith, race and culture. He has five daughters, itself a problem but what is

more pressing is trying to find husbands for the eldest three children. Yente, the village

matchmaker, does her best but with no money and no dowry to offer she finds that her

work is very difficult. Even so, the girls dream of the love that they will find one day.

Tevye is called to see the butcher, Lazar Wolf, who is interested in marrying his eldest daughter

Tzeitel. They make an agreement and celebrate. However, Tzeitel rejects the butcher’s proposal. She

has her heart set on the young, impecunious tailor, Motel. The ‘new way’ is that children shall decide

partners for themselves. But will Golde, Tevye's loving wife, accept this change in traditional values? Tevye conjures

up a dream, and in the relating of it, he attempts to persuade Golde that Lazar Wolf is not a good match and that

Grandmother would much prefer her granddaughter to marry the tailor. Golde is persuaded and that is the first chink

in the breakdown of traditional values.

Tevye's second daughter, Hodel, has fallen in love with Perchik, a political student and an activist against the

repressive regime. Tevye refuses to give his permission for Hodel and Perchik to marry but they inform Tevye that they

do not wish to seek his permission to marry but merely his blessing. Traditions are obviously changing. Later, Perchik

is arrested and is sent to Siberia, where Hodel intends to join him. She promises her father they

will be married under a canopy in the traditional Jewish way. Her father accompanies her to the

railway station to bid her farewell.

Chava, Tevye's third eldest daughter, has fallen for a Russian soldier Fyedka. Not only is

he Russian, he is not a Jew and the bending of tradition this far is something that

Tevye cannot reconcile himself to. From this point on, Chava ceases to be his daughter

and is shunned.

Meanwhile, Anatevka itself is under threat. The Jews are being forced to leave their

homes and many of them decide to go to live in America where many of them

have friends and relations. That is where Tevye and Golde and

the two youngest children are to go. Motel and Tzeitel, who now

have a child of their own, will join them. Chava

and Fyedka, wanted by neither Jew nor Russian,

go to live in Poland. The Fiddler on the Roof,

the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people, will

live on in all of them.


The Company

After a break of six years, Steve is delighted to

return to the Thespians in his favourite role, playing

‘Tevye’ for the fourth time. His other favourite roles

have included Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’, The King in

‘The King and I’, 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’. Steve hopes that

you will enjoy this version of one of his

perennial favourites.

Steve Wilks

TEVYE, THE MILKMAN

Judith is delighted to be back with the Hitchin

Thespians after a fifteen year absence and is

pleased to note that nobody has aged at all since

she was last here! Over the years she has enjoyed

playing lots of parts for different societies,

including Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’, Adelaide in

‘Guys and Dolls’, Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma’,

Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’ and Katisha in ‘The

Mikado’. This is her third trip to Anatevka; the first

time round she played the part of ‘Tzeitel’

so now feels that she has really grown up.

As well as amateur dramatics Judith enjoys

looking after her three children and three cats.

Judith Coen

GOLDE, HIS WIFE


The Company

Melanie Plowman

TZEITEL

Melanie joined Hitchin Thespians six years ago for ‘Seven Brides for Seven

Brothers’. Since then she has had many small roles including Nellie in ‘Jekyll &

Hyde’, Ruth in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and Susan Hershey in the ‘Full Monty’

(both in Hitchin and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) but her current favourite

was Susan in ‘Calamity Jane’. She is also a member of the Lytton Players where

she most recently performed as Caroline Neville in ‘Titanic’. Aside from the

shows, Melanie enjoys singing with the choir and participating in fundraising

performances at Woodside Hall such as ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’.

Melanie works as a production co-ordinator working on programmes for the

Community Channel, Sky and Five. In the coming months she hopes, after

being married twice on stage in the last year, to finally plan her real wedding.

Nicola Niles

HODEL

This is the second time Nicola has appeared in ‘Fiddler on the

Roof’, having previously played ‘Chava’ for Luton Amateurs.

Her previous roles for Hitchin Thespians have included Gloria in

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

Yum-Yum in ‘The Mikado’. For Luton Amateurs, she has had the

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

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

During the day she teaches part-time in a Special Needs

School in Luton and spends the rest of her time

looking after her two children.

Katie Lambert

CHAVA

Katie has performed in numerous shows mainly with Letchworth

Arcadians and Young Arcadians, but you will have seen her last

with the Hitchin Thespians as Johanna in ‘Sweeney Todd’.

Katie’s previous shows have included ‘Copacabana’, ‘High School

Musical’ as Martha, ‘Wind in the Willows’ as Mole, ‘Oliver!’,

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Annie’. Aside from drama, Katie

enjoys playing guitar, running, listening to music, socialising

and drinking tea! In regards to her future she can’t predict

where she will be in ten years time, but her ultimate

dream would be to star in a West End show!


The Company

Charles Langford

MOTEL, THE TAILOR

Charles has been a member of Hitchin Thespians since 2000.

He has performed in many of the shows since then. His 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 ‘Fiddler’.

James Hamilton

PERCHIK, THE STUDENT

When James made his first appearance with the Hitchin

Thespians in 1987, it never crossed his mind that twenty-two

years later he’d still enjoy having people pay to watch him

attempting to act. Having been a pirate, a Jet, a gong basher,

an apostle and a stripper, he wonders if his portrayal of a bolshy

student will be better than his impression of a real student

whilst at university. When he’s not spending his time in

rehearsals, James sings and plays brass in a covers band,

plays hockey for Stevenage and football when he can.

Kier Home

FYEDKA

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

his first musical being ‘The King And I’ for us in 1991. ‘Fiddler on the

Roof ‘ will be Kier's twelfth show with Hitchin Thespians. Kier has played

many roles - an Apostle in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Hortensio in ‘Kiss Me

Kate’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, and various chorus roles.

His favourite role has been Anthony in our last production of ‘Sweeney

Todd’. Kier is pleased to be playing Fyedka, a character that he can

relate to and had his eye upon since watching the film adaptation of

‘Fiddler’. 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!


The Company

Julia Nicolson

YENTE, THE MATCHMAKER

Despite her involvement in hair-pulling, attempted

murder and fatal shootings in our last show

‘Sweeney Todd’ where she played the rather evil

‘Mrs Fogg, Julia has been allowed to remain

a member of Hitchin Thespians and is delighted

to be playing the role of Yente.

Julia has been involved in amateur dramatics

locally for over fifteen years and first played the role

of Yente in the Stevenage Lytton Players 2004

production. She is always happy to forfeit a pretty

costume in favour of an ageing wig for the challenge

and fun that comes from eccentric comedy character

roles. Previous favourite roles include Widow Corney

in ‘Oliver!’ and Claree Belcher in ‘Steel Magnolias’.

This is Dom's debut with the Thespians but he is

no newcomer to the theatre. He has taken several

character and lead roles with other societies including

Billy Bigelow in ‘Carousel’, Jud Fry in ‘Oklahoma’, The

King in ‘The King and I’ and most recently he sank

without a trace as Edgar Beane in ‘Titanic’.

He also enjoys acting in plays and took the

part of the narrator in ‘Blood Brothers’.

Previously, Dominic lived in Russia and

sang at the Bolshoi theatre... (it may have

been the in bar, but the Bolshoi, nonetheless!)

Dominic Baker

LAZAR WOLF,

THE BUTCHER


Act One

Scenes & Songs...

THE PLACE: Anatevka, a small village in Russia

Prologue - Tradition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye & Company

Scene One: The Kitchen in Tevye’s House

Matchmaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze & Bielke

Scene Two: The Yard of Tevye’s House

If I Were A Rich Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye

Scene Three: The Kitchen in Tevye’s House

Sabbath Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye, Golde & Villagers

Scene Four: The Inn

To Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye, Lazar Wolf, Villagers & Russians

Scene Five: The Street outside the Inn

Scene Six: The Yard of Tevye’s House

Tevye’s Monologue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye

Miracle of Miracles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Motel

Scene Seven: Tevye’s Bedroom

The Dream. . . . . . . Tevye, Golde, Grandma Tzeitel, Rabbi, Fruma-Sarah & Villagers

Scene Eight: A Village Street

Scene Nine: Tevye’s Barn

Sunrise, Sunset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye, Golde, Perchik, Hodel & Villagers

The Wedding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company

There will be an interval of 20 minutes between acts.

There will be strobe lighting during this performance.


Act Two

Scenes & Songs...

THE TIME: 1905, on the eve of the Russian Revolutionary Period

Prologue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye

Scene One: The Yard of Tevye’s House

Now I Have Everything . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perchik & Hodel

Tevye’s Rebuttal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye

Do You Love Me? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye & Golde

Scene Two: A Village Street

The Rumour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yente, Shaindel, Mendel, Avram & Villagers

Scene Three: A Railway Station

Far From The Home I Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hodel

Scene Four: Motel’s Tailor Shop, several months later

Scene Five: Tevye’s Barn

Chava Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tevye

Scene Six: The Yard of Tevye’s House

Anatevka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company

Scene Seven: Tevye’s Barn

The use of cameras, mobile phones and other recording equipment

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


The Company

Tevye, the milkman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Wilks

Golde, his wife. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judith Coen

Tzeitel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melanie Plowman

Hodel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicola Niles

Chava. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Lambert

Shprintze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte Roberts

Bielke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emma Roberts

Yente, the matchmaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Nicolson

Motel, the tailor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Langford

Perchik, the student . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Hamilton

Lazar Wolf, the butcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dominic Baker

Mordcha, the innkeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Ingley

Rabbi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Holder

Mendel, his son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Rayner

Avram, the bookseller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Roberts

Nachum, the beggar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Smith

Grandma Tzeitel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy King

Fruma Sarah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Thomas

Constable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Barker

Fyedka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kier Home

Fiddler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Jones

Villagers

Paul Adams, Michael Bailes, Sarah Bailes, Donna Barrett, Holly Böhme,

Caroline Bonja, Phil Calver, Andrew Davies, Alison Day, Bethany Duxberry,

Alex Evans, Isaac Evans, Judith Harrison, Caroline Hirst, Andy Johnson,

Laura Johnson, Dean Kirkbride, Frazer Lucas, Kirsty McArthur,

Colette Mitchell, Nick Morgan, Mark Savage, Julia Skinner,

Bryan Summers, Vivienne Tadman, Gareth Thomas.


Hitchin Thespians is proud to be affiliated to the National

Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) which was founded

in 1899 as the main representative body for amateur theatre

in the UK. It has a membership of some 2,500 amateur/

community theatre groups and 3,000 individual

enthusiasts throughout the country, staging musicals,

operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide

variety of performing venues, ranging from leading

professional theatres to village halls.

NODA is divided into eleven national Regions, each

headed by a Regional Councillor who sits at the ruling

body of the Association and who is supported by

a network of Regional Representatives and other

volunteers. The Representatives and their volunteers are

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

theatre companies themselves. The association is administered from

its headquarters in Peterborough.

NODA offers multiple benefits to its members, providing free expert

advice and factsheets on the many issues which can arise in putting

on a performance. NODA represents the interests of amateur theatre

in authorities, rights holders and the media. Conferences, workshops

and seminars held at National and Regional level all help the members

to share information on best practice. The NODA Annual Summer

School offers training from professional tutors in acting,

directing, music directing, musical theatre, stage management

and other technical aspects of theatre performance.

Bursaries are available from National and Regional funds.

Regular Regional magazines and the quarterly ‘NODA

National News’ provide a range of useful advice and

information for amateur societies and practitioners, as

well as free listings of performances, free classified ads

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

and details of shows released or restricted for

amateur performance.NODA’s trading area offers access to

goods and services for members and other amateur

theatre enthusiasts, such as NODA pantomimes, a sheet

music service, official badges, youth representatives,

commendation badges and Long Service Awards. Their awards are

available for presentation to those who have given active service

to amateur theatre for a period of ten years and every five years

thereafter. NODA Insurance provides a package that caters for the

specific needs of amateur theatre with discounted premiums for

NODA members.

NODA aims to ensure that it provides help to amateur societies and

individuals in achieving the highest standards of best practice and

performance, and in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Fiddler on the Roof- Stage & Screen

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music

by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick,

and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist

Russia in 1905. It is based on ‘Tevye the

milkman and his daughters’ and other tales

by Sholem Aleichem. The story centres on

Tevye, the father of five daughters, and

his attempts to maintain his family

and religious traditions while outside

influences encroach upon their lives.

The original Broadway production of the

show, which opened in 1964, was the first

run of a musical in history to surpass 3,000

performances, starring Zero Mostel. Fiddler

held the record for the longest-running

Broadway musical for almost 10 years

until Grease surpassed its run. It remains

Broadway's thirteenth longest-running show

in history. The production was extraordinarily

profitable and highly acclaimed. It was

nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine,

including best musical, score, book, direction

Chaim

Topol

and choreography. It spawned four

Broadway revivals, a successful

1971 film adaptation, and the show

has enjoyed enduring international

popularity. It is also a very popular

choice for school and community

productions. The film version was

released in 1971 and won three

Academy Awards including one for

arranger-conductor John Williams.

Chaim Topol played the role of Tevye.

Zero Mostel


Sheila Soothill wishes

Hitchin Thespians

every success with

‘FIDDLER ON

THE ROOF’

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

Fiddler on the Roof


The

Orchestra...

FLUTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Killoran

CLARINET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neil Pennock

TRUMPET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellie Lovegrove

TROMBONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Sylvester

PERCUSSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Pickford

VIOLIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Hicks

VIOLIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrea Kelly

CELLO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Sanders-Hewett

DOUBLE BASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiona Nisbett

KEYBOARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nigel Gray


HITCHIN THESPIANS PAST PRODUCTIONS

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

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

1905 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1911 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

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

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

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

1922 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

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

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

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

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

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

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

1925 . . . . .The Yeomen of the Guard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1935 . . . .The Maid of the Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1967 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1982 . . .Orpheus in the Underworld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2007 . . . .Thoroughly Modern Millie

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

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

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

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

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

* NODA Region 9 Eastern Area Award

Mrs V Barker

Mr & Mrs P Barry

Mr & Mrs J Bedingfield

Mrs M Bidwell

Miss V Bishop

Mr & Mrs P Blacker

Mr N Bone

Mr R Bray

Mrs M Brendish

Mrs M Briddon

Mrs S Budin-Jones

Miss R E Burrows

Mrs E Calverley

Mrs D E Chennells

Mr G Cobb

Mr R Cobb

Mr & Mrs GT Cork

Mr & Mrs D R Crick

Mr N Cundell

Mrs S Davies

Mrs M Day

Mr R Day

Miss B Deamer

Mrs G Donald

HITCHIN THESPIANS PATRONS 2009

Mr M P Doonan

Mr & Mrs A Dover

Mrs H Dublino

Mrs E Edwards

Mr M Everitt

Mrs M E Fairchild

Mr & MrsJ Franks

Mrs J Frith

Mr & Mrs M Galloway

Dr & Mrs S P Gardiner

Mrs N Gilderthorp

Mrs M Gill

Mr R Gorbing

Mr B Griffiths

Mr PGuthrie

Mrs D Guyton

Mrs S Haigh

Mr & Mrs C Hamilton

Mrs A Hammond

Mrs B Harvey

Mr R Hawkins

Mr & Mrs D Haynes

Miss B Hillyard

Mr P & Mrs A Hollingsworth

Mr P Houldcroft

Mrs J E Howe

Mrs W T Hoy

Mr & Mrs L Hughes

Mrs P Hunter

Mrs J Huthert-Averill

Mrs M Jones-Davies

Mrs M Kemball-Cook

Mr I Kennedy

Mr P King

Mr & Mrs H Leonard

Mr & Mrs W E Lewis

Mr A Lintern

Mrs & Mrs M Mackenzie

Mrs B Mallett

Mrs A Mansfield

Miss H Mansfield

Dr C F & Mrs E A Mathews

Mr & Mrs J Metzger

Mrs G Moles

Mrs N Morgan

Mrs J Morris

Mr M Newbery

Mrs J Newton

Mr & Mrs D Nicholls

Mrs M Oliver

Mr I Page

Mrs C Page

Mrs E Parsons

Mr & Mrs K A Parsons

Mr M C Pascal

Dennis E. Pateman J.P.

Mrs B Pennicott

Mrs C Plowman

Mrs P M Pollard

Mrs E Pratt

Mr & Mrs N W Revill

Mrs M Richmond

Mrs G Rowland

Mr G H Russell

Mrs R Saunders

Mrs L M Shaw

Mrs A Shephard

Mrs P Slade

Mrs V Slade

Mrs & Mrs A Smith

Mrs B Smith

Mrs J Smith

Mr J Smyth

Miss P Tadman

Mrs A D Taplin

Mr & Mrs A R Taylor

Mrs K Theakstone

Mrs V Thompson

Mr F Turgoose

Mr & Mrs D H Verney

Mr & Mrs R Vickers

Mrs M Walker

Mrs B Wall

Mrs M Watson

Mr G Williams

Mr & Mrs P Willmott

Mrs R Willmott

Mr & Mrs C Wilson

Mrs S Wisbey

Mrs B Wiseman

Mr R Woodhead

Mr & Mrs P Woods

Mr & Mrs R Worbey


For Hitchin Thespians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nick Morgan, Jane Homer

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

Programme Editing/Advertising . .Sue Osbourn, Kate Webb

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

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

Front of House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sue Osbourn

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

Chaperones . . . .Alan Bailes, Peter Bailey, Melanie Troiano

Assistant to the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carolyn Roberts

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

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

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Angela Hollingsworth, Judy Page,

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

Stage Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Viv Stephenson, Neil Leggat,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wayne Hough, Cliff Gulbis

Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charles Langford

Properties Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Philippa Bayfield,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Keogh, Lucy Miller-White

Continuity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Iain Rutherford, Kate Webb

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

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

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Cunningham, Rhian Hegarty,

. . . . . .Michelle Marple, Bronwen Martin, Sheila Soothill

Rehearsal Accompanist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nigel Gray

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

CALLING YOUNG THESPIANS...

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

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

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

at Woodside Hall from

15th - 17th April 2010

If you are interested please contact

Ann Crook 01462 434181,

anncrook@btinternet.com


OUR LAST

PRODUCTION

MARCH 2009

Sweeney

Todd


THE HITCHIN THESPIANS ...COMING SOON...

The Last Five Years

20th & 21st November 2009, Woodside Hall, Hitchin

THE HITCHIN THESPIANS CHOIR

Christmas at Woodside r

10th - 12th December 2009, Woodside Hall, Hitchin

The Music Man

8th - 13th March 2010, The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

HITCHIN THESPIANS: 01462 641575 GORDON CRAIG THEATRE: 01438 363200

Hitchin Thespians choir is looking for new members...

Hitchin Thespians choir is looking for new members.

We are a long established choral group singing a

diverse range of music encompassing everything from

modern show songs to large scale classical choral

works. We perform three concerts a year, including the

ever popular and always sold out ‘Christmas at

Woodside’ concert. At the moment we are rehearsing

for ‘Christmas at Woodside 2009’ and after Christmas

will be looking forward to our Spring concert on

Saturday 27th March 2010 followed by our Summer

concert on Saturday 17th July 2010.

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.


The

Last Five

Years

Written and Composed by Jason Robert Brown

Originally Produced for the New York Stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell

Originally Produced by Northlight Theatre Chicago, Illinois

20th & 21st November 2009

Woodside Hall, Hitchin

Tickets: £10.00 Box Office: 01763 242158

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.

FOR THE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE


Hamilton

Davies

28 High Street, Stevenage,

Herts, SG1 3HF

Fax: (01438) 740084

Email: law@hamiltondavies.co.uk

Website: www.hamiltondavies.co.uk

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Tel: 01438 315898

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