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NAPIER OPERATIC SOCIETY (INC.)
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NAPIER OPERATIC SOCIETY (Inc.)
1957 OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY
Patron: J. HARRIS, Esq.
President: J.S. HENNEY, Esq.
Vice-president: E. COLLIER, Esq.
Hon. Life Member: C.W. WHITE, Esq.
Hon. Secretary and Treasurer: R.H. WIMSETT, Esq.
Hon. Auditors: OLDERSHAW & SUTHERLAND.
Hon. Solicitor: W. WILLIS, Esq.
Messrs P. COX, H. DALTON, R. GARNER, R. INGLE, R. ROSS, W.B. SPENCE.
During the year A.E. Herniman, Esq., resigned owing to ill-health.
THE PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS OF THE SOCIETY
“The Gondoliers” 1908
“The Mikado” 1909
“The Geisha” 1910
“The Runaway Girl” 1911
“A Greek Slave” 1912
“Miss Hook of Holland” 1914
“The Blue Moon” 1915
“The Geisha” 1921
“A Country Girl” 1923
“The Arcadians” 1928
“The Sunshine Girl” 1929
“Our Miss Gibbs” 1930
“Rio Rita” 1938
“The Belle of New York” 1939
“Boots and All” 1940
“Chu Chin Chow” 1954
“The Desert Song” 1955
“The New Moon” 1956
The 1954 production (“Chu Chin Chow”) was a milestone in the history of the Society. This colossal musical extravaganza had not been attempted by any Society, other than Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This was followed up by a magnificent production of “The Desert Song.” This production was witnessed by 15,557 people. Again in 1956 the same success was achieved with Sigmund Romberg’s “The New Moon,” and it is with the greatest confidence we present Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical success “Oklahoma.”
Early History of the Society
The Society was formed in the 1880’s and there is in the Hawke’s Bay Art Gallery and Museum a programme of the Society’s production of “The Mikado” in March of 1887. The Society also possesses a programme of its production of “Madame Fauvarti” in October, 1882.
Unfortunately, many of the earliest record of the Society were lost in the 1931 earthquake, but the Society can claim to be one of the oldest musical societies in New Zealand.
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INTRODUCTION OF OKLAHOMA
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s sunny and lilting musical about the farmer and the cowman in the Oklahoma territory has the appeal that makes it heartwarming and the simplicity that makes it great, and the years – and other musicals – that have passed since its advent only make these qualities more apparent and appreciated.
“Oklahoma’s” instant and phenomenal success in 1943 was certainly not due to its plot, which is based on Lynn Rigg’s “Green Grow the Lilies,” and is not unlike the stock situation of most musical comedies – a young, handsome and superficial hero and heroine separated by circumstance through most of the action and united, at the end. But where this work broke the mould of musical comedy was its integration of choreography, music and lyrics with the plot and characters. “Oklahoma” also departed from the stock formula in the depiction of its villain, Jud Fry, who is no cardboard character like his predecessors, but whose evil was given depth and motivation. It is a truism today that Agnes Be Mille’s choreography for “Oklahoma” revolutionised the concept of the dance in the legitimate theatre and made it an art rather than a decoratPage 11ion. Her choreography for “The Farmer and the Cowman,” a translation of American folk dance in theatrical terms, gave expression to the vigorous, cocksure and hopeful pioneer spirit which characterised those who saw their territory become a state. It was American in its subject matter, flavour, treatment and art. The American musical comedy had come of age.
Continued on Page Five.
The leading roles of Curly and Laurey are played by Arch Barclay and Faith Macdonald.
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Introduction of Oklahoma (Continued)
It now remains to meet the people who form the characters of this famous modern musical. Laurey Williams, niece of Aunt Eller, torn between her unformed affections for Curly, the cowboy, and the hired hand, Jud Fry, whose attentions cause her uneasy forebodings. The delight of her friend, Ado Annie Carnes, who, to use her own words, “Once I was as thin as a bean-pole, but since I rounded out a little the boys all act different to me,” and the object of her affections – Will Parker, the cowboy – and Ali Hakim, the pedlar man whose persuasive ways land him in many a difficult situation; Aunt Eller, with her rough but homely kindness; Gerty Cumings, third member of the romantic triangle and the person who causes Laurey much concern; Will Carnes, father of Ado Annie, who lays down the law – with a shotgun; the Ike Skidmores, Cord Elams; in fact, the farmers and the cowmen, their wives and daughters who bring to the stage all the colour and excitement that this great musical contains.
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Jud Fry, played by Reg. Johnson
Aunt Eller, role taken by Dawn Wright.
The Napier Operatic Society (Inc.), since its revival in 1954, has presented three Musical Productions, “Chu Chin Chow,” “The Desert Song” and “The New Moon,” all with tremendous success. On each occasion the Society has had the services of Eva Moore, and the results of her efforts have been gratifying both from, an artistic and financial point of view. The Society would like to thank her for all the hard work that she has put into each production and feels confident that with “Oklahoma” she has once again guided the Society along a well-worn path to a successful musical show. 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 production 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.
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Mr Robert Mulholland was appointed musical director of the Napier Operatic Society only a few months ago, and this is his first production with the society.
Since coming to Napier three years ago his activities have been limited mainly to band work. But while in England he conducted many choirs and also had experience with several leading British orchestras.
Mr Mulholland began his musical career as a boy in Scotland. While in his teens he went to England to study the trumpet for three years under Professor Charles Birtles (principal trumpet player of the Halle Orchestra) at the Royal College of Music, Manchester.
For a short while he toured with a theatrical company, then he returned to brass bands. He eventually became bandmaster of the Fairey Aviation Works Band, many times British champions. He conducted bands and choirs in concerts in many parts of Great Britain.
As a player he has played in the Halle Symphony Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic and on the Continent, and under the batons of Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli.
The Napier Operatic Society is most fortunate in having a musical director of such calibre and hopes the association will be of the happiest. We wish him a successful production.
The above photograph shows a scene from the “Dream Ballet,” which is danced by Geoff Bradbury (Curly) and Betty Crawford (Laurey), together with members of the ballet.
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The Napier Operatic Society has again been fortunate in that Miss Jean Ballantyne has agreed to act in the capacity of Ballet Mistress. She has been for many years connected with dancers and theatrical productions in Hawke’s Bay.
Miss Ballantyne has been associated with the Napier Operatic Society since its revival in 1954, when they presented “Chu Chin Chow,” and later she was again Ballet Mistress for “The Desert Song” and “The New Moon.”
We are sure all will agree that the ballets in “Oklahoma” are some of her finest work to date, and we would like her to know how much her efforts are appreciated.
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THE MUSICAL PLAY
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd
Based on the play “Green Grow The Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs
Produced by Eva Moore
CAST OF CHARACTERS
(IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)
AUNT ELLER DAWN WRIGHT
CURLY ARCH BARCLAY
LAUREY FAITH MACDONALD
IKE SKIDMORE CEDRIC CATTON
SLIM TERRY WHYTE
WILL PARKER GEORGE FOSTER
JUD FRY REG JOHNSON
ADO ANNIE CARNES MARGARET GORTON
ALI HAKIM STAN ADEANE
GERTIE CUMMINGS GAYNOR JAMES
AGGIE PIGTAILS HEATHER BENTLEY
And Friend VERONICA RAWLINGS
ANDREW CARNES BOB ROSS
CORD ELAM BOB WRIGHT
In Dream Ballet
LAUREY BETTY CRAWFORD
CURLY GEOFFREY BRADBURY
JUD KENNETH RUSSELL
Scenery designed and constructed by Will Conroy
Costumes designed by Val Ashenden
Ballet Mistress Jean Ballantyne
Photographs by Hi-Light Studios, Hastings Street Napier.
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
TIME: Just after the turn of the century
PLACE: Indian Territory (now State of Oklahoma, U.S.A.)
SCENE 1 The Front of Laurey’s Farm House
SCENE 2 The Smoke House
SCENE 3 A Grove on Laurey’s Farm
“LAUREY’S DREAM” (which concludes Act 1)
SCENE 1 The Skidmore Ranch
SCENE 2 Skidmore’s Kitchen Porch
SCENE 3 The Back of Laurey’s Farm House
Musical Director: R. MULHOLLAND Hon. Pianist: Mrs W. Quarrie
Violins E. Dunn (Leader), G. Wade, D. Hansen, N. Etheridge, R. Lee, J. Hannon. ‘Cello: S. Girvan.
Basses: R. Lavin, D. Smith. Flutes: E. Hocking, A. Tibbenham. Clarinets: P. Blanchette, H. Bush.
Trumpets: D. Johnson, R. Mulholland. Horn: G. Marple.
Tympani, Drums and Effects: J. Seton
Stage Director Cedric Wright
Assistant Stage Director Les Woodfine
Lighting Director G.E. Taylor
Assistant Wilton Vinten
Hon. Prompts Ursula Calson and Anne Wilkinson
Properties Rod Ingle
Wardrobe Master Ray Dalton
Hon. Pianist Winifred Quarrie
Assistant Pianist Cecile Bromley Hill
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Ladies of the Chorus
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1. “Oh! What a Beautiful Mornin'” Curly
2. “The Surrey with the Fringe on the Top” Curly, Laurey, Aunt Eller
3. “Kansas City” Will, Aunt Eller and the Boys
4. “I Can’t Say No” Ado Annie
5. “Many a New Day” Laurey and the Girls
6. “It’s a Scandal! It’s an Outrage!” Ali Hakim and the Boys and Girls
7. “People Will Say” Curly and Laurey
8. “Poor Jud” Curley and Jud
9. “Lonely Room” Jud
10. “Out of My Dreams” Laurey and the Girls
Laurey makes up her mind.
1. “The Farmer and the Cowman” Carnes, Aunt Eller, Curly, Ike Skidmore, Will, Ado Annie and Ensemble
2 “All er Nothin’” Ado Annie and Will
3. Reprice [Reprise]-“People Will Say” Curly and Laurey
4. “Oklahoma” Curley, Laurey, Aunt Eller, Ike, Slim and Ensemble
5. “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin” Laurey, Curly and Ensemble
6. Finale Ensemble
Laurey BETTY CRAWFORD
Curly GEOFFREY BRADBURY
Jud KENNETH RUSSELL
Laurey’s Friends LYNN HAWLEY, STAVELEY KEENAN
Pigtails HEATHER BENTLEY
Her Friend VERONICA RAWLINGS
Dance Hall Girls BETTY GRAY, JENNIFER GRANT, ANGELA HORROCKS, NORA GLEW, SHIRLEY HANLEY
Cowboys ROBIN NEALE, JOHN COLLIER, NEAL PETTERSON
The Dream Ballet depicts Laurey’s dream of her problems. The dream figures of Laurey and Curly dance ecstatically. A young girl enters, soon followed by others. Two of Curly’s cowboy friends stroll by and wave their greeting. A little girl presents Laurey with a nosegay, and her girl friends dance on and embrace her. A bridal veil floats down from the skies and they place it on Laurey’s head.
Curly and the boys enter in the manner of cowboys astride their horses. Curly awaits his bride, who walks down an aisle formed by the girls. But Jud walks slowly forward and takes off Laurey’s veil. Expecting to see her lover Curly, she looks up and finds Jud. Horrified, she backs away. Her friends have stony faces. Curly, too, is stern and austere and backs away from her. She is alone with Jud. Three dance hall girls enter who look very much like the pictures Laurey has seen tacked on to the walls in the smoke house.
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