Callander Amateur Operatic Society
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?
Master of Ceremonies
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
Tracy Corrieri, Catriona Leather, Helen Moulsdale, Shona Sibbald, Vicky Simpson, Simone Sweeney
Musical Director - Ian Milligan
Producer - Ian Ross
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.
The Pirate King
Samuel (his Lieutenant)
Frederic (the Pirate Apprentice)
Sergeant of Police
Ruth (a Pirate Maid-of-all-Work)
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,
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
Alistair Crichton, Bill Fraser, Ron Gibb, Maurice Tmple, Murray Ure
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.
Fred Graham (Petruchio)
Harry Trevor (Baptista)
Lois Lane (Bianca)
Lilli Vanessi (Kate)
Bill Calhoun (Lucentio)
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
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.
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)
James Elcock, Robert King, Kenneth McBride, Alasdair Roberts
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
Jane Hutchison, Nicola Stewart, Tracy Corrieri, Shona Sibbald
Musical Director - Ian Milligan
Producer - Anne Ballantyne
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.
Tevye, the Milkman
Golde, his Wife
Yente, the Matchmaer
Motel, the Tailor
Perchick, the Student
Lazar Wolf, the Butcher
Mordcha, the Innkeeper
Mendel, his Son
Avram, the Bookseller
Nachum, the Beggar
Vladimir, the Russian Tenor
Shandel, Motel's Mother
THE JEWISH FAMILIES
Mordcha, the Innkeeper
Ivanovitch, his Son
Nejata, his Daughter
Lisa, his Daughter
Gurochka, His Daughter
Avram, the Bookseller
Maria, his Wife
Russlaw, his Son
Lievna, his Daughter
Parassia, his Daughter
Brigitte, his Daughter
Vityanka, the Auntie
Yessel, the Hatmaker
Naina, his Daughter
Susanin, his Daughter
Knontchakovna, the Auntie
Lazar Wolf, the Butcher
Olga, his widowed neice
Bobilicka, her daughter
Ratmire, her Son
Nachum, the Beggar
Pannochka, his Wife
Igor, his Son
Isolanta, his Daughter
Lubvana, his Daughter
Surcha, her Sister
Stephanida, the Auntie
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
Farlaf, her Son
Tatiana, her Daughter
Hanna, her Daughter
Alexandra, his Wife
Mendel, his Son
Motel, the Tailor
Shandel, his Mother
Yakov, the Bagel Maker, his Father
Hershel, Motel's Sister
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'.
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
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
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
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
Angela Dickinson &
Vivien Pope *
* 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
Counsel for the Plaintiff
Foreman of the Jury
Barbara, Elvis' bit-on-the-side
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
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'.
Tommy Albright, American
Jeff Douglas, American
Harry Ritchie, his son
Fiona MacKeith, his daughter
Jean MacKeith, his daughter
Mr. Murdoch, the Dominie
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
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'.
Wild Bill Hickock
Lieut. Danny Gilmartin
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
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
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'.
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