Programme 1950 – 53rd Annual Performance and “Cinderella”

NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS

Present

The Gorgeous Pantomime

“CINDERELLA”

Municipal Theatre,
Napier,
SAT., MON. & SAT.,
November 25th, 27th, and December 2nd. 1950.

SOUVENIR PROGRAMME
6d

53RD ANNUAL PERFORMANCE

EDGAR MAYLETT – 47

The Frivolity Minstrels

. . PRESENT . .

Their 1950 Minstrel Show,

President: C. H. WILKIE.
House Manager: HECTOR CHAPMAN.
Stage Manager: L. HARDGRAVE.
Secretary and Business Manager: J. V. WALLIS.
Ballets and Dances arranged by IVENA POTHAN.
Musical Orchestration by CECILE BROMLEY HILL.
Produced by WALLY IRELAND.

An All-Star Cast Cast of Popular Players
Bones:
LEN DADSON
KEITH GRAHAM

Interlocutor:
BERT EARNEY

Tambos:
IVENA POTHAN
NORMAN ETHERIDGE

Merrie Bowland, Joyce Player, June Pothan, Audrey Wilton, Colleen Woods, Stella Chambers, Vilma Jones. Marion McFarland, June Bainbridge, Maureen Gardner, Mavis Boardman.

Wally Ireland, Cecil Neal, Ron Sang, Bill Mayo, Jock Donaldson, Graham Guilford, Don Lipp.

Frivs.’ Grand Orchestra:
Piano: Cecile Bromley Hill (Musical Directress),   Violins: Edward Collier, George Stuart, Bill Mitchell,   Flute: Alan Clarke,   Bass: Dorothy Smith,   Cornet: Bert Boston,   Trombone: Percy George,   Drums and Effects: Vic Viggers.

PART ONE
1 – Overture:   The Friv. Orchestra
2 – Theme Song: “The Briny”   The Company
3 – Ballad: “Mem’ries Live Longer Than Dreams”   Vilma Jones
4 – Moonlight Serenade: “By The Light of the Silvery Moon”   Bert Earney
5 – Coon Song: “My Gal is a High-born Lady”   Norman Etheridge
6 – Waltz Song: “Two Hearts in Waltz Time”   Colleen Woods
7 – Tap Dance: “Give My Regards to Broadway”   Keith Graham
8 – Ballad: I’ll Think of You”   Graham Guilford
9 – Popular Song: “Look For The Silver Lining”   Stella Chambers
10 – Accordionaires Present: “Your Favourite Tunes”   Cecil Neal, Ron Sang, Bill Mayo and Marion McFarland
11 – Coon Song: “See Dixie First”   Len Dadson
12 – Ballad: “Really and Truly”   Jock Donaldson
13 – Everybody’s Favourite: “I Want You To Know That I Love You”   Joyce Player
14 – That American Hit: “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”   Ivena Pothan
15 – Dames Comic: “Ma”   Wally Ireland
16 – Finale   The Company

INTERVAL

PART TWO

The Frivolity Minstrels

PRESENT THE GORGEOUS PANTOMIME

“CINDERELLA”

A Revised and Up-to-Date Adaptation – A Sparkling Musical Presentation in Three Scenes.

Cast of Characters:
Cinderella   June Pothan
Birdie   Wally Ireland
Baby   Norman Etheridge
Buttons   Ivena Pothan
Prince   Joyce Player
Footman   Len Dadson
Footman   Keith Graham
Fairy Godmother   Vilma Jones
Sir Bastion   Vic Viggers

SCENE ONE – CINDERELLA’S KTTCHEN:
Episode 1 – Overture:   Orchestra
Episode 2 – Opening Chorus   The Company
Episode 3 – Duet: “Rhymes”   Birdie and Baby
Episode 4 – Song: “Only You”   Cinderella
Episode 5 – Song and Dance: “A Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts”   Buttons and the Sun-kissed Ballet
Episode 6 – Quintette: “At The Prince’s Ball”   Prince, Cinderella, Buttons, Birdie and Baby
Episode 7 – Song: “Cinderella Sweetheart”   Fairy Godmother
BALLET – Audrey Wilton, Merrie Bowland, June Bainbridge, Maureen Gardner.

SCENE TWO – BALLROOM AT THE PRINCE’S PALACE:
Episode 8 – Entr’acte:   Orchestra
Episode 9 – Polka   Colleen Woods, Graham Guilford and Palace Guests
Episode 10 – Minuet   Stella Chambers, Jock Donaldson and Palace Guests
Episode 11 – Duet: “Let Me Dream In Your Arms”   Cinderella and Prince
Episode 12 – Palace Band: “Popular Melodies” Cecil Neal, Ron Sang, Bill Mayo and Marion McFarland
Episode 13 – Sir Bastion and Cecelia

SCENE THREE – CINDERELLA’S KITCHEN:
Episode 14 – Entr’acte   Orchestra
Episode 15 – Tap Dance: “Take Me Out To The Ball”Game”   Keith Graham, Len Dadson
Episode 16 – Dance Duo: “Blue Shadows”   Audrey Wilton, Merrie Bowland
Episode 17 – Song: “Was It A Dream?”   Prince
Episode 18 – Finale   The Company

BALLET – Merrie Bowland, Stella Chambers, Colleen Woods, Audrey Wilton, Marion McFarland, June Bainbridge, Maureen Gardner, Mavis Boardman.

MEN”S CHORUS –  Ron Sang, Cecil Neal, Bill Mayo, Jock Donaldson, Bert Earney, Graham Guilford, Don Lipp.

Music by – Ebblewhite & Co. (London).
Wigs by – Waller Bros. (London).

EULOGIUM

This is the first programme presented in 53 years in which our great leader is not taking part in person.

For many years, in his unassuming way, he was able to guide and direct the fortunes of the Frivolity Mistrels. His tact and ability were those of a genius and his understanding of youth was so complete as to command their full trust and to make them eager to obey his directions.

During the Jubilee Celebrations of the Frivolity Minstrels he was responsible for writing the history of “The Frivs.” In the whole of that history not once did he mention the part he himself played over the 50 years, praise being given to others, but silence regarding himself.

His spirit is still with us – he is still a part of us. Farewell, Percy Spiller. We who loved you are resolved that your teachings and guidance will remain with the Frivolity Minstrels in the years that lie ahead.

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List of Performances.

THE FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS, DURING THE PAST 52 YEARS, HAVE GIVEN PERFORMANCES AT THE FOLLOWING PLACES:
Bay View
Cambridge
Clive
Dannevirke
Elsthorpe
Eltham
Eskdale
Featherston
Feilding
Femhill
Gisborne
Greenmeadows
Greytown
Hamilton
Hastings
Haumoana
Havelock
Kaitawa
Martinborough
Masterton
Meeanee
Napier
New Plymouth
Omakere
Onga Onga
Opotiki
Otane
Opunake
Paki Paki
Pakowhai
Palmerston North
Papakura
Porangahau
Port Ahuriri
Pukahu
Pukeora
Puketapu
Puketitiri
Putorino
Rissington
Rotorua
Ruataniwha
Sherenden
Stratford
Taihape
Taradale
Taumarunui
Taupo
Tauranga
Te Aute
Te Haroto
Te Pohue
Tikokino
Waikoau
Waimarama
Waipawa
Waipukurau
Wairoa
Wanganui
Wellington
Westshore
Whakatane
Whakatu

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Original digital file

BartlettMD1813-2_NFM53rdAnnualPerformance_1950.pdf

Business / Organisation

Napier Frivolity Minstrels

Date published

25, 27 November and 2 December 1950

Format of the original

Leaflet

People

  • June Bainbridge
  • Mavis Boardman
  • Bert Boston
  • Maire Bowland
  • Cecile Bromley Hill
  • Stella Chambers
  • Alan Clarke
  • Edward Collier
  • Len Dadson
  • Jock Donaldson
  • Bert Earney
  • Norman Etheridge
  • Maureen Gardner
  • Percy George
  • Keith Graham
  • Graham Guilford
  • L Hardgrave
  • Wally Ireland
  • Vilma Jones
  • Don Lipp
  • Bill Mayo
  • Marion McFarland
  • Bill Mitchell
  • Cecil Neal
  • Joyce Player
  • Ivena Pothan
  • Ron Sang
  • Dorothy Smith
  • Percy Spiller
  • George Stuart
  • Vic Viggers
  • J V Wallis
  • C H Wilkie
  • Audrey Wilton
  • Colleen Woods

Accession number

456032

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