Eva Moore, who is the producer of the Napier Society’s 1955 production, “The Desert Song,” is probably one of the best known and most successful producers of amateur musical comedy in New Zealand.
She is one of five sisters of theatrical fame. Carrie Moore, a star both in England and Australia, and Australia’s original “Merry Widow,” is one of the sisters. Edward German wrote the part of Honour in “Tom Jones” for her and her name appears in so many original scores in London that they constitute a record. Lillie Moore, another sister, toured New Zealand with the J. C. Williamson productions of “The Student Prince,” “Desert Song,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “The Girl Friend”, and many others.
Eva Moore has played the leading soprano roles in all the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, also the “Quaker Girl”, “Merry Widow,”
“Waltz Dream,” “The Geisha” and dozens of others. She has travelled more than half round the world, many times – a thorough coverage of all the playable towns of Australia, then to China, Japan, Manilla, Honolulu and extensive tours of Canada and the U.S.A. In New Zealand she has produced for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Blenheim, Nelson, Palmerston North (where she created a record for both amateurs and professionals), Wanganui, New Plymouth and Hamilton.
In 1954 she was responsible for the production “Chu Chin Chow,” and Napier theatre-goers can remember what a success she made of this fabulous show. It is with real pleasure we welcome her back to Napier to produce “The Desert Song.”
This year’s activities include productions for the Wanganui Society (“New Moon”), Masterton Society (“The Desert Song”), Palmerston North Society (“New Moon”)
Ballet Mistress, is an Advanced Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing, London, and has trained with well-known teachers in England, on the Continent, in Australia and New Zealand. In the course of her dancing career Miss Ballantyne has been closely associated with the Amateur Theatre, and has been responsible for numerous Children’s Recitals. Her Senior Ballet toured the Hawke’s Bay area for the Community Arts Service in 1947.
Has directed the musical side of the Society for many years. He was a member of the original “Kiwi” Concert Party and remained in England under a Government Education grant and passed through the Royal Academy of Music. On his return to New Zealand he toured with the J. C. Williamson organisation but eventually settled in Napier, where he is in practice as a Public Accountant. He was Musical Director for the highly successful “Chu Chin Chow” and once again is in charge of the Orchestra for the 1955 production of “The Desert Song.”