Music Man, The 1962

Napier Operatic Society

Proudly Presents

MEREDITH WILLSON’S BROADWAY
SUCCESS

THE MUSIC MAN

SOUVENIR PROGRAMME 1/6

America’s Happiest Musical

MUNICIPAL THEATRE, NAPIER
October 6th – 13th

HASTINGS, October 15th – 20th

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HASTINGS: 20th

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NAPIER OPERATIC SOCIETY (INC.)

Established October, 1882.

(This is our 80th Birthday)

An affiliate of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association – London. A Foundation Member of the N.Z. Federation of Operatic Societies.

1962 OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY
PRESIDENT:   Peter Cox Esq.
VICE-PRESIDENT:   Ron Steel Esq.
HON. LIFE MEMBER:   Cedric White Esq.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Miss C. Patterson, Messrs E.C. Collier, J. Durie, R. Johnson, I. McLean, P. Sullivan, N. Tolhurst, .B. Wright.

SYNOPSIS

THE MUSIC MAN

Meredith Willson’s exuberant score of THE MUSIC MAN has the impact of innumerable doors and windows opening on to a naive and golden sunlight.

He spins his story round Professor Harold Hill, the travelling salesman, who explodes on River City, Iowa (pop. 2212), with a wagon load of musical instruments, instruction books and a “think” system. The system is suspiciously simple, but Harold’s rhetoric persuades River City that, with it, the children can conquer the field of musical achievement from Bach to Sousa. Unquestioning faith in this theory is essential, we soon discover, if Harold is to preserve his triple crown of Musical Director, Conductor and Instructor; for, alas, Harold’s own musical talent never even surmounted the five finger exercise.

In no time at all the children are his slaves; petticoats are swirling; hair, hats and doubts are flying, and River City is in the grip of a carnival mood which is only threatened by the imminent disgrace of this modern “Pied Piper.”

Without giving away the adventures of Harold Hill in River City, sufficient to say-Boy meets Girl, Boy loses Girl, Boy gets Girl and Harold finds his “foot caught in the door” for the first time, everything reaching a climax with beauty and harmony, as far as the towns folk of River City are concerned, with the performance of the “Minuet in G”.

Meredith Willson’s score abounds in musical invention. The unaccompanied Octet “Rock Island” is a brilliant vocal account of a train pulling away from a wayside halt and thundering through the countryside to the next whistle stop. With superb theatrical economy Mr Willson introduces his hero through the eyes of rival salesmen, and sends his show off to a magnificent start.

Harold’s “Trouble” proves a fascinating pace setter: The Quartet of Directors, eternally demanding Harold’s credentials, and whom he eludes by the delicious expedient of beguiling them into four-part harmony, is an adroit excuse for “Sincere” and “Lida Rose” and a triumph for the Iowa Four. The stumbling efforts of Marian’s piano pupil, Amaryllis evokes the nostalgic “Goodnight My Someone.” But the core and climax is the rip-roaring “Seventy-six Trombones” which raises the roof of River City and the lids off our hearts.

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PRODUCER
David Rossiter

Born in England, he came to New Zealand a very short while ago after acting experience on the London stage, both in musicals and straight plays, and considerable producing experience in the English provinces.

He brings to this production the very latest techniques of the London stage, so necessary in this fast moving and modern Broadway success

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Cedric White

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 Bursary and passed through the Royal Academy of Music. He was a member of the Savoy Orchestra. He then moved to Paris and enrolled at the National Conservatoire and was in the Alhambra Theatre Orchestra.
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.

CHOREOGRAPHER
Ella Randle

Choreographer and Ballet Mistress for “The Music Man”, is an advanced Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing, and has recently returned to New Zealand after eighteen months spent abroad.

Miss Randle studied in London and on the Continent, visiting many famous Studios and Theatres. Coming home through the United States and Canada she spent eight months in Halifax in charge of a Dance School.

Previously living and teaching in Gisborne Miss Randle was Choreographer and Ballet Mistress for the Gisborne Operatic Society’s Productions of “No No Nanette”, “Rose Marie”, “Desert Song”, “Oklahoma” and “Show Boat”.
At present she is teaching in Hastings with Jean Ballantyne, with whom she has collaborated to give us “The Music Man” Ballets.

Miss Ballantyne, early this year also returned from an overseas study tour, and with Miss Randle brings to the Dances, a stimulus, enthusiasm, and the value of their experiences.

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JAN PRESTON AND YOLANDE GIBSON (ALTERNATING) KEVIN HAGUE AND RONNIE ATKIN (ALTERNATING) as AMARYLLIS AND WINTHROP PAROO.

THE FULL CHORUS OF “THE MUSIC MAN’

DOROTHY PRINGLE AS MARIAN   BRYAN JOHNSON AS HAROLD HILL

REG JOHNSON AND DAWN WRIGHT
AS MAYOR SHINN AND EULALIE SHINN

PATRICIA ROUSE AND TERRY COLYE [COYLE]
AS MRS FAROO AND MARCELLUS WASHBURN

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THE CHORUS MEN OF “THE MUSIC MAN”

ANN CLIFFORD, GILLIAN DAVIS, GLENICE FLAVELL, JOCELYN McIVOR AS MAUD, ETHEL, MRS SQUIRES AND ALMA

BILL CORFIELD, BERNARD READE, JACK CRISP, RON STEEL, AS OLIN, JACEY, OLIVER AND EWART

THE NAPIER OPERATIC SOCIETY (INC.)

An Affiliate of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. London Foundation Member of the New Zealand Federation of Operatic Societies – Founded October, 1882.

PROUDLY PRESENTS

THE MUSIC MAN

A MUSICAL COMEDY IN TWO ACTS
(By Special Arrangement with Chappel & Coy. Ltd., Sydney)

PRODUCER – DAVID ROSSITER.

Scenery by Will Conroy and Son

Book, Music and Lyrics by
Meredith Willson.

Choreographer and Ballet Mistress:
Ella Randle

Stage Director:
Cedric Wright.

Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.

Musical Director and Chorusmaster:
Cedric White.

THE CAST

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

TRAVELLING SALESMEN   RUSSELL DRIBERG, JOHN McKINNON, BRUCE WILTON, LEO BRUNTON, JOHN COLLIER, MIKE RAILEY, BRIAN HOWLETT, LIONEL CLOVER
CHARLIE COWELL   TOM TAYLOR
CONDUCTOR   BRYCE JACKSON
HAROLD HILL   BRYAN JOHNSON
MAUD DUNLOP   ANNE CLIFFORD
MRS SQUIRES   GLENICE FLAVELL
CONSTABLE LOCKE   IAN McLEAN
TOMMY DJILAS   ROBIN NEWTON, BRUCE WILTON (All Matinees)
ZANETTA SHINN   VALERIE FLANDERS
GRACIE SHINN   GAYLEENE[GAYLENE] PRESTON VALERIE HART (Alternating)
MAYOR SHINN   REG JOHNSON
ALMA HIX   JOCELYN McIVOR
ETHEL TOFELLMIER   GILLIAN DAVIS
MARCELLUS WASHBURN   TERRY COYLE
EWART DUNLOP   RON STEEL
JACEY SQUIRES   BERNARD READE
OLIVER HIX   JACK CRISP
OLIN BRITT   BILL CORFIELD
MARION PAROO   DOROTHY PRINGLE
MRS PAROO   PATRICIA ROUSE
AMARYLLIS   JANET PRESTON, YOLAND GIBSON (Alternating)
WINTHROP PAROO   KEVIN HAGUE RONNIE ATKIN (Alternating)
EULALIE MacKECKNIE SHINN   DAWN WRIGHT
RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE AND KIDS.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRODUCER.

In producing “The Music Man” in Napier, I have attempted to retain as far as possible, Mr Meredith Willson’s original characterisations, especially in the case of Eulalie and the Ladies’ Quartet. All these Ladies can be found in everyday Society, though, on stage, are depicted, far “larger than life”. Not only have I had the advantage of Mr Willson’s own notes but have been able to witness a number of performances of “The Music Man” performed by the Light Opera Club in Auckland, whose producer, Mr Stan Lawson, was flown to England, to be able to present, as far as possible, the original production.

To all those concerned in the Napier Operatic Society, I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful co-operation and friendship I have received.. From the Musical Director Choreographer, Principals, Dancers, Chorous[Chorus] and the many wonderful people working back-stage, I have noticed nothing but a very fine “team spirit”.

MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE

Overture
Train Opening
“Rock Island”   Charlie Cowell and Travelling Salesmen
“Iowa Stubborn”   Townpeople[Townspeople] of River City
“Ya Got Trouble”   Harold and Townspeople
“Ya Got Trouble (Reprise)   Townspeople
“Piano Lesson and If You Don’t Mind My Saying So.”   Amaryllis, Mrs Paroo and Marian
“Goodnight My Someone”   Marian and Amaryllis
“Columbia Gem of the Ocean”   Townspeople
“Ya Got Trouble” (Reprise)   Harold
“Seventy Six Trombones”   Harold, Townspeople, Dancing Boys and Girls
“Sincere”   Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey
“The Sadder but Wiser Girl”   Harold and Marcellus
“Pick a Little, Talk a Little and Good Night” Ladies”   Harold, Eulalie, Maud, Ethel, Alma, Mrs Squires and Ladies of River City, Olin, Oliver, Ewart and Jacey
“Marian the Librarian”   Harold, Marian, Tommy, Zanetta, Dancing Boys and Girls
“My White Knight”   Marian
“The Wells Fargo Wagon”   Entire Company

ACT TWO

Entr’acte
Eulalie’s Ballet   Eulalie, Maud, Ethel, Alma and Mrs Squires
“It’s You”   Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey, Eulalie, Maud, Ethel, Alma, and Mrs Squires
“Shipoopi”   Marcellus, Harold, Marian, Tommy, Zanetta, Dancing Boys and Girls
“Pick a Little, Talk a Little” (Reprise)   Marian, Eulalie, Maud, Ethel, Alma, Mrs Squires and Ladies
“Lida Rose” and Will I Ever Tell You”    Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey and Marian
“Gary Indiana”   Winthrop, Marian and Mrs Paroo
“It’s You” (Reprise)   Tommy, Zanetta, Townspeople, Dancing Boys and Girls
“Till There Was You”    Marian and Harold
“Goodnight My Someone” and “Seventy Six Trombones” (Double Reprise)    Harold and Marian
“Till There Was You” (Reprise)   Harold
Finale Act Two
Finale Ultimo

THE DANCERS OF “THE MUSIC MAN”

ROBIN NEWTON, VALERIE FLANDERS AND BRUCE WILTON (MATINEES ONLY) AS TOMMY DJILAS AND ZANEETA SHINN

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES

Period 4th July, 1912.

ACT ONE

Scene 1.   A Railway Coach.
Scene 2.   River City, Iowa.
Scene 3.   Paroo’s House.
Scene 4.   Madison Gymnasium.
Scene 5.   Exterior of Madison Library.
Scene 6.   Interior of Madison Library.
Scene 7:   A Street.
Scene 8.   Centre of Town.

ACT TWO

Scene 1.   Madison Gymnasium.
Scene 2:   A Street.
Scene 3.   The Footbridge.
Scene 4.   Madison Park.
Scene 5:   River City High School.

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MEMBERS OF “THE MUSIC MAN” COMPANY

Ladies of the Chorus

BETTY BROOKER
HEATHER BLACK
CHRISTINE BIRD
VICKY BARTON
PAULINE BRADSHAW
JOCELYN COOK
ANNABEL CRAWFORD
BETTY EVETTS
GILLIAN GORDON
JEAN GORDON
BERYL GRAY
DAPHNE HARLAND
LINDA HUDSON
VALERIE HART
CARINE JACKSON
HAZEL JENNINGS
LESLEY MURPHY
JEANETTE MURDOCH
HEATHER NICHOLSON
ELIZABETH PETTIT
CHRISTINE PREBBLE
COLLEEN PATTERSON
ANNETTE PUGH
ALISON RICHARDS
FRANCES SMITH
WENDY THOMPSON
SUZANNE TIFFEN
VIKI WALLIS
LESLEY WILDEY

Gentlemen of the Chorus

LEO BRUNTON
NOEL BROWNE
JOHN COLLIER
LIONEL CLOVER
ALFRED CRADDOCK
BRIAN CULLEN
RUSSELL DRIBERG
IAN GILES
BRIAN HOWLETT
ALAN JONES
BRYCE JACKSON
JOHN MINETT
GRAEME McLEAN
JOHN McKINNON
IAN McMASTER
DOMINIQUE NOLAN
BARRY PARKER
MIKE POPPELWELL
MIKE RAILEY
JOHN VARGA
BRUCE WILTON
ROBERT WRIGHT

Ladies of the Ballet

ELLA HANDLE
WESLIE RYAN
JAN MEADE
ROBIN BOYES
SONIA COLLINS
CLAIRE MARTIN
ELWYN McCLINTOCK

Gentlemen of the Ballet

BARRY PARKER
BRIAN HOWLETT
GRAEME McLEAN
MICHAEL RAILEY
LEO BRUNTON
ALAN JONES
JOHN COLLIER

Children

WENDY ATKIN
CASSIE BALL
DAVID MELLOR
TONY MASON
DENNIS RAFFERTY
PETER NEWBURN
CLIVE ROSCOE
BARRY BROWN
OLIVER CHRISTOPHSON
LES McDOWELL

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A MESSAGE FROM THE COMPOSER

Los Angeles,
July 13th, 1962.

I would give anything to hear Napier’s version of my hometown “River City” Iowa – but short of our being able to fly down under to that purpose, please know that Mrs Willson and I are thrilled with what we have heard about your performance and we will be thinking of you, opening night.

Love to you all,
Meredith Willson.

ORCHESTRA

Musical Director: Cedric White.   Pianist: Winifred Quarrie.
Violins: Enid Dunn (Leader), Anna Wilson, George Wade, Stewart Elton, Margaret Williams.
Bass: Leon Speakman.    Cello: Joan Palmer.
Flute and Piccolo: Enid Hocking.    Clarinetts: Harold Bush and Owen Knight.
Trumpets: Kevin Keogh, Cyril Girvan, Eric Rouse.    Trombones: Tim Tooley, Ron Kemp, Fred Watson.
Tympani, Drums and Effects: Jock Seton.

PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

The Executive Committee
Producer   David Rossiter
Musical Director and Chorus Master  Cedric White
Choreography   Ella Randle
Stage land Lighting Director   Cedric Wright
Property Master   Noel Tolhurst
Assistant Stage Director   Allan Johnson
Hon. Pianist   Winifred Quarrie
Wardrobe Mistress   Hazel Collier
Chief Mechanist   Ira Owen
Sound Equipment   E. Collier
Assistant Sound Equipment   Graham Bowes
Make-up Supervision   Isobel Johnson
Prompts   Kathleen Singleton and Madge Cheyne
Call Steward   Janet McGregor
Publicity and Programmes   Peter Cox, Sid Henney, Peter Sullivan, Reg Johnson, Ron Steel.
House Manager   Peter Cox
Secretaries   White and Wimsett

ASSISTANTS TO PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

Properties:   Mrs Justine Cook, Miss P. Spriggs, Roly Cook, Rod Ingle, Noel Hatton, Jim Mayo, Bob Stickland, Fred Barton, Harold Anderson, Derek Pryce.

Wardrobe:   Mesdames C. Cox, A. Durie, M. Salvigny, N. Jones, J. Anderson, M. Tooley, I. McLean, Misses E. Alexander, E. Marshall, E. Murdoch.

Assistant Hon. Pianist:   Bon Cox.

Make-up:   Joan Colwill, Jo White, Mavis Steel, Eileen James, Gwynn Ace.

Call Stewards:   Priscilla Ball, Barbara Hyde, Lynn Sutherland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Daily Telegraph Ltd., The Hawke’s Bay Herald Tribune, The Dominion, The Broadcasting Service, Greater Hastings, The Napier Woollen Mills Ltd., Napier Citizen’s Band, Napier Citizen’s Junior Band, Pioneer Marching Club, Members of Vintage Car Club, Raphael Studios, Miss Jean Gordon, Bernard Reade for training the Male Quartette, P.W. Kilkenny for loan of “Bonnie”, E.F. Nattrass, Miss Helen Dykes, The Hastings Musical Comedy Company, Mary Pell, The American Embassy, Mrs Pauline Bickers for making the Dancers Costumes, and all those Members of the Society who have assisted in the collecting of the Men’s Wardrobe.

GAYLENE PRESTON AND VALERIE HART (ALTERNATING), IAN McLEAN, TOMMY TAYLOR AS GRACIE SHINN, CONSTABLE LOCKE AND CHARLIE COWELL

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THE FULL DANCERS OF “THE MUSIC MAN”

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Date published

1962

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Booklet

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814/1959/46416

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