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As part of their 75th Anniversary celebrations


Rathmines & Rathgar M usical Society

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Fiddler on th e Roof Fiddler on the Roof is based on Sholom Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl.

Book by J o se p h S tein Music by J e rry Bock Lyrics by S heldon H arnick

Music Director : G earoid G rant Chorus Master ; H eath er Hewson C horeographer & A ssistant to Producer : Dex M cGloughlin Stage Design : Alan F arquharson Costumes : W atts Ltd.

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Fiddler on the R oof T h e story of Fiddler on the R o o f is adapted from the stories of Sholom Aleichem by Joseph Stein, who gained one of the ten awards achieved by the show. Stein once said “Just as Marc Chagall expressed the lives, the dream s and aspirations of his people in his art, Sholom Aleichem put them into his stories” . He was the folk-singer of the ‘S h te tr, those small ramshackle poverty-stricken Jewish villages in Czarist-Russia. His tales caught the hunger, the hum our, the irony of a people maintaining an absurd pride under desperate circumstances. Like so many children of immigrants to American and W estern E urope, Joseph Stein was raised on the tales of Sholom Aleichem and when Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Jerom e Robbins and Stein decided to attempt a contemporary musical play based on his Tevye stories, Stein knew they would have to move far from them in content but resolved to rem ain true to the feeling and spirit of the original. Fiddler on the R o o f was first performed in New York in 1964 and since then has travelled round the world. T h e story goes that Tevye is the milkman of Anatevka. He has a loving but sharp-tongued wife, five lovely but unmarried daughters, a faithful but lame horse, a friendly but oppressed village. H e has no money but is on speaking terms with God. A natev ka in the Ukraine, just south of anywhere, is unrem arkable, only a meandering jumble of dismal houses hedged by corn and wheat fields, sprinkled with a market place, a butcher shop, a smithy, a synagogue, a Hebrew school, a tanner, a tailor and a tavern. There is also a fiddler on the roof. He is there, just Hke the village and just like Tevye, trying to scratch out a pleasant simple tune without breaking his neck. I t’s the tradition, and the people of A n atev k a sing of it. T h e Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society presented the first am ateur production of Fiddler on the R o o f 'm the world in 1972. Nora Pat Slowey, P.R .O .

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JAMES BELCHAMBER Jam es is celebrating his 20th year directing for the R athm ines & R athgar Musical Soceity. His first show in 1969 was, the first production of M y Fair Lady in Ireland. Ja m es was also producer of the first amateur production of Fiddler on the R o o f in the world. W h en n o t producing for the Rathmines & Rathgar, he is an actor of renowned international acclaim in both film a nd theatre.

DESMOND CAPLIS Currently studying with Mary Brennan in the College of Music. M em ber of the R T E C ham ber Choir. Has done several shows — his last being G ypsy Love, where he played Laurence.

JIMMY DIXON O v e r the past six years he has played a variety of roles with m any societies. Jimmy returns to this year’s R athm ines & R a th g a r production having played song and dance m an, Frank Schultz, in last year’s successful Showboat. Originally from Arklow, he began his stage appearance with the Wexford Light O pera Society, playing M ercury in Orpheus in the Underworld and Joseph and the A m a zin g Technicolor Dreamcoat. Following many performances with them and the W exford D r a m a G roup, he spent a year touring the U S A , C a n ad a and South Am erica with the international singing group “ U p W ith People” .

GEAROID GRANT G earoid G ra n t studied piano with the late Dr. J. O ’Reilly in the College of Music and graduated with a B. Mus. Degree from UCD . Subsequently he studied con­ ducting with, am ong others, George Hurst in London. Since then he has w orked as conductor, musical director and arranger for most Irish theatrical companies in w orks ranging from Mozart to Sondheim. A t present he is resident conductor with the R & R, Gearoid has appeared as guest conductor with the Irish C ham ber Orchestra. O u r Lady’s Choral Society and both the R T E Symphony and Concert Orchestras.

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Merven has been a member of the R & R since 1984 when he joined the chorus for the production of The Gondoliers. He has played in every production of the Society since then, taking the parts of Maitre Duclos in Gigi (1986) and Max Greene in last year's presentation of Show Boat at the Gaiety. In 1987 he was awarded a scholarship under the Society's 75th Anniversary Scheme and has also served on our own Executive Committee as an Active Members' Representative.


Aisling began her dancing career with Nuaia MoiseUe and later attended the Dex McGloughlin School of Ballet. Some of the shows Aisling has appeared in are Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard o f Oz and Carrie in which she played the title role. Aisling studies singing with Emer O ’Flaherty and between all her musical activities is presently in her final year in UCD studying a B. A. in History and English.


Heather is a leading artiste with the Rathmines & Rathgar and is well-known for her portrayals of such Gilbert & Sullivan roles as ‘Katesha’, ‘Lady Jane’ and ‘The Duchess of Plaza Toro’. Also renowned for her performance in such musicals as South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Gigi and Show Boat. Heather has taken part in many plays and won individual awards in drama festivals on several occasions. She has recently completed a four-year course in Trinity College, Dublin, leading to a B.A. Moderator degree in music and drama studies. PATRICIA HOUGH

Patricia has played a variety of leading roles in over 25 shows with several musical societies. These have been as diverse as those of Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Polly in The Boy Friend, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Phylhs in lolanthe. She received the Best Female Performance Award for her portrayal of the title role in Love from Judy at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. In the same year she was awarded Best Female Principal by the Association of Irish Musical Societies. With St. Louis Musical Society she was leading lady in then- three award-winning productions; The Golden Years, The Boy Friend, and Love from Judy. She has also played female lead in Anne o f Green Gables and in The King and /.

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DOLORES HUGHES D olores started her career with St. Louis Musical Society and has played with most Dublin societies. She has also a p p eared as a soloist in the first AIMS concert in the C oncert Hall in 1986. H er favourite part to date was Eliza in M y Fair Lady for which she was nominated as B est Actress. O th e r shows include,/! Little Night Music, R obert & Elizabeth, Love fro m Judy, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Dames at Sea and Two by Two. She trained with the late Winifred O 'D ea.

PETER LEWIS Peter Lewis studied singing with Frank Cowle, and won FeisC eoil gold medals in 1973 and 1974. Since then he has sung m any principal roles with the R & R, mainly in G ilbert & Sullivan. O f these most notable would be Pish Tush in The M ikado on several occasions, and the Bosun in H M S Pinafore on two occasions. Also a regular contributor as principal to the concert repertoires, at Mt. Argus, Kilkenny Castle and Kings Hospital.

DEX McGLOUGHLIN D ex is a registered teacher of ballet and m odem dancing L S .T .D . and runs h e r own school in Dublin w here she specialises in classical and modern dancing. She has lectu red in choreography for A .L M .S . both at national and regional level and to date has worked on My Fair Lady, S o uth Pacific, No, N o, Nanette. She won the C h oreo grap h y A w ard for Hello Dotty and Finian’s Rainbow. This is D e x ’s third season with the R athm ines and R a th g a r and she is currently preparing the concert for next season.

ROBERT McKEVITT Robert McKevitt joined the R & R in 1978 as Sgt. Meryll in Yeoman o f the Guard, but was already quite an experienced performer having made his debut in the Gaiety Theatre as long ago as 1949 with Old Belvedere Musical and Dramatic Society. He has appeared in vari­ ous roles with many of the Dublin musical societies. With the R & R, Bob has been more prominent in the Bass G & S roles, but his most recent appearance with the Society was as Joe in Showboat last November. Bob says he is very proud to be a second generation R & R m em ber as his father was with the Society in the 1920s. R o b e rt ap p ea red in L e m e r <4 Loew e at the N ational C oncert Hall in M arch this year.

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BRENDAN McSHANE B rendan M cShane, whose brilliant performances as Professor Higgins in M y Fair Lady, Tevye in Fiddler on the R o o f m d the title role in The King and I and H onore in Gigi will always be rem em bered. He can recall up to thirty leading roles in the great musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan o p eras, in which he as appeared in Dublin and throughout th e country. T hese include Oklahoma, Carousel, The M erry Widow, The Student Prince and B itter Sweet, while one of his outstanding performances was as T he D o n in The Gondoliers.

PAUL MONAGHAN Paul M onaghan was born in 1963. His theatrical debut was at the age of twelve, in Noel Pearso n ’s production of Joseph and the A m a zing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at the Olym pia T h eatre, Gaiety Theatre and C ork O pera House. H e studied dram a with Brendan Smith for two years and subsequently piano with Catherine Hamill in the College of Music, and singing with Peter McBrien and V eronica D u nne. O n joining the O ’Connell Musical Society he ap peared in the world prem iere of The New M ikad o and The Witness. In 1983-84 he appeared with Colm C. T. Wilkinson in Jesus Christ Superstar at the O lym pia T h eatre playing the role of Pontius Pilate. Since then he has appeared in more than thirty p roductions playing principal roles. E arlier this year Paul played the role of Jesus in Godspell at Dundalk Town Theatre. He has been a guest soloist with the R T E C oncert Orchestra in the annual A IM S/R T E concerts a t the N ational C oncert Hall, for the last three years. As a vocal coach/music director he directed G uinness' Musical Society’s three winning entries in the New Ross Choral Festival (1986-87-88). H e also directed Samra Variety G roup, who won first place in the Tops of the A re a com petition in the Gaiety Theatre (1988). Future engagements include a concert of Step h en S o ndheim ’s music, the Pyjama Game, and Assistant Music Director of the world p rem iere of Shay H ealy’s new musical The Knowledge.

DODO O’HAGAN D o d o who plays Y ente the M atchm aker is well known to R athm ines & R athg ar audiences having played with the Society for m any years in both musicals and G ilbert & SuUivan operas. She originally studied singing in Belfast with Leslie Jones the Welsh baritone. H er favourite role is Lady A ngela in Patience. D o d o has been an Executive C om m ittee m em ber of the R athm ines & R athgar Musical Society for many years.

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This is surely a time to pause — to look back with gratitude, and pride, on the great achievements of the Society, to many memorable productions and many heroic performances by its members. It is also a time to look forward, which we do with confidence, to many more years of success. The contribution of this Society to the musical life of Ireland — and Dublin in particular — is immeasurable. This contribution flows directly from the Society, in its own productions and indirectly, through many other musical societies where o ur m em bers perform and take with them the experience and disciplines learned in the R & R. O u r unique reputation has been earned through our determination; To achieve the highest possible standards in our performances; O u r dedication to the hard grind of rehearsal; O u r loyalty to our am ateur status; O u r policy of recruiting new, young, active members to secure the future of the Society; O u r confidence in the ability of the Society to undertake and manage complex productions to a successful conclusion. B ut the R & R is more than that. It is a Society of friendship and good humour, a caring Society, where individual talent is respected and developed. In it you will find — inspiration and challenge; passion and com passion; determ ination and scholarship; unselfish commitment; loyalty and integrity; all working together in a great tradition of service to the Society, for the benefit of the community. As long as this great Society, which has endured well for 75 turbulent years in an area of endeavour, where the golden rule is “that there are no golden rules"; as long as it is true to its cherished ideals, and remains united, in one spirit and one purpose, then the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society has greater promise for the future than has yet been achieved. Stephen A . Faul, H o no rary G eneral Secretary and Chairman of the Executive Committee.

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Gaiety Theatre Information and Services Booking Information: The Box Office is open on Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. for advance bool<ings. Visa, Access and American Express Bookings are accepted at tine counter, or by telepfione 771717. Postal Bookings are processed in order of receipt. Please make cheques payable to Gaietystage Productions Ltd. and enclose SAE, or add postage to your remittance. Gift Vouchers: May be purchased at the Box Office. Car Parking: We offer car parking facilities, in association with Dublin Corporation. You will receive, with your tickets, a voucher for Drury Street Car Park; this enables you to use the car park for 50p, between 6 p.m. and midnight. The Car Park is closed on Public Holidays. Latecomers; In response to general request, latecomers will not be admitted until there is a suitable break in the performance. Fire Procedure: In the event of an emergency, please follow the instructions of the staff, who are trained in evacuation procedure, and walk quickly through the nearest Fire Exit, which is clearly marked. General Information: Smoking is prohibited in the auditorium. Glasses and bottles may not be brought into the auditorium. The use of cameras and tape recorders is prohibited. Kiosk: The Gaiety Kiosk is situated in the foyer and is open before the performance and during the interval. The kiosk stocks minerals and confectionery. Ices: Ices are sold on each level of the auditorium during the interval. For the benefit of party organisers, orders may be placed in advance. Bars are situated on the Parterre, Dress Circle and Grand Circle levels. All bars are open half an hour tiefore the performance and during the interval. To avoid queueing for your interval drinks, you may pre-order your drinks and reserve a table in any of the Bars. The interval order form is displayed in the Foyer and in each Bar. Coffee is available in all the Bars. At the end of the performance the Bars on the Dress Circle and Parterre levels will remain open. The Gaiety Bars offer an attractive setting for Conferences, Press Receptions, Fashion Shows and Meetings. The Management reserves the right to refuse admission and to make any alteration in the cast or programme which may be rendered necessary by illness or other unavoidable cause.


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