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2000 - La Vie Parisienne

The scene and tone are set at the very beginning of Act I, set in the Gare de L’Ouest, where large numbers of people are arriving for a good time in Gay Paree. Two men about town, Raoul and Bobinet, compare notes about their recent and unsatisfactory liaisons, and decide to stick to the pursuit of aristocratic girls in future. Bobinet seems to have a countess in his sights, and Raoul is awaiting the arrival of a Swedish baroness, who turns out to be accompanied by her Swedish baron. The two men set up a series of strategems to help to assure their planned conquests, including putting the baron and baroness up (in separate rooms) at a private house presented as a hotel.

Events are made easier by the Baron’s infatuation with Metella (known to Bobinet and Raoul, and possibly to many others), and complicated by the arrival of Brazil, a colourful character who falls for Gabrielle, a glove-maker known to Raoul and Bobinet, and offers to assist with a further ploy, to create a fake reception to keep the baron temporarily out of circulation.


In Act II, the conspirators are at the Villa Fontenue, planning the evening, Brazil even more exotic dressed up as the Oblong of Skwairut, and exuding joie de vie. A host of friends and staff dress as aristocratic guests, the baron and baroness are skillfully kept separate, the celebration is perhaps insincere but is certainly energetic, and the baron ends the evening prostrate with tiredness and emotion.

Act III is set in the Cafe des Anglais, where the maitre d’hotel, obviously on the side of the conspirators, arranges a private room for the Baron and Metella. She however rediscovers her affection for Raoul, and gets the baron interested in a mystery stranger – his wife, of course, in disguise. It all unravels, but the baron is obliged to confess that a great time has been had, and all ends untidily but happily.


The musical numbers included 'No, No, No' and 'Joie de Vie'.

CAST

Gabrielle, a glove maker

Baroness Gondremarck, a Swedish visitor

Metella, an "entetaining" lady

Pauline, a domestic servant

Julie, a domestic servant

Louise, a domestic servant

Colette, a housekeeper

Charlotte, a fashionable coquette

Marie, a fashionable coquette

Raoul, a man about town

Bobinet, a man about town

Brazil, a wealthy Brazilian

Baron Gondremarck, a Swedish visitor

Marcel, maitre d'hotel

Pierre, a man servant

Jacques, a man servant

Station Master

Tourist Guide

Vivien Pope

Margaet Milligan

Angela Dickinson

Olga Watkins

Julie Milligan

Sally Henderson

Isobel Dickinson

Marilyn Emery

Sheila Dickson

Bob Johnson

John Taylor

Louis Pope

Gordon McKenzie

George Stewart

Stewart Johnstone

Maurice Temple

Ray Watkins

Murray Ure

PARISIANS, RAILWAY STAFF, TOURISTS, GUESTS AND SERVANTS

Joan Barrie,Susan Battye, Alma Cadzow, Margaret Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Janet Goring, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Sandie Luti, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Sheila Morrison, Louise Notini, Laura McKenzie, Ann Ross, Janet Shimidzu, Wilma Sutherland


Bill Ballantyne, Jim Hannah, Peter Hemphill, Crawford Johnstone, Ian McIntyre, Norman Murray, Mike Reeder, Alex Walker

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


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2001 - Me and My Girl

Parchester, the family solicitor, has discovered that the 13th Earl of Hareford secretly married a working class girl who died shortly after giving birth. The heir to the Hareford millions must be found.

Our story begins in the late 1930s with a group of London’s high society arriving at Hareford Hall for a whoopee weekend hosted by the elegant Duchess of Dene and her “friend” of many years, Sir John Tremayne.

The Duchess’s daughter, Lady Jacqueline, has her eye on the Hareford millions and the 14th Earl, despite being engaged to golly gumdrops Gerald.

The new heir, a likeable Cockney costermonger, goes by the name of Bill Snibson.

His manners leave a lot to be desired and oh horror!, he eats peas with a knife. The Duchess likes a challenge and wants new blood in the family, so sets about introducing Bill to elocution and etiquette lessons. The only fly in the ointment is Sally – Bill’s level headed, down to earth Cockney girlfriend. Sally does not remotely figure in the Duchess’s scheme – she must be removed.

Who comes to the rescue? You can’t beat experience! Sir John knows all the answers. He’s been there, done it and although we can hardly say “got the tee shirt”, we will say, “got the pearly waistcoat”.


A happy ever after show!! And great songs including 'Me and My Girl', 'Lambeth Walk', 'The Sun Has Got His Hat On' and 'Leaning on a Lamp Post'.

CAST

Bill Snibson

Sally Smith

Maria, Duchess of Tremayne

Sir John Tremayne

Lady Jaqueline Carstone

The Hon. Gerald Bolingbroke

Cedric Parchester, Solicitor

Lord Battersby

Ladt Battersby

Charles, Head Butler

Staff:

     Molly

     Phebe

     Nancy

     Justin

     Potter

Mrs. Brown

Bob Barking

Policeman

Telegram Boy

Pearly King

Pearly Queen

Lady Brighton

Mrs. Worthington-Worthington

Mrs. Stainsley Asherton

The Hon. May Miles

Cockney Prostitute

Bob Johnson

Sally Henderson

Alma Cadzow

Bill Ballantyne

Olga Watkins

Gordon McKenzie

John Taylor

Jim Hannah

Angela Dickinson

David Moore


Fiona Campbell

Janet Goring

Jean Millar

Norman Murray

Peter Hemphill

Margaret Scott-Brown

Peter Tarrent

Ray Sly

Alistair Johnstone

Peter Hemphill

Janet Shimidzu

Margaet Milligan

Penny Hannah

Isobel Dickinson

Margaret Cameron

Susan Battye

ANCESTORS

Ian McIntyre, Alastair McLachlan, Kenneth Milligan, Tim O'Rourke, Maurice Temple, Colin Goring

CHORUS

Joan Barrie, Susan Battye, Margaret Cameron, Isobel Dickinson, Sheila Dickson, Marilyn Emery, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Margaret Milligan, Helen Millar, Laura McKenzie, Janet Shimidzu, Wilma Sutheland

Crawford Johnstone, Ray Sly, Peter Tarrent

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Anne Ballantyne


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2002 -Kaleidoscope

The first of two compilations which have showcased the scope of the Society - a musical celebration of the most popular songs from many of everyone's favourite shows - The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The Sound of Music, State Fair and many more.

The show was Introduced by a grandad (Bill Ballantyne) and granddaughter (Emma Milligan), with themed sections of Music Hall, Gilbert and Sullivan, Wild West, Richard Rodgers, and Partisan.

Numbers included 'Tell Me, Pretty Maiden', 'When a Felon’s Not Engaged', 'Many a New Day', 'Getting to Know You' and 'Va Pensiero'.

2003 - Gypsy Love

Antonio, a handsome and passionate young gypsy, is in love with Miranda, daughter of Sir Peregrine Plomley and engaged to Lawrence, son of Lord Lyell, the Lord Lieutenant. As Act I opens, we find the gypsies camped in Sir Peregrine's estate. Lord Lyell arrives to complain and is diverted by Sir Peregrine, who meantime has been joined by Lady Pheobe, on whom he intends to use his charm. Lucinda, Peregrine's younger daughter, arrives with her ineffectual boyfriend Oswald; this relationship does not have Peregrine's blessing. Peregrine meets Antonio and thy talk civilly. Antonio sings for the entire company, about Romany life. Shortly thereafter, Antonio and Miranda elope, to mixed reactions.

Act II is set outside a local tavern where the gypsies are clearly welcome. They sing songs of gypsy love and Dilaia, a gypsy girl who had thought Antonio was for her, wonders if she has now lost him. Antonio tries to calm Miranda's misgivings about the gypsy life she has chosen. They join to sing about a gypsy wedding day. When Miranda makes it clear she would like a traditional wedding, Antonio says he cannot see why she cannot have both. Miranda and Dilaia, despite their uncomfortable relationship, do talk and sing the freedom of Romany life,

Peregrine and entourage arrive looking for Miranda. They do however accept Peregrine's points that it is her decision and also that there are attractions in the sypsy style; 'Wild, Wild' they agree and approve of in song. Ria, Queen of the Gypsies, arrives. She and Lord Lyell do not agree, but they do develop mutual respect. Ria goes off to speak to Antonio and wedding preparations continue.

In Act III we are in the ballroom of Plomley Place,which has been got ready for the wedding of Miranda and Lawrence. Meantime, Peregrine has proposed to Pheobe and Oswald to Lucinda; 'Lucky Us' they sing. Antonio eneters and approaches Lawrence. A crisis does not develop, although Antonio makes it clear that he has been warned off by Queen Ria, in the interest of the Romany people. The show ends happily with a waltz.


Musical numbers include 'Gypsy Love', 'Waltzing With You' and 'I've Got Something'.

CAST

Sir Peregrine Plomley

Miranda, his daughter

Lucinda, his younger daughter

Lady Pheobe, an eligible widow

Kathy, Miranda's former nurse

Dilaia, a gypsy girl

Ria, Queen of the gypsies

Antonio, a romantic gypsy rogue

Lord Lyell, Lord Lieutenant of the county

Hon. Lawrence Lyell, his son

Oswald Oliphant, Lucinda's reluctant boyfriend

Pringle, Sir Peregrine's valet

Innkeeper, a friend of the gypsies

John Taylor

Angela Dickinson

Julie Milligan

Olga Watkins

Wilma Ellis

Susan Milligan

Sally Henderson

Martin McCrindle

Bill Ballantyne

Bob Johnson

John Coe

Danny McKirgan

Pete Hemphill

CHORUS

Joan Barrie, Alma Cadzow, Heather Cameron, Jan Dalziel, Sheila Dickson, Eileen Fashie, Angie Fisher, Lynda Gibson, Janet Goring, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Laura McKenzie, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Margaret Milligan, Donna-Jayne Moffat, Sarah Murphy, Helen Murray, Janet Shimidzu, Beryl Temple, Lorna Young


Ian Fashae, Alan Fisher, Jim Hannah, Crawford Johnstone, Ian McIntyre, Cyril Rice, Maurice Temple

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - James Cassidy


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2004 -Viva Mexico

In Act I, set outside El Rancho Grande, which pretends to be a guest-ranch, we see Mama (who runs it), local folk, bandits, and, among the latter, Ramon, who almost everyone realises to be also “Zorro”, the masked bandit. On the orders of Mendoza, the bandit-in-chief, the bandits have pillaged a coach which was carrying funds from America to El Presidente. Lopez, the hated chief of police, is hanging around, and has his eye on Raquelita, who is in love with Ramon (and he with her). We are introduced to the Rancho’s incompetent (and comic) assistants, Pablo and Pepe, and to Sergeant Bernardo, Lopez’s unfortunate subordinate.

The luggage-less travellers from the coach, Senator Vanders and his daughter Lucille, are directed to the Rancho for accommodation. Lucille lets Ramon know that she recognises him from the robbery, and Ramon is clearly attracted to her, to the annoyance of Raquelita’s friend Lola. Mendoza, a caricature of a revolutionary and bandit, stumbles on the gathering, but his identity is protected. The locals devise a flea circus as a cover for searching the Senator’s clothes for the cash.

In Act II, Lucille addresses a song to Zorro (“O, Foolish Moon”). Lopez tries to persuade Lola to betray the bandits. At the ceremony, held in the ruins of the ancient Aztec temple, Mendoza enters and clumsily signals to Ramon. This is noticed by Lopez, hiding in the shadows. Lola jumps to her feet, there is a gun-shot and Lola falls. It turns out to be no worse than a graze and the fiesta goes ahead, “Hat Dance” and all.

The scene for the start of Act III is the market place on market day. Entertainment is provided by two toreadors, who turn out to be Pablo and Pepe. Mendoza arrives and announces that the revolution is over and a new presidente installed. He has found the funds – which were in the form of a bank draft – and hands it back to the Senator. Ramon and Raquelita are fully reconciled. Lola’s bravery in putting herself between Lopez’s gun and Ramon is recognised. All is not quite over and happy ever after. Lopez, dismissed from his post as part of the coup, appears and threatens to shoot Lucille. He is however overpowered. Ramon surely no longer needs to be Zorro; he can busy himself at the Rancho. His reaction is not recorded as the show ends.

Notable musical numbers include 'La Cucuracha', 'The Toreadors’ Song' and 'O Foolish Moon” and top of that there is of course 'The Mexican Ha Dance'.

CAST

Raquelita, a 'belle senorita'

Ramon, the bandit leader 'Zorro'

Mama Inez, owner of 'El Rancho Grande'

Bernardo, Sergeant of Police

Senator, an American businessman

Lucille, the Senator's daughter

Mendoza, a Mexican revolutionary

Pepe, Ramon's handyman

Pablo, Ramon's handyman

Casilda, friend of Raquelita

Lola, friend of Raquelita

Conchita, friend of Raquelita

Priestess

Lopez, Chief of Police

Donna-Jayne Moffat

Peter Macdonald

Olga Watkins

Bob Johnson

Dan McKirgan

Angela Dickinson

John Taylor

Paul Luti

Ross Carrie

Laura McKenzie

Sally Henderson

Wilma Elliss

Margaret Milligan

Alasdair Gammack

CHORUS

Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Sheila Cleland, Sheila Dickson, Eileen Fashie, Angie Fisher, Lynda Gibson, Janet Goring, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Adrianne Masson, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Jennifer Monaghan, Helen Murray, Kerry McKirgan, Marianne Pearson, Janet Shimidzu, Beryl Temple, Lorna Young


Matthew Duncan, Ian Fashae, Alan Fisher, Jim Hannah, Peter Hemphill, Ian Inglis, Crawford Johnstone, Steven McAlipne, Maurice Temple, Robert Thomson

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - James Cassidy


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2005 -Ultimate CAOS

Triumph out of adversity. For family reasons our original producer had had to withdraw from the show, so the Society decided to present its second compilation - a celebration of the many wonderful songs they ha performed over the previous 25 years.


The late Sarah Beaney stepped in as Producer and she together with Ian Milligan and two stalwarts of the Society, Helen Millar and Olga Watkins, created a wonderful musical experience. Five scenes, a spanking pace, witty introductions, a selection of well known show stoppers and a good number of songs from past performances by CAOS, from the solemnity of Sabbath Prayer (Fiddler on the Roof) to the outrageous Jemima Shine (By-Passed).

THE COMPANY

Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Liz Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Sheila Cleland, Sheila Dickson, Wilma Ellis, Eileen Fashie, Angie Fisher, Toni Gentles, Janet Goring, Sally Goring, Marion Haines, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Sally Henderson, Marianne Herron, Jeanette Hutton, Adrianne Masson, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Margaret Milligan, Jennifer Monaghan, Helen Murray, Laura McKenzie, Angela Ranaldi, Ann Ross,Janet Shimidzu, Rachel Stanfield, Val Stewart, Liz Tarrant, Beryl Temple, Olga Watkins, Lorna Young


Graham Davies, Matthew Duncan, Ian Fashae, Alan Fisher, Jim Hannah, Peter Hemphill, Ian Inglis, Crawford Johnston, Gordon McKenzie, Dan McKirgan, Alastair McLachlan, John Taylor, Maurice Temple, Robert Thomson

Musical Director - Ia Milligan

Produce - Sarah Beaney


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2006 -South Pacific

In 1949, the musical South Pacific opened to rave reviews from the critics. Once again Rodgers and Hammerstein had a hit musical on their hands, this time with a story taken from the prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific, which they had set to music. The theme of the show was thought to be very controversial, dealing as it does with relationships between people of different races and backgrounds.


The story takes place during World War II on a French colonial island recently taken over by the Americans, who are trying to clear all the surrounding islands of Japanese. The hero, Emile de Becque, a French planter, falls in love with Nellie Forbush, an unsophisticated girl from the “sticks” and while she returns his love, she is horrified when she finds out that he has two children from a relationship he has had with a Polynesian woman, now dead.

We are introduced to the amusing characters of the “Seabees” – the American sailors of the construction battalion (hence the acronym) led by Billis, who are running a nice black market line in grass skirts and shrunken heads. The sailors are bored because they are far removed from the front lines and have no female company. There is a group of nurses on the island, but they are “spoken for” by the officers. The sailors long to visit the island of Bali Ha’i which is out of bounds. Their only contact is through Bloody Mary, a Tonkinese woman who trades with them.

A new officer appears on the scene – Lieutenant Cable. When Bloody Mary sees him she decides to introduce him to her daughter Liat. Cable falls in love with Liat, contrary to everything he has been taught to believe. The sailors and nurses are preparing a show for Thanksgiving Day. Emile arrives to speak to Nellie, but she is unwilling to listen to him. He and Cable leave on a dangerous mission; they are to be dropped on a Japanese-held island to set up a reconnaissance post. Nellie is devastated when she discovers Emile is gone .....

The dramatic conclusion to the story proves to be entertaining and emotional for audience and cast alike.


Great songs absolutely abound with the pick of them being 'Some Enchanted Evening', 'There is Nothing Like a Dame', 'Bali Ha’i', 'I’m Gonna Wash That Man', '’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy', 'Younger than Springtime' and 'This Nearly Was Mine”.

CAST

Ngana

Jerome

Henri

Ensign Nellie Forbush

Emile de Becque

Bloody Mary

Yeoman Herbert Quayle

Luther Billis

Stewpot

Professor

Ensign Dinah Murphy

Ensign Janet Macgregor

Lt. Joseph Cable

Capt. George Brackett

Cmdr. William Harbison

Liat

Lt. Buzz Adams

Shore Patrolman

Amarillia Moffat

Harry Milligan

Alistair Johnston

Susan Milligan

Peter Macdonald

Vivien Pope

Matt Duncan

Ken Milligan

Crawford Johnston

Brian Collie

Marianne Herron

Angela Dickinson

Kerry Mathewson

John Taylor

Dan McKirgan

Carrie Millar

Ritchie Duncan

Matt Duncan

ENSIGNS, ISLANDERS, NUNS, NURSES, SAILORS, MARINES AND SOLDIERS

Mary Barclay, Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Fiona Campbell, Wilma Ellis, Eileen Fashae, Angie Fisher, Toni Gentles, Janet Goring, Marion Hanes, Adrianne Masson, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Margaret Milligan, Jennifer Monaghan, Helen Murray, Ann Ross, Janet Shimidzu, Rachel Stanfield, Val Stewart, Lorna Young


Ian Fashae, Alan Fisher, Jim Hannah, Peter Hemphill, Ian Inglis, Ken Roberts, Ray Sly, Robert Thomson, Murray Ure

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Iain Fraser


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2007 -The Merry Widow

It is Paris about 1900 and we find ourselves in the ballroom of the Pontevedrian Embassy. The Ambassador, Baron Zeta, has a problem on his mind. He must find a way to save his country from bankruptcy. One solution is to prevent the rich and beautiful heiress Anna Glavari from marrying a foreigner. He has decided that Count Danilo, an embassy attache would be the ideal bridegroom and the purpose of the party we are witnessing is to bring the two together; but all is not going to plan. Danilo, irresponsible and light-hearted, has not yet arrived at the party and cannot be found anywhere. Immersed in match-making, Baron Zeta has failed to observe that his wife Valencienne is engaged in a passionate flirtation with a French officer, Camille, the Count de Rosillon.

At last Anna arrives, escorted by a crowd of hopeful suitors and the party adjourns for supper. Meanwhile Danilo arrives exhausted, direct from Maxim’s – his favourite haunt, and promptly falls asleep. He is soon awakened by Anna. They discover they are old “acquaintances”, parted long since by Danilo’s rich uncle. Anna reminds Danilo of their past affair, but he declares that he will never marry her now because of her fortune. Further complications arise because of Valencienne’s lost fan. Anna chooses Danilo for her partner in “Ladies’ Choice” and as she does so, realises her attraction to him is still alive in her heart.

Anna throws a party in the gardens of her house. All are in national dress and Anna sings a national folksong, the famous “Vilia” [which is one of Lehar’s greatest successes]. Zeta and Danilo try to find out who Camille’s lady friend can be. Meanwhile Valencienne and Camille appear and the pair retire to the summerhouse. Now horrors! Baron Zeta has called a meeting of his staff at that very summerhouse. He finds the door locked and through the keyhole he believes he sees his wife and Camille. Furiously he tries to break down the door, but Valencienne escapes by another way and Anna takes her place. As Camille and Anna come out of the summerhouse, Anna announces their engagement. She is delighted by Danilo’s reaction to the announcement. He is madly jealous and she interprets this as a sign of true love.

We find ourselves again in the garden of Anna’s house, this time decorated as “Chez Maxim’s”. Danilo is delighted to learn from Anna the truth of the summerhouse episode, but he still cannot declare himself. Only when she tells him that by the terms of her late husband’s will, she will lose her millions upon remarriage, does he propose, and she gladly accepts, telling him then that the money goes to whoever becomes her new husband.

Musical numbers to remember include 'Merry Widow Waltz', 'Vilia' (another favourite of the Society's) and 'Driving in the Park With You'

CAST

Anna (Madam Glavari) - The Merry Widow

Danilo (Count Danilovitch) - Attache

Baron Zeta - Ambassador

Valencienne - the Ambassador's wife

Camille - Count Rosillon

Njegus - Baron Zeta's factotum

St. Brioche - diplomatic guest

Cascada - diplomatic guest

Kromov - an Attache

Olga - wife of Kromov

Bogdanovitch - an Attache

Pritsch - an Attache

Sylvia - a lady guest at the embassy

Praskovia - a lady guest at the embassy


Grisettes:

    Lolo

    Dodo

    Jou-Jou

    Fro-Frou

    Clo-Clo

    Margot

Angela Dickinson

Peter Macdonald

John Taylor

Marianne Herron

Bob Johnson

Dan McKirgan

Ian Inglis

Matt Duncan

Brian Collie

Olga Watkins

Ray Sly

Crawford Johnston

Wilma Ellis

Margaret Scott-Brown


Fiona Sutherland

Linda Ottmer

Helen Millar

Adrianne Masson

Susan Gibson

Tina Loots

CHORUS

Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Sheila Cleland, Sheila Dickson, Eileen Fashae, Angie Fisher, Toni Gentles, Janet Goring, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Marion Haines, Kate Hemfrey, Jean Millar, Margaret Milligan, Jennifer Monaghan, Janet Shimidzu, Val Stewart


Keith Alexander, Ian Fashae, Alan Fisher, Jim Hannah, Peter Hemphill, Findlay Lumsden, Robert Thomson

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Iain Fraser


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2008 - Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York on May 16, 1946. It had been written specifically for Ethel Merman. P laywright Dorothy Fields had felt that casting Merman as Annie Oakley would guarantee a sure-fire hit. The New York production of Annie Get Your Gun ran for 1,147 performances and was the third longest running musical of the 1940s. It was the biggest Broadway hit of Merman’s career. The 1950s screen adaptation starred Betty Hutton and Howard Keel.

The 1999 Broadway revival showcased Bernadette Peters – probably the prettiest and sexiest Annie to date, not to mention probably the greatest singer of the bunch. The show was somewhat updated for modern times. Not only did Peter Stone make revisions to Herbert and Dorothy Fields’ original book (the story is now a show within a show, namely Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show), but there have been revisions to Berlin’s original score as well. This is the version of the show which CAOS presented and despite the updated script and reworking of some of the music, it has not lost its innate charm and simplicity. All the favourite musical numbers are still as lively and vibrant as they were in 1946.

The story revolves around Annie Oakley, an illiterate hillbilly with a knack for shooting guns. Persuaded to join Buffalo Bill’s travelling Wild West Show, she soon falls helplessly in love with Frank Butler, the show’s featured shooting ace. However, when Annie eclipses Frank as the show’s main attraction, she realises she’ll have to make some hard choices if she wants to win the man she loves. On the advice of her “adoptive father”, Chief Sitting Bull, Annie realises that to win Frank she must lose the final shooting match and finally accepts the fact that she “Can’t Get a Man With a Gun”.

This show has so many wonderful songs including 'There’s No Business Like Show Business', 'Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly', 'The Girl That I Marry', 'You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun' and 'Anything You Can Do'.

CAST

Frank Butler

Buffalo Bill Cody

Dolly Tate

Tommy Keeler

Winnie Tate

Charlie Davenport

Foster Wilsn

Chief Sitting Bull

Annie Oakley

Jessie, Annie's little sister

Nellie, Annies other little sister

Little Jake, Annie's little brother

Running Dear

Eagle Feather

Dining Car Waiter

Sleeping Car Porter

Pawnee Bill

Messenger

Band Leader

Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter

Mrs. Schuyler Adams

Peter Macdonald

Crawford Johnston

Angela Dickinson

Mark MacDonald

Marianne Herron

Iain Fraser

Iain Inglis

Dan McKirgan

Vivien Pope

Eilidh Mongan

Eilidh Strang

Jolene Levy

Brian Collie

Brian McKay

Matt Duncan

Peter Hemphill

Brian Collie

Brian McKay

Ian Milligan

Susan Gibson

Janet Shimidzu

CHORUS

Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Sheila Cleland, Sheila Dickson, Toni Gentles, Susan Gibson, Janet Goring, Marion Haines, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Tina Loots, Adrianne Masson, Maggie Maygor, Helen Millar, Jean Millar, Margaret Milligan, Jennifer Monaghan, Jo Page, Doris Pywell, Janet Shimidzu, Val Stewat, Fiona Sutherland


Matt Duncan, Peter Hemphill, Ian Inglis, Brian McKay, Maurice Temple

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Iain Fraser


More about this show can be found by clicking here.


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2009 - Fiddler on the Roof

The first show ever to have been repeated by the Society, 'Fiddler on the Roof' is surely one of the great musicals - comedy, drama, tragedy - all rolled into one to depict the sweep of history, great movements of people, the importance of tradition and the outside influences threatening to tear it apart. In 1994 many said then that it was the best show ever produced by the Sociey and now in 2009 people in the community are once again saying that this was our best show ever. It's not really possible to make comparisons between shows over such a span of time, but clearly the community and the cast enjoy 'Fiddler'. Certainly it was rewarding to rehearse and perform and each show was a tour de force.

Many of the cast in this year's show also appeared in 1994 aqnd there were some amazing casting parallels between the shows ....... in 1994 Peter Macdonald (this year's Tevye) played Perchick and this year that part was played by Peter's second cousing Mark MacDonald; 1994.s Hodel was played by Angela Dickinson, second cousing to Emma Milligan who played Hodel this year; Chava, this year, was played by Donna Milligan whose mum Julie played Chava in 1994 and of course Angela, who played Golde this year, is neice to 1994's Golde, Margaret Milligan ........... TRADITION!!

CAST

The Fiddler

Tevye, the Dairyman

Yente, the Matchmaker

Avram, the Bookseller

Nachum, the Beggar

Lazar Wolf, the Butcher

The Rabbi

Mendel, the Rabbi's son

Golde, Tevye's wife

Tzeitel, Tevye's eldest daughter

Hodel, Tevye's second daughter

Chava, Tevye's third daughter

Shprintze, Tevye's fourth daughter

Bielke, Tevye's youngest daughter

Motel, the Tailor

Mordcha, the Innkeeper

Perchick, the Student

Grandma Tzeitel

Fruma-Sarah, Lazar Wolf's first wife

Constable

Fyedka

Shaindel, Motel's mother

Sasha

Rifka

Mirila

Yussel

Mhairi McKay

Peter Macdonald

Vivien Pope

Brian McKay

Brian Collie

Bob Johnson

Matt Duncan

Tobias Paul

Angela Dickinson

Marianne Herron

Emma Milligan

Donna Milligan

Eilidh Mongan

Megan Gibson

Michael Coyne

Ian Inglis

Mark MacDonald

Wilma Ellis

Val Stewart

Alasdair Gammack

David Young

Olga Watkins

Harry Milligan

Janet Shimidzu

Lorna Gallacher

Crawford Johnston

VILLAGERS

Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Sheila Cleland, Isobel Dickinson, Sheila Dickson, Lorna Gallacher, Toni Gentles, Janet Goring, Marion Haines, Liz Hammond, Penny Hannah, Tina Loots, Adrianne Masson, Kerry McKirgan, Helen Millar, Jean Miller, Margaret Milligan, Jennifer Monaghan, Jo Page, Rachel Peebles, Doris Pywell, Ann Ross, Janet Shimidzu, Marslaidh Smith, Rachel Stanfield, Fiona Sutherland


Peter Hemphill, Jim Hannah, Crawford Johnston, Kerry Mathewson, Dan McKirgan, Ken Roberts, Ray Sly, John Taylor, Robert Thomson, Murray Ure

VILLAGERS' CHILDREN

Fiona Cameron, Rachel Scholfield, Holly Fraser, Adrianna Gentles, James Thompson

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - Iain Fraser


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2010 - The Pirates of Penzance

For the second year in succession the Society decided to repeat a previously presented show and it was a good decision. The show, one of Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy operas, proved to be a resounding success. The Pirates of Penzance is pure entertainment, with many memorable songs and characters.


The alternative name for the operetta is 'The Slave of Duty' and as the play unfolds it soon becomes apparent that this refers to Frederic's obsession to always 'do his duty'. On becoming 21 years old, Frederic is awarded his indentures by the Pirate King. However, the original indentureship stated that on achieving his 21st birthday, Frederic could leave the pirates. This he chooses to do, but his 'sense of duty' not only leads him to inform the Pirate King of his decision to leave but also compels him to inform the pirates that he will, from now on, do his utmost to ensure their extemination.


The pirates, being a band of tender-hearted orphans accept that this is indeed Frederic's duty and take no steps to prevent him from leaving or carrying out his duty. In the meantime the Major-General's many daughters turn up at the Pirate's Cove, believing it to be deserted and proceed to cavort about. Frederic, who until that moment, had only set eyes on one woman - Ruth, his nurse - immediately falls in love with the eldest sister - Mabel. The pirates return and decide they are each going to marry one of the sisters and go looking for the local padre. In the nick of time however, the Major-General turns up to rescue his daughters. He achieves this by taking advantage of the pirates' well-known habit of releasing captives who claim to be orphans. Like so many before him, the Major-General pretends to be an orphan and the pirates set free he and all of his daughters.


The pirates, being a band of tender-hearted orphans accept that this is indeed Frederic's duty and take no steps to prevent him from leaving or carrying out his duty. In the meantime the Major-General's many daughters turn up at the Pirate's Cove, believing it to be deserted and proceed to cavort about. Frederic, who until that moment, had only set eyes on one woman - Ruth, his nurse - immediately falls in love with the eldest sister - Mabel. The pirates return and decide they are each going to marry one of the sisters and go looking for the local padre. In the nick of time however, the Major-General turns up to rescue his daughters. He achieves this by taking advantage of the pirates' well-known habit of releasing captives who claim to be orphans. Like so many before him, the Major-General pretends to be an orphan and the pirates set free he and all of his daughters.

CAST (In Order of Appearance)

Samuel

Pirate King

Frederic

Ruth

Edith

Kate

Isobel

Mabel

Major-General Stanley

Sergeant of Police

Andy Law

Brian McKay

Alex Hayes

Olga Watkins

Angela Dickinson

Maggie Magor

Lorna Gallacher

Emma Milligan

Bob Johnson

Brian Colloe

A special mention for Alex Hayes, who came in at the last minute (mid-way through January) to to take up the part of Frederic. The part is a big one with lots of lines and lots of songs to learn. Not only did he learn them but he also gave a magnificent performance. Well done Alex and thank you!

MAJOR-GENERAL's DAUGHTERS AND GOVERNESSES

Joan Barrie, Heather Cameron, Sheila Cleland, Isobel Dickinson, Sheila Dickson, Wilma Ellis, Toni Gentles, Janet Goring, Marion Haines, Liz Hammond, Tina Loots, Adrianne Masson, Lauren McGowan, Helen Millar, Jean Miller, Margaret Milligan, Donna-Jayne Moffat, Jennifer Monaghan, Jo Page, Doris Pywell, Ann Ross, Janet Shimidzu, Marslaidh Smith, Val Stewart

PIRATES & CONSTABULARY

Matt Duncan, Peter Hemphill, Ian Inglis, Crawford Johnston, Calum McNeil-Ritchie, Brian Ritchie, Tim Stewart, John Taylor, Murray Ure

Musical Director - Ian Milligan

Producer - James Cassidy

2011 - Hello Dolly!


2012 - La Perichole


2013 - Anything Goes


2014 - Oklahoma!

It's just before Oklahoma becomes a new state - Laurey Williams notices that Curly, a handsome though shy ranch hand, has been acting strangely around her. Through some course of events, she and Curly soon realise the feelings they have for each other. Judd, a hired hand at Laurey's home, also has feelings for Laurey. Together, she and Curly have to do something to save their relationship and keep Judd from doing something terrible. Woven into this plot is the life of Ado Annie, one of Laurey's friends. Her boyfriend has just gotten back from an exciting trip to Kansas City. While he was away, she has fallen for a peddler who is a ladies' man and doesn't really want to marry her. Does she give Will, her boyfriend, "all or nuthin'", or does she run away with the peddler? Set against the backdrop of ranching Oklahoma, this musical is full of fun, music, and romance for everyone. If you'd like a taster for the music from this musical, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the 'play' button.

2015 - South Pacific

We first did this show in 2006 and some of the original cast appeared in this production also. However, there were a lot of new faces and all were looking forward to performing one of Broadway's greatest musicals.


Can a girl from Little Rock (Nellie Forbush, played by Lorna Gallacher) find happiness with a mature French planter (Emile de Becque, played by James Cassidy) she got to know one enchanted evening away from the military hospital where she is a nurse? Or should she just wash that man out of her hair? Bloody Mary (Angela Dickinson) is the philosopher of the island and it's hard to believe she could be the mother of Liat who has captured the heart of Lt. Joseph Cable USMC (Grant Webb). While waiting for action in the war in the South Pacific, sailors and nurses put on a musical comedy show. The war gets closer and the saga of Nellie and Emile becomes serious drama. It is1943 and the United States Navy has established several bases in the Solomon Islands, in preparation for an invasion towards New Guinea and the Central Pacific. On one such island lives Emile, whom the Navy wishes to employ as a scout to nearby Japanese held islands. To accomplish this task, Nellie is ordered by her commanding officer to ask Emile to carry out this dangerous task . Amidst an outstanding musical score, and breathtaking scenery, the drama of "South Pacific" unfolds.