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1990 - Listen to the Man

This was the second show specially written for the Society by Ian Ross and Ian Milligan.


Janice Galbraith and her friends (from a small town in Scotland) are on holiday in Paris, are having a happy time, singing about it, and romance is in the air. Back home, her father Peter is in the pub putting on a brave face at the prospect of having a French visitor later in the year. Peter is a father of strong prejudice which borders occasionally on the outrageous, and his wife Mary clearly has a lot to put up with.


The girls leave for home with promises of a reunion back in Scotland at their Friendship Festival, where their new French friends will join in the entertainment. We learn that between the holiday in Paris and the Festival Mary has been seriously ill.

In Act II, on the day of the Festival, British, French, Germans and others mix freely. But what about Peter Galbraith? “Some change in a man” says the postman. What has brought about an apparent shift from sexist, racist bigot to a man of bonhomie? There are romances on the go, and possibly engagements in prospect. All is revealed at the Ball in Act III. But what about Peter: can he sustain his new image or will he falter in the end?

CAST

Anita

Anthoine

Elaine

Hilary

Janice

Jean-Pierre

Master of Ceremonies

Maurice

Mary

Pascal

Pet

Peter

Postman

Rosamund

Sam

Sheila Dickson

Alastair Rose

Evie McFarlane

Karen Sands

Angela Murdoch

Peter Macdonald

Tim O'Rourke

Kenneth Milligan

Isobel Dickinson

John Ure

Julie McClement

John Taylor

Murray Ure

Olga Watkins

Bob Johnson

CHORUS

Liz Cameron, Margaret Cameron, Janet Donoghue, Betty Faulds, Irene Gilmour, Fiona Gourlay, Jean Harrison, Jill Higginson, Jean Kirk, Margaret McKenzie, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Agnes Milligan, Pat Montgomery, Helen Murray, Isobel Orr, Ann Ross, Effie Smith, Mary Smith, Katie Taylor, Beryl Temple, Barbara Turner, Kitty Wood


Alistair Crichton, Bill Fraser, Ron Gibb, Derek Harrison, Neil McNaught, Peter Tarrent, Maurice Temple

DANCERS

Tracy Corrieri, Catriona Leather, Helen Moulsdale, Shona Sibbald, Vicky Simpson, Simone Sweeney

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Ian Ross


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1991 - The Pirates of Penzance

Our second foray into Gilbert and Sullivan. The story begins with Frederic, a fine young man, on the day he becomes 21, celebrating the end of his apprenticeship with the Pirates. To their dismay, Frederic tells them that he is leaving them to lead an honest life henceforth. He points out how unsuccessful they are at making piracy pay. They have too many scruples and, being orphans themselves, will not attack anyone who is an orphan. The result is that all their victims claim to be orphans and are released at once.

Ruth, Frederic’s old nurse, reveals that Frederic was apprenticed to the PIRATES by mistake. She misheard Frederic’s father instructing her to apprentice him to a river PILOT. Frederic has been at sea since he was eight years old and has seen no woman but Ruth. Consequently he has not only been persuaded that she is beautiful but also that he should take her with him. Frederic however on seeing the Major-General’s ten daughters realises that Ruth is old and ugly. He falls in love with Mabel and she with him.

The pirates want to marry the other daughters but when their father, the Major-General, persuades them that he is an orphan they reluctantly agree not to do so. Out of a strong sense of duty, Frederic feels bound to attack the pirates and enlists the help of the police. It is revealed however that Frederic was born on the 29th February in a leap year, and is only 5 ½ years old, still apprenticed to the pirates and cannot leave them.

A fight ensues between the pirates and the police but eventually peace is restored and all ends happily.

CAST

Major-General Stanley

The Pirate King

Samuel (his Lieutenant)

Frederic (the Pirate Apprentice)

Sergeant of Police

Major-General's Daughters

Mabel

Edith

Kate

Isabel

Ruth (a Pirate Maid-of-all-Work)

John Taylor

Peter Macdonald

Bob Johnson

Kenneth Milligan

Louis Pope


Vivien Pope

Angela Murdoch

Viv Miller

Margare Cameron

Isobel Dickinson

CHAPERONES AND GENERAL STANLEY'S DAUGHTERS

Pam Black, Fiona Campbell, Sheila Dickson, Jill Higginson, Noreen Hinton, Jean Kirk, Margaret McKenzie, Elaine McRae, Pat Montgomery, Janet Morgan, Nan Murdoch, Helen Murray, Isobel Orr, Ann Ross, Karen Sands, Beryl Temple,

PIRATES

Alistair Cichton, Bill Fraser, Ron Gibb, Tim O'Rourke, Alastair Ross, Maurice Temple, John Ure, Murray Ure, Elaine McRae, Janet Morgan, Nan Murdoch, Karen Sands

POLICEMEN

Alistair Crichton, Bill Fraser, Ron Gibb, Maurice Tmple, Murray Ure

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Eslyn Craven


More about this show can be found by clicking here.


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1992 - Kiss Me Kate

The great Cole Porter poured a huge amount of his best music into Kiss Me Kate. The score scintillates with hits like 'Wunderbar', 'So in Love', 'Always True to You in My Fashion', 'Why Can’t You Behave?', 'Too Darned Hot' ... a great stream of lovely melodies allied to words by the wittiest lyricist America ever produced.


A musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew' is about to open in Baltimore. In the show with producer-actor Fred Graham are his former wife Lilli, Lois – a singer in whom he is interested – and Bill Calhoun – in whom Lois is very interested. The irresponsible Bill informs Lois that he has signed Fred’s name to a $10,000 IOU for gambling debts. She begs him to reform.

Fred and Lilli patch up their differences as they reminisce nostalgically about other shows in which they have appeared together. Fred sends a bouquet to Lois, which is delivered in error to Lilli. On stage as Katherine, Lilli discovers that the bouquet is for Lois and threatens to leave the show. Her departure is prevented by two gangsters who have come to collect the IOU with Fred’s signature. As the first Act ends she is raging, both in character and reality.

Petruchio (played by Fred Graham) although just married to Katherine, and beginning his tempestuous wedded life, begins to yearn for his life as a single man. Because of a sudden change in gang administration the gangsters tear up the now worthless IOU, and Lilli prepares to walk out on the show as Fred muses on his love for her. The gangsters sing the always show-stopping 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare'. As the show comes to a close, Lilli unexpectedly returns and in Katherine’s words expresses her intention of returning to her husband.

CAST

Fred Graham (Petruchio)

Harry Trevor (Baptista)

Lois Lane (Bianca)

Ralph

Lilli Vanessi (Kate)

Hattie

Paul (Hortensio)

Bill Calhoun (Lucentio)

First Gangster

Second Gangster

Stage Doorman

Harrison Howell

Gremio

Maid (Nacy)

Speciality Dancers

Peter Macdonald

Murray Ure

Janet Shimidzu

Michael Murray

Olga Watkins

Ann Ross

Tim O'Rourke

Alastair Ross

Bob Johnson

John Ure

Ron Gibb

John Taylor

Gordon McKenzie

Angela Dickinson

Pam Black

Alexandra Craven

Sheila Dickson

CHORUS

Pam Black, Julia Bradley, Liz Cameron, Margaret Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Alexandra Craven, Angela Dickinson, Isobel Dickinson, Sheila Dickson, Jill Higginson, Jean Kirk, Margaret Milligan, Pat Montgomery, Nan Murdoch, Lynne Murray, Ann Ross, Helen Rowley, Liz Simpson, Janette Vanhegan


Alistair Crichton, Ron Gibb, Michael Murray, Gordon McKenzie, Tim O'Rourke, Maurice Temple, Murray Ure

DANCING ENSEMBLE - TAMING OF THE SHREW

Margaret Cameron, Alexandra Craven, Angela Dickinson, Liz Simpsn

Musical Director - Linda McCombe

Producer - Eslyn Craven


More about this show can be found by clicking here.


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1993 - Pink Champagne

The Operetta opens with Alfredo, an opera singer and old flame of Rosalinda, serenading from the street below, causing great amusement among the servants. As it is Rosalinda and Gabriel’s wedding anniversary, Rosalinda has arranged a celebration meal at home, much to the annoyance of Adele, who wants the evening off to attend the Pink Champagne Ball given by a rich young Russian eccentric, Prince Orlofsky, who is Vienna’s latest host. Rosalinda soon discovers that her husband has been having “high jinks” with his friend, Dr Falke, resulting in Falke being thrown into a fountain by Gabriel. Falke wants his revenge and invites both Rosalinda and Gabriel to Orlofsky’s party without the other’s knowledge...Gabriel leaves home, supposedly to go to prison (the sentence incurred for his high jinks) but really to go to the Ball.

No sooner has Gabriel left than Alfredo assumes the role of the missing husband! Frank, the new prison governor, arrives to escort “Mr Eisenstein” to prison and naturally assumes Alfredo is Eisenstein and hauls him off, before going to the Ball himself.


In Act II, Rosalinda arrives at the Ball posing as a Hungarian countess, Gabriel disguised as the Marquis Renard and Frank under the disguise of Chavalier Chagrin. In true operatic fashion, no one is aware of the other’s identity and much hilarity follows.

For the beginning of Act III, as if summoned by magic, the entire cast turns up at the prison which is being run by the inebriated Sgt Frosch. All is sorted out satisfactorily and all join in praising the reconciling power of King Champagne.


Well known numbers include 'Springtime in Vienna' and 'Chacun a son Gout'.


Pink Champagne was an adaptation by Eric Maschwitz of Johann Strauss II's 'Die Fledermaus', about which more can be found by clicking here. Eric Maschwitz specifically created 'Pink Champagne' for amateur companies to perform.

CAST

Dr. Falke (a Friend of Gabriel)

Lea (a friend of Ida)

Lilli (a friend of Ida)

Frosch (Chief Warder at the Gaol)

Mitzi (a Young Maidservant)

Frau Trauber (Cafe Proprietress)

Gabriel Eisenstein (Husband of Rosalinda)

Adele (Personal Maid to Rosalinda)

Alfredo (an Admirer of Rosalinda)

Ida (Adele's Sister)

Prince Orlovsky (a Russian Millionaire)

Frank (Governor of the City Gaol)

Rosalinda (a Viennese Beauty)

Holtzapgel (Assistant to Frosch)

Dr. Blind (Gabriel's Lawyer)

Bill Ballantyne

Margaret Cameron

Fiona Campbell

Johnny Careswell

Angela Dickinson

Isobel Dickinson

Bob Johnson

Linda McCombe

Gordon McKenzie

Susan McLeod

Peter Macdonald

Danny McKirgan

Sheila Morrison

Murray Ure

Robert Vanhegan

WARDERS

James Elcock, Robert King, Kenneth McBride, Alasdair Roberts

CHORUS

Sheila Dickson, Sallyanne Drewnan-Smith, Angy Fisher, Helen Millar, Margaret Milligan, Pat Montgomery, Lynne Murray, Ann Ross, Janet Shimidzu, Beryl Temple, Janette Vanhegan, Olga Watkins


Alistair Crichton, Alan Fisher, Ron Gibb, Maurice Temple

DANCERS

Jane Hutchison, Nicola Stewart, Tracy Corrieri, Shona Sibbald

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


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1994 - Fiddler on the Roof

A show which is dear to our hearts as we've now done it twice, with both times proving to be huge successes.

Fiddler on the Roof is set in Anatevka, a small peasant village in Tsarist Russia in the year 1905 on the eve of the Russian revolutionary period. The Jews of Anatevka were poor in money terms, fundamentalists, superstitious, and strong in traditional ideals. What were these traditions? – piety, learning, charity, moderation, peace, religious observation, holiness of the Sabbath, the wedding canopy.... to name but a few. These traditions dictate the way they dress, eat, pray, and perhaps above all, the way they “befriend” God; this is no hypocrisy, no gimmick.

They worked as dairymen, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, cobblers, tailors, street sweepers – no family event was ever private – joys and sorrows were shared in a society which afforded the poorest man his dignity – the community was an extended family – certainly no “one parent” family in Anatevka!


Why is this unique “musical” called “Fiddler on the Roof”? It is quite simple, as Tevye our milkman says, “Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as .... a fiddler on the roof”.

Tevye does not want to admit to his wife that the wedding bargain with Lazar is broken so he “invents” a dream in which he says Golde’s dead grandmother appears giving her blessing to the young couple – so Golde is content.


Hodel the second daughter also falls in love with a young Jewish student boy who later is sent to prison for his revolutionary activities against the Tsar.


Alas, Chava, the third daughter (and maybe Tevye’s favourite) breaks Tevye’s heart by marrying outside the faith – a non-Jew, a Russian – no matter that he is a kind, caring lad – he is still a non-Jew!! And therefore Chava is banished.

Tsarist oppression of the Jews worsens (even in this little out-of-the-way Jewish community). The whole village is given three days to leave their beloved Anatevka, and make new lives in other lands. Tevye, Golde and the two remaining daughters leave for America. Tzeitel, Motel and the baby to Warsaw, Chava and Fyedka to Krakow. Yente to the Holy Land....? has it a sad ending? We think NOT! As Yente says, “well, Anatevka hasn’t exactly been the Garden of Eden!”


There are lots of casting parallels between this first production of 'Fiddler' and our 2009 show and these are mentioned in more detail in the 2009 piece. 

CAST

Tevye, the Milkman

Golde, his Wife

Tevye's Daughters

     Tzeitel

     Hodel

     Chava

     Schprintze

     Bielke

Yente, the Matchmaer

Motel, the Tailor

Perchick, the Student

Fyedka

Lazar Wolf, the Butcher

Mordcha, the Innkeeper

Rabbi

Mendel, his Son

Avram, the Bookseller

Nachum, the Beggar

Grandma Tzeitel

Fruma-Sarah

Constable

Sasha

Vladimir, the Russian Tenor

Shandel, Motel's Mother

The Fiddler

Mascha

Larina

Alatair McLachlan

Margaret Milligan


Janet Shimidzu

Angela Dickinson

Julie Milligan

Gillian Kay

Marsha Luti

Margaret Scott-Brown

Tim O'Rourke

Peter Macdonald

Bob Johnson

Bill Ballantyne

Danny McKirgan

Peter Hemphill

Gordon McKenzie

Murray Ure

John Angiolini

Ann Ross

Noreen Hinton

Boyd Scott-Brown

Kenneth McBide

Alan Fisher

Janice Common

Susan McLeod

Karen Sands

Fiona Campbell

THE JEWISH FAMILIES

Mordcha, the Innkeeper

Ivanovitch, his Son

Nejata, his Daughter

Lisa, his Daughter

Gurochka, His Daughter

Vlassievna

Avram, the Bookseller

Maria, his Wife

Russlaw, his Son

Lievna, his Daughter

Parassia, his Daughter

Brigitte, his Daughter

Vityanka, the Auntie

Yitzuk

Yessel, the Hatmaker

Boris,his Son

Naina, his Daughter

Susanin, his Daughter

Knontchakovna, the Auntie

Lazar Wolf, the Butcher

Olga, his widowed neice

Bobilicka, her daughter

Laura

Ratmire, her Son

Nachum, the Beggar

Pannochka, his Wife

Igor, his Son

Isolanta, his Daughter

Lubvana, his Daughter

Antonidi

Surcha, her Sister

Stephanida, the Auntie

Yente

Bayan, Antonidi's Son

Moishe, Antonidi's Son

Larry Andrevitch, the Fishmonger

Filipievna, his Wife

Levko, his Son

Yaroslavana, his Daughter

Marina, his Daughter

Bluma, the Auntie

Larina

Farlaf, her Son

Tatiana, her Daughter

Hanna, her Daughter

Rabbi

Alexandra, his Wife

Mendel, his Son

Yourievna

Fredel

Stesha

Motel, the Tailor

Shandel, his Mother

Yakov, the Bagel Maker, his Father

Hershel, Motel's Sister

Anya

Danny McKirgan

David Dickson

Lynn Murray

Rachel Hammond

Clare McKenzie

Teresa Peden

Murra Ure

Olga Watkins

Grant Wallace

Fiona Campbell

Thea Stewart

Claire Rchardson

Noreen Hinton

Ritchie Duncan

Ian McIntyre

Russel Duncan

Karen Sands

Helen Moore

Isobel Orr

Bill Balantyne

Pat Montgomery

Liz Hammond

Kirsty Campbell

Sean Johnson

John Angiolini

Ann Ross

Michael Johnson

Sallyanne Drennan-Smith

Claire Murray

Jean Kirk

Mary McFarlane

Maud McGowan

Margaret Scott-Brown

Favid O'Rourke

Danie Loots

Ken Roberts

Kate Rathbone

Ross Cameron

Janet Goring

Laura McKenzie

Angie Fisher

Sheila Morrisn

Martin McCrindle

Colette Richardson

Helen Watkins

Peter Hemphill

Liz Cameron

Gordon McKenzie

Jean Millar

Helen Millar

Caroline McCracken

Tim O'Rourke

Janice Common

Ron Gibb

Margaret Cameron

Lisa Cumming

THE RUSSIANS

Constable Vladimir

Fyedka

Sasha

Andrei

Boyd Scott-Brown

Alan Fisher

Bob Johnson

Kenneth McBride

Gary Douglas

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


More about this show can be found by clicking here.


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1995 - La Belle Helene

The curtain opens on a beauty contest. Jupiter, King of the Gods, sends Paris to award the “golden apple” to the fairest of them all. He chooses Venus, who in return promises Paris that he shall be loved by the divinest woman on earth, namely beautiful Helene. Helene is married to the dim witted Menelaus. When Paris arrives in Sparta, he and Helene fall madly in love. The Kings of Greece and the citizens compete in an intelligence test which Paris easily wins. Calchas (a priest and prophet) stages a thunder storm and declares to Menelaus that it is the wish of the Gods that he should be sent to Crete, thus leaving the young lovers free for their hanky-panky .....

Menelaus unexpectedly returns home to find he has been betrayed. (Helene’s excuse is that she was only in a dream with Paris???). Menelaus calls for everyone to witness how he has been deceived. The citizens’ loyalties are divided, causing much argument and bickering, and so to cool tempers they all take themselves off to the seaside. Everybody manages to relax except the feuding monarchs. Calchas again takes over and announces that Venus’s high priest will arrive and sort things out. A stately bearded figure arrives and takes Helene on board his ship and they sail off to Cythera. Whilst waving from the ship to the assembled crowd the high priest removes his beard and reveals himself as Paris....

As they sail off into the sunset, is old Menelaus distraught?? Or is he glad to see the back of her??? Time will tell.


Numbers to remember include 'The Judgement of Paris', 'To Be a Grecian King' and 'Two Mighty Men at Arms'.

CAST

Queen Helene of Sparta

King Menelaus of Sparta, Helene's half-witted husband

Nesta, Helene's personal maid and confidante

Leona, an acctractive young chick

Cressida, another attractive young chick

Paris Prince of Troy, the answer to a maiden's prayer

Calchas, High Priest and wily Oracle worker

Philocomus, Calchas's young trainee assistant

The Three Visiting Kings:

     Agamemnon, who thinks he is the wisest

     Ajax, who loves to fight in wars

     Achilles, who has a sore heel

Orestes, playboy son of Agamemnon

Janice Common

Louis Pope

Margaret Milligan

Vivien Pope

Susan McLeod

Peter Macdonald

Bill Balantyne

Graham Ross


Danny McKirgan

Bob Johnson

Gordon McKenzie

Tim O'Rourke

BEAUTY COMPETITION

Mr. Eric McMorley, Interviewer

Mercury, Messenger of the Gods

Miss Venus, Goddess of Love

Miss Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom

Miss Juno, Goddess of Marriage

Miss Ambrosia, Goddess of Food

Miss Flora, Goddess of Flowers and Spring

Miss Cornelia, Goddess of Matrons

Miss Diana, Goddess of Hunting

Miss Pittenweem, Goddess of Fising

Miss Cecelia, Goddess of Music

Miss Urania, Goddess of Astronomy

Murray Ure

Jason Dick

Fiona Campbell

Sheila Morrison

Sheila Dickson

Lynne Murray

Liz Hammond

Angela Fisher

Karen Sands

Margaret Scott-Brown

Kate Rathbone

Isobel Dickinson

THE CITIZENS OF SPARTA

Fiona Campbell, Angela Dickinson, Isobel Dickinson, Sheila Dickson, Angela Fisher, Janet Goring, Liz Hammond, Lauren McGowan, Maud McGowan, Helen Millar, Ann Ross, Beryl Temple, Pat Montgomery, Lynne Murray, Theresa Peden, Kate Rathbone, Karen Sands, Janet Shimidzu, Janette Vanhegan, Olga Watkins


Jason Dick, Ritchie Duncan, Ron Gibb, Ian McIntyre, Ken Roberts, Boyd Scott-Brown, Maurice Temple, Murray Ure

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


More about this show can be found by clicking here.


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1996 - HMS Pinafore / Trial by Jury

Gilbert and Sullivan again and a double helping into the bargain.

HMS Pinafore - on the quarter-deck the sailors are discovered hard at work. Presently their work is interrupted by Little Buttercup selling snuff, tobacco, scissors, knives etc. The smartest lad in all the fleet, Ralph Rackstraw, and Josephine have fallen in love; but sadly Josephine is sought in marriage by no less a celebrity than Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B.

A barge is seen approaching; from it arrives Sir Joseph, accompanied by his sisters, cousins, & aunts who accompany him wherever he goes. Poor Ralph, in despair, decides to end his life if he cannot have the girl of his dreams. With the help of the ship’s company, the couple plan to elope that very night.

Dick Deadeye warns the Captain of the intended elopement, but just as it seems all is lost Buttercup intervenes with a truly remarkable story: as a foster mother she had inadvertently mixed-up two babies in her charge, and the curtain falls on general rejoicing, as the mix-up proves to be a very fortunate one.


As ever G&S provide us with great musical numbers - 'We Sail the Ocean Blue', 'A British Tar' and 'Fair Moon, To Thee I Sing'.

Trial by Jury - after the opening chorus, the judge introduces himself, and outlines his career to date – a useful marriage, later dissolved, and accumulation of wealth. The usher addresses the jury on the conduct of the case – a breach of promise of marriage. He stresses the importance of preserving complete impartiality of outlook, and proceeds to insist that they must show every sympathy with the broken-hearted bride.

The defendant arrives and the jury take an instant dislike to him. He pleads for fair consideration; after all, he tells them, he has done no worse than any other man planning to marry a girl, then finding things change – as is true throughout nature – and marrying another. He also points out that he is not worthy of the plaintiff, and hence no loss. The jury finds the case most puzzling and apply to the learned judge for guidance. After a bit of equivocation, the judge decides to solve the problem, by marrying the girl himself.


The nonsense is complemented by songs such as 'When I, Good Friends', sung by the Judge.

CAST OF HMS PINAFORE

The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., First Lord of the Admiralty

Captain Corcoran, commanding HMS Pinafore

Ralph Rackstraw, Able Seaman

Dick Deadeye, Able Seaman

Bill Bobstay, Boatswain's Mate

Bob Becket, Carpenter's Mate

Tom Tucker, Midshipmate

Josephine, the Captain's daughter


Hebe, Sir Joseph's First Cousin

Mrs. Cripps (Little Buttercup), a Portsmouth bumboat woman

Louis Pope

Gordon McKenzie

Bob Johnson

Maurice Temple

Bill Ballantyne

Ian McIntyre

Sean Johnson

Angela Dickinson &

Vivien Pope *

Margaret Mlligan

Isobel Dickinson

* Angela played Josephine on Wednesday and Friday, while Vivien played her on Thursday and Saturday

CAST OF TRIAL BY JURY

The Leaned Judge

Angelina, the Plaintiff

Elvis Travolta, the Defendant

Usher

Counsel for the Plaintiff

Foreman of the Jury

Barbara, Elvis' bit-on-the-side

Bridesmaids:

     Primrose

     Columbine

     Daisy

     Eglantine

     Jasmine

     Amaryliss

George Stewart

Janice Common

Tim O'Rourke

Maurice Temple

John Ure

Danny McKirgan

Margaret Scott-Brown


Margaret Cameron

Fiona Campbell

Sheila Dickson

Liz Hammond

Janet Shimidzu

Olga Watkins

FULL LIST OF MEMBERS APPEARING ON STAGE

Margaret Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Janice Common, Maria Devaney, Angela Dickinson, Isobel Dickinson, Sheila Dickson, Janet Goring, Liz Hammond, Vivienne McCracken, Lauren McGowan, Maud McGowan, Maragert Milligan, Susan Milligan, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Pat Montgomery, Lynne Murray, Theresa Feden, Vivien Pope, Kate Rathbone, Margaret Scott-Brown, Janet Shimidzu, Mary Smith, Beryl Temple, Janette Vanhegan, Olga Watkins


Bill Ballantyne, Ritchie Duncan, Ron Gibb, Bob Johnson, Peter Macdonald, Ian McIntyre, Gordon McKenzie, Danny McKirgan, Louis Pope, Tim O'Rourke, Allan Robertson, Graham Ross, Boyd Scott-Brown, Patrick Semple, George Stewart, John Taylor, Maurice Temple, John Ure, Murray Ure

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


To find out more about each of the operettas click on HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury


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1997 - Brigadoon

Two Americans, Tommy and Jeff, chance upon a small Scottish village in a highland mist. They discover, mainly from the village schoolmaster, Mr Murdoch, that Brigadoon is an enchanted place that only comes to life one day every hundred years. We follow the villagers through a day that includes a wedding, and learn that if any one of the inhabitants should leave Brigadoon the spell will be broken for ever.

Tommy and Jeff befriend Fiona and Meg. Fiona’s sister Jean is being married that day to Charlie, much to the chagrin of Harry who is in love with Jean. Harry vows to leave Brigadoon. The villagers give chase and Harry is accidentally killed.


Back in New York, Tommy finds that the vision of Fiona and the village calls too strongly and decides to return to Scotland.

Probably our only show where a member of the cast had an arm broken on stage during a performance.


Memorable numbers include 'The Heather on the Hill' and 'Almost Like Being in Love'.

CAST

Tommy Albright, American

Jeff Douglas, American

Meg Brooke

Donald Ritchie

Harry Ritchie, his son

Andrew MacKeith

Fiona MacKeith, his daughter

Jean MacKeith, his daughter

Maggie Abernethy

Susie Simpson

Angus McMonies

Charlie Cameron

Mr. Murdoch, the Dominie

Pipe


Frank

Jane Ashton

Tim O'Rourke

Bob Johnson

Vivien Pope

Murray Ure

John Taylor

Louis Pope

Susan Milligan

Kate Biggan

Katie Field

Angela Dickinson

Peter Hemphill

Gordon McKenzie

Bill Ballantyne

Tom Dingwall

Gillian Campbell

Ritchie Duncan

Olga Watkins

VILLAGERS

Hamish McTavish, the Undertaker/Joiner

Jemima McTavish, his wife

Myrtle McTavish, their daughter

Lachie Brodie, the Shoemaker/Leather Worker

Mary Brodie, his wife

Phemie Brodie, their daughter

Billy McGinty, the Dry Stane Dyker

Pearl McGinty, his Granny

Ruby McGinty, his Mammy

Rory Fraser, the Thatcher

Susie Simpson, his Girlfriend

Sadie Simpson, her Mammy

Corky McCorquodale, the Lawyer

Nellie McCorquodale, his daughter

Jeanie McCorquodale, his daughter

Teanie McCorquodale, his daughter

Jenny McCorquodale, his daughter

Jess O' the Mains, a hopeful spinster Midwife

Bess O' the Mains, a hopeful spinster Midwife

Donald Ritchie, the Weaver

Harry Ritchie, his son

Molly Ritchie, his spinster sister

Rosie Ritchie, his spinster sister

Robin Gray, the Whisky Distiller

Isabella Gray, his Mammy

Flora McDonald, her sister

Gibby Gordon, the Gillie/Tree Feller

Granny Gordon, his Mother

Heather Gordon, his wife

Hughie McGill, the Molecatcher

Clarinda McGill, his wife

Lily McGill, their daughter

Myrtle Tulloch, the Seamstress

Angus McMonies, the Dairyman

Tibby McMonies, his wife

Bessie McClumpha, the Market Gardener

Ken Roberts

Vivienne McCracken

Helen Millar

Ron Gibb

Kate Rathbone

Karen Sands

Stephen McAlpine

Liz Cameron

Liz Hammond

Patrick Semple

Angela Dickinson

Sheila Morrison

Ian McIntyre

Janet Shimidzu

Fiona Campbell

Janet Goring

Maria Devaney

Margaret Milligan

Pat Montgomery

Murray Ure

John Taylor

Janette Vanhegan

Ann Ross

Stephen Brown

Alma Cadzow

Olga Watkins

Crawford Johnston

Beryl Temple

Lynee Murray

Maurice Temple

Isobel Dickinson

Margaret Cameron

Susan Battye

Peter Hemphill

Jean Millar

Kirsty Wilson

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


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1998 - Calamity Jane

“Calam” dresses like a man, totes a gun, and drives the Deadwood stage coach whilst dodgin’ Injun arrows thicker than porcupine quills – “Calam” likes to exaggerate!!! Miss Frances Fryer has been engaged to appear at the thirst quenching rendezvous “The Golden Garter”, much to the delight of the cowpunchers and gamblers, but all is not quite what it seems.

Our little disaster-prone heroine tries to help the proprietor out of a jam by promising to fetch the celebrated Chicago music hall star Miss Adelaide Adams, whose picture the Deadwood Dudes are always hoping to find in their cigarette packets, but, again, all is not quite what it seems.

Wild Bill Hickock, our good natured, laid back gambler, finds great pleasure in taunting our green-eyed, spittin’ female. He tells her, “You’re a fake, Calam, you dress, talk, ride and shoot like a man, but you think like a FEMALE!!” Our well-meaning little spitfire, what does she do? As we say in Scotland – she has a really good “bubble”.

Vivien Pope played "Calam" the first of two gun totin' Western characters she has played over the years.


This is another show with great numbers of which are 'The Deadwood Stage', 'Windy City', 'My Secret Love' and a great favourite of the Society's - 'The Black Hills of Dakota'.

CAST

Calamity Jane

Wild Bill Hickock

Lieut. Danny Gilmartin

Katie Brown

Henry Miller

Susan

Francis Fryer

Adelaide Adams

Rattlesnake

'Doc' Pierce

Joe

Hank

Pete

Colonel

Stage-Door Johnnies

Vivien Pope

Gordon McKenzie

Graham Ross

Susan Milligan

Louis Pope

Sheila Johnston

Alistair Johnston

Julie Milligan

Peter Hemphill

Bill Ballantyne

Bob Johsnon

Ron Gibb

Murray Ure

Maurice Temple

Ross Carrie

Crawford Johnston

Ken Roberts

John Taylor

THE GOLDEN GIRLS

Joan Barrie, Angela Dickinson, Liz Hammond, Helen Millar, Vivienne McCracken, Kate Rathbone, Janet Shimidzu, Olga Watkins

THE CAN-CAN GIRLS

Susan Battye, Kate Biggan, Fiona Campbell, Joanne Killen, Clare MacKenzie, Laura McKenzie

COWGIRLS

Susan Battye, Margaret Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Joanne Killen, Jean Millar, Clare McKenzie, Theresa Peden, Kirsty Wilson

LADIES OF THE TOWN

Isobel Dickinson, Marilyn Emery, Penny Hannah, Claire McAnish, Ann Ross

STAGE COACH PASSENGERS

Kate Biggan, Janet Goring, Marsha Luti, Margaret Milligan, Norah McGinley, Laura McKenzie, Beryl Temple

COWPUNCHERS AND GAMBLERS

Ross Carrie, Jason Dick, Jim Hannah, Crawford Johnstone, Stephen McAlpine, Ian McIntyre, Ken Roberts, John Talor, Maurice Temple

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


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1999 - Half a Sixpence

“A Tale of Upstairs and Downstairs”. Originally written for Tommy Steele, it is an adaptation of H G Wells' novel 'Kipps'.


The tyrannical Mr Shalford, who owns a drapery emporium in Folkestone, employs nine of a staff. Arthur Kipps, one of the staff members, is an orphan who resides in the shop basement with his loving cat “Edwin”. Kipps falls hopelessly in love with Ann Pornick, a domestic servant. Into his life comes the lovely socialite Helen Walsingham who, after learning our likeable leading man has inherited a fortune, sees poor Kipps in a different light and very soon Kipps is introduced to the ranks of the nouveau-riche. With great difficulty the Walsingham family conspires to turn Kipps into a “gentleman”.

We follow the topsy-turvy entanglements of our appealing and congenial young draper from apprenticeship through to fatherhood.


The song everyone always remembers from this show is 'Flash, Bang, Wallop'.

CAST

Arthur Kipps

Sid Pornick

Buggins

Pearce

Flo Bates

Victoria

Kate

Emma

Mr. Shalford

Carshot

Mrs. Botting

Mrs. Walsingham

Ann Pornick

Chitterlow

Laura

Helen Walsingham

Young Walsingham

Photographer

Reporter

Students:

       Gwendolin

       Mtr. Jones

       Arabella

       Honour

       Priscilla

       Prudence

       Jenny

       William

Bob Johnson

Ross Carrie

Paul Luti

Gordon McKenzie

Olga Watkins

Janet Shimidzu

Angela Dickinson

Liz Hammond

Maurice Temple

Peter Hemphill

Sandie Luti

Margaret Scott-Brown

Sally Henderson

Bill Ballantyne

Julie Milligan

Sheila Dickson

Tim O'Rourke

Murray Ure

Marilyn Emery


Sally Goring

Crawford Johnstone

Laura McKenzie

Helen Millar

Jane Goring

Noreen Hinton

Louise Notini

Alex Walker

CHORUS

May Arthur, Joan Barrie, Susan Battye, Alma Cadzow, Fiona Campbell, Janet Goring, Sally Goring, Penny Hannah, Noreen Hinton, Margaret Milligan, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Nora McGinley, Laura McKenzie, Louise Notini, Chrissie Owens, Ann Ross, Mary Smith, Wilma Sutherland, Beryl Temple, Jane Waterhouse


Jim Hannah, Crawford Johnstone, Ian McIntyre, John Taylor, Alex Walker, Peter Tarrent, David Parish

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


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