Programme 1964 – 67th Production and “Let’s Go Sailing”

THE NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS

PRESENT THEIR

67th PRODUCTION

“LET’S GO SAILING”

WITH THEIR LATEST

MINSTREL SHOW

MUNICIPAL THEATRE
NAPIER
1964

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ON STAGE – 1964

with the
NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS

PRESENTING THEIR 67th MINSTREL SHOW

BONES
Mr Bones: TREV. DOCKARY
Mr Rastus: TREV. ATKINS.

Mr Interlocutor:
JOCK STEVENSON.

TAMBOS
Mr Sambo: VIC VIGGERS.
Mr Moses: BOB ROSS.

INTRODUCING

The Girls
Adrianne Bangs
Janet Rigby
Helen Winter
Zoe Bradwell
Jenny Stephens
Caroline Dalton
Nola Russell
Jeanette Hardgrave
Valency Mooney
Margaret McTavish
Janice Blair
Ann Shirley

The Dancers
Jill O’Brien
Annette McCutcheon
Julie Owen
Jackie West
Beverley Layton

The Boys
Ted Gardiner
Wilson Mclntyre
Brian Stevenson
Murray Nattrass
Ed. Bailey
Lin. Stewart

Production:
JOCK STEVENSON

Ballets-Routines:
SHIRLEY HANLEY

Music:
CEC. FITZWATER

Costumes by:
JILL O’BRIEN

THE NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS

SING OUT WITH

THEIR 1964

PROGRAMME

Overture :
Southern Medley – The Orchestra.

1:   “THE FRIVS ARE HERE AGAIN”   Mr Interlocutor does the introductions
2:   No wonder he’s a sad darkie ! You see “I’M NOBODY’S BABY”   MR SAMBO
3:   An old familiar picture – “BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON”   Ed. Bailey and Nola Russell
4:   Tenor BRIAN STEVENSON finds he’s thinking of someone   “ONCE IN A WHILE”
5:   You’ll Feel No Pain As We Drive You Insane If You “STAY ON THE SUNNY SIDE”. (Here’s a Chance To Join In The Chorus).
6:   This will be your cup of tea – “TEA FOR TWO”.   The FRIVS TAP TROUPE.
7:   THE DARKIES get all sentimental in “SHINE ON HARVEST MOON”
8:   What makes her love him so ? – “OH JOHNNY”   Adrienne Bangs and Jill O’Brien.
9:   The moonlight on the Wabash calls MR BONES because he says: “CAN’T GET INDIANNA OFF MY MIND.”
10:   A song in waltztime is always popular. “KISS IN THE DARK”   Janet Rigby
11:   You’ll find your castles in Spain “BACK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD”   Ted Gardiner.
12:   MR MOSES says; “IT’S A LONG, LONG WAY TO MY HOME IN KENTUCKY”.
13:   BRIAN STEVENSON AND THE COMPANY tell you why “A PRETTY GIRL IS LIKE A MELODY”.
14:   Knock: Knock! Who’s There? It’s THE POSTMAN   Vic Viggers

SING-ALONG WITH THE “FRIVS” IN
“Stay on the Sunny Side”

Stay on the sunny side,
Always on the sunny side,
Stay on the sunny side of of life.
You’ll feel no pain,
As we drive you insane.
If you stay on the sunny side of life.

AND NOW
The Napier Frivolity Minstrels Invite you to . . .

LET’S GO SAILING

A Sunshine Cruise From 1765 to 1964 – In Two Scenes.

From the Musical Comedy Devised, Written and Produced by SID HENNEY.

No mariner ever enters upon a more uncharted sea than does the average human being, born in the 20th century. Our ancestors knew their way from birth through eternity. We are puzzled about the day after tomorrow.
(with acknowledgements to Walter Lippmann.)

SO COME ALONG AND MEET OUR CAST:-
(in order of appearance)

Chief Petty Officer Smartee (of the “Flying Dustman”)   TREVOR DOCKARY
Able Seaman “Frosty” Winterbottom   LIN. STEWART
Captain William Sly (R.N.) – Captain of H.M.S. “Flying Dustman”   BOB ROSS
Able Seaman “Thumper” Golightly   MURRAY NATTRASS
Able Seaman “Salty Sam” Samson (the Cook)   TED GARDINER
Lieut. Fletcher Cistern (R.A.N.), the Navigator   VIC VIGGERS
Able Seaman “Dusky” Knight   TREVOR ATKINS
Able Seaman “Pincher” Marlin   BRIAN STEVENSON
Sub./Lieut. Angus McAdam (Ship’s Medical Officer)   CAROLYN DALTON
Able Seaman M. T. Phillpotts   JANET RIGBY
Able Seaman “Bandy” Sillitoe   ADRIANNE BANGS
His Excellency Bigga Munga (President of Bali Hoo)   JOCK STEVENSON
Dr Wonga Nella (M.D.), Island Medical Officer   WILSON McINTYRE
Hon. Linga Longa – The Public Relation Officer   ED. BAILEY
Leilani (President’s No. 1 Daughter)   BEVERLEY LAYTON
Manulei (President’s No. 2 Daughter)   ANNETTE McCUTCHEON
Seelulu (President’s No. 3 Daughter)   JULIE OWENS
Tondaleyo (President’s No. 4 Daughter)   JILL O’BRIEN

Cast of Sailors and Island Girls

Musical Director:
CECIL FITZWATER

Ballet Mistress:
SHIRLEY HANLEY

Wardrobe:
JILL O’BRIEN

Additional Lyrics: By Jock Stevenson

YO! HO! HERE ARE THE CHORUS

Janice Blair   Zoe Bradwell   Jeanette Hardgrave
Margaret McTavish   Valency Mooney   Jenny Stephens
Nola Russell   Ann Shirley   Helen Winter
Jackie West

Scenes:
Scene 1:   Just at Dawn – Aboard H.M.S. Flying Dustman.
Scene 2:   Early Evening of the Same Day. Island of Bali Hoo. Time:- 1964.

MUSICAL NUMBERS SCENE: 1
1   With plenty of wind and a fair sail, the Frivs’ Orchestra sends along H.M.S. Flying Dustman in “We Saw The Sea.”
2   Dawn and the Crew are busy to “Meet The Sun Halfway.”
3   The Captain threatens – “Me Name Is Captain Sly.”
4   “Salty Sam” and Crew agree! “The Sea’s The Life For Me.”
5   Chief Petty Officer Smartee drills the Crew in “The King’s Navee.”
6   Captain’s inspection and the Frivs’ Orchestra assists – “A Life On The Ocean Wave.”
7   Landfall at last! But still Lieut. Cistern wonders in “Make Believe Island.”
Musical Interlude Between Scenes – “Beyond The Reef” – Frivs Orchestra.

SCENE 2:
8   “Salty Sam” couldn’t wait to be among the Island girls and finds himself “The Only Man On The Island.”
9   Evening shadow falls with all under a spell of “South Sea Island Magic ”
10   Lieut. Cistern is perplexed with 1964 for “Everybody’s Twistin’.”
11   Those Fabulous Characters – the Coconut Beatles – in “Ain’t What Yer Do.“
12   The Party continues in a reprise of “Everybody’s Twistin’.”
13   “Make Believe Island” is the reprise ending! But is it the end?

A SHORT BACKGROUND OF THE STORY
During the year of 1765 His Majesty’s Ship “Flying Dustman” sails down the River Thames, England, and into a thick fog. When the fog clears land is nowhere to be seen. For almost two centuries, under the miraculous hand of Providence, Captain William Sly (R.N.) and his gallant crew sail the Seven Seas in search of their greatest desire – the sight of dry land once more.

Could it be this desire is thwarted by the Dead Reckoning Navigation of Lieutenant Fletcher Cistern (R.A.N.)?

As a protection against the irate rage of Naval Students, Authorities on Naval Lore, or just plain Matelots – the playwright pleads any resemblance to Naval matters of Custom is not only incidental – but accidental.

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)

JOCK STEVENSON
(Producer Minstrel Show)

SID HENNEY
(Producer “Let’s Go Sailing”)

JILL O’BRIEN
(Wardrobe Mistress)

SHIRLEY HANLEY
(Ballet Mistress)

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Meet the Orchestra

ALAN CLARKE
(Flute)

WILLIAM MAYO
(Saxophone)

GEOFFREY PELL
(Drums)

GEORGE STUART
(Violin)

STUART ELTON
(Violin)

STUART BOSTON
(Trumpet)

DOUG. ROBINSON
(Trombone)

MAREE MURRAY
(Hon. Pianiste)

CECIL FITZWATER
(Musical Director)

ERIC ROUSE
(French Horn)

PATRICIA JONES
(‘Cello)

CLIFFORD JONES
(Clarinet)

LEON SPEAKMAN
(Bass)

DAVE KITT
(Trombone)

G. PAWSON
(Clarinet)

ROSS RUNDLE
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Study of the Frivolity Minstrel Cornermen in Black and White

Photo captions –
TREVOR ATKINS
TREVOR DOCKERY [DOCKARY]
BOB ROSS
VIC VIGGERS

THE FOUR CORNERMEN as they appear on stage – from left, Trevor Atkins (Mr Rastus), Trevor Dockary (Mr Bones), Bob Ross (Mr Moses) and Vic Viggers (Mr Sambo).

STORY OF TRADITIONAL MINSTREL SHOW (born back in 1883)
THE MINSTREL SHOW, as you are seeing it tonight, originated in the United States in 1843. That year Dan Emmett, Frank Brower, Dick Pelham and Billy Whitlock combined their talents and gave a benefit performance, billing themselves as “Virginia Minstrels”. The performance was highly successful, so much so that they gave a further series of shows in the Bowry Amphitheatre

The idea was to take on quickly, for within the next few years minstrel shows sprang up throughout the United States and in the 1850s Edwin P. Christy took a troupe of burnt cork entertainers to Britain where they made a memorable tour.

From the original four-man team, the minstrel impressarios increased the size of their companies and the score and versatility of their performances. Colonel Jack Haverley’s slogan of “Forty, Count ‘Em” being typical of the new minstrel troupes.

A great many famous stage performers stepped to fame across the stepping stones of the minstrel show and some of the better-known more modern proponents of minstrelry are Lew Dockstader, George Primrose, Neil O’Brien, Honey Boy Evans and Eddie Leonard.

Minstrelry as a form of entertainment suffered a lapse of many years, but there has been a great revival of interest and enthusiasm in the past few years and this form of entertainment is proving more popular than ever.

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Productions depend upon many factors, both Front and Backstage. Here we meet four Frivs. whose contributions are greatly appreciated by the Company.

IAN BARBER once again is the Scenery Designer and Painter, and as always can be depended upon to produce excellent Scenery. A great contribution to the success of each Show.

DOUGLAS HARDGRAVE and BRIAN VIGGERS have the responsible task of Stage Managers. Their efficient handling of this important department means a smooth and fast moving Show.

Finally, NORMAN ETHERIDGE, for many years a Friv, takes charge of Front of House Management. Thanks, Norm, say the Frivs, for a job well done!

Photo captions –
IAN BARBER (Set and Screen Designer)
DOUGLAS HARDGRAVE (Stage Manager)
BRIAN VIGGERS (Stage Manager)
NORMAN ETHERIDGE (House Manager)

“FRIVS” GET OWN REWARD
MEMBERSHIP of the Napier Frivolity Minstrels means quite a bit of sacrifice for the young men and women; yet ask any one of them after a season and they will all agree that it is worth it. There is a wealth of satisfaction to be gained in doing something for somebody else. The “Frivs” get a real “kick” out of seeing the results of their efforts in school swimming pools, projectors, playground equipment, tape recorders, sound systems and the like. And they get a thrill out of seeing a struggling hall committee in some back country area able to purchase new chairs for their hall or perhaps some new kitchen equipment.

Perhaps no less satisfaction is gained from the enjoyment of an audience at a “Friv” Show. The rows of children’s faces in the front of the hall, reacting to each quip of “Mr Interlocutor” and the “Darkies”, or the uproarious scenes of the pantomime; the smile of satisfaction for the adults as they recognise a popular tune of their earlier days – all these things make it worthwhile to the company.

The company is always open to membership by young people with some talent. Whether they are singers, dancers or actors, the “Frivs” are always interested. And they don’t have to be stars. The “Frivs” are made up of a group of young people keen to entertain and who are prepared to sacrifice some leisure time for the benefit of the community and for the pleasure of themselves. Group auditions are held each year in April and new members are always wanted in the various sections.

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BRIAN STEVENSON

ADRIANNE BANGS

JANET RIGBY

WILSON McINTYRE

ANNETTE McCUTCHEON

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“FRIVS” IN DEMAND
THE NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS, now in the 67th year, have been responsible for keeping minstrelry alive in New Zealand. The “Frivs”, as they are known in Hawke’s Bay and beyond, are constantly in demand by centres outside Hawke’s Bay, but difficulties of travelling and having everybody available, preclude tours outside the province. Each year the company receives requests for shows from all over New Zealand as it has a reputation which has been spread by people who have seen the show in Napier or one of the many country places which are visited each year.

The programme for this year provides for 20 shows – 13 of them outside Napier. These include Eskdale, Tutira (for the first time in many years), Otane, Tikokino, Clive, Taradale, Patoka, Haumoana, Taupo, Twyford and Hastings.

To play in many of these country places it means an early start for the members of the company. Buses leave as early as 5.45 p.m. on for those who are working in the city this means no tea – just a grab for the costume bag and on to the bus. The latest the bus leaves for any show is 6.45 p.m. and even leaving for shows at these early hours still means a hectic rush with costumes and make-up for the curtain rise at 8 o’clock.

And whatever problems arise it is a “Frivs” tradition that the curtain goes up at 8 o’clock regardless. Of course there have been many occasions when this tradition has caused pandemonium back-stage, but at the time time it probably has something to do with the fact that members are reluctant to leave the company.

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TV BOOSTS MINSTRELRY

THE ENTERTAINMENT medium of television has brought the Minstrel Show back into its own. In many countries of the world, including Britain, the United States and Australia – to mention just three – the minstrel show in its original form or in modern fashion, is proving particularly popular with the television viewers.

The George Mitchell “Black and White” minstrel show won top rating for at least two successive years on British Tv. and is a show which is particularly popular with European viewers. The non- stop, all-on-stage type of programme – crammed full of nostalgic songs – has immense appeal.

The “Black and White” Minstrel Show which visited New Zealand last year finds it can’t get back to England from Australia, so great is its popularity. Although this show is more lavish than most minstrel shows, it still retains much of the original pattern and its popularity no doubt stems from the “Black-face Magic” of the early minstrelry.

Those who have been fortunate enough to see the “Black and White” Minstrels – either abroad or in New Zealand – have been enthusiastic at the impression which it left with them – colourful, fast-moving, tunefull entertainment of a type not normally associated with modern times.

The minstrel show, whether it be the famous “Black and White”, the specially-prepared show for Tv. or radio, or the show for local entertainment, seems to hold a fascination for the public. And the undoubted secret of success is the constant recalling of tunes of by-gone days to ensure that the “evergreens” of the past stay that way.

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NAPIER FRIVOLITY MINSTRELS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE PROGRAMME IF NECESSARY

“FRIVS” 1964 . . . BIGGER SHOW; NEW FACES
This year the Napier Frivolity Minstrels have increased the number of the company to 28 on-stage members and the Musical Director has built up the orchestra to a well-drilled 14.

There are many new faces in this year’s company. They are the people who responded to the call for new members. Each year there are some who leave the company; each year there are gaps to be filled. It is not an easy job to find young people willing to give their time and energy to a company such as this.

Membership of the “Frivs” does not require outstanding talent. All that is required is willingness and enthusiasm to sing, a happy personality and bright stage appearance. The “Frivs are always on the look-out for these people and would appreciate applications for membership at any time, by contacting the secretary, Mr J. S. Henney, 179 Kennedy Road, Napier.

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Surnames in this programme –
Ace, Atkins, Bailey, Bangs, Barber, Blair, Boston, Bradwell, Brower, Burton, Christy, Clarke, Colley, Colwill, Dalton, Dockary, Dockstader, Elton, Emmett, Etheridge, Evans, Fitzwater, Fleming, Gardiner, Hanley, Hardgrave, Haverley, Henney, Ireland, Johnson, Jones, Kite, Kitt, Layton, Leonard, Martin, Mayo, McCutcheon, McIntyre, McTavish Mooney, Murray, Nattrass, O’Brien, Owen, Pawson, Pearcy Pelham, Pell, Prebble, Primrose, Rigby, Robinson, Ross, Rouse, Rundle, Russell, Shirley, Single, Speakman, Stephens, Stevenson, Stewart, Stuart, Viggers, West, Whitlock, Willis, Winter

Business / Organisation

Napier Frivolity Minstrels

Date published

1964

Format of the original

Booklet

Accession number

454778

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