Programme – Guys and Dolls

A MUSICAL FABLE OF BROADWAY
Guys
&
Dolls

HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY INC.

Guys & Dolls
A MUSICAL FABLE OF BROADWAY

Stanley White as
SKY MASTERSON
The big time, swinging gambler. Stan has recently returned from an engagement at the famous Trader Vic’s Night Spot in Hawaii. Well known for his hotel and cabaret work, Stan toured overseas with the N.Z. Maori Theatre Trust in 1970.

Lawrence Geor as
NATHAN DETROIT
“The One Thousand Bucks he ain’t got,” but he has plenty of talent. He’s Nathan, the hot-shot operator of “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.” Lawrence appeared also in “Hello Dolly” and “The Boyfriend.”

Bob Murray as
NICELY-NICELY JOHNSON
Possessing a fine tenor voice, Bob has appeared in many of our previous shows and with the Hastings Light Opera, also the N.Z. Opera Company’s La Boheme. As Nicely-Nicely he really gets the show going with “Sit down, you’re Rocking the Boat.”

Gooch Parahi as
ARVIDE ABERNATHY
A man of unique versatility . . . Gooch has played many roles from farce to opera. He toured Australia in ‘Porgy and Bess’ and has played the title role in “The King & I” for three New Zealand Amateur Theatre Groups.

John Hodges as
BIG JULE

Peter Hill as
HARRY THE HORSE
Both guys have appeared in productions for the Hastings Light Opera Company. John was also in ‘Oliver’ last year. As ‘Big Jule’ and ‘Harry the Horse’ they’re a great team . . . with the lines they’ve got in the show, you’re in for a laugh-a-minute!  Just wait till you see ‘Big Jule’ roll the dice!

Guys & Dolls
A MUSICAL FABLE OF BROADWAY

Glenys Jenkins as
SARAH BROWN
Glenys was irresistable [irresistible] madcap Maisie in “The Boyfriend” and is now Sweet, innocent Sarah Brown. A talented actress with a powerful singing voice, Glenys has also appeared with Hastings Group Theatre, Napier Repertory and Napier Operatic Society.

Frances Simmonds as
MISS ADELAIDE
After being engaged for fourteen years Adelaide has “worked in every other room in the house, now she wants to try the kitchen.” A fine actress, Frances was in “Hello Dolly,” she has also worked with Hastings Group Theatre, Napier Repertory and C.A.S. Theatre, Auckland.

Warren Loader as
BENNY SOUTHSTREET
Originally from Marton where he was a N.Z. Cornet Champion, Warren has now turned his attention to the stage. He has appeared in our Revues and made his debut in “The Boyfriend.”

Now he is Benny and “Will he tell us what’s in The Daily News.”

Judith Cater as
GENERAL MATILDA B. CARTWRIGHT
Star of “Hello Dolly”, Anita in “West Side Story” . . . Judith’s ability to portray any role has made her one of Hawke’s Bays most talented actresses . . . this show is no exception . . . see her playing the Tuba as part of her role as General Cartwright.

Malcolm Palmer as
LT. BRANNIGAN
Undoubtedly the busiest and probably the fittest man in the show . . . as he is Brannigan on the stage and also chief flyman backstage.

With his talented performance Malcolm is a perfect fit for the Lieutenant. This is Malcolm’s 15th show.

The heros [heroes] are many and varied . . . ‘Safe Blowers’, ‘Hard-Boiled (But Sentimental) Sports’, Beer Barons, ‘Crap Shooters’ and ‘Diamond Studded Gangsters’. Toss In your ‘Hot Box Dolls’, two ‘Whacky Love Stories and a very run down ‘Save a Soul Mission’ and believe us – YOU’RE IN FOR A “LAUGH-A-MINUTE!”

Guys & Dolls
A MUSICAL FABLE OF BROADWAY

PRESENTED BY THE HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY

Based on a story and Characters by Damon Runyon    Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser    Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

During and after the First World War, the highly active American Criminal underworld reached it’s peak both socially and anti-socially. To the nation’s already colourful history was added such names as Al Capone, Bonny and Clyde.

Novelist Damon Runyon used many of these characters and their activities as the basis for a lengthy series of very popular comical stories. “Guys and Dolls” is a “musical fable of broadway” based on Runyon’s characters and stories. And so on stage, we meet the child-like Runyonland “con-guys” who never remove their hats or cigars, who always expect their “dolls” to walk behind them and to live for one thing only – the illegal crap game. We meet the tatty chorus girls from the ‘Hot Box’ Nightclub . . . they might not be very well trained – but let’s face it buddy, everyone’s got to earn a living. We meet the brave warriors of the Salvation Army’s ‘Save-a-Soul’ Mission. Even they are not above trying to fill the congregation by taking a part in a ‘gamble’. But as General Cartwright proclaims . . . even this moral discrepancy shows ‘how good can come out of evil’.

Like it’s earlier piece ‘The Belle of New York’, the story-line of “Guys and Dolls” is based on the ages-old clash between good and evil. But in this case, the ‘evil characters . . . the crap shooters have hearts of gold and an appealing child-like simplicity.

The largely humorous script centres around the unusual meeting between the dashing gambler Sky Masterton and Sergeant Sarah Brown. This fluctuating relationship is balanced against the extraordinary fourteen-year old engagement between Miss Adelaide and the garrulous Nathan Detroit.  As for the other guys and dolls . . . they just go along for the ride so long as it keeps them out of the hands of the inquisitive Irish “John” Lieutenant Brannigan.

PRODUCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
DICK JOHNSTONE
New Zealand’s most talented and versatile director. Dick recently won the “Best Director of the Year” award presented by the Australian Entertainments Guild, the first New Zealander to do so.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
ARTHUR YOUNG
Our favourite Guy – Arthur, always an innovator, has introduced a “new look” orchestra to “Guys and Dolls”. Based on the Organ and joined by a slick combo, Arthur has had himself a ball with Loesser’s catchy score.

CHORUS MISTRESS
MARY BELL
Our favourite Doll! Mary has been associated with the Company since its inception and is justifiably proud of the reputation the Company has gained for fine choral work.

SET DESIGN
KEITH BRAZIER
This is the twelfth show Keith has designed and painted for the company. A gifted and enthusiastic member, Keith has given countless hours both on stage and behind the scenes.

COSTUME DESIGN
URSULA CALSON
A lifetime spent in dressing both amateur and professional shows has enabled Ursula with a unique blend of talent and experience to capture the gaiety of Runyon’s Broadway.

A “Doll” is a good looking Broad!

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Runyonland Personalities:  John Leipst, Dallas Beckett, Diane Littleford, John Hodges, Peter Hill, Jeanne Hall, Thomas Ratima, Stuart McNab, Bill Rockett, Paula Jepson, Connie Barfoot, John Broughton, Ken Morrison, Maisie Kyle, Jacky Eagle, Jamie Burnett, Pat Dixon, Debbie Lucas, Frances Murray, John Davidson, Fred Jackson.

Nicely-Nicely Johnson   Bob Murray
Benny Southstreet   Warren Loader
Rusty Charlie   John Newland
Sarah Brown   Glenys Jenkins
Arvide Abernathy   Gooch Parahi
General Matilda B. Cartwright   Judith Cater
Agatha   Krizdene Telford
Mission Band   Vivienne Booker, Gaynor Cotching, Lucien Meeuws, George Ferris
Harry the Horse   Peter Hill
Lt. Brannigan   Malcolm Palmer
Nathan Detroit   Lawrence Geor
Joey Biltmore   John Leipst
Angie the Ox   Stuart McNab
Society Max   Jamie Burnett
Liver Lips Louie   Bill Rockett
Willie the Weasel   John Davidson
Miss Adelaide   Frances Simmonds
Sky Masterson   Stanley White
Mimi   Briar Horrocks
Big Jule   John Hodges
Hot Box M.C.   John Broughton
Waiter   Fred Jackson
Hot Box Girls   Connie Barfoot, Dallas Beckett, Pat Dixon, Jacky Eagle, Diane Littleford, Maisie Kyle, Debbie Lucas, Cheridah Sewell
Cuban Dancers   Dallas Beckett, Debbie Lucas, Diane Littleford, Krizdene Telford, Connie Barfoot, Jacky Eagle, Gaynor Cotching, Thomas Ratima, John Broughton
Cuban Waiter   Bill Rockett

ACT ONE

Scene 1   Broadway (Evening)
Scene 2   Interior of the Save-A-Soul Mission
Scene 3   A Phone Booth on Broadway
Scene 4   The Hot Box Nightclub
Scene 5   Broadway
Scene 6   Exterior of the Save-A-Soul Mission
Scene 7   Broadway
Scene 8   Havana, Cuba – El Cafe Cubano
Scene 9   Outside El Cafe Cubano, Immediately Following
Scene 10   Exterior of the Mission

Interval

ACT TWO

Scene 1   The Hot Box Nightclub
Scene 2   Forty Eighth Street
Scene 3   Crap Game in the Sewer
Scene 4   Broadway
Scene 5   Interior of the Save-A-Soul Mission
Scene 6   Near Times Square
Scene 7   Broadway

“A Grand (a ‘G’) is a thousand potatoes and a potato is $1”

MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT 1

Overture
Runyonland
Fugue for Tinhorns   Nicely-Nicely, Benny, Rusty
Follow the Fold   The Mission Band
The Oldest Established   Nathan, Nicely-Nicely, Benny and the Crapshooters
I’ll know   Sarah and Sky
A Bushel and a Peck   Miss Adelaide and the Hotbox Dolls
Adelaide’s Lament   Adelaide
Guys and Dolls   Nicely and Benny
If I were a Bell   Sarah
My Time Of Day   Sky
I’ve Never Been in Love Before   Sarah and Sky

ACT 2

Take Back Your Mink   Adelaide and Dolls
Adelaide’s Second Lament   Adelaide
More I Cannot Wish You   Arvide
Luck Be A Lady Tonight   Sky and the Crapshooters
Sue Me   Adelaide and Nathan
Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat   Nicely-Nicely and Chorus
Marry The Man Today   Adelaide and Sarah
Guys and Dolls   Whole Cast

ORCHESTRA

Piano   Mary Bell
Organ   Eric Thorpe
Clarinet & Saxophone   Alan Thorpe
Trumpet   John Barnes
Bass   Leon Speakman
Drums   Graham Harrison

A “Crap Shooter” is a Guy who plays the dice!

Guys & Dolls
A MUSICAL FABLE OF BROADWAY

HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY

BEHIND THE SCENES

Lighting Design   Cedric Wright
Stage Manager   Carl Wright
Stage Crew   Malcolm Palmer, Murray Dale, Trevor Palmer, Max Harrington, Oli Benson, John Broughton, Derek Rolls, Murray Morgan.
Electricians   John Henderson, Brian Hawkins.
Properties   Jeanne Hall, Bob Buckley, Alister Forbes, Kevin Broomhead, Allan Rassaeelli.
Musical Cues   Connie Barfoot.
Set Construction   Carl Wright, Max Harrington, Murray Morgan.
Set Painting   Keith Brazier, Paula Jepson, Peggy Brazier.
Wardrobe Mistress   Frances Murray.
Dressers   Peggy Brazier, Christine Shirras, Pam McCann, Elizabeth Bennett, Thelma Harrington, Judith Rolls, Linda Saunders, Dorothy Workman, Jillian Birch, Norah Lyver, Sandra Williams, Ruth Calson.
Librarian   Murray Dale.
Prompt   Joan Woollard.
Call Steward   Ken Morrison
House Manager   George Mitchell.
Publicity   Murray Dale, Christine Andersen, George Mitchell, Judith Cater, Brian Horrocks, Patricia Aldersley, Marge Mitchell, Gooch Parahi, Graham Bell.
Programme   Christine Andersen, Murray Dale.
Signwriting   Rangi Hapi.
Make-up   Patricia Aldersley, Shirly Hunt, Robyn Eddy, Pam White, Sandra Nisbet and assistants.
Front of House   Zelda McCarthy, Barbara Morris, Moira Reay, Jeannette Murray, Zita Driscoll, Dawn Wright, Judith Lambert, Russell Hancock, Derek Whitworth, James McCarthy, Roslyn Earle, Anne-Maree Sullivan, Lyn Cooze, Betty Timms.

OUR THANKS TO

Plix Products
N.Z.B.C.
Daily Telegragh [Telegraph]
Mr R. E. Wright
Direct Imports
Greater Hastings
Mr Ray Walker
St Vincent de Paul
Sareta Salon
James Riley Hats Ltd
Peggy Brazier
Keith Brazier
Russell Drieberg
W. & R. Jack Ltd
Photolithox Printers
J. C. Mackersey Ltd
Ken Morrison (Photography)
H.B. Herald Tribune
Process Signs Ltd
Sutcliffes Ltd
Rangi Hapi
Lindesfarne [Lindisfarne] College
Gordon Hannon
Metal Processors Ltd
Mercury Theatre, Auckland
The Hastings Salvation Army
Doyle & Cramp Group, Auckland
Zelda McCarthy
Lamphouse Ltd
Mrs D. Ritchie
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