The President Introduces This Year’s Production Team
Tonight your are enjoying – we hope – the 67th annual show by “The Frivs”. You will notice, of course, that the basic pattern of the show is the same but that some presentation and production techniques have given the show a “new look”. This is always the objective of the “Frivs” production team – Jock Stevenson (Minstrel Show), Sid Henney (Pantomime), Shirley Hanley (Ballet), Cec. Fitzwater (Music) and Jill O’Brien (Costumes). The show tonight is the result of their combined work and leadership of the enthusiastic company.
I would like to personally thank our new members for their enthusiasm and to thank you, our audience, for your continued co-operation and support.
Producer of the Minstrel Show, Jock Stevenson, has injected some new and refreshing ideas into this year’s show. He has made the company work hard to give the show more sparkle through movement. Jock has “ditched” your old favourite, “So Early In The Morning”, but instead invites you to “Stay on the Sunny Side” with The Frivs in this number.
In his pantomime, “Let’s Go Sailing” Sid Henney has drawn on his fertile imagination to write another piece of nonsense well seasoned with catchy musical numbers and well suited to the company’s capabilities.
The all-important accompaniment to the show is in the hands of Cec. Fitzwater (Picture on Page 7). This year he has built up the “Frivs” orchestra to 14 and has not only been responsible for conducting them, but also, with some assistance from Bill Mayo, produced the arrangements, scores and parts from the programmes selected by Jock Stevenson and Sid Henney. The “Frivs” are very proud of their orchestra and I am sure that on hearing them you will know why.
The ballet and routine work you see tonight comes from our hard-working ballet mistress, Shirley Hanley. Our producers are in the fortunate position of being able to give their ideas to Shirley . . . and she comes up with the result. The “Frivs” are indeed fortunate in having her enthusiasm, ability and good presentation sense at their disposal.
The imagination and ingenuity of Jill O’Brien is reflected in the costumes tonight. Jill is forever seeking to make the show gay and colourful. Just how well she has succeeded I leave to your judgment.
It is our wish that you should enjoy tonight’s performance. It is the result of hard work by a combined team of amateur Performers, Musicians and Stage Technicians. If we succeed in making you laugh, tap your feet, get into nostalgic mood and be happy . . . then we are happy too.
WALLY IRELAND (President)
(Producer Minstrel Show)
(Producer “Let’s Go Sailing”)