Rio Rita 1959
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Hastings Municipal Theatre : 7th to I9th September
Napier Municipal Theatre : 23rd to 26th September
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THE HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY 1959
HASTINGS BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
RIO RITA MUSICAL
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Producer MAY MACDONALD
Musical Director HENRY RUDOLPH
Chorus Mistress MARY BELL
Ballet Mistress EMMA MAYE
Rehearsal Pianist MARIE STOTHART
Costumes Designed by MARIE FLORANCE
Costumes Made by MARIE FLORANCE, RITA HOWARD And Members of the Company
Scenery and Sets Designed by HECTOR and RALPH SPENCE, KEITH BRAZIER
Scenery and Sets Constructed by HECTOR and RALPH SPENCE And Members of the Company
Scenery and Sets Painted by KEITH BRAZIER and Members of the Company
Wardrobe RITA HOWARD and Assistants
Properties REX HAGENSON and Assistants
Make-up MERLE COWLRICK, RAE LILEY, LESTER BULL And Assistants
Stage Directors HECTOR and RALPH SPENCE
Chief Electrician LYNN WILLIAMS
Publicity and Programme W. WILSON, L. LONGHURST and M. McGRATH
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Prompt MAISIE CHRISTESON
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The Story of
Rita, a lovely Spanish American girl, and her brother, Roberto, have been stripped of their possessions and ejected from their ranch on the Rio Grande by the Mexican authorities. Roberto, indignant that his sister should be compelled to sing in a cabaret for her living, has become involved with a local bandit known as “The Kinkajou.” for whose capture a high reward is offered. The Texas Rangers are on the track of the bandit, his last escapade being a daring bank robbery. Jim, their Captain, is making investigations on the spot, incognito, and he and Rita fall violently in love. A wealthy and powerful Mexican, General Esteban, is also paying unwelcome attentions to Rita. He is a ruthless libertine and fiendishly jealous of Jim. A stealthy search of Jim’s room reveals his identity, and that he is on the track of the Kinkajou. Esteban assures Rita that he knows Roberto to be the bandit, and that it is obvious Jim is making love to her only as a blind to effect her brother’s arrest. She is heartbroken. and agrees to trap Jim at a party in Esteban’s garden, but relents at the crucial moment and saves his life by covering his retreat from Esteban’s gunmen.
On the barge moored on the Rio Grande, Esteban gives a splendid cabaret party at which he plans to win Rita. Roberto has previously threatened him for molesting his sister and, when he discovers her on the barge, struggling in Esteban’s embrace, he tries to strangle him. Esteban’s men, however, overpower Roberto and are about to shoot him, at the General’s orders, when Jim, having cut the cables by which the barge was moored, thus allowing it to drift over to the Texas bank, intervenes. He saves Roberto’s life by a bogus arrest and, on reaching Texas territory arrests the real Kinkajou.
Chick Bean, having married Dolly, finds his Mexican divorce from Katie is of no avail. Katie arrives and discloses that she has inherited a huge fortune, and Lovett quickly persuades her to release Chick and marry himself. Thus, for the finale, we have a treble wedding, for Jim also weds his Rita.
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As the Producer of “Rio Rita” for the Society, May MacDonald has added another outstanding production to her long list of successes.
Her early operatic works included “Maytime,” “Kristine” and “King of Kandy.” With her sister Constance she produced six pantomimes, including “Snow White,” “The Blue Bird,” etc.
Before leaving for England in 1946, Miss MacDonald acted in over one hundred N.Z.B.S. plays and produced some sixty-nine three and one-act plays, including the Napier Repertory box office record-holder, “No Room at the Inn.”
In England from 1946 onwards. May MacDonald gained wide acting experience in both stage and film work. One film in particular, “The Mark of Cain,” gave her experience which was invaluable to her in her later stage work.
As Producer of our 1958 production, “Showboat,” May MacDonald set a standard, and the Society is indebted to her for her untiring efforts to that end, and we sincerely hope to have her with us for our future productions.
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(In order of appearance)
CORPORAL McGINN DERECK WHITWORTH
RANGER WILKINS PETER PLUMMER
MAMA MIA (the Padrona) SADIE BROWN
CARMEN JEWEL CRAWFORD
ED LOVETT KEITH BRAZIER
DAVALOS GAVIN GARNER
ROBERTO LEIGHTON WILLIAMS
TWO PEONS JURY THOMPSON, HATA TIPOKI
GENERAL ESTEBAN GORDON JOHANSON
LOLITA SANDRA HALDANE
MARY LOU PATRICIA SCOTT
RIO RITA RENAIS GAGE
GUITAR PLAYER RANGI MAPI
DOLLY JUDITH WEBBY
DEBBY THERESE POTHAN
CHICK BEAN JAMES PAXIE
(In order of appearance)
JIM BRIAN STEPHENSON
PANCHO GOOCH PARAHI
JUANITA DIANE BIEL
TWO BANDITS SONNA SELWYN, SAM POTO
GONZALES CEDRIC CATTON
PABLO LEN HODGSON
MEXICAN CAPTAIN JAMES PURIRI
SERVANT TUROA HAPI
MARIA ROSEMARY MORGAN
CARMELITA RAEWYN TROUP
ISABELLA JEAN HALL
CONCHITA MARY TIPOKI
KATIE GLADYS WILLIAMSON
CHORUS of Mexicans, Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Peons, Waiters, Pirates, Mexican
Officers, Cabaret Singers, Dancers, Guests.
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
Scene 1: The Mesa Francesca, San Lucar, Mexico.
Scene 2: A Dive below the Mesa Francesca.
Scene 3: La Vida.
Scene 4: The Patio of General Esteban’s Villa.
Scene 1: The Pirate Ship, a floating cabaret on the River Rio Grande.
Scene 2: Kay Bonita.
Scene 3: The Mesa Francesca.
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Rio Rita Musical Numbers
OPENING CHORUS The Company
SONG – “The Best Little Lover” Ed Lovett, Girls and Ballet
SONG – “Sweetheart” Rita
SONG – “River Song” Rita and Chorus
DANCE – “Eight Little Gringoes” Ballet
DUET – “Are You There?” Dolly and Chick
DUET – “Rio Rita” Rita and Jim
CHORUS – “Rangers’ Chorus” Rangers
SONG – “March of the Rangers” Jim and Rangers
CHORUS – “South of the Border” Chorus
SONG AND DANCE – “La Vida” Roberto, Chorus and Ballet
CHORUS – “Jose Americanos” Chorus
SONG AND DANCE – “The Kinkajou”Dolly, Chorus and Ballet
SONG – “You’re Always in My Arms” Rita
DUET – “If You’re in Love You’ll Waltz” Rita and Jim and Ballet
SONG – “Out on the Loose” Chick, Girls and Ballet
FINALE Act I Principal and Chorus
CHORUS AND DANCE – “Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum” Chorus and Ballet
SONG AND CHORUS – “I Want My Mama” Mama Mia and Boys
DUET – “I Can Speak Espagnol” Dolly and Ed
DUET – “Roses” Rita and Jim
SONG – “Following the Sun Around” Katie
REPRISE – “You’re Always in My Arms” Rita
REPRISE – “The Best Little Lover” Ed and Katie
REPRISE – “Rio Rita” Jim
SONG AND CHORUS – “Kay Bonita” Roberto and Men
REPRISE – “Following the Sun Around” Katie
SONG AND CHORUS – “Ave Maria” Mama Mia and Chorus
FINALE The Company
Rio Rita Choruses and Ballet
LADIES OF THE CHORUS
Diane Biel, Olive Andrews, Robin Beach, Julie Barker, Barbara Carrington, Judy Dixon, Val Horton, Grace Hunt, Jeannie Hall, Sandra Haldane, Betty Hill, Iris Jack, Pat Lewis, Pat O’Leary, Rosemary Morgan, Judith Richardson, Elizabeth Stead, Jessie Swanson, Marge Snook, Raywen Troup, Hana Cotter, Manuwai Edwards, Jewel Crawford, Camillia Hapi, Ella Hawea, Hene Hapi,
Poppy Maere, June Parahi, Lydia Poto, Kara Parahi, Iseu Puriri, Mary Reid, Joyce Tipoki, Mavis Waihi, Sarah Wainohu, Mania Whakamoe.
GENTLEMEN OF THE CHORUS
Bob Buckley, Bob Cater, Bill Christen, Ian Gordon, Len Hodgson, Ron Jack, Frank Kerrigan, Gordon McKay, George Mitchell, Bob Murray, Alan Thomson, Peter Trask, Cedric Catton, Charles Couch, David Edwards, Turoa Hapi, Ray Nuku, Spadie Onekawa, Jim Puriri, Adam Puriri, Leo Pene, Reuben Parahi, Sam Poto, Gooch Parahi, Brassy Parahi, Rangi Hapi, Boydie Campbell, Ray Paki,
Bob Hirini, Hata Tipoki, Jury Thompson, Sonna Selwyn, Richard Wihongi, J. Broughton.
CORPS DE BALLET
Mary Tipoki, Therese Pothan, Annette Smith, Valmai Dowler, Doreen Edwards, Gwen Shortland, Joy Sleeman, Patricia Scott.
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KEITH BRAZIER as “ED LOVETT”
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JIM PAXIE as “CHICK BEAN”
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We are deeply appreciative of his work for the Society, and he should be justly proud of his musical arrangements for the chorus work in “Rio Rita.”
Conductor: HENRY RUDOLPH
Pianist: MARIE STOTHART
Violins: Mrs. E. DUNN, Mrs. A. WILSON, Mr. G. WADE, Mr. G. HANCOX
Flute: Mr. A. TIBBENHAM
Clarinets: Mr. A. LOUGHLAN, Mr. O. KNIGHT
Trumpets: Mr. K. KEOGH, Mr. C. GIRVAN
Univox: Mr. J. MULLANY
Bass: Mr. R. LAVIN, Mr. C. MARTIN
Drums: Mr. J. SETON
SANDRA HALDANE as “LOLITA”
GORDON JOHANSON as “GENERAL ESTEBAN”
JEWEL CRAWFORD as “CARMEN”
THE TEXAS RANGERS
LEIGHTON WILLIAMS as “ROBERTO”
GAVIN GARNER as “DAVALOS”
GORDON JOHANSON as “GENERAL ESTEBAN”
RENAIS GAGE as “RIO RITA”
BRIAN STEPHENSON as “CAPTAIN JIM STEWART”
Nineteen fifty-nine has been a year of achievement – a milestone in our history. It has seen the building of our new home, the Hastings Musical Comedy Company Hall, possibly the most modern and spacious structure of its kind in the Dominion.
We are a young society and have accomplished much in a short time.
Within our ranks there is a spirit of loyalty and friendship which we cherish.
It has been the aim of the Society to provide good, clean entertainment, and the goodwill and prestige gained is our greatest asset.
We trust that by our humble efforts we have contributed something to the cultural life of the community and a little to the building of a Greater Hastings.
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To the many members, friends and business firms who have given so generously of their time and assistance to make this and our past musical comedy productions a success, we express our grateful thanks.
“Sally” – Mrs. J.B. HAMILTON.
“No, No Nanette” – J. BAXTER. “Rose Marie” – J. BAXTER.
“Naughty Marietta” – J. BAXTER.
“Show Boat” – MAY MACDONALD. “Rio Rita” – MAY MACDONALD.
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