Hello Dolly! Programme 2011


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The programme from the AOS production of Hello Dolly! from Autumn 2011

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abingdon operatic society hello dolly amey theatre abingdon school ox14 1de monday 24th saturday 29th october 2011 www.abingdonoperatic.co.uk www.facebook.com/abingdonoperatic


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waiters waitresses back row nigel winter phil hughes stephen webb simon blainey front row lynda teasdale jane birkby caroline organ-jennings natalie biggs sarah walters rebecca peberdy katie rooke


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abingdon operatic society presents hello dolly music lyrics by jerry herman book by michael stewart director andrew walter musical director peter dodsworth choreographer joanne cook based on the play `the matchmaker by thornton wilder original production directed choreographed by gower champion produced for the broadway stage by david merrick champion-five inc this amateur production is presented by arrangement with musicscope and stage musicals ltd of new york there will be an interval of twenty minutes between the acts please ensure that all mobile phones are switched off the use of all cameras video and audio equipment is prohibited for lost property enquiries please call 01235 526106 refreshments are available in the foyer conservatory please note that smoking is not allowed anywhere on abingdon school premises including all outside areas


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message from the chairman w elcome to hello dolly what better antidote to all the bad news the ills of the world and the evenings drawing in can there be than this wonderful musical which is certain to leave you with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart once again it is a pleasure to welcome andrew walter as our director he has directed a string of hits previously with us it is a similar pleasure to welcome our musical director working with us for the first time peter dodsworth aos aficionados will need no introduction to the third member of our production team as we warmly welcome back joanne cook our choreographer hello dolly is a show that retains its freshness and vigour even though it is nearly fifty years since dolly first trod the boards if you have seen dolly before thank you for returning and we aim to re-create that atmosphere that brought you back if this is the first time that you have met dolly we are sure that you will enjoy making her acquaintance as much as those of us for whom she is an old friend we do not let the grass grow under our feet so that even whilst we are transporting you to new york in the 1890s we are already planning for next spring when our production will be the gershwin classic crazy for you yet another truly great musical for tonight we hope that you have a memorable and enjoyable evening and leave keen to tell your friends that they too should share in the pleasure that is hello dolly john nye chairman abingdon operatic society


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andrew walter director h ello dolly is the fourth show that i have directed for abingdon operatic society following on from kiss me kate 2006 the wizard of oz 2008 and the pirates of penzance 2010 my other directing credits include the sound of music guys and dolls and cabaret as well as many of the gilbert and sullivan operettas for amateur companies in and around oxford the only time that i have previously been involved with a production of hello dolly was when i worked as the deputy stage manager for oxford operatic society in 1993 so i have only ever seen the show from the side of the stage i am looking forward to seeing it from the auditorium this time hello dolly premiered in new york in january 1964 with carol channing in the title role and the show opened in london the following year however most people are more familiar with the film version of the musical released in 1969 barbra streisand who had won the best actress oscar for her debut film performance in funny girl the previous year beat off stiff competition from miss channing ginger rogers and betty grable to secure the title role the film is also notable for michael crawford s portrayal of cornelius hackl years before he established himself as one of the biggest names in musical theatre stage musicals rarely translate easily onto film because theatrical conventions look so unnatural in the cinema hello dolly is no exception and if you are familiar with the film you will recognise the songs and individual lines of dialogue but find that the sequencing is often quite different the story is very much of its time and we haven t been tempted to try to give it a contemporary twist this approach brings its own problems as the producers of the film spent $20 million recreating new york and yonkers at the turn of the twentieth century we have had to try to evoke period and place on a much more modest budget ­ from vandergelder s utilitarian hay and feed store to the opulent harmonia gardens restaurant hello dolly is a tremendously warm-hearted show dolly may seem manipulative and horace vandergelder describes himself as rich friendless and mean but you just know that they were made for each other similarly the naïve enthusiasm of cornelius and barnaby is the perfect foil to irene and minnie s suppressed passion the book is full of humour and we have had great fun in rehearsal trying to bring out this aspect of the work the score is packed with terrific musical numbers from the sentimental ribbons down my back and it only takes a moment to the comic motherhood march and show-stopping title song and of course dancing is an integral part of both the plot and the production i am grateful to the music director peter dodsworth and choreographer joanne cook for all that they have done to bring the different aspects of the production together i hope that you have an enjoyable evening.


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peter dodsworth ­ musical director i trained at the royal academy of music london as a bassoonist and piano accompanist since leaving i have enjoyed a varied career in music and musical theatre as a performer teacher and coach i have taught and guest taught at many colleges universities and conservatoires all over the uk and have recently founded my own group of companies including a publishing company and an independent record label i have given many world premières of contemporary bassoon pieces and chamber music and i am sought after as a bassoon soloist as a pianist and chamber musician i work with many chamber ensembles and soloists and am currently recording a series of albums with renowned opera singers i am also in the process of recording several of my own albums in musical theatre i have over 1,000 musical director credits from all over the uk and west end and i am currently orchestrating and composing for four new musical theatre pieces i also recently founded how to sing ltd which deals with corporate voice training voice corp and the training of singing and voice teachers as well as dealing with remedial voice work joanne cook ­ choreographer i qualified as an associate member of the united kingdom alliance of professional teachers of dancing in 1995 specialising in modern ballroom latin american and old time dancing i choreographed todmorden gang show for four years prior to moving to oxfordshire when i joined abingdon operatic society regularly performing as a dancer in their productions i have spent the last ten years choreographing in and around oxford working with oxford operatic society anything goes west side story the boy friend my fair lady the producers as co-choreographer and jesus christ superstar musical youth company of oxford me and my girl les misérables [school edition and jesus christ superstar and oxfordshire youth music theatre les misérables [school edition disney s beauty and the beast and pirates of penzance for abingdon operatic society i have previously choreographed the hired man half a sixpence and wizard of oz.


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synopsis i n the fading years of the nineteenth century in yonkers outside new york a wealthy hay and feed merchant called horace vandergelder hires a widowed matchmaker mrs dolly levi to find him a suitable wife a position that she decides will in fact suit her very well horace s life is complicated by his young niece ermengarde who tearfully demands to wed a young artist whom horace finds entirely unsuitable mr vandergelder has two downtrodden employees cornelius and barnaby who hatch a plot to escape the store for the day in order to have an adventure of an amorous nature in new york the ladies they happen to meet hat shop owner mrs irene molloy and her assistant minnie fay are not unknown to the instantly suspicious mr vandergelder an angry horace agrees to meet dolly s next candidate for the position of wife ernestina money for dinner at the harmonia gardens unaware that cornelius and barnaby with their ladies in tow and ermengarde and her artist beau have also been manoeuvred by dolly to the same spot all is now set for dolly s triumphant return to her old haunts but while the champagne corks pop and the polka dancers whirl and turn the dance contest trophy is stolen and the police arrive hauling everyone off to court where the cantankerous judge waits to pass sentence so how do we reach the absolutely essential happy ending to this tale leave it to dolly and love both of whom are clearly unstoppable forces of nature national operatic and dramatic association a bingdon operatic society is proud to be a member of the national operatic and dramatic association you may notice members of our front-of-house team wearing their noda long service medals tonight during this week several more of our members will be awarded long service medals presented by our president katharine duchess of kent for a combined total of 350 years service in noda affiliated societies founded in 1899 noda is divided into eleven regions each headed by a regional councillor who sits on the national council supported by a network of regional representatives these 190 volunteers are the vital link to the grass roots of the association the amateur theatre groups themselves our representative gareth jeremy will be attending the show during the week and feeding back on the production with the helpful and much anticipated `noda crit noda s vision is that amateur theatre should be successful and sustainable providing a range of opportunities for people to develop their skills and enjoy taking part at all levels they support the education and information needs of individuals and groups contributing greatly to the continued success of amateur theatre in the uk.


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dolly levi q&a when did you first want to go on stage at about five years of age my first solo was `i m forever blowing bubbles which i sang at a church social evening i also took ballet lessons and performed in a variety of shows staged by the dancing school and the show had been cast but i was allowed to join in the chorus what s your favourite part and why oh that s a difficult one i ve been very fortunate to play a variety of superb roles and many have been special in their own way however i have to single out the merry widow annie get your gun man of la mancha and of ann turton despite over forty years service to aos both on stage as a leading lady and off-stage as a dedicated member of our society s committee she s still managed to maintain an air of mystery so perhaps you d like to know a little more about dolly herself what was your first leading role and where was that kathy in the student prince for colchester operatic society my mother had been an active member for many years and i used to go along with her to watch a lot of the rehearsals i could have understudied any part from the age of eight when did you first join aos in 1967 when i moved to the area the society was in rehearsal for south pacific course hello dolly is there a role you haven t performed that you would like to there are a few that `got away and i won t be able to play them now ­ namely eliza in my fair lady nellie forbush in south pacific and maria in


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the sound of music a part i would love to play is norma desmond in sunset boulevard but as yet that show is not released for operatic societies to perform are you a trained singer i had some training in my late teens and took singing exams up until the stage of having to do music theory before you went any further i am a little wary of too much training in my opinion some very famous voices have been spoiled by overtraining words seems to get lost in too much vibrato and in deference to producing the perfect note on stage however providing i am well rehearsed and confident once up and running i relax and enjoy it how do you go about learning a part i build it up in stages songs are relatively easy to learn and the dialogue comes once scenes have been set and i am able to mentally picture what i say where i am or move on stage after that it is simply a matter of regular practice and of repetition preferably with the people playing the other roles are you aware of the audience when you re on stage yes of course but as a junior member of colchester operatic society i learnt from a wonderful director to play to `joe soap up in the back row of `the gods the upper circle so i always look up to the lighting box and therefore don t see the faces in the stalls how do you feel when show week comes to an end exhausted and very flat i will have devoted nearly five months to a part and all of a sudden it isn t there anymore i am not good company for at least a week after a show ends did you ever have ambitions to perform on stage professionally yes but was advised against trying the professional theatre is a very overcrowded profession and it is one thing to `tread the boards as a hobby and a very different matter to rely on it for your next meal however had there been any television programmes in my youth in which andrew lloyd webber was looking for a leading lady for his latest production i am sure i would have had a go have you ever played the same role more than once i ve done different roles in repeats of the same show but dolly is the first role i have ever played twice she really is a special lady and i m thrilled to be back in her shoes again how would you describe dolly levi very like me actually i have a strong organising capability i was aos secretary for some twentyseven years and chairman for three and `i like to know everything that s going on in spite of her bravado dolly is sensitive at heart and although i definitely wouldn t say that i m a matchmaker i do love a bit of romance do you get nervous before a performance yes i don t think you can give a good performance without being nervous nerves tend to take over about forty-eight hours before opening night and there are gut-wrenching moments just before i walk


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principal cast in order of appearance mrs dolly gallagher levi ernestina money ambrose kemper horace vandergelder ermengarde cornelius hackl barnaby tucker minnie fay mrs irene molloy mrs rose rudolph reisenweber stanley judge court clerk ann turton katie nye brian miller rob bertwistle deborah wilde duncan blagrove iain launchbury kerry chaundy joy skeels kat ballard-martin john nye phil hughes christopher turton lucy bent townspeople of new york customers of feed store and harmonia gardens yonkers band waiters and dancers alice aldous natalie biggs jane birkby simon blainey di bryan alistair cooper lesley donovan colin fall valerie findlay john gale linda harris tina hood-liles phil hughes jasmine miller caroline organ-jennings rebecca peberdy jon ridley katie rooke suzi rooke gill skidmore lorna stevenson lynda teasdale sarah walters stephen webb anne widdup lynne winter nigel winter the orchestra violins 1 violins 2 viola cello double bass reed 1 reed 2 reed 3 reed 4 trumpet 1 trumpet 2 trombone 1 trombone 2 piano percussion mariette richter leader jayne dimmock alison cutting marisa miller jacqui mackenzie liz parkin christine ashfield neil pennock caroline steranka joanna thomson glyn williams chris avison claire evans graeme hollingdale paul sylvester huw morgan chris fletcher-campbell


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scenes and musical numbers act i scene 1 street scene in new york city in the 1890 s grand central station overture orchestra opening act i/call on dolly chorus and dolly i put my hand in dolly act ii scene 1 outside the hoffman house hotel and harmonia gardens exterior entr acte orchestra elegance mrs molloy minnie cornelius and barnaby scene 2 harmonia gardens restaurant march to harmonia gardens orchestra waiter s gallop orchestra hello dolly dolly and chorus scene 2 horace vandergelder s feed store yonkers ny yonkers march orchestra it takes a woman horace cornelius barnaby and chorus put on your sunday clothes dolly cornelius barnaby ambrose and chorus polka orchestra scene 3 scene 3 mrs molloy s hat shop new york city fourteenth street parade ribbons down my back mrs molloy motherhood march dolly mrs molloy and minnie courtroom judges bench and docket it only takes a moment cornelius chorus and mrs molloy so long dearie dolly scene 4 vandergelder s feed store finale ultimo dolly mrs molloy horace cornelius and chorus curtain music and exit orchestra dancing dolly mrs molloy cornelius and barnaby before the parade passes by dolly and chorus 20 minute interval


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horace vandergelder rob bertwistle i am especially pleased to have been given the part of horace vandergelder in this production of hello dolly as horace is essentially a grumpy old man i feel i can give the part extra meaning as i have just entered my sixth decade and am rapidly turning into a grumpy old man in real life i have appeared on stage many times and have played numerous leading and chorus roles over the years my favourite probably being king arthur in camelot back in 1997 i retired from the teaching profession in 2002 and retrained as a driving instructor i also do free-lance acting assignments for the nhs i have very much enjoyed rehearsing and playing horace i hope that you will enjoy the show and not be too hard on poor old sexist mean bad-tempered and friendless horace cornelius hackl duncan blagrove i am pleased to be returning to the amey theatre twelve years after playing andy in aos s 1999 production of 42nd street my previous theatre credits of note include barnaby in hello dolly dracula in dracula spectacula lunta in the king and i alfie doolittle in my fair lady and the most challenging role so far judas in andrew lloyd webber s jesus christ superstar last november with oxford operatic society.i am really enjoying being back with aos playing cornelius working as a carpenter with my own building company does not leave much spare time but when not working or performing on the amateur stage i enjoy spending time with my seven-year-old son oliver anything to do with cars ­ preferably older classics ­ and socialising with friends mrs irene molloy joy skeels this is the third time that i ve performed in hello dolly and i ve progressed from the back row of the chorus to mrs molloy the last six months have been great fun working with some very talented people both in the production team and on stage i have been fortunate enough to secure thirty-four principal parts over the years which have included eliza doolittle in my fair lady calamity in calamity jane polly baker in crazy for you and sally brown in me and my girl before moving `down south i was soloist for the staffordshire youth choir and performed with the charity group ovation outside aos i am married to ian and have a two-year-old son called joshua being a full-time mum and a member of aos takes up most of my time.


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barnaby tucker iain launchbury i have now been a member of aos for three years and this is my sixth show with the society my last appearance was as nicely-nicely johnson in guys and dolls earlier this year before moving to oxfordshire i lived and worked in birmingham during this time i took part in many stage performances playing the roles of amongst others dracula stephen hawking a pirate an addicted gambler and an evil ringmaster the last six months working on hello dolly have been great fun and i ve enjoyed the challenge especially learning all the dance steps i hope you enjoy the show as much as we ve enjoyed rehearsing it minnie fay kerry chaundy i began my aos career in our production of 42nd street in 1999 and hello dolly marks my sixteenth show my favourite leading role was as marguerite in the scarlet pimpernel in 2007 because i loved playing a feisty leading lady ­ completely unlike me ­ honest for me the best thing about amateur operatics is getting to sing some fabulous songs but it s also great exercise and having made so many friends in this society and others i can safely say that the social side of it is great fun too i am also an aos committee member outside aos i am a mum to two cats and currently planning my wedding next may i hope you enjoy the show ­ look out for the harmonia gardens scene where dolly makes her grand entrance ambrose kemper brian miller i first took to the stage in april 2011 having joined the aos at the end of 2010 thoroughly enjoying this experience with guys and dolls i decided to audition for a principal part in hello dolly i am delighted to be playing the part of ambrose kemper and to have the added experience of growing a beard for the first time in my life when not rehearsing i work for bucks county council in their children young people services as a commissioning support officer managing data i am married to teresa and we have three children jasmine eli and beatriz.


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ermengarde deborah wilde i enjoy performing on both sides of the footlights including as a violinist and cellist for various shows and concerts including the forthcoming productions of me and my girl with grange and district amateur operatic society and roger jones rock gospel operas with christian music ministries i performed with solihull operatic society wilmslow green room gadaos and the lantern arts theatre group london principal roles have included gertie cummings in oklahoma mabel in pirates of penzance lucy in the threepenny opera emilia in a winter s tale tony in the boyfriend and the daughter in the christmas box i work as a chaplain across the oxford regional health trust specialising in paediatrics critical care cardiac and transplant units my other interests include travelling to visit family and friends in america malta and the lakes dance jazz ballet and salsa swimming and boating and my son lou rudolph reisenweber john nye having joined in 1994 this is the thirty-first aos production i have been involved with in some capacity and the second time on stage in hello dolly fourteen years have seen me promoted from being one of the waiters to being head waiter for me nothing in real life could be worse than being a waiter in a restaurant forever dealing with awkward customers and remembering that the customer is always right i would soon turn into basil fawlty so the fun of playing rudolf is that it is pure escapism maths and music go together when i am not teaching or examining the former then i am involved in some way or another with the latter that is if i am not on the rugby field or the river refereeing or coaching ernestina money katie nye i have made numerous appearances on stage for aos in the past seventeen years most recently as erma in anything goes including the 1997 production of hello dolly i have directed the society too my favourite production being my fair lady in 2008 elsewhere i have appeared in musicals plays and reviews last year in the title role of daisy pulls it off as relaxation from being head of examinations at a well-known public school i have begun playing the harp and am told that i have green fingers which is nothing to do with the green face i had when i last appeared in one of andrew walter s productions as the wicked witch of the west


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mrs rose kat ballard-martin following in my parents footsteps roger and pauline i joined aos as a teenager i was a member for ten years my last show being calamity jane in which i played the indian i then left to pursue my career as a chef travelling all over the uk working in various jobs but mainly military kitchens i met and married my husband who is ex-royal navy and we have two children on my return to oxfordshire i was persuaded to return to the stage and was amazed to pass my auditions a second time as i hadn t sung for fifteen years hello dolly is my fourth show this time round and i m looking forward to it very much in my spare time i like to walk my four border collies i also practice reiki and meditate frequently to keep myself spiritually balanced the judge chris turton i joined the abingdon operatic society in 1967 when i moved from colchester prior to that i had been and still am a member of the colchester operatic society in which i met my wife ann i have tended towards small character parts in our productions such as njegus in the merry widow and robespierre in the scarlet pimpernel but am quite happy to work in the chorus when required i am a former chairman of the society and now when not involved on stage can be found on front of house duties the clerk of court lucy bent by day i play out the hopes and dreams of others as a careers guidance professional however my life-long love has always been in theatre in a stage career from a child actor for the theatre royal in windsor to running a theatre in cyprus i have produced and performed in a range of genres and roles from shakespeare to pantomime in the uk and abroad including cosette in les misérables florence in chess the title role in mary poppins and the narrator in joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat i am looking forward to bringing experience of live court room drama to hello dolly after my recent civic duty as a juror this is my fourth show with aos previously appearing as a gambling chinaman and a lady-of-the-night it will make a refreshing change evading the other side of the dock!



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