Rio Rita 1959

RIO RITA

PRODUCED BY

May Macdonald

Hastings Municipal Theatre : 7th to 19th September

Napier Municipal Theatre : 23rd to 26th September

Programme – One Shilling

THE HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY 1959

K.E. BRAZIER

HASTINGS BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

and

RIO RITA MUSICAL

combine in happy Carnival to captivate Hawke’s Bay

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The Hastings Musical Comedy Company
(Incorporated)

OFFICERS 1959

Patron:
HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR, W.E. BATE, Esq.

President:
W. WILSON, Esq.

Vice-President:
H.L. SPENCE, Esq.

Committee:
Miss R. HOWARD
Mr. N. TOOMEY
Mr. R. SPENCE
Mr. T. BROWN
Mr. R. BEGG
Mr. C. THOMAS
Mr. D. WHITWORTH

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N.J. TOOMEY, Esq.

Hon. Secretary:
Miss M. McGRATH

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PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

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
Business Manager   W. WILSON
House Manager   JACK HANNON
Prompt   MAISIE CHRISTESON
Call Boy   BRIAN DUCK
Librarian   DEREK [DERECK] WHITWORTH

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The Story of

RIO RITA

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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RENAIS GAGE as “RIO RITA”

BRIAN STEPHENSON as “CAPTAIN JIM STEWART”

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Our Producer

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MAY MACDONALD

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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Our Ballet Mistress

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EMMA MAYE

We offer congratulations for the originality of her work in the ballets of

“ROSE MARIE”
“NAUGHTY MARIETTA”
“SHOWBOAT”
“RIO RITA”

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Our Wardrobe Mistress

RITA HOWARD

Rita Howard, our Wardrobe Mistress, has been a tower of strength for many years, and with the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown, made much of the valuable wardrobe owned by the Company.

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MARY BELL

Our Chorus Mistress

Mary Bell has been associated with the Society since its first venture into musical comedy, and has been responsible for the fine chorus work in all of its productions.

“SALLY”
“NO, NO NANETTE”
“ROSE MARIE”
“NAUGHTY MARIETTA”
“SHOWBOAT”
“RIO RITA”

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SADIE BROWN as “MAMA MIA”

“GOOCH” PARAHI as “PANCHO”

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Music by
HARRY TIERNEY

Lyrics by
JOSEPH McCARTHY

Book by
GUY BOLTON
and FRED THOMPSON

The Hastings Musical Comedy Company
Incorporated

(By Arrangement with Garnet H. Carroll, Melbourne)

presents

Rio Rita

Cast
(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 HAPI
DOLLY   JUDITH WEBBY
DEBBY   THERESE POTHAN
CHICK BEAN   JAMES PAXIE

Cast
(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.

Producer:

MAY MACDONALD
Chorus Mistress:

MARY BELL
Musical Director:

HENRY RUDOLPH
Ballet Mistress:

EMMA MAYE
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES

ACT I

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.

ACT II

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

ACT I

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

ACT II

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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MARIE FLORANCE
Costume Designer

KEITH BRAZIER
Decor

Key Designing Personnel

Once again the Society has been fortunate in securing the services of these talented people. Theirs is the skill that adds to the glamour and spectacle of a good production.

We trust that in our future productions we are able once again to call upon their services and number them among our key personnel.

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HECTOR SPENCE
Stage Director

RALPH SPENCE
Stage Director

GLADYS WILLIAMSON as “KATIE”
KEITH BRAZIER as “ED LOVETT”

JUDITH WEBBY as “DOLLY”
JIM PAXIE as “CHICK BEAN”

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Henry Rudolph

Mr. Rudolph has again come to us from the Capital City to take the baton in our 1959 production.

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.”

The Orchestra

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

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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”

President’s Message

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.

W. WILSON,

President.

Subscribing Members

Ashford, Mr. R.
August, Mr. J.
Bennett, Miss B.J.R.
Brazier, Mr. A.R.P.
Brazier, Mr. D.
Brazier, Mr. K.
Brisco, Lady
Brisco, Mr. D.G.
Brisco, Mrs. D.G.
Brown, Mrs. M.
Brown, Mr. T.
Brown, Mrs. T.
Burchmore, Mrs. F.H.
Burt, Mrs. C.
Charlton, Mrs. F.W.
Cowlrick, Miss M.C.
Crawford, Mrs. J.
Dillon, Mrs. S.
Douglas, Mr. D.B.
Dunham, Mrs. J.
Dunn, Mr. E.H.T.
Edwards, Mr. P.
Esam, Miss P.
Fountaine, Mrs. T.F.
Friis, Mr. G.M.
Garner, Mr. R.P.W.
Garnett, Miss I.M.
Godfrey, Mrs. R.
Goulding, Mrs. J.S.
Graham, Miss J.M.
Grant, Mr. W.C.
Gregory, Mr. N.
Hall, Mr. T.
Hamilton, Mr. J.B.
Hamilton, Mrs. J.B.
Hannon, Mr. A.J.
Hannon, Mrs. A.J.
Hannon, Mrs. G.J.
Hastie, Mr. B.R.
Hemingway, Mr. E.
Henderson, Mr. J.
Henderson, Mrs. J.
Henderson, Mr. E.A.
Hennah, Mrs. M.
Hopkins, Mrs. D.
Home, Mr. H.A.
Horton, Mrs. L.J.
Houston, Mr. A.
Howard, Miss R.
Jones, Mr. J.W.
Keatch, Miss A.
Keighley, Mr. D.
Kerrigan, Mr. F.
Kerrigan, Mrs. F.
Keys, Mr. R.
Keys, Mrs. R.
Kirby, Miss L.M.
Lawton, Mr. C.
Lawton, Mrs. C.
Liley. Miss R.
Longhurst, Mr. L.
Lucre, Mrs. G.
Marr, Mr. W.
Mills, Miss M.
Mitchell, Mr. M.
Morris, Rev. R.W.
Mortenson, Mrs. I.T.
Mudgway, Mrs. D.
Mullins, Mr. R.
McGrath, Miss M.
McGrath, Mr. J.R.
Mclntosh, Mr. J.S.
McPherson, Dr. H.G.
McRae, Mrs. M.A.
Nash, Mr. L.
Nash, Mrs. L.
Neild, Miss R.
Newton, Mrs. I.C.
Newell, Mr. J.W.
Nimon, Mr. R.A.
Northe, Mrs. S.A.
Olsen, Mrs. D.
Otene, Mrs. B.M.
Paki, Mrs. R.
Parkhill, Mr. M.
Pirie, Miss J.A.
Pothan, Miss R.K.
Price, Miss N.
Reid, Mr. T.
Richardson. Mr. D.
Richardson, Mrs. D.
Rosser, Mr. C.
Shakespeare, Mr.
Shakespeare, Mrs.
Sisson, Mrs. I.
Spence, Mr. C.H.
Spence, Mr. H.L.
Spence, Mrs. H.L.
Spence, Mr. R.
Stayt, Mrs. M.
Steenson, Mrs. S.O.
Stirling, Miss B.
Stirling, Miss C.
Sutcliffe, Mr. J.E.
Thomas, Mr. C.
Thompson, Miss D.H.
Tyers, Miss P.D.
Upchurch, Mrs. R.T.
Warnes, Mr. W.
Warren, Mr. W.A.
Webby, Mrs. O.A.
Wedderspoon, Mrs. R.
Wenley, Mrs. M.J.
Wilkinson, Mr. F.C.
Williamson, Mr. D.
Wilson, Mrs. G.
Wilson, Mr. W.
Wilson. Mrs. W.

Credits

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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page 1

RIO RITA

PRODUCED BY

May Macdonald

Hastings Municipal Theatre : 7th to I9th September

Napier Municipal Theatre : 23rd to 26th September

programme One Shilling

THE HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY 1959

K.E.BRAZIER

Page 2

HASTINGS BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

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RIO RITA MUSICAL

combine in happy Carnival to captivate Hawke’s Bay

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STYLISH SPRING COATS are showing in lovely light weight Woollens. Wool/Nylons, Wool/Angora, etc., in the new pastels, heather, mist green, petal bloom pink, primrose, lavender.

“MAVELLA” LIGHTER WEIGHT WOOLLEN COATS

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The Hastings Musical Comedy Company

(Incorporated)

OFFICERS 1959

Patron:

HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR, W.E. BATE, Esq.

President:

W. WILSON, Esq.

Vice-President:

H.L. SPENCE, Esq.

Committee:

Miss R. HOWARD

Mr. N. TOOMEY

Mr. R. SPENCE

Mr. T. BROWN

Mr. R. BEGG

Mr. C. THOMAS

Mr.. D. WHITWORTH

Hon. Treasurer:

N.J. TOOMEY, Esq.

Hon. Secretary:

Miss M. McGRATH

Hon. Auditor:

F.H. CORBIN, Esq.

Hon. Solicitor:

C.E.H. PLEDGER, Esq.

PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

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

Business Manager W. WILSON

House Manager JACK HANNON

Prompt MAISIE CHRISTESON

Call Boy BRIAN DUCK

Librarian DEREK WHITWORTH

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The Story of

RIO RITA

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.

RENAIS GAGE as “RIO RITA”

BRIAN STEPHENSON as “CAPTAIN JIM STEWART”

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Our Producer

MAY MACDONALD

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.

MAMA MIA GROUP

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Our Ballet Mistress

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“RIO RITA”

Our Wardrobe Mistress

RITA HOWARD

Rita Howard, our Wardrobe Mistress, has been a tower of strength for many years, and with the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown, made much of the valuable wardrobe owned by the Company.

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MARY BELL

Our Chorus Mistress

Mary Bell has been associated with the Society since its first venture into musical comedy, and has been responsible for the fine chorus work in all of its productions.

“SALLY”

“NO, NO NANETTE”

“ROSE MARIE”

“NAUGHTY MARIETTA”

“SHOWBOAT”

“RIO RITA”

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SADIE BROWN as “MAMA MIA”

“GOOCH” PARAHI as “PANCHO”

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Music by

HARRY TIERNEY

Lyrics by

JOSEPH McCARTHY

Book by

GUY BOLTON

and

FRED THOMPSON

The Hastings Musical Comedy Company

Incorporated

(By Arrangement with Garnet H. Carroll, Melbourne)

presents

Rio Rita

Cast

(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

Cast

(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.

Producer:

MAY MACDONALD

Chorus Mistress:

MARY BELL

Musical Director:

HENRY RUDOLPH

Ballet Mistress:

EMMA MAYE

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES

ACT I

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.

ACT II

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

ACT I

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

ACT II

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

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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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MARIE FLORANCE

Costume Designer

KEITH BRAZIER

Decor

Key Designing Personnel

Once again the Society has been fortunate in securing the services of these talented people. Theirs is the skill that adds to the glamour and spectacle of a good production.

We trust that in our future productions we are able once again to call upon their services and number them among our key personnel.

HECTOR SPENCE

Stage Director

RALPH SPENCE

Stage Director

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GLADYS WILLIAMSON as “KATIE”

KEITH BRAZIER as “ED LOVETT”

JUDITH WEBBY as “DOLLY”

JIM PAXIE as “CHICK BEAN”

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Henry Rudolph

Mr. Rudolph has again come to us from the Capital City to take the baton in our 1959 production.

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.”

The Orchestra

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”

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THE TEXAS RANGERS

LEIGHTON WILLIAMS as “ROBERTO”

GAVIN GARNER as “DAVALOS”

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GORDON JOHANSON as “GENERAL ESTEBAN”

RENAIS GAGE as “RIO RITA”

BRIAN STEPHENSON as “CAPTAIN JIM STEWART”

President’s Message

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.

W. WILSON,

President.

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Subscribing Members

Ashford, Mr. R.

August, Mr. J.

Bennett, Miss B.J.R.

Brazier, Mr. A.R.P.

Brazier, Mr. D.

Brazier, Mr. K.

Brisco, Lady

Brisco, Mr. D.G.

Brisco, Mrs. D.G.

Brown, Mrs. M.

Brown, Mr. T.

Brown, Mrs. T.

Burchmore, Mrs. F.H.

Burt, Mrs. C.

Charlton, Mrs. F.W.

Cowlrick, Miss M.C.

Crawford, Mrs. J.

Dillon, Mrs. S.

Douglas, Mr. D.B.

Dunham, Mrs. J.

Dunn, Mr. E.H.T.

Edwards, Mr. P.

Esam, Miss P.

Fountaine, Mrs. T.F.

Friis, Mr. G.M.

Garner, Mr. R.P.W.

Garnett, Miss I.M.

Godfrey, Mrs. R.

Goulding, Mrs. J.S.

Graham, Miss J.M.

Grant, Mr. W.C.

Gregory, Mr. N.

Hall, Mr. T.

Hamilton, Mr. J.B.

Hamilton, Mrs. J.B.

Hannon, Mr. A.J.

Hannon, Mrs. A.J.

Hannon, Mrs. G.J.

Hastie, Mr. B.R.

Hemingway, Mr. E.

Henderson, Mr. J.

Henderson, Mrs. J.

Henderson, Mr. E.A.

Hennah, Mrs. M.

Hopkins, Mrs. D.

Home, Mr. H.A.

Horton, Mrs. L.J.

Houston, Mr. A.

Howard, Miss R.

Jones, Mr. J.W.

Keatch, Miss A.

Keighley, Mr. D.

Kerrigan, Mr. F.

Kerrigan, Mrs. F.

Keys, Mr. R.

Keys, Mrs. R.

Kirby, Miss L.M.

Lawton, Mr. C.

Lawton, Mrs. C.

Liley. Miss R.

Longhurst, Mr. L.

Lucre, Mrs. G.

Marr, Mr. W.

Mills, Miss M.

Mitchell, Mr. M.

Morris, Rev. R.W.

Mortenson, Mrs. I.T.

Mudgway, Mrs. D.

Mullins, Mr. R.

McGrath, Miss M.

McGrath, Mr. J.R.

Mclntosh, Mr. J.S.

McPherson, Dr. H.G.

McRae, Mrs. M.A.

Nash, Mr. L.

Nash, Mrs. L.

Neild, Miss R.

Newton, Mrs. I.C.

Newell, Mr. J.W.

Nimon, Mr. R.A.

Northe, Mrs. S.A.

Olsen, Mrs. D.

Otene, Mrs. B.M.

Paki, Mrs. R.

Parkhill, Mr. M.

Pirie, Miss J.A.

Pothan, Miss R.K.

Price, Miss N.

Reid, Mr. T.

Richardson. Mr. D.

Richardson, Mrs. D.

Rosser, Mr. C.

Shakespeare, Mr.

Shakespeare, Mrs.

Sisson, Mrs. I.

Spence, Mr. C.H.

Spence, Mr. H.L.

Spence, Mrs. H.L.

Spence, Mr. R.

Stayt, Mrs. M.

Steenson, Mrs. S.O.

Stirling, Miss B.

Stirling, Miss C.

Sutcliffe, Mr. J.E.

Thomas, Mr. C.

Thompson, Miss D.H.

Tyers, Miss P.D.

Upchurch, Mrs. R.T.

Warnes, Mr. W.

Warren, Mr. W.A.

Webby, Mrs. O.A.

Wedderspoon, Mrs. R.

Wenley, Mrs. M.J.

Wilkinson, Mr. F.C.

Williamson, Mr. D.

Wilson, Mrs. G.

Wilson, Mr. W.

Wilson. Mrs. W.

Credits

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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