Arts Theatre, UNE - May/June 2004
Stage Direction by Donna Wainohu
Musical Direction by Stuart Pavel
Produced by Margaret Kennedy
Book music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd exclusive agent for Music Theatre International, New York.
SCENES AND MUSICAL NUMBERS
Scene 1 - A railway coach. Morning, July 4, 1912.
'Rock Island ' - Charlie Cowell and salesmen
Scene 2 - River City, Iowa. Centre of town. Immediately following.
'Iowa stubborn' - Townsfolk of River City
'Trouble' - Harold Hill and townsfolk
Scene 3 - A street. Immediately following.
Scene 4 - The Paroo's house. Early that evening.
'Piano lesson' - Mrs Paroo, Marian Paroo and Amaryllis
'Goodnight my someone' - Marian Paroo and Amaryllis
Scene 5 - Madison gymnasium. Thirty minutes later.
'Seventy-six trombones' - Harold Hill and townsfolk
'Sincere' - The school board
Scene 6 - A street. Immediately following.
'The sadder-but-wiser girl' - Harold Hill and Marcellus
'Pickalittle' - Ladies of River City
'Goodnight, ladies' - The school board
Scene 7 - Madison library. Immediately following.
'Marian the librarian' - Harold Hill
Scene 8 - A street. The following Saturday afternoon.
Scene 9 - The Paroo's porch. Immediately following.
'Goodnight my someone' (reprise) - Marian and Mrs Paroo
Scene 10 - Center of town. Noon, the following Saturday.
'Wells Fargo Wagon' - Townsfolk
Scene 1 - Madison gymnasium. The following Friday evening.
'It's you' - The school board
'Shipoopi' - Marcellus and kids
'Pickalittle' (reprise) - Ladies of River City
Scene 2 - The hotel porch. The following Wednesday evening.
'Lida Rose' - The school board
'Will I Ever Tell You' - Marian Paroo
Scene 3 - The Paroo's porch. Immediately following.
'Gary, Indiana ' - Winthrop Paroo
Scene 4 - The footbridge. Fifteen minutes later.
'Till There Was You' - Marian Paroo
Scene 5 - A street. Immediately following.
'Seventy-six trombones and goodnight my someone' (reprise) - Harold Hill and Marian Paroo
'Till There Was You' (reprise) - Harold Hill
Scene 6 - Madison park. A few minutes later.
Scene 7 - Madison gymnasium. Immediately following.
Asked why I wanted to direct this musical, my answer is simple - I love musical theatre and family entertainment, and this production has both and I have come to appreciate the many attributes of Meredith Willson's The Music Man. With tons of music and dancing, a bit of conflict, a chase and the obligatory romance, this old-fashioned musical provides a wonderful opportunity for a cast of all ages, shapes and talents, to come together for some 'honest-to-goodness' fun - a perfect fit for our musical society.
I have been incredibly supported by a talented, experienced and dedicated production team, and must thank Stuart Pavel, Tracey James, Colin Barry, Terry Million and Ingrid Rothe for their amazing skills and support. It has also been great to work with enthusiastic young talent such as Hanneke Raanhuis, Luke Polson and Therese Scott, and of course, no show would be possible without the experience of Margaret Kennedy, Nick Monk, Mike Gibson, Nadia Ozanne and Neil Horton.
This production is the result of lots of hard work, commitment and fun, and we invite you to just sit back and enjoy it.
Charlie Cowell: Doug Rumble, Conductor: David White, Harold Hill: Neil Horton, Mayor Shinn: Alec Watt,Marcellus Washburn: Michael Gibson, Tommy Djilas: James Rutten, Marian Paroo: Lissa Monk, Mrs. Paroo: Cathie Lamont, Amaryllis: Lauren Meredith, Winthrop Paroo: Thomas Murphy, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Barbara Colledge, Zaneeta Shinn: Ruth Strutt, Gracie Shinn: Jessica Witkinson, Constable Locke: Ben Mettam
Travelling Salesmen: Alan Witkinson, Ben Mettam, Bryce Little, Chris East, Clive Skilton, Dale Curtis, Edward Paterson, James Poole
Barbershop Quartet: Ewart Dunlop: Dale Curtis, Oliver Hix: Rob Tumeth, Jacey Squires: David White, Olin Britt: Alan Wilkinson
Pick A Little Ladies: Alma Hix: Ingrid Rothe, Maud Dunlop: Margaret Kennedy, Ethel Toffelmier: Robyn Slocombe, Mrs Squires: Ros Brady, Mrs Britt: Stan Roberts, Mrs Dancer: Aline Christenson
River City Townsfolk and Kids: Alecia Barrett, Aline Christenson, Bethany Shepherd, Bryce Little, Christopher East, Clive Skilton, Danika Simpkins, Edward Patterson, Ellen Fitzgerald, Emma Halt, Greta Schutze, James Poole, Jessica Vince-Moin, Jonathon Barrett, Lara Burns, Laura East, Laura Horton, Lauren Hearne, Liesl Slocombe, Lindy Hardman, Natalie Eichorn, Nick Shepherd, Sian Roberts, Toni Ray
Conductor: Stuart Pavel, Assistant Conductor: Bruce Menzies, Repetiteur: Terry Million, Violin: Kate Chapman, Emma Chapman, Annie Chapman, Cello: Clare Chapman, Bass Guitar: Sarah Cooksey,Woodwind: Sharon Davidge, Janet Million, Richard Tierney, Joanne Arnott, Trumpet: Frank Logan,Drum/Percussion: Jon Maxwell, Keyboard: Terry Million
Director: Donna Wainohu
Musical Director: Stuart Pavel
Choreographer: Tracey James
Producer: Margaret Kennedy
Costume Design: Hanneke Raanhuis
Stage Manager: Colin Barry
Set Design: Donna Wainohu, Nadia Ozanne
Artistic Design: Waine Grafton
Publicity: Ingrid Rothe, Neil Horton
Finances: Mike Gibson
Sound: Nick Monk
Lighting Design: Nadia Ozanne
Make Up: Mike Gibson
Catering: Dorothy Pollard
Front of House: Bill Strutt (Finances), Isabel Strutt (Catering)
Ticketing: Bryce Little, Garry Slocombe, Margaret Kennedy
Photography: David Elkins
Video: Brian Thomas
Cast Call: Ceri Lea Mathew
Stage Props: Jody Brash, Kristin Adair, Luke Pavel, Marney Tilley
Stage Crew: Andrew White, Claire Horton, Corin Barry, David Paterson, Marie O'Reiley, Marlene Youmans, Reuben Foster
Prompt: John Brady
Set Construction: Claire Horton, Colin Barry, Dave Roland, David Paterson, Donna Wainohu, Gordon Cope, Jim Harrop, Nadia Ozanne, Neil Horton, Nick Monk, Paul Reader, Waine Grafton, The TAFE team
Sound: Dianne Murphy, Emma Horton, Luke Polson, Nick Monk, Sebastian Monk
Lighting: Nadia Ozanne, Simon Polson, Therese Scott, Tom Holt
Make Up: Aline Christenson, Carol Elder, Gwen Holley, Helen Swartz, Margaret Thornton, Melissa Jovna, Mike Gibson, Sonja Dominik, Susan Rosevar
Costumes: Aline Christenson,Barbara Colledge, Dorothy Pollard, Hanneke Raanhuis, Kate Meredith, Lyn Raanhuis-Winter, Sian Roberts
Catering: Beryl Hamel, Dorothy Pollard, Gwen Holley, John Hamel
Front Of House: Beryl Hamel, Bev Jenkins, Bill Strutt, Catherine Fenning, Claire Horton, Garry Slocombe, Isabel Strutt, Jane Watt, Jim Harrop, John Hamel, Karl Holmes, Kath Donoghue, Margaret Green, Marina Reader, Mavis Townsend, Robyn Kim, Ros Schulze, Sharyn Holmes
Autumn Festival Float: Clive Skilton, Hanneke Raanhius, Margaret Kennedy, Mike Gibson, Neil Horton, Ros Brady, Sian Roberts
Armidale High School for rehearsal venue, Armidale Showground Committee for rehearsal venue, Armidale TAFE students for assistance with set construction, Matt and all at The Armidale Cattleman's Motel for sponsorship, Paul Lomas for assistance at the Showground, Tim Clarke for assistance at the Arts Theatre.