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From our Chair It doesn’t seem two years since the last Cheriton Variety Show – it’s been a busy couple of years for us and there seems to be no shortage of good material, talented performers and experienced crew to bring our productions to you, our loyal audience. I am delighted that Tracey and Claire have put themselves forward to direct this particular production because I know how enthusiastic they both are about theatre, performing and music; they have taken on an unenviable job in many ways: with a play, you have the finished script in front of you before you start casting. You know what the show is about, how long it will run, how many roles there are to fill and when the interval comes. With a variety show you start with a clean slate, a vague idea of the themes you want to explore (in this case an international one), the sort of ‘mix’ of different acts and then you go and find out what people want to do. It is fair to say that past directors of variety shows had so much material put forward that first draft schedules could have produced three- or four-hour-long shows. So sifting out the best without dampening the enthusiasm of many a would-be performer has always been a problem and I know that Tracey and Claire have found the same with this show. So when Tracey describes the process as ‘nailing jelly to the ceiling’ she is not far from the truth! Add to this the logistics of putting on a show with children (a welcome return to our stage!), 20-odd people in the cast, a bar, food for dozens of people, a tiny stage and a packed auditorium

and you start to understand why we only do this every other year! On a different note we are proud to be supporting Blue Apple Theatre once again this year; for those of you who are unfamiliar with this talented group founded in 2005 and based in Winchester, they produce high quality theatre, dance and film opportunities for those with learning difficulties. If you have not yet been to one of their productions, do take the opportunity to go and see what a positive impact this organisation has on their members by enhancing their social, personal and artistic skills. It is a joy to behold. You will notice a couple of Blue Apple ‘buckets’ on the way out. If you can help in any way to support this worthy cause, please do drop your loose change in them on the way home? Finally, a quick plug for our autumn production, which we are delighted to say will be directed by Helena Gomm, fresh from her recent success with The 39 Steps at West Meon Theatre. She has taken a quirky script and completely re-written it. The result is a hilarious Bond movie spoof entitled Diamonds are For Trevor that will include some film sequences by Jim Glaister. Dates for your diary are Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd November 2019. So, another busy year coming up! Thank you for your support and thanks too to our programme advertisers, friends, sponsors and other supporters who make our shows possible. Enjoy the show. David Cradduck

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From the Co-Director Having been involved in the last two Cheriton Variety Shows and in many productions since I joined the Players in 2011, I keenly put myself forward to direct the 2019 show! Even though I have not lived in Cheriton now for six years, once you get involved with this group you never want to leave! A more friendly, welcoming and, frankly, extremely talented bunch would be hard to find. Cheriton Players always feels like home to me when it comes to performing. I have always loved performing, often putting on ‘shows’ for my family (and anyone who would watch) as a child and this love has grown over the years. I have been involved in many Cheriton productions including Alice, Clerical Errors, Murdered to Death and the last two variety shows. I have also performed with WMOS, ACTS and TOADS over the years. Although a keen actor, my real passion has always been for anything musical. Not being brave enough to direct this show alone I persuaded my extremely talented friend Claire Smith to take this on with me. She jumped at the chance and before we knew it our vision was coming to life! Directing a variety show is a bit like nailing jelly to the ceiling. So many

moving parts – but oh so wonderful when the show comes together. You never know who is going to show up at the beginning, and with what acts, and then rather wonderfully it all comes together. This year I am so pleased that, for the first time in many years, we welcome children to the stage. I could not be more delighted that we are able to showcase the talent of our young actors, singers and dancers. This brings a whole new element to the show and a very welcome one. We have decided through this process that I am in charge of worrying and Claire is in charge of reassurance – along with being in charge of many other things over the last few weeks! I would like to give special warm thanks to Claire for being brave (or perhaps mad) enough to direct this show with me. She is an absurdly talented woman who I am incredibly privileged to know and work with. I really hope you will enjoy our little jaunt around the world this evening and you will be laughing, crying and perhaps even dancing in the aisles! On with the show... Tracey Anderson, co-director

Claire Smith (Co-Director) Claire has been involved in theatre since the age of five when she learnt to dance and she soon started joining musical theatre groups. After university, Claire was busy with WMOS (Winchester Musicals and Opera Society), mainly in the chorus and as a dancer. She has taken roles like Hebe in HMS Pinafore and Lady Ella in Patience. Claire was involved in the Great Cheriton Variety Show, mostly singing in various roles. She appeared as Nellie in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, her first appearance in a non-musical production since

secondary school and she then took on the challenging role of Julia in A Month of Sundays. Claire was part of the hilarious line up for Cash on Delivery and as Aggie Wheeler in the thriller The Game’s Afoot. She also took part in our rehearsed reading of The Browning Version last summer. She will be remembered for her delightful singing as Mary Poppins in The Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show and she says she is delighted to be co-directing A Very International Variety Show.

Peter (Theo) Theobald (Music Director) Theo is a retired primary teacher who for forty-odd years has been involved in productions with school plays, choirs and concert bands. He has been the MD for West Meon Theatre since 2001 and has written original music for all Shakespeare plays since then, Cider with Rosie (2009), Calendar Girls (2013), The Cherry Orchard (2016) and has arranged music for pantomimes, one act plays, youth theatre and most recently Nell Gwynn (2018).

Theo has also been MD for Winchester Musicals and Opera Society in Oh What a Lovely War (2014), an originally written musical production of Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016) and an updated version of Utopia Limited by Gilbert and Sullivan (2018). He also plays the tuba in Thornden Community Wind Band and keyboards in a local barn dance band, The Bursledon Village Band.

The Programme Join us on a journey around the world this evening, from Argentina to Kathmandu, sit back, relax and enjoy this truly multi-cultural smorgasbord of International fare. And not one mention of the ‘B’ word on anyone’s lips, we promise!

Act 1 Good Evening, Cheriton! Language Lessons (Lesson 1) On My Own (Les Misérables) Heading Home Stormy Weather The Can Can (Folies Bergère) The Green Eye of The Yellow God of Kathmandu Language Lessons (Lesson 2) Three Little Maids from School (Hot Mikado) Hand Baggage Habanera (Carmen) Language Lessons (Lesson 3) All That Jazz (Chicago) Language Lessons (Lesson 4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (medley)

Lauren Anderson & The Chorus Rebecca Leadley, Marilyn Weston, David Cradduck, John Weston Jess Lacey Jan & Tim Conway, Paul McTaggart John & Marilyn Weston Leanne Lacey, Jess Lacey, Claire Smith, Lauren Anderson, Tracey Anderson Elgan Jones, Paul McTaggart Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Claire Smith, Tracey Anderson, Lauren Anderson Rebecca Leadley, Adrian Seale Martin Hubbard, Paul McTaggart Alison Carter Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Tracey Anderson, Lauren Anderson Leanne Lacey, Jess Lacey Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Mr Potts: Craig Robertson Truly Scrumptious: Alison Carter The Children: Emily & Charlotte Carter Grandpa Potts: David Cradduck … and The Chorus

Interval – approximately 25 minutes

Act 2 Jive to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Language Lessons (Lesson 5) Fiddler on The Roof (medley) Language Lessons (Lesson 6) Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina (Evita) Staycation Language Lessons (Lesson 7) Cockney Sermon Language Lessons (Lesson 8) The Sound of Music (medley) Language Lessons (Lesson 9)

James Seale, Jess Lacey, Tracey Anderson, Claire Smith, Leanne Lacey Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Paul Hellard, Lauren Anderson Helen Gard, Millie Cheong Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Millie Cheong Helen Gard, Stephanie Durrant Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Martin Hubbard Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John Maria: Claire Smith Capt Von Trapp: Matt Jones Liesl: Jess Lacey ‌ and The Chorus Rebecca, Marilyn, David, John

The Chorus (in alphabetical order) Lauren Anderson, Tracey Anderson Alison Carter, Helen Gard, Matthew Jones, Sarah Jones, Leanne Lacey, Jess Lacey, Craig Robertson, James Seale

The Production Team

Show Directors Tracey Anderson, Claire Smith Music Director & Accompanist Peter Theobold (Theo) Saxophonist Bernard Sully Producer Jan Conway Choreographer Claire Smith Wardrobe Claire Smith, Ellie Pulleine Props Tracey Anderson, Marilyn Weston Set DĂŠcor Henrietta Hellard Sound & Lighting Jamie Herdman & Graham Arnott Assistant Rigger Mike Ludgate Stage Manager Adrian Seale Set Construction Dave Wright, Peter Reay, Paul Hellard, Craig Robertson Front of House Sue Herdman and team Food and Catering Annabel Peters, Steve Peters, Rosie Reay, Jan Conway and team Publicity/marketing David Cradduck Poster/programme design Ian Lock Photography Craig Robertson Filming Tom Steckler Please turn off all mobile phones and keep aisles clear at all times. Please refrain from flash photography and note that video or audio recording of the performance is prohibited.

Our thanks to all those who have helped in any way behind the scenes, especially WMOS for the loan of costumes, and to those who have given of their time so freely. Please refrain from taking flash photography and in the interests of safety (and access for performers and Front of House staff), please keep aisles and walkways clear.

Our gushing luvvy thanks... We feel very fortunate that we managed to convince Peter Theobald (Theo) to be our musical director. He has worked his socks off arranging, rearranging, creating and then rearranging again our music. Theo, you are amazing and incredibly patient – thank you!

Weston, for making sure we all have the right props; Craig Robertson, for his wonderful photos; Helen Gard and Jo Stokes for allowing us to use their wonderful scripts; our chaperones Lisa Hubbard, Marc Carter and Katie Hinds for looking after our young performers.

Other thanks – hopefully not leaving anyone out – must go to: Jan Conway for stepping in as Producer and making everything flow beautifully (and organised to within an inch of its life); Graham Arnott and Jamie Herdman for making sure we all look beautifully well-lit and audible; Dave Wright, Peter Reay, Paul Hellard and Craig Robertson for set building; Retta Hellard for her talent creating some of our props and backdrops; Paul Hellard for his advice and guidance; Marilyn

A really big THANK YOU to Sue Herdman for so ably organising the Front of House team; to Annabel and Steve Peters, Rosie Reay, Jan Conway and team for organising and preparing the food and to Viv Pain and Penny Scott for advice; and to Jamie Herdman, Steve Peters, Tim Conway and team for organising and running the bar. Finally, THANK YOU to everyone else who has helped in any way to bring this show to life!

Cheriton Players is a small friendly theatre group always keen to encourage new members to join us onstage, backstage and front of house. If you are interested in joining the Players, please get in touch through the website www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk or by email to thecheritonplayers@gmail.com You can also join our mailing list through the website to receive our regular newsletters and details of future productions. We would love to hear from you!

ON FILM Watch out soon for a short film about the Players being shot and edited by 3rd year film student Tom Steckler from the University of Winchester. Our thanks to him for his time and efforts to make us all look our best on film!

Our Forthcoming Production

Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd November 2019 Tickets on sale from 1st September www.thecheritonplayers.org/comingsoon

Past Productions Fallen Angels

November 2018

The Browning Version/A Matter of Taste

June 2018

Communicating Doors

April 2018

The Game’s Afoot

November 2017

Young Jane

September 2017

(Another) Murder in Cheriton!

June 2017

The Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show

April 2017

Cash on Delivery A Month of Sundays Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

November 2016 March 2016 November 2015


Oliver! Don’t Utter a Note Forty – Not Out! Murder in Play

January 2003 May 2002 December 2001 March 2001

Third Week in August

June 2015


The Great Cheriton Variety Show

April 2015

An Evening’s Entertainment

Oh Clarence!

May 2014

Move over Mrs Markham

November 1999

Party Piece

November 1998

An Inspector Calls A Bolt from the Blue Season’s Greetings Murdered to Death Clerical Errors Alice Blithe Spirit Don’t Dress For Dinner

December 2013 April 2013 November 2012 May 2012 November 2011 June 2011 November 2010 April 2010

After the Ball is Over And then there were None Cat on the Fiddle Love’s a Luxury She Stoops to Conquer Key for Two ‘Bless ’em All’

December 2009

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Ten Times Table

April/May 2009

Pardon Me, Prime Minister

The Ghost Train

November 2008

Variety Music Hall


Habeas Corpus ’Allo ’Allo Murder in Cheriton! The Champion of Paribanou Parallel Lines Table Manners A Christmas Carol Out of Order Idol Talent The Noble Spaniard Jungle Fantasy

April 2008 November 2007

Worzel Gummidge

March 2000

April 1998 November 1997 April 1997 November 1996 April 1996 November 1995 May 1995 November 1994 April 1994 November 1993 April 1993 November 1992

May 2007

Outside Edge

April 1992

January 2007

My Fair Lady

November 1991

November 2006 April 2006 December 2005 April 2005 January 2005 November 2004 May 2004

Two One-Act Plays Lock up Your Daughters Haul for the Shore Best of Old Time Music Hall Tons of Money The Late Mr. Larrington Merry Christmas Music Hall Man Alive

The Real Inspector Hound & Black Comedy

Murder in Company

November 2000

November 2003

The Wind in the Willows

April 1991 November 1990 May 1990 February 1990 November 1989 April 1989 December 1988 April 1988 December 1987

Past Productions I’ll Get My Man Music Hall Laughter in the Dark Salad Days

May 1987 Jan/Feb 1987 December 1986

The Proof of the Poison

December 1985

Gala Music Hall

September 1985

Charley’s Aunt Music Hall Small Hotel Beyond a Joke Music Hall Play On! Present Laughter Old Time Music Hall And So To Bed Here We Come Gathering Music Hall Book of the Month Pride and Prejudice Music Hall The Full Treatment Fish Out of Water Music Hall A Friend Indeed Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime Music Hall Jam Tomorrow White Sheep of the Family Old Time Music Hall Love Birds

May 1985 February 1985 November 1984

Wolf’s Clothing Old Time Music Hall

Old Time Music Hall See How They Run

February 1984

Old Time Music Hall Quiet Weekend

May 1983

Who Lies There

February 1983 November 1982 April 1982 February 1982 November 1981 May 1981

Old Time Music Hall Pools Paradise Something to Hide Old Time Music Hall Beside the Seaside Trap for a Lonely Man

Jan/Feb 1981

Man Alive

November 1981


May 1980 February 1980 November 1979 April 1979 January 1979 November 1978 April 1978 Jan/Feb 1978 November 1977 May 1977

The Importance of Being Earnest

Sailor Beware

November 1983

January 1977

Old Time Music Hall

Love’s a Luxury

Doctor in the House

Jubilee Revue Person Unknown


May 1984

Running Riot Your Obedient Servant


April 1986

November 1976 April 1976 January 1976 November 1975 April 1975 Jan/Feb 1975

Sleeping Partnership Dear Delinquent Goodnight, Mrs Puffin A Pig in a Poke Wanted One Bod

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November 1974 April 1974 January 1974 November 1973 April 1973 January 1973 November 1972 April 1972 January 1972 November 1971 April 1971 January 1971 November 1970 February 1970 November 1969 May 1969 February 1969 November 1968 May 1968 February 1968 November 1967

Still Life & Speaking Terms

July 1967

Flat Spin

May 1967

The Happiest Days of Your Life

February 1967

See How They Run

October 1966

The Bride and the Batchelor

April 1966

Breath of Spring

November 1965

Blithe Spirit

November 1964

Pools Paradise

May 1964

One Man Banned

November 1963

Haul for the Shore

November 1962

Friends and Neighbours Here We Come Gathering

March 1962 November 1961

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