Programme 1962 – 65th Jubilee Presentation and “Corn off the Cob”

THE NAPIER
FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS
PRESENT THEIR
65th. JUBILEE
PRESENTATION

“CORN OFF THE COB”

WITH THE LATEST
MINSTREL SHOW

MUNICIPAL THEATRE
NAPIER
1962

SOUVENIR
PROGRAMME 1/-.

INCLUDING EXTENDED
COUNTRY TOUR OF HAWKE’S BAY

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Foreword by the President
This year marks another milestone in the history of the “Frivs”, it being our 65th Jubilee.

During the 65 years of the “Frivs” they have not missed performing in any one year, which I think is a record for a musical organisation in New Zealand.

It is only due to the loyalty of our members that we have achieved this great record, and can I ask them to accept my grateful thanks for this loyalty?

To the people of Napier and the rest of Hawke’s Bay we say thank you for the wonderful support you have always given us, and to everyone who has helped in any way to make this production the success it is, please accept our thanks.

Photo caption –
WALLY IRELAND

MEMBERS OP THE ORIGINAL FRIVS – 1898
Back Row: Charlie Wilson, Jack Fraser, J. H. Edmundson, Billy Robinson, Jim Gillespie, W. A. Wilkie, Percy Spiller.
Middle Row: Bert Wilkie, Wattie Allen, Ted Taylor, Peter Drummond, Harry Bull. Front Row: Jim Holmes, Lou Freedman.

A Tribute
An outstanding figure in the civic sphere of Napier and one of the most highly esteemed and widely known personalities in the Hawke’s Bay province, Percy Spiller, M.B.E., was one of the original members of the Napier Frivolity Minstrels, also secretary of the Napier Thirty Thousand Club and Napier Competition Society for more than 30 years until his death in January, 1950.

For the 52 years he was associated with the Company, Percy Spiller was keenly interested in the “Frivs”, which were formed to provide entertainment and to raise funds to assist any worthy cause and particularly to help children’s organisations and other activities.

Acting as performer, secretary and producer, he became the guiding light to many and largely through his effort laid the foundation for the esteem the “Frivs” are held in to this day.

Photo captions –
PERCY SPILLER, M.B.E.

Back Row: Patricia Jones-Clifford, Linton Bond (pianist), Stuart Boston, Douglas Robinson, Geoffrey Pell, Leon Speakman.
Front Row: George Stuart, William Mayo, Stuart Elton. Absent: Jock Seton.

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Photo captions –
JOCK STEVENSON (Minstrel Show Producer)
SHIRLEY HANLEY (Ballet Mistress)
Sid Henney (Hon. Sec. Producer Pantomime)

This year Jock Stevenson (left) has vacated the position of Interlocutor but retains his interest in the Frivs by once again producing the Minstrel part of the Production. He has been associated with stage work in H.B. for a great number of years.

The position of Ballet Mistress for 1962 is in the capable hands of Shirley Hanley (centre). This is her first year with the Frivs. Shirley is well known in dance circles in H.B. as a teacher of ballet.

Sid Henney (right) fills the position of Hon. Secretary and is the Producer of the Pantomime section. This is the twelfth Pantomime he has written for the Frivs. He has also written for radio with success.

Light on the Darkies
Trev. Dockary
(Mr Bones and Lemuel Martin)

Vic Viggers
(Sambo and Elmer Cottonpatch)

Bob Ross
(Moses and Wilber A. Coy)

Trev Atkins
(Rastus and Carmichael B. Coy)

STUART’S HALL, SPIT

WEDNESDAY, 24TH OCTOBER, 1900.

IN AID OF THE SPIT SCHOOL PRIZE AND PICNIC FUND.

FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS

Business Manager: MR. E.H. TAYLOR   Stage Manager: MR. T. NICHOLSON.
Hon. Secretary: MR. J. A. WILKES   Musical Director: Mr. C. WILSON

PROGRAMME.

BONES:
WAT. ALLAN.
PERCE SPILLER.

INTERLOCUTOR:
ED. H. TAYLOR.

TAMBOS:
HERB. BEAR.
JIM GILLESPIE.

Overture – “Frivolity” (arranged by Mr. C. Wilson)   THE FRIVOLITY ORCHESTRA
RAG TIME CHORUS – “Coonisms”   THE COMPANY
PATHETIC – “Just as the Sun Went Down”   MR. W. TONKIN
COMIC – “I’m Paint’en’ ‘Em”   MR. W. ALLAN
LATEST LONDON SUCCESS – “How Can I be Poor”   MR. J. J. P. MORGAN
END SONG – “Ambolina Snow”   MR. H. BEAR
DESCRIPTIVE – “While London Sleeps”   MR. W. FORSYTHE
COON BALLAD – “Miss Malinda Lightfoot Lou”   MR. J. GILLESPIE
BALLAD – “Rosie Magee”   MR. W. WILKIE
PATRIOTIC – “Boys in Navy Blue”   MR. L. FREEDMAN
CAKE WALK AND SONG – “Ma Angeline”   MR. P. SPILLER
ABSURDITY – “Mrs. Gottem”   MR. D. J. GIBSON

PATRIOTIC CONCLUSION
“What We’ve Been Waiting For”   THE COMPANY

TEN MINUTES INTERVAL

Overture – “Stars and Stripes”   The FRIVOLITY ORCHESTRA
SPILLER (PERCE) AND HOLMES (JIM), In New Gags and Topical Hits
COMIC SONG – “Sticking Out”   MR J. J. P. MORGAN
FLUTE SOLO   MR. L. HAY

A Few Minutes Fun “WID”   WAT. ALLAN

THE FIERY KING
PATRIOTIC SONG – “Don’t We Like to Hear of Victory”   MR. L. FREEDMAN
COMIC SONG – “I’m Not Particular”   MR HERB BEAR

SCREAMING FINALE
“WOODEN WOOD” OR “TURNING THE TABLES”
CHARACTERS BY THE COMPANY

An Early Frivs’ Programme of a Performance held in Stuart’s Hall – Spit, 1900 (Ahuriri).

Photo captions –
LINTON BOND (Pianist)
CECIL FITZWATER (Musical Director)
IAN BARBER (Scenery Designer and Painter)

Once again Hon. Pianist for the Frivs. He has filled this position with credit for the past three years and the Frivs hope to retain his services for many years to come.

Musical Director for 1962 is Cecil Fitzwater (centre) and the success of this year’s production is due to his fine arrangements, both Orchestral and Choral. Cecil is well known in H.B. musical circles.

A feature of the Frivs show is the scenery designed and painted by Ian Barber (right). A sample is shown in picture form on Page 13 of this Programme.

Members of the Frivolity Minstrels taken during 1946, occasion being the 50th Jubilee. Inset: Vic Wallis, a former Secretary of the “Frivs”.

NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTREL ORCHESTRA 1906
Back Row: H. Hartley, J. J. Tilley, J. Wells, J. Madigan, H. King, J. S. Brass (Hon Sec.).   Middle Row: G. L. Margoliouth, A. V. Penn, J. A. Stevens (Musical Director), Mrs Stevens (Pianist), R. Skipage (Leader), L. Hay, W. Carver.   Front Row: T. Leevers, S. Erskine, T. King.   Absent: F. Grubb, M. Flynn.

NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTREL INTERLOCUTOR AND CORNERMEN – 1909
Back Row: Jack Biss, Bert Knox.   Front Row: Percy Spiller, George Tankard, Chas. Prebble, Arthur Edward and Frank Peat.

THE NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS
PRESENT

65th MINSTREL SHOW

AN ALL-STAR CAST OF POPULAR PLAYERS

Bones:
Mr Bones: TREV DOCKARY
Rastus: TREV ATKINS

Interlocutor: TOM TAIT

Tambos:
Sambo: VIC VIGGERS
Moses: BOB ROSS

Miss Mandy: JANET STEVENSON

Miss Dinah: ADRIANNE BANGS

Shirley Briggs    Damaris McConnell   Pamela Walker   Alan Single   Lorraine Bennett   Bernice McConnell   Jill O’Brien   Don Stuart   Janice Blair   Annette McCutcheon   Julienne Owen   Tony Yates   Vicky Dunbar   Margaret Plunkett    Ted Gardiner   Margaret Mooney   Edrienne Tanser   Wilson McIntyre

PART ONE
Producer: JOCK STEVENSON
Ballets: SHIRLEY HANLEY.
Chorus Arrangements: CECIL FITZWATER

1.   Curtain Time and away we go – “ANOTHER OPENIN, ANOTHER SHOW.”
2.   The “Darkies” have a problem – “WHO DISCOVERED DIXIE?”
3.   Way Down on the Levee – “WAITING FOR THE ROBERT E. LEE” – Mr Moses.
4.   Tapping out the rhythm of that old favourite “WHISPERING”- Tap Troupe.
5.   This is where you learn what is going on around you – “SO EARLY IN THE MORNING” – the Sextette.
6.   He knows a good place when he sees it – “EVERYTHING IS PEACHES DOWN IN GEORGIA” – Mr Sambo.
7.   The four Darkies are in close harmony as they go “FLOATIN’ DOWN TO COTTON TOWN” – Mr Bones, Mr Rastus, Mr Moses and Mr Sambo.
8.   There’s memories of the Wabash – “BACK HOME IN INDIANA” – for Mr Rastus.
9.   It’s the Friv’s Jubilee – but it’s also an “ALABAMA JUBILEE” for Miss Dinah and Miss Mandy.
10.   Now something in quieter mood – “ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE” – Ted Gardiner.
11.   A “Darkie” with a favour to ask – “IF YOU’RE GOING BACK TO DIXIE” – Mr Bones.
12.   He can talk all right – but can he sing? That is the question. Miss Dinah and Miss Mandy put him on the spot so he has to do something – Mr Interlocutor.
13.   And to Bring The Interval Curtain Down with a laugh – Vic Viggers.

NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS ORCHESTRA
Musical Director: Cecil Fitzwater.   Piano: Linton Bond.   Violins: Stuart Elton, George Stuart.   Trumpet: Stuart Boston.   Trombone: Douglas Robinson.   Saxophone and Clarinet: Bill Mayo.   Bass: Leon Speakman.   ‘Cello: Patricia Jones-Clifford.   Drums: Geoff Pell and Jock Seton.

Stage Managers – Towns: DOUGLAS HARDGRAVE.
Country: BRIAN VIGGERS.

THANKS TO –
HARDGRAVE BROTHERS   (assistance Napier and Hastings Shows)
A. W. COLLEY   (Photos).
FRED BURTON   (Programme Cover)
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STAN SMITH   (Programmes).

CORN OFF THE COB
(The Sparkling Hill Billy Musical Comedy)
(An Original Version Written and Produced by Sid Henney)

Ballets by Shirley Hanley.   Music and Chorus Work, Cecil Fitzwater.   Chorus Assistance by Jock Stevenson.   Costumes, Jill O’Brien.   Scenery, Ian Barber.

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
JEMIMA C. COY (another of Wilber’s Family)   MARGARET MOONEY
ABNER BENTWHISTLE (a farmer)   TED GARDINER
WILBER A. COY (a Farmer)   BOB ROSS
LEMUEL THEODORE MARTIN (a Farmer)   TREVOR DOCKARY
LADYBIRD D. COY (one of Wilber’s Daughters)   JANET STEVENSON
ELLIE MAE MARTIN (one of Lemuel’s Daughters)   PAMELA WALKER
MAYOR SYLVESTER CORNCOBB (Mayor of Punkin Centre)   WILSON McINTYRE
JEZEBELLA L’AMOUR (European Film Actress and International Spy)   JILL O’BRIEN
HIRAM A. SCHEMER (Film Director and International Spy)   TOM TAIT
ELMER COTTONPATCH (the Country Storekeeper)   VIC VIGGERS
MARYLOU MARTIN (another of Lemuel’s Daughters)   ADRIANNE BANGS
CARMICHAEL B. COY (One of Wilber’s Sons)   TREVOR ATKINS
SADIE LOUELLA HAWKINS (the New School-Marm)   SHIRLEY BRIGGS
Cast of Villagers   Members of Chorus

SCENES
Scene One – High Noon at Punkin Centre – Friday the 13th.
Scene Two – Inside the Old Red Barn – Saturday Night.
Scene Three – Outside the Old Red Barn – Some time later.
Scene Four – High Noon at Punkin Centre the following Monday.

MUSICAL NUMBERS
SCENE 1 –
1.   Entra’cte   ORCHESTRA
2.   Opening, “TURN YOUR FACE” – Jemima, Abner, Julie-Anne and Villagers.
3.   “THE MARTINS AND THE COYS” – Wilber, Lemuel and Chorus.
4.   “AINT GONNA MARRY” –  Ladybird, Ellie Mae and Chorus.
5.   “THERE’S AN ART IN MAKING LOVE” – Elmer and Chorus.
6.   Solo and Chorus; “WITH A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE” – Marylou and Chorus.

SCENE 2 –
7.   Square Dance – COUNTRY STYLE – Hiram and Chorus.
8.   Jezebella and Chorus in “IT ALL BEGAN WITH ADAM AND EVE.”
9.   Skiffle item: “THE WILD, WILD, WIDDER RIDES ALONE” – Wilber Coy and His Moon shiners.
10.   Barn Dance; “TURKEY IN THE STRAW” – Chorus.

SCENE 3 –
11.   Solo and Chorus: “ELMER’S TUNE” – Elmer Cottonpatch and Chorus.
12.   “DOIN WHAT COMES NATURALLY” – Carmichael and Chorus.

SCENE 4 –
13.   Solo and Chorus. “LAZIN’” – Abner and Chorus.
14.   Reprise: “LAZIN’” – Ballet.
15.   Ending Number; “TURN YOUR FACE” – Company.

Photo captions-

Ted Gardiner

Tom Tait (Interlocutor)

Jill O’Brien

Janet Stevenson

Adrianne Bangs

Pamela Walker

Wilson McIntyre

Don Stuart

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Photo captions-

Margaret Mooney

Julienne Owen

Tony Yates

Annette McCutcheon

Janice Blair

Alan Single

Lorraine Bennett

Vicky Dunbar

Napier Frivolity Minstrels, 1936.

A feature of recent Productions of the “Frivs” has been the scenery used in the Pantomime. For a number of years this has been designed and painted by Ian Barber. In this he has been assisted by sketches drawn by Fred Burton. Above is a scene from “Call Me Colonel” – 1959 season.

Photo captions-

Margaret Plunkett

Bernice McConnell

Edrienne Tanser

Shirley Briggs

Damaris McConnell

Norman Etheridge
(House Manager)

Brian Viggers
(Stage Manager)

Douglas Hardgrave
(Stage Manager)

The above company had the honour to open the new Municipal Theatre  – Napier, 1938

Napier Frivolity Minstrels’ 50th Jubilee 1947

Photo captions-

Ray Single
(Sound System)

Fay Rogers
(Prompt)

Max West
(Sound System)

Joan Colwill
(Make Up)

Allen Rogers
(Front of House)

Elizabeth Johnson
(Make Up)

Ken Kite
(Lighting)

Allan Johnson
(Back Stage)

Ron Willis
(Back Stage)

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Surnames in this programme –
Allan, Allen, Atkins, Bangs, Barber, Bear, Bennett, Biss, Blair, Bond, Boston, Brass, Briggs, Bull, Burton, Carver, Colley, Colwill, Dockary, Drummond, Dunbar, Edmundson, Edward, Elton, Erskine, Etheridge, Fitzwater, Flynn, Forsythe, Fraser, Freedman, Gardiner, Gibson, Gillespie, Grubb, Hanley, Hardgrave, Hartley, Hay, Henney, Holmes, Ireland, Johnson, Jones-Clifford, King, Kite, Know, Leevers, Madigan, Margoliouth, Mayo, McConnell, McCutcheon, McIntyre, Mooney, Morgan, Nicholson, O’Brien, Owen, Peat, Pell, Pen, Plunkett, Prebble, Riddler, Robinson, Rogers, Ross, Seton, Single, Skipage, Smith, Speakman, Spiller, Stevens, Stevenson, Stuart, Tait, Tankard, Tanser, Taylor, Tonkin, Tulley,Viggers, Walker, Wallis, West, Wilkes, Wilkie, Willis, Wilson, Yates.

Business / Organisation

Napier Frivolity Minstrels

Date published

1962

Format of the original

Booklet

Accession number

455048

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