Message from the President
Tonight you are seeing the 70th annual performance by the “Frivs”. It is the sincere wish of the Company that you find it relaxing and entertaining as this is what the show is always designed to achieve.
To mark the 70th year, the “Frivs” have put back the clock many years and for the second half of the programme are presenting a show based on the old time music hall pattern . . . something akin to the early shows of the Company before the turn of the century and in the years before the second half pantomime became a feature.
This year you will find new faces in the Company and miss some of the former ones. To the new members of the company we say “welcome” and to those who have left our ranks we say “thanks”.
And to you, our public, we say welcome to the show and thank you for your continued support.
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The production of Krazidaze and 70th Minstrel Show by Jock Stevenson is his first complete show for the Frivs. However, this year he has relinquished the post of Interlocutor to Ian Connell and the Frivs express their thanks to him for good work in this important role over the past few years.
Jock has been associated with Theatre work and Napier shows dating back to beyond the 1939-45 war. In private capacity he is the Managing-Secretary of the Napier Development Assn. (Inc,).
The Frivs are pleased to have Shirley Hanley as Ballet Mistress once again. This is the fifth production she has handled for the Company and it is a happy association for Shirley brings to the exacting task fresh ideas and a happy knack of getting everyone to give of their best.
In private life she has a Ballet School of her own and is a prominent teacher in Hawke’s Bay ballet circles.
Once again Cecil Fitzwater is the Frivs’ Musical Director, a position he has filled with distinction for the past four years. Besides preparing the Company in choral and harmony work he has the onerous task of orchestrating all the music of his orchestra.
Cecil is himself an accomplished musician on a number of instruments and is widely recognised for his ability as a trainer and conductor of brass bands and choral groups.
Last season he won acclaim as Musical Director for the Hastings Light Opera Company’s production of “Valley of Song” and has been re-appointed for the new production of “Brigadoon”. He is also at present conductor of the Hastings Citizens Band.