AOS Guys and Dolls programme 2011


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The programme from the AOS production of Guys and Dolls from Spring 2011

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abingdon operatic society


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the hot box girls rear rebecca peberdy rachel tugwell lydia finch sarah carter kerry chaundy front joy skeels lynne winter dave williams phil hughes colin fall simon blainey nigel winter valerie findlay ed carter salma craig sarahjayne smith


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abingdon operatic society presents director stephanie williams musical director john nye choreographer teresa miller this amateur production is presented by arrangement with josef weinberger ltd on behalf of music theatre international of new york


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it is a pleasure to welcome stephanie williams returning to direct again following oklahoma in 2009 our musical director needs no introduction for as well as wielding the baton most recently for anything goes he is our society chairman john nye also returning is teresa miller who choreographed our last show the pirates of penzance if the show is new to you then almost certainly several of the songs won t be and you have a treat in store we hope you enjoy our presentation of this all-time classic as much as we enjoy bringing it to you for those faithful supporters of our society we do thank you for returning to another of our productions and to those new to us we hope that tonight will convince you that you want to return again your attendance has done a great deal to enable us to face the future with greater confidence later in the year we will be pleased to bring hello dolly to the amey theatre stage once again whilst it too is set in new york and the songs and dances are certainly as captivating as those of guys and dolls it is set in a very different time at the turn of the 20th century and the characters are far less shady we hope you enjoy our production of guys and dolls so settle back and enjoy your evening s entertainment i was delighted to be invited to direct guys and dolls for aos i had enormous fun with oklahoma in 2009 and the opportunity to work with the society again was not to be missed directing for me happened by chance i was totally immersed in singing then some students naively optimistic decided to perform the sorcerer and asked me if i would help having more stage experience than they did i knew nothing but didn t need asking twice how to put one foot in front of the other in time with the music how to make people laugh sometimes how vital the production team is and what gobo means have been amongst many lessons i have learnt since this scary initiation i ve directed several other societies ­ oxford bicester kidlington swindon wantage and chinnor ­ in productions of gounod s faust carmen cosi fan tutte la boheme the secret marriage pirates of penzance broadway version and traditional the mikado the gondoliers la vie parisienne fiddler on the roof kiss me kate oliver carousel and oklahoma as well as concerts old time music hall and even a rock musical for my church playing musetta in la boheme mercedes in carmen and many minor roles on both the stage and the concert platform satisfied my first love ­ singing but without the opportunity to direct my life would be sadly flat and uninteresting thank you aos!


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growing up in west london my musical education took place at the royal college of music when singing i have enjoyed opportunities to take roles as diverse as zeus in orpheus in the underworld and pilate in bach s st john passion this is my fifth aos show as musical director and i have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with stephanie again as i did for oklahoma and with teresa for the first time when not listening to music or playing piano or clarinet examining coaching rowing or rugby i teach mathematics for relaxation i enjoy running and supporting brentford football club not always a relaxation i am married to katie who has directed triumphs such as my fair lady and the mikado and we have three grown up children all of whom have made substantial contributions on and off stage to aos i was born in peterborough and started ballet and gymnastics at the age of five i have always been passionate about the performing arts and have been on stage from a very young age i went to a dance academy in peterborough and was also part of peterborough youth dance winning four cups dancing for my school i started performing and teaching at the key theatre at the age of eleven i then went on to play annie and many other characters in peterborough cambridge and london and also attended the royal ballet school i then went into teaching maths and had a child which put dancing on hold i returned to choreographing at a number of schools including larkmead in abingdon but having more children dancing was again put on hold unfortunately i then became disabled and thought that performing was just a distant memory however doing hair and make-up kept me within performing arts and with aos i did the hair for my fair lady anything goes and oklahoma my dancing experience came to light and i was invited to choreograph for this show i gladly accepted and have enjoyed every moment of it i hope to do more in the future i live with my husband brian and three children jasmine eli and beatriz i have also just finished my first year at collage studying accountancy.


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as a lover of football and cricket a hat trick is a great thing ­ one reason why i am delighted to have a third outing as sky masterson i first played sky 20 years ago at carterton community college perhaps that explains why the adjective `young has for the second consecutive show been omitted from a sentence referring to me in 1998 i was sky with bartholomew community theatre in eynsham even though i can recall the words from memory without too many problems i am very grateful for stage make-up and a big hat i ve been a member of aos for 10 years and have also performed with oxford operatic society living in witney i am married with two children and teach at carterton primary school when not rehearsing taxiing my teenage daughters around or doing their ironing i enjoy playing golf and snooker i joined aos for sweeney todd in 2009 playing a cockney pickpocket and a lunatic asylum escapee last spring i played the larger than life nightclub evangelist reno sweeney in anything goes as the upright sergeant sarah brown of the salvation army in guys and dolls i have tried to tone down my evangelistic style and get in touch with my softer side in order to convert the `evil looking sinners of broadway off stage i am fascinated by all things spiritual but confess that the closest i have ever got to gambling is a lottery scratch card i am also a member of oxford operatic society having played lady thiang in the king and i i am also a performer with the oxford theatre guild appearing most recently as elizabeth proctor in arthur miller s the crucible by day i look after gorgeous grace age 6 and vivacious vita age 3 and teach monkey music in oxford i am very pleased to be working again with all the lovely people in abingdon operatic society and especially pleased to have been given the part of nathan detroit in this production of guys and dolls i have appeared on stage many times both with abingdon and oxford operatic societies and have acted and directed for the old gaol theatre company also based in abingdon i have played numerous leading and chorus roles over the years my favourite probably being king arthur in camelot retiring from teaching in 2002 i retrained as a driving instructor which i have now also consigned to the back seat i now do freelance acting assignments for the nhs in my spare time i am enjoying trying to perfect a bronx accent and become a loveable rogue hopefully you will enjoy my efforts in achieving both.


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i am a radiographer and medical role player and have been a member of aos for 15 years and responsible for ticketing for 12 years i joined aos when i first moved to milton as a way of `meeting people and soon felt very welcome i have played many principal roles for abingdon and oxford operatic societies my favourites are mad margaret in ruddigore tess in crazy for you billy s mother in billy madame dubonnet in the boy friend ruth in the pirates of penzance broadway version maggie jones in 42nd street and hold me touch me in the producers but the best of all must be mrs anna leonowens in the king and i which i have played twice miss adelaide is a very different character and one that i have loved portraying this is my fifth show with aos having been a member of the society for nearly 3 years now guys and dolls is one of my favourite musicals with some great songs before i joined the society i was in the choir for the dorchester festival with john nye as musical director singing some of the songs from this show so in some ways this is a reprise of an earlier performance it has been a pleasure working with stephanie again i played will parker when she directed oklahoma a couple of years ago i hope everyone enjoys the show and that everything goes nicely-nicely i am immensely happy to be back performing with aos having last appeared with them in the excellent 2004 production of chess since then i have appeared in several shows with oxford operatic society and bmh productions favourite roles have included moonface in anything goes lt osborne in journey s end and jerry in the full monty outside theatre i enjoy movies sport and driving on fun country roads in my sports car i live in abingdon with my lovely wife ali and hope everyone enjoys the show!


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nicely-nicely johnson benny southstreet rusty charlie sarah brown arvide abernathy harry the horse lt brannigan nathan detroit miss adelaide sky masterson general matilda b cartwright big jule joey biltmore iain launchbury adrian amstead jon ridley sophie ruggierio jo haynes martin mellor andy blagrove rob bertwistle marilyn moore andrew moore sue richards kevin pope t j elmore bishop the hot box girls jane birkby sarah carter kerry chaundy lydia finch rebecca peberdy joy skeels rachel tugwell lynne winter the guys and dolls kat ballard-martin lucy bent natalie biggs simon blainey di bryan ed carter salma craig lesley donovan linda harris tina hood-liles phil hughes jean matson brian miller katie rooke suzi rooke sarahjayne smith lorna stevenson lynda teasdale sarah walters carolyn warren anne widdup deborah wilde dave williams nancy wing nigel winter the orchestra violins mariette richter leader jayne dimmick alison cutting marisa miller `cello andrea williams double bass christine ashfield flute/piccolo/clarinet/saxophone lorna edwards clarinet/saxophone caroline steranka oboe cor anglais clarinet saxophone joanna thomson bass clarinet/saxophone glyn williams trumpet andy hall stephen cutting trombone graeme hollingdale horn steve guard piano huw morgan percussion chris fletcher-campbell


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act i scene 1 broadway fugue for tinhorns nicely-nicely rusty charlie benny interval act ii scene 1 the hot box take back your mink adelaide and the hot box girls follow the fold sarah and mission band the oldest established nathan nicely-nicely and benny adelaide s lament reprise adelaide scene 2 save-a-soul mission interior i ll know sarah and sky scene 2 the west forties more i cannot wish you arvide scene 3 a `phone booth scene 4 the hot box a bushel and a peck adelaide and the hot box girls scene 3 the crap game the crapshooter s dance luck be a lady sky and the guys adelaide s lament adelaide scene 4 off broadway sue me adelaide and nathan scene 5 off broadway guys and dolls nicely-nicely benny and chorus scene 5 save-a-soul mission interior sit down you re rockin the boat nicely-nicely and chorus scene 6 exterior of the mission scene 7 off broadway scene 8 a dive havana cuba havana scene 9 café exterior if i were a bell sarah scene 6 near times square marry the man today adelaide and sarah scene 7 broadway finale entire company scene 10 mission exterior my time of day sky i ve never been in love before sky and sarah


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joining in 2006 guys and dolls is my fifth show with aos and this is by far the most challenging role i have had so far as someone who came to drama fairly late in life with no formal theatrical training i was happy to take on chorus or small character parts however i was delighted to win the role of benny southstreet i have had a great deal of fun with him and i m hoping this will become apparent to the audience one advantage of having musical theatre as a hobby is that it is worlds apart from my day job as a design engineer which is great for unwinding after a tough day in the office although having said that there is a definite crossover of skills at times such as planning teamwork and working to immovable deadlines however breaking into song during engineering meetings is definitely frowned upon my first appearance on stage was not until age 16 as the knife grinder in oliver many minor roles have followed in all the great musicals including `brother `waiter `sailor etc although this is the first time i ve had to dye my hair since joining aos in 1991 i have been in twenty shows including twice in both my fair lady and anything goes mostly in the chorus i have also been in guys and dolls before having played nicely-nicely in another local production whilst that was a great experience i am thoroughly enjoying playing rusty especially as it has freed me up to dance in the havana scene membership of the society has brought some unexpected benefits the principal one being that i met my wife in oklahoma away from aos the lives of our three children keep us both fully occupied with live music featuring prominently again i did not first appear on stage at the tender age of 5 nor did i take ballet lessons from the age of 6 however despite these early setbacks i was able to join aos way back in 1972 and have performed in countless productions and concerts since then although the gilbert and sullivan and other operettas such as the merry widow and die fledermaus are my favourites i have thoroughly enjoyed playing in more modern musicals such as fiddler on the roof my fair lady oklahoma man of la mancha and many others i first played the part of arvide in 1986 as a fairly young grandfather and am looking forward very much to repeating the role as a more aging grandfather!


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yes it s obvious i enjoy performing in stage musicals in fact i ve taken part in at least one show a year for the last 38 years apart from a 5-year break whilst studying at university most of that time has been spent with aos and wantage operatic society big jule is typical of the characters i enjoy playing it s only a small cameo role but he has some cracking lines enjoy the irony of the shortest guy on stage being cast in the role of big jule it s not the first time that s happened ­ i also played the part of big ben in merrie england some years ago during the day i work as a development engineer for a multinational packaging company in my spare time i enjoy diy and dabbling in the garden i am married with two teenage sons ­ both of whom are now taller than me my time with aos started in 1975 and i have been happily involved with most productions as a dancer in the chorus as a bit part principal or prompt since then in our 1986 production of guys and dolls i was a hotbox girl and we had a terrific time strutting our stuff complete with basques black stockings and flouncy pearls i have however been totally saved for this production and promoted as general cartwright head of the save-a-soul mission i look forward to watching all the cast and audience enjoying the fun humour and fabulous music that is guys and dolls i may only have a few lines but they are pivotal to the plot my first role in musical theatre was macheath in the beggar s opera at school although i spent the following years in devising directing and performing in cabaret especially with the round table i regret that i did not return to the stage until i was 43 in 1984 when i joined aos i have taken many principal roles including pickering in my fair lady baron zeta in the merry widow and frank in die fledermaus in the previous aos production of guys dolls 25 years ago i played big jule and it is fun now to be playing his partner-in-crime harry the horse then as publicity officer i arranged a mock raid on barclays bank the square abingdon which featured prominently in all the abingdon and oxford area newspapers now retired i am enjoying apart from performing with aos travelling with my wife jill and pursuing a range of interests including learning the piano and italian.


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ost-war new york is the setting for guys and dolls the curtain rises on a street scene on broadway and the story unfolds when a bet is laid that sky masterson a famously extravagant gambler who is known for never refusing a bet cannot date a salvation army doll sky discovers that sergeant sarah brown s mission is going to be closed for not attracting enough sinners he promises her his marker for twelve genuine sinners to attend her special meeting if she will have lunch with him to save the mission sarah agrees not realising that the lunch will be in havana cuba meanwhile miss adelaide a dancer at the hot box a local nightclub is trying to persuade nathan detroit her long term fiance to make an honest woman of her they arrange an elopement but due to the pressures of an all-important crap game which nathan is organising adelaide receives a message from nicely-nicely johnson that nathan cannot make it never fret somehow these twisted threads pull together with sky and nathan winning their respective dolls and saving the souls of twelve genuine sinners into the bargain p lived and died a new yorker a reserved man with few close friends but many acquaintances runyon spent his time where the news was being made in lindy s or reuben s or gallagher s the password always was `what s new needing more money than his newspaper salary could provide he started writing fiction and his shady but humorous new york characters had a wide appeal both in print and in movies frank loesser who wrote the score for guys and dolls was born in 1910 into a family of serious musicians his father was a piano teacher and his older brother arthur an accomplished pianist and music critic frank wrote his first song at the age of 6 and taught himself to play by improvising on the piano and composing on the harmonica he relished setting an amusingly convoluted phrase happily on an irresistible tune as in `the oldest established permanent floating crap game guys and dolls confirmed the reputation as a song writer of this strange contentious ambitious and very gifted man guys and dolls opened on broadway in 1950 running for 1200 performances and in london s west end in 1953 damon runyon who wrote the original story was a journalist and sports writer whose syndicated columns and short stories provided the characters and racy atmosphere which frank loesser turned into the classic musical guys and dolls alfred damon runyon born in kansas and a stranger to manhattan until 1910 when he was 26 it has won a significant number of awards including a tony for best musical and for best book and the olivier award for best musical it has enjoyed several revivals including a successful run in the west end in 2005 which starred at various times ewan mcgregor patrick swayze and don johnson.


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director musical director specialist choreographer chorus movement stage manager assistant stage manager set artwork scenery constructed by chief carpenter lighting design lighting operation sound design and operation assisted by stage crew costume design costumes supplied by dresser make up design assisted by hair and wigs properties design assisted by properties supplied by prompt rehearsal pianists rehearsal refreshments programme poster and flyer design photography printing publicity archivist box office aos webmaster front of house managers front of house staff confectionery stephanie williams john nye teresa miller stephanie williams barry greenaway nick cook chris biggs abingdon operatic society stage crew mike waite ivan myles henley theatre services nigel millward and callum thomas george jackson jenny garratt patrick biggs chris bryan colin fall dick richards brian rooke malcolm walters kate schomberg kate schomberg and carousel costumes leamington spa freda scott anne newell judy clark stacey coles josie harris isabel matson sarah white lauren jennings claire dowdeswell frankie wilson and jane maggs abingdon operatic society ann turton and hannah nye glynne butt ian miles michiyo machida huw morgan sue payne brian stovold eleanor tinlin salma craig lesley donovan bethan evans valerie findlay tom owen amanda robinson lorna stevenson ian skeels george riddell albry printing ltd wallingford phil hughes lesley donovan colin fall martin mellor marilyn moore chris davies and peter moore ian skeels vaughan billings chris turton felice armstrong delia bull deborah bater chris bryan brian burrows dennis garrett john goss gwenneth goss george green pat greenaway kath hadris mike hogg maggie ingram mike maggs wendy marler jasmine miller janice mitty roger mitty dennis osment alison rooke sue smith victoria smith tomo tompsett angela towler janet trinder ann turton ian wheeler chris waite pam verrall and barbara verrall


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abingdon operatic society affiliated to the national operatic dramatic association and oxford drama network president katharine duchess of kent vice-president julie mayhew-archer chairman john nye vice-chairman joy skeels secretary kerry chaundy treasurer vaughan billings minutes secretary salma craig committee members lesley donovan claire dowdeswell bethan evans colin fall barry greenaway tina hood-liles phil hughes honorary life members mrs f armstrong mrs h calvert-fisher mrs j clark j eddy h foster mrs m j long r johnson mrs i macdonald t nixon mrs b tandy patrons j e boon mrs r brooks c d bryan mr mrs bush mr mrs r cambrey-denton mr mrs n e l carter d w church d f h clarke mrs a j deane mrs p dickinson r finnerty g green b gurden mrs s harmsworth dr e harris mrs a m hasnip j t hyman mrs e v kerr dr mrs n h kitching mrs m j long mrs i d macdonald mrs d mckay mrs i m margrim w d j marshall mrs g mein mr mrs h midwinter a miles dr n r moore mrs b a newport mr mrs d r rawlinson mrs c ridge c g ross mrs l sandford b j stayte m r taylor tonks brothers funerals mrs d turner c b turton mrs m warrell r j wicks the society is indebted to its patrons for their support if you cannot play an active part but would like to help us why not become a patron the current annual minimum fee is £15 your donation which will be gratefully received will help offset the ever-increasing cost of staging shows for local audiences for enrolment or further details please write to ann turton ladybrook house castle street steventon abingdon oxfordshire ox13 6rs the society would like to thank abingdon library for their assistance with publicity abingdon lions club for volunteering to be car parking marshals abingdon school for their help and co-operation ask italian restaurant for display of banner carswell school for car parking facilities mr and mrs j goss for storage of scenery and effects newbury building society for providing box office facilities mr and mrs m schomberg for display of banner st john ambulance for attendance at each performance trinity church abingdon for their co-operation in the use of rehearsal facilities charities supported recently by aos children in touch 1978 didcot train youth project alzheimer s society if you would like to become a member of abingdon operatic society please contact the membership secretary tina hood-liles by email interested in helping backstage lighting sound or stage crew contact claire dowdeswell on 07870 888796 are you a good pianist the society is looking for musicians to play at our rehearsals for more details contact lesley donovan on 01235 205388 abingdon operatic society is registered charity number 273149


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jean matson pat hockley natalie biggs di bryan suzi rooke linda harris lucy bent lynda teasdale lorna stevenson rear lesley donovan debbie wilde tina hood-liles anne widdup kat ballard-martin front carolyn warren katie rooke



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