Pajama Game, The 1968

HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY (INC.) HASTINGS AND NAPIER SEPTEMBER 1968

THE PAJAMA GAME

PROGRAMME
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The Hastings Musical Comedy Company Inc.

(A Member of the New Zealand Federation of Operatic Societies)

OFFICERS 1968

Patron   W.E. BATE, Esq.
President   D.R. WHITWORTH, Esq.
Vice-president   K.E. BRAZIER, Esq.
Committee   Miss I. FORBES   Mr B. PETRIE
Miss C. HUNTER   Mr CEDRIC WRIGHT
Mrs D. MUDGWAY   Mr CARL WRIGHT
Mrs J. CATER   Mr. J. WARNER
Mr G. MITCHELL   Mr M. PALMER
Hon. Secretary   D. HARRIS, Esq.
Ass. Secretary   D.L. OLSEN, Esq.
Hon. Treasurer   A.G. BARLOW, Esq.
Hon. Solicitors   KELLY, McNEIL & CO.
Hon. Auditors   Messrs CORBIN & ESAM

PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

Producer & Ensemble   LAURIE SWINDELL
Musical Director   KEN AITKEN-JONES
Chorus Mistress   MARY BELL
Choreography for Ballet   ANGELA HORROCKS
Principal’s Routines   ANN GILLETT, JUDITH CATER
Ballet Pianists   JOAN HOLDER, MARY BELL
Wardrobe   PAT THOMAS assisted by PEGGY BRAZIER, GLADYS BROWN, RITA HOWARD, ANNETTE HENDERSON, ZELDA McCARTHY
Properties   JEANNE HALL assisted by DON JEFFERY, STUART McNAB, JOHN PURDIE, JIM HUTCHISON
Make-Up   MAVIS STAYT assisted by BEV. HARFORD, JAN PETRIE, CAROL HUNTER, BRENDA ROLLANDER, TESSA CARTWIGHT, DENISE BIRCH, ELAINE BIRCH, ROSALIE GEOR, HILDA BLASONI
Stage Director   COLIN SPENCE
Stage Manager   CARL WRIGHT
Chief Electrician   JOHN HENDERSON
Publicity & Advertising   KEITH BRAZIER, CEDRIC WRIGHT and COMMITTEE
Programme   GEORGE MITCHELL, DENNIS OLSEN and COMMITTEE
Business Manager   DERECK WHITWORTH
Prompt   GRACE COCHRANE
Call Boy   PHILLIP WIGGINS
Librarian  IRIS FORBES
Front of House Staff   LOIS PAYNTER, SHARON COSFORD, SALLY BLOMQUIST, DAISY CROS,S PAT O’LEARY, DIANE RASMUSSEN, VALERIE ROSS, STEPHANIE McNAB, LYNNE FAULKNOR, GEORGE MITCHELL, DAVID HARRIS, DENNIS OLSEN, JOHN BLACKWELL
Dressers   PEGGY BRAZIER, GLADYS BROWN, RITA HOWARD, DOREEN HAMILTON, ANNETTE HENDERSON, ZELDA McCARTHY, PAT THOMAS, DIANE WALLACE

Laurie Swindell
Producer

Well known radio personality, Laurie Swindell is back with us again this year. After 30 years as an Actress/Producer in Legitimate Theatre, she branched out into the Musical Comedy field seven years ago. Many of her previous productions will be well remembered, among those the record breaking “South Pacific” and Can-Can which she also produced for the Christchurch Operatic Society in May of this year.

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Tricia Vossen
(Babe Williams)

Tricia joined the Company in 1961 and has played roles in many shows including “Zip Goes a Million”, “Carousel” and “Can-Can”. She received her early vocal training from the convent and later from several teachers. She is now resident vocalist at Ormlie Lodge and with her versatile background Tricia is ideally suited for the demanding role of Babe.

Gordon Collins
(Sid Sorokin)

Gordon will be remembered for his performance of Gaylord Rovenal in our recent production of “Show Boat”. Over the years he has appeared in many productions for the Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Society. He is now making a welcome return to the company to perform the exacting role of Sid Sorokin the male lead.

The Story of the Show

“The Pajama Game” which opened in New York in May 1954, was still playing to capacity audiences in the 80th week of its run when the eagerly awaited British production was launched In October, 1955.

Billed as a New Musical Comedy, “The Pajama Game” certainly answers fully to its description. Its lively pace, delightful choreography and complete unity of dialogue, score and lyrics give it freshness and vitality.

The action is set mainly in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where Sid Sorokin, the new superintendent, intends to keep production at its peak. He encounters Babe Williams, Chief of the Trade Union’s Grievance Committee, and although they are in opposite camps a romance is born.

Hines, the popular efficiency expert has fallen in love with Gladys, the President’s Secretary, but has to combat his powerful feelings of jealousy.

The Union’s demand of 7½ cents an hour increase results in conflict between Sid and Babe and their relationship is abruptly halted.

Gladys who holds the key to the problem, is invited to a night-spot, Hernando’s Hideaway, by Sid who, now convinced that the Union claim is fully justified, plans to gain access to the well guarded ledger, that will prove their case.

Musical numbers include the haunting and tuneful Hey There, the gay and carefree Once A Year Day, Small Talk, the virile and entertaining Steam Heat, the title tune “The Pajama Game” and the popular Hernando’s Hideaway.

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Ken Aitken-Jones
Musical Director

The Society has pleasure in introducing to the theatre patrons of Hawke’s Bay our new Musical Director, Ken Aitken-Jones, who may be a newcomer to our ranks, but undoubtedly no newcomer to the formidable task of Musical Director. For the show, Mr Aitken-Jones has used a new orchestration, recently written for predominantly brass band. He has recently arrived from England where he had wide experience in both brass band and orchestral work. As a trumpeter and cornetist, he played with the Northern Philharmonic at Leeds, the Lincoln Symphony, the Cresswell Colliery Band, Brighouse, Rastrick, and the Black Duke Bands of which he later became conductor. He also toured Britain in the R.A.F. Military band accompanying a Ralph Reeder Show.

Mary Bell
Chorus Mistress

This being Mary Bell’s 14th season with our Society, she has proved again her capabilities in extracting the very best singing from her chorus and principals.

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Judith Cater
(Gladys)

Judy needs no introduction to Hawke’s Bay audiences after her outstanding performance in “Can-Can” last year. She repeated her performance for the Christchurch Operatic Society in May of this year. As an experienced and talented comedienne and dancer she is well suited for the role of Gladys in this production.

Keith Brazier
(Hines)

We welcome back to the stage one of the Company’s most accomplished comedians. Keith has performed in many past productions the most memorable being “Rio Rita” and “Zip Goes a Million”. The role of Hines, the popular efficiency expert, is an excellent medium for the expressions of his talents.

Ann Gillett and Angela Horrocks
(Ballet Mistresses)

Both Angela and Ann are associate teachers for Jean Ballantyne and have their major examinations to their credit. Both have appeared in several of the Ballets in previous productions, Angela having danced the solo ballet role in “Call Me Madam” and also having assisted Jean Ballantyne as Ballet Mistress. Ann has toured with the N.Z. Opera Company appearing in the ballet of “Die Fledemaus”[“Die Fledermaus”], and has also danced the exacting role as the serpent in the Garden of Eden Ballet in “Can-Can”. We feel that they have ably handled the ballets in this our 1968 production.

“THE PAJAMA GAME”

CHORUS & BALLET

Ladies of the Chorus

Sally Allan, Angela Charlton, Sue Cooper, Sheryl Derby, Lorna de Frere, Mary Koorey, Marilyn Lean, Jill Motley, Joy Motley, Elynor Noonan, Cheryl Rogers, Sue Spackman, Jane Tustin, Robyn O’Leary, Juliet Knowles, Lesley Sinclair.

Gentlemen of the Chorus

Alan Johnson, Nigel Kirkman, Jim Lawson, John Leipst, Brian Overend, Dennis Potts, Steven Mitchell, George Woodham, Warren Loader, John Blackburn, John Lay, George Ferris, Owen Kirker, John Martin.

Ladies of the Ballet

Ann Gillett, Angela Horrocks, Weslie Ryan, Cynthia Wheeler, Barbara O’Sullivan.

Gentlemen of the Ballet

Peter Hannah, Michael Geor, Reg Shing.

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The Hastings Musical Comedy Company (Inc.)
presents its 18th Annual Production
“The Pajama Game”
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Music and Lyrics by
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Book by|
GEORGE ABBOTT and RICHARD BISSELL

Based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell

PRODUCER – LAURIE SWINDELL

MUSICAL DIRECTOR – KEN AITKEN-JONES

CHORAL DIRECTOR – MARY BELL

CAST

in order of appearance

HINES   KEITH BRAZIER
PREZ   BRIAN RICHECOEUR
JOE   MALCOLM PALMER
HASLER   JIM CAMP
GLADYS   JUDITH CATER
MABEL   JEWEL SHAW
SID SOROKIN   GORDON COLLINS
CHARLIE   BRYAN PETRIE
HANK   MERVYN LEWIS
BABE WILLIAMS   TRICIA VOSSEN
MAE   ROS SAMSON
BRENDA   BRONWYN ELSMORE
POOPSIE   HELEN KALE
SARAH   IRIS FORBES
SALESMAN (MAX)   PETER KALE
POP   FRED JACKSON

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“THE PAJAMA GAME”

Scenes

PLACE: The action takes place in a small town in the Middle West

ACT 1

Scene 1:   Sleep Tite Pajama Factory
Scene 2:   The Same
Scene 3:   A hallway in the factory
Scene 4:   The Office
Scene 5:   On the way to the Union Picnic
Scene 6:   Picnic grounds
Scene 7:   Picnic path
Scene 8:   The kitchen of Babe’s house
Scene 9:   A hallway in the factory
Scene 10:   The shop

ACT 2

Scene 1:   Eagle Hall
Scene 2:   The kitchen of Babe’s house
Scene 3:   A hallway in the factory
Scene 4:   The office
Scene 5:   Hernando’s Hideaway
Scene 6:   Morning in the office
Scene 7:   A street near the park

Musical Numbers

ACT 1

Overture
The Pajama Game   Hines
Racing with the Clock   Sleep Tite Employees
A New Town Is a Blue Town   Sid
Racing with the Clock (reprise)   Sleep Tite Employees
I’m Not at all in Love   Babe and Sleep Tite Girls
I’ll never be Jealous Again   Mabel and Hines
Hey There   Sid
Her Is   Gladys and Prez
Sleep Tite   Sleep Tite Employees
Once a Year Day   Sid, Babe and Employees
Her is (reprise)   Mae and Prez
Small Talk   Babe and Sid
There Once Was a Man   Babe and Sid
Slow Down   Sleep Tite Employees
Hey There (reprise)   Sid

ACT 2

Entr’acte

Steam Heat   Gladys, Salesman and Friend
Hey There (reprise)   Babe
Think of the Time I Save   Hines and Girls
Hernando’s Hideaway   Gladys and Employees
I’ll Never be Jealous Again   Ballet Gladys, Hines and Mabel
Seven and-A-Half Cents   Babe, Prez and Employees
There Once Was a Man (reprise)   Babe and Sid
The Pajama Game   Finale Full Company

“THE PAJAMA GAME”

Orchestra

Trumpets – Messrs S. Boston, D. Mellor, P. Ullum
Clarinets – Messrs A. Wright, H. Meakin, T. Hindle
Trombones – Messrs D. Robinson, C. Howell, K. Robinson
Bass – Mr L. Speakman
Drums – Mr J. Seton
Guitar – Mr R. Boyle
Piano – Mrs M. Bell

Sleep-Tite Pajamas
Agenda

10am   Morning Tea
10.30   Stop-work meeting
12pm   Lunch
1.00   Union meeting
2.30   Afternoon teachers
3.10   Social club conference
4.30   Knock off

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PAST PRODUCTIONS

1951 – HOLIDAY CRUISE
1952 – SHOWTIME ’52
1953 – SHOWTIME ’53
1954 – SALLY
1955 – NO, NO, NANETTE
1956 – ROSE MARIE
1957 – NAUGHTY MARIETTA
1958 – SH0WBOAT
1959 – RIO RITA
1960 – STUDENT PRINCE
1961 – SOUTH PACIFIC
1962 – CAROUSEL
1963 – ZIP GOES A MILLION
1964 – BELLE OF NEW YORK
1965 – SHOWBOAT
1966 – CALL ME MADAM
1967 – CAN-CAN

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Brian Richecoeur as PREZ   Jewel Shaw as MABEL

(L. to R.) Peter Kale, Iris Forbes, Ros Samson, Bronwyn Elsmore, Helen Kale, Mervyn Lewis

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Jim Camp as HASLER

PAJAMA GAME – CHORUS

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Fred Jackson as POP

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THE PAJAMA GAME GIRLS

Thanks & Appreciation

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Mr F. Smith
Process Signs for posters, etc.
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Mr W. Page for Signwriting
Mr Keith Brazier for designing programme cover, posters, etc.
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Miss Carol Henderson for Hairstyles
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Members of the company who assisted with our Blossom Procession Float
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We would like to thank all business houses who kindly displayed advertising.

To the members, friends and business firms, especially the advertisers in this programme, who have given so generously of their time and assistance to make this and our past productions a success, we express our grateful thanks.

Our Social Committee for serving suppers and providing social events throughout the year:
Jeanne Hall, Peggy Brazier, Joyce Jeffery, Zelda McCarthy, Annette Henderson, Carol Hunter, Malcolm Palmer, Don Jeffery, Trevor Hall, Dennis Potts.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS

Mr H. Spence   Mr W. Wilson

HONORARY MEMBERS

Mrs Mary Bell   Miss May Macdonald

Mrs T.H. Brown   Miss Rita Howard   Mr N.J. Toomey

SUBSCRIBING MEMBERS
(As at 14th August, 1968)

Baird, H.A.A.
Bradshaw, L.E.
Burns, D.J.W.
Baird, H.A.A.
Bradshaw, L.E.
Burns, D.J.W.
Binns, J.W.

Cesarini, M.
Codyre, L.A. (Mrs)
Cox, P.

Dakers, I.K. (Mrs)
Dunham, J. (Mrs)

Fairclough, J.
Fippard, N.B.
Flemming, R.J.
Foulds, G.

Grant, W.C.
Giorgi, R.V.
Giorgi, M.I. (Mrs)

Hay, M.J.
Hamilton, J.B.
Hamilton, J.B. (Mrs)
Hannon, A.J.
Hannon, G.J.
Hastie, B.R.
Heald, C.H.
Hemingway, E.
Hickey, M.C. (Mrs)
Holderness, J.
Houston, A.
Holmes, D.G.
Hislop, M.J. (Mrs)
Hirst, R.

Jones, J.W.

Kirkley, L.M. (Miss)
Kyle, B.

Lay, E.G. (Mrs)

Marshall, P.
Mills, M. (Mrs)
McRae, M.A. (Mrs)

Nankervis, A.W. (Mrs)
Nicoll, I.R.
Nottingham, I. (Mrs)Nottingham, R. (Mrs)

Olsen, D.L.

Pacey, G. (Mrs)
Palmer, N.R.
Palmer, O (Mrs)
Palmer, R.W.
Parkhill, M.
Poppelwell, H.
Pearson, E.
Poulter, M.E. (Mrs)

Sampson, R.M.L.
Seton, Jock
Seton, J.G.
Sisson, I. (Mrs)
Spence, H. (Mrs) Spence, C.H.
Sutcliffe’s Ltd.

Thomas, J. (Mrs)
Trask, P.

Upchurch, R.T. (Mrs)

Williams, K.J.
Wright, Carl
Wright, C.J.
Wright, C.J. (Mrs)

Young, A.

WHY NOT ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS LIST ?

To the many who have enjoyed “The Pajama Game”, and especially those who have been associated with our past success, we extend an invitation to become subscribing members.

The Secretary,
Hastings Musical Comedy Co.,
P.O. Box 277,
Hastings.

Please send me a Nomination Form and details of subscribing membership to the above Company.

Name:
Address:

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The Hastings Musical Comedy Company Inc.

Date published

1968

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