Programme 1951 – See How They Run

TOMOANA PLAYERS

Present…

‘See how they Run’

Hilarious Farce in Three Acts
by Philip King

Town Hall, Dannevirke   Thursday August 2nd
Municipal Theatre, Hastings   Mon. & Tues. Aug. 6th. & 7th.
Municipal Theatre, Waipukurau   Thursday August 9th.
Municipal Theatre, Napier   Saturday August 11th.

PROGRAMME SIXPENCE

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PRODUCTION NOTES

“See How They Run” was first produced at the Comedy Theatre, London, on January 4th, 1945. The action of the play takes place at a period during the last war, shortly before the threatened German Invasion of England. This point explains the introduction of one or two characters in the play.

In the Tomoana Production four characters, namely Eleanor McCartney as Penelope Toop, Frank Hargreaves as Sergeant Towers, Bill McCarthy as the Intruder and Ray Begg as the Choir boy are making their first appearance.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

T. H. THORNTON (Chairman), MISS J. CAMERON, MISS E. McCARTNEY, MRS. P. WILSON, MESSRS. J. CHARLES. C. H. HEALD, A. H. KENT, C. PELL, R. SPENCE, A. G. STEEDS, R. J. THOMAS, K. J. WRIGHT.
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CAST OF CHARACTERS
(In Order of Appearance)

IDA (A Maid)   JEAN CAMERON
MISS SKILLON   PATRICIA WILSON
THE REVEREND LIONEL TOOP   CHARLES HEALD
PENELOPE TOOP (His Wife)   ELEANOR McCARTNEY
LANCE – CORPORAL CLIVE WINTON   JOHN LINAKER
CHOIRBOY   RAY BEGG
THE INTRUDER   BILL McCARTHY
THE BISHOP OF LAX   JACK THORNTON
THE REVEREND ARTHUR HUMPHREY   ARTHUR KENT
SERGEANT TOWERS   FRANK HARGREAVES

Play Produced by RICHARD J. THOMAS.

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES

The action takes place in the Hall at the Vicarage, Merton-cum-Middlewick.

TIME:   Shortly before the threatened German invasion of England during the last war.

ACT 1.   An afternoon in March.
ACT 2.   The same night.
ACT 3.   A few minutes after Act 2.

INTERMISSION:   The break between Act 1 and Act 2 will be marked by the fall of the curtain and a short rendering by the orchestra.

Between Act 2 and Act 3 there will an interval of approximately 8 minutes.

Music by the Hastings Orphans Orchestra

Conductor:   C. BRYANT.
Violins:   R. BLEWDEN, F. HOLMES, A. JONES, R. BALDWIN.
Clarinette:   O. SHATTKY.
Flute:   C. BARTLE.
Bass:   B. WILSON.
Bassoon:   L. ABBOTT.
Cornets:   T. ALBISTON and C. PELL.
Horn:   J. SAWYER.
Drums:   A. BROOKER.
Piano:   N. BRIAN.

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OFFICERS

Patron:   MR. A. KIRKPATRICK.
President:   MR. D. J. McKAY.
Vice-Presidents:
MESSRS. G. H. BONE, J. T. DUCK, C. H. HEALD, R. H. MAYS and W. J. McNAB.
Secretary-Treasurer:   MR. K. J. WRIGHT.
Assistant Secretary:   MISS E. McCARTNEY.
Producer:   MR. R. J. THOMAS.
Assistant Producer:   MR. C. H. HEALD.
Business and House Manager:   MR. A. G. STEEDS.
Electrician:   MR. G. E. BOTT.
Stage Manager:   MR. R. SPENCE.
Scenic Artist:   MR. A. H. KENT.
Property Manager:   MR. G. E. SCOTT.
Properties:   MISS M. GRANT.
Prompt:   MISS T. WHITE
Musical Director:   MR. C. PELL.
Make-up:   MRS. H. L. SPENCE and MR. A. H. KENT.
Stage Assistants:   T CHARLES, J. SEAL and D. THOMPSON.
Effects:   K. J. WRIGHT.

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PRODUCTION FOR 1952

The “Tomoana Players” were inaugurated in 1943 with the object of raising funds for charitable causes. In that year they presented that popular play “The Bishop’s Candlesticks.” The following year they made a tremendous hit with that evergreen and popular farce “Charley’s Aunt,” since when they have earned for themselves a well-deserved popularity by their selection of good, clean plays and good acting, and for their beneficiaries a sum exceeding £2050.

From time to time, members of the Tomoana Players have received numerous requests from the public to restage “Charley’s Aunt.” As next year will be the tenth performance since the Players came into being it has been decided to again stage this hilarious comedy as our Anniversary Performance. Only four of the original cast remain at Tomoana and it is hoped that these, namely Messrs. R. J. Thomas as Lord Fancourt Babberley, M. L. Moloney as Spettigue, Chas. Heald as Sir Francis Chesney, will take their original roles, while Jack Charles will take the part of Brassett, previously played by Jim Allen.

It is worthy of note that Mr. Charles Bryant, Conductor of the Orphans’ Orchestra, and several members of that orchestra have been with the Players since their first performance and should we have their services again in 1952, they also will join with the Players in celebrating this anniversary.

Past Productions of Tomoana Players

1943   “The Bishop’s Candlesticks”
1944   “Charley’s Aunt”
1945   “Jane”
1946   “The Private Secretary”
1947   “What Happened Then”
1948   “The Case of the Frightened Lady”
1949   “Bird in Hand”
1950   “A Spot of Bother”

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Description

Surnames in this programme –
Abbott, Albiston, Allen, Baldwin, Bartle, Begg, Blewden, Bone, Boshier, Bott, Brian, Brooker, Bryant, Cameron, Carswell, Charles, Duck, Grant, Hargreaves, Heald, Holmes, Jones, Kent, King, Kirkpatrick, Linaker, Mays, McCarthy, McCartney, McKay, McNab, Moloney, Pell, Sawyer, Scott, Seal, Shattky, Spence, Spence, Steeds, Thomas, Thornton, White, Wilson, Wright

Business / Organisation

Tomoana Players

Format of the original

Leaflet

Date published

2, 6-7, 9, 11 August 1951

Accession number

519385

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