THE KINGSLAND HALL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH 23RD TO 26TH SEPTEMBER 2010
Ladies and gentleman, on behalf of The Chameleons Amateur Dramatic Society, I am delighted to welcome you to our Autumn production of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. It has been a pleasure to rehearse and a joy to listen to! Dialogue of this level may be a challenge to learn but it is made worthwhile by the enjoyment we hope that it brings to you, the audience. We are delighted that Sally Crowley has agreed to lead us in this venture and I am sure that she will be the first to agree that any success is once again due to the strength of the group as a whole. It is a great time to be a part of this drama group. This year we are proud to display the Andrew Forney Memorial Trophy, Adjudicator‟s Award, collected at the Barnet and District Drama Festival for our production of „Allo „Allo. Two NODA nominations are also on display. These continue to highlight the talent within. If you have a hankering to be part of this too, information is available in the venue: why not take a glance over it over your interval drink? Before I leave you to enjoy the rest of this programme and your evening, I would like, once again, to thank Cyril Ward and The United Reformed Church for their continued support for our productions. Aside from allowing us to inconvenience the church for two weeks every time we perform, they also provide us with valuable storage space. The benefits will continue to be seen by you, our audiences. All that remains is for me to issue that popular request… sit back, relax, switch off your mobile phones and enjoy your night at the theatre. With best wishes, Robert Spolander Chairman
Life Members Chris Bird, Kay Blackstaffe, Stuart Everett, Connie Miles, Joan Munday, Robert Spolander Honorary Patron John Jetten Patrons – by annual subscription Sarah Blackstaffe and Nigel Simpson, Peter Dodd and Julian Topping, Rita and Chris Everett, Jean and John Garlick, David and Victoria Murphy, Jeff and Margaret Over, Alan and Carole Spolander, Cyril and Beryl Ward, Myrtle Bannis, Marc Dempsey, Geoffrey Coad, Linda Everett, Jose Forni, Laurence Hutchinson, Barbara Hutchinson, Irene Ottaway, Hilda Toms, Pam Tye, Margaret Bunker
Marion Bird (1943-2010) Marion joined the Chameleons in 1971 as a member of the backstage team. It was some time later that she decided to tread the boards herself in various dramatic roles and even played a few pantomime characters. Her most memorable was playing one of the witches in The Wizard of Oz (1988). She served on the committee for many years, mainly as Social Secretary, but also as Membership Secretary and performed the role of Production Manager for many shows. She was ultimately awarded the honour of Life Membership in recognition of her contribution to the Society. Moving to Hemel Hempstead did not mean an entire break from the Chameleons and until recently she would help with Front of House duties at our Pantomimes. Marion sadly passed away on the 2nd July 2010 after a three year battle with Leukaemia. We will miss her deeply.
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A little about the play... Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts (1913) was written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The story revolves around Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins, who makes a bet that he can train an unkempt Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility. The most important element of this, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a comment on women's independence, packaged as a romantic comedy. The Pygmalion myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert. Gilbert wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea.
Mrs Patrick Campbell
Shaw created Eliza Doolittle specifically for Mrs Patrick Campbell (top right), partly as a flirtatious challenge and partly to tease her for her social pretensions, which he felt hampered her growth as an artist. Her affected diction onstage (even in Shakespeare) which both he and Oscar Wilde instantly recognised as that of a suburban social climber was at odds with her considerable abilities. The idea came to him in 1897, when "Mrs Pat" was under contract to Johnston Forbes-Robertson and at the height of her youthful fascination and glamour. Writing to Ellen Terry in September of that year, he mentioned Forbes‟ "rapscallionly flower girl" and commented that "Caesar and Cleopatra has been driven clean out of my head by a play I want to write for them in which he shall be a West End gentleman and she an East End dona in an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers." The success of Pygmalion drew attention to the science of phonetics and speculation arose over whether a model for Henry Higgins existed. Shaw never named an inspiration for the professor. However, in the preface to the 1916 edition he writes at length about the respected philologist and phonetician Henry Sweet, with whom he communicated for years regarding phonetics. First American Serialization, November 1914 – Everybody‟s Magazine
Shaw wrote Pygmalion in the spring of 1912 and read it to Mrs Campbell in June. She came on board almost immediately, but her mild nervous breakdown (and subsequent convalescence) contributed to the delay of a London production. Pygmalion premiered at the Hofburg Theatre in Vienna on October 16, 1913, in German. Its first New York production opened March 24, 1914 at the German-language Irving Place Theatre. It opened in London April 11, 1914 at Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree's His Majesty's Theatre and starred Mrs. Campbell as Eliza and Tree as Higgins. Shaw directed the actors through stormy rehearsals that were often punctuated by at least one of the three walking out of the theatre in a rage. Pygmalion has transcended cultural and language barriers since its first production. It remains Shaw's most popular play. The play's widest audiences know it as the inspiration for the highly romanticised 1956 musical â€“ My Fair Lady and 1964 film of the same name.
...and its Author. (George) Bernard Shaw Born in Dublin in 1856, Shaw came to London at the age of 20 and worked as a critic of theatre, art and music. Influenced by famous feminists and socialists of the time (Sidney Webb, Beatrix Potter), he joined the Fabian Society (which advocated gradual progress towards socialism). For the rest of his life Shaw campaigned for equality through his writing and speeches. He began his literary career by writing novels, and his first published play, Widower’s Houses, was performed in 1892. Though of course entertaining, all his plays contain political messages, about public versus private morality, religion, war and appeasement, social mobility and human destiny. He even had the dubious distinction of having a play banned by the censor – Mrs Warren’s Profession had prostitution as its theme and was considered indecent until it was finally performed in 1925. Shaw won awards throughout his life, including freedom of the city of Dublin and borough of St Pancras, where he had been a councillor, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and an Oscar for the screenplay of the film of Pygmalion in 1938. Alan J Lerner closely based his script for the musical My Fair Lady on this original, and it too won Oscars in 1955 – 8 in total, having been nominated for 12 altogether. Shaw found the English alphabet illogical and believed no one could ever learn to spell or speak properly using it, and he spent his adult life trying to promote a simpler version. He was delighted to create a hero in Henry Higgins - „an energetic phonetic enthusiast‟. He was a supporter of the genuine phenomenon of Bell‟s Visible Speech, as mentioned in Pygmalion, and invented by the father of the man who invented the telephone. As with all his play-scripts, Pygmalion comes with a large volume of the author‟s own notes about how it should be performed, his philosophies which drove its creation and what might happen beyond the passage of the play. We have used these notes extensively to try to bring you a play as close to the intentions of the writer as possible. Shaw owned eventually had homes in London and Hertfordshire, and his name is to be found on blue plaques commemorating theatres he worked at, places he lived and people he influenced. He died in 1950. By Sally Crowley
We were formed in 1966 by Joan Munday and Jim Snell, and for our first few years we were known as The Neasden Methodist Church Drama Society. September 2009
We began with three plays in 1967: A Public Mischief, Triple Bill and Love's A Luxury. In 1971 came our first foray into the world of pantomime, and we have performed two plays and a pantomime every year since. Members have come and gone over the years and our performance venues have changed. We perform our pantomimes at the Brent Town Hall to audiences of over 2,000, and we have performed our plays at The Kingsland Hall United Reformed Church (Wembley), The Travellers' Studio (Hatch End) and Glaxo Smithkline (Greenford). After all this time, we are proud that one of our founding members, Joan Munday, is still actively involved with the society. The Chameleons have been online for over a decade. Last year we celebrated 10 years online – please stay tuned for a special October online ticket discount in the run up to panto.
The Chameleons performed „Allo ‘Allo in May 2009
IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE CLARA EYSNFORD-HILL … MRS EYNSFORD-HILL …
… SIMONE LEE-TYRASSEK …CATHERINE WATERS
… KATHRYN PRIEST
FREDDY EYNSFORD-HILL …
… JASON KOSKY
ELIZA DOOLITTLE …
… MICHELLE EDWARDS
COLONEL PICKERING …
… ROBERT SPOLANDER
PROFESSOR HIGGINS …
… STUART EVERETT
SARCASTIC BYSTANDER … MRS PEARCE …
… MEERA PANDIT … JANETTE HUTCHINSON
ARTHUR DOOLITTLE … MRS HIGGINS…
… STEVE ANGUS … ARLETTE KAMELLARD
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES ACT I Portico of Saint Paul‟s Church, in Covent Garden - 11.15p.m. ACT II Higgins'home - Next Day. ACT III Mrs Higgin‟s drawing room. 15 minute - Interval
ACT IV Higgins‟ home – Midnight. Short break between acts but no Interval
Act V Mrs Higgins' drawing room - the next morning
DIRECTOR… ASSISTANT DIRECTOR… SET DESIGN… SET CONSTRUCTION … STAGE MANAGER… PRODUCTION MANAGER… PROMPT… SOUND/LIGHTING MANAGEMENT… PROPERTIES… FURNITURE… ROSTRUM HIRE… COSTUMES… FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER… PUBLICITY… PROGRAMME…
…SALLY CROWLEY …ALEX FORNI …DENIS O‟BRIEN … DENIS O‟BRIEN AND THE CHAMELEONS …NIKKI AMORY …ROBERT SPOLANDER …LAURENCE HUTCHINSON …JOHN JETTEN …HEATHER COLLINS AND THE CHAMELEONS … THE COMPANY OF TEN (ABBEY THEATRE) …DENIS CATER … HELEN STEVENS AND SIMONE LEE-TYRASSEK … ALAN SPOLANDER …JEREMY SPOLANDER AND THE SOCIETY …NIKKI AMORY
Our Director Sally Crowley Just as we think we‟ve managed finally to get rid of her, back she comes, telling us what to do and how to do it! It‟s our own fault for choosing the plays she loves best – the modern classics. Sally trained in theatre at Guildhall (back in the mists of pre-history!) and first worked with us over 30 years ago. She says it‟s easy to find the energy to come and work with us, because we are the most committed, hard working and welcoming group she‟s had the pleasure of being a part of. Thanks, Sal, we‟ve enjoyed having you, too.
Cast Biographies Clara Eysnford-Hill - Simone Lee-Tyrassek This is Simone‟s second show with the Chameleons. Having previously playing „Helga‟ in „Allo ‘Allo, Simone returns to the stage, this time playing Clara. By day, apart from being a full time mother, Simone can be found feeding the masses at the school she works in.
Mrs Eynsford-Hill - Catherine Waters This is Catherine's seventh appearance in a Chameleons play after first having done props and prompted. She has played a variety of roles from her first (and favourite) the manipulative „Marquise de Merteuil‟ in Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the wonderful „Madame Edith‟ in The Chameleons most recent play, 'Allo 'Allo. In her spare time Catherine likes to read, cross stitch and bird watch.
Bystander/Maid - Kathryn Priest Kat is very pleased to be taking on the role of the „Bystander‟ AND „Parlour Maid‟. Previous roles she has enjoyed playing are „Mimi La Bonque‟ in „Allo ‘Allo and one half of „Chasbo‟ (better known as „Chav‟) in Jack and the Beanstalk. By night she loves singing karaoke and watching TV, and by day she is a counters chick for Sainsbury‟s, “I love ham and olives!” Freddy Eynsford-Hill - Jason Kosky Jason has been a member of the Chameleons for more years than he care to remember. During this time he has enjoyed playing many different roles, such as „Gruber‟ in „Allo ‘Allo and the „Wizard‟ in Jack and the Beanstalk. His favourite role has been „Chris Keller‟ in All My Sons, a production/performance that he is very proud of. Pygmalion is a play Jason has always wanted to be in and he is proud to be playing „Freddy‟. When not on stage, Jason is the manager of his local Esso Petrol Station and if he is not working he is at home looking after his two year old daughter.
Eliza Doolittle - Michelle Edwards This is one of Michelle's favourite plays and having the opportunity to play Eliza has been a most enjoyable experience. She has appeared with The Chameleons for 14 years and has taken on roles such as „Dorothy‟ from The Wizard of Oz and „Cécile‟ from Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Michelle has just completed a degree in music at Sussex University and to try and elongate the student lifestyle for as long as possible, she has just started her teacher training at the Institute of Education in London - secondary school children beware! Colonel Pickering - Robert Spolander A respectable retired military man is a far cry from the violin-snapping „Herr Flick‟ Robert played in our last production, „Allo ‘Allo, and he is enjoying the contrast. This is Robert‟s fourth production with Sally as his director so he must be doing something right …or so he thinks! He has been involved in over 50 productions for the group since joining a little under 20 years ago and claims (if anyone listens) that his highlights are „Dame Sam‟ (Dick Whittington 2004), „Valmont‟ (Les Liaisons Dangeruses) and most recently „Joe Keller‟ (All My Sons). Offstage, Robert is also our Chairman, deals with production and has been the Stage Manager for many musicals including one of his favourites – My Fair Lady. Professor Higgins - Stuart Everett Stuart is having another crack at the part of „Henry Higgins‟, having played the part in the musical version My Fair Lady a few years ago. He is a life member of the group who has appeared in numerous productions over the years, as well as serving on the committee in a variety of roles. In the last couple of years he has played „Beast‟ in Beauty and the Beast, „Dad‟ in Caught in the Net, both the Dames in Jack and the Beanstalk and „Rene Artois‟ in „Allo, ‘Allo. He is keenly looking forward to his next role as director of next Januarys‟ pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Stuart also regularly appears with other local groups in musical productions.
Sarcastic Bystander - Meera Pandit Meera is looking forward to performing with The Chameleons for the first time, as it as been many years since she last performed on stage. The last time she was on stage was as „Sybil Merton‟ in Lord Arthur Savile's Crime with The Mad Hatters, Theatre Company. Meera is very interested in self development and enjoys going on courses. She is also a trained Holistic Therapist.
Mrs Pearce - Janette Hutchinson Janette was first introduced to Pygmalion whilst at secondary school and immediately loved it. Surprisingly, despite being involved in My Fair Lady (the musical based on the play) on numerous occasions (twice as Musical Director, twice on stage and once in the band), this is the first time that she has had the opportunity to act in the original play and has enjoyed every minute. Among her favourite roles to date are „Kate‟ in All My Sons, „Lady Angkatell‟ in The Hollow, and „Madame Bovine‟ in Cinderella. By day Janette works for Brent Music Service as the co-ordinator for their classroom programme. “Music’sCool”. and ‘Gladys’ in The Pajama Game. This is not her first Arthur Arthur Doolittle - Steve Angus Miller play, having played ‘Jenny' in Death of a Salesman, but it has been her most enjoyable.
Since joining the Chameleons in 1978 Steve has appeared in over 50 productions – staying just ahead of his age! His only regret about performing Pygmalion is that no singing is involved, a fact that the rest of the cast are very grateful for! He is also currently making a guest appearance as the Society‟s Treasurer.
Mrs Higgins - Arlette Kamellard Arlette has been actively involved with the group for some time, both on and off stage. Until recently she performed the role acted as Membership Secretary for the society and she still keeps her hand in by assisting with our monthly newsletter. Onstage, the roles have varied from that of the amusing cleaner „Mrs Roper‟ (Verdict), to the „Scarecrow‟ (Wizard of Oz) and „Granny‟ Weatherwax‟ (Wyrd Sisters). Arlette is also an active member of Kingsbury Amateur Operatic Society and will be performing later this year in their next production, Act Your Age … whether this has some connection to Arlette‟s day job as a primary school teacher we couldn‟t possibly say!
Awards and Nominations 2010 has been a very successful year for the society. We entered 'Allo 'Allo into the 2010 Barnet and District Drama Festival and we are delighted to announce that we were awarded the Andrew Forney Memorial Trophy - Adjudicatorâ€™s Special Award. The adjudicator, Charles Evans awarded this for Ingenuity.
Our Chair at the Noda Awards
Performing a show of this nature, with its many different settings, in a hall with limited space and facilities was a massive challenge and we have been commended on our use of every inch of available space, our use of the revolving set constructed by Craig Marshall and bringing the cafe in to the audience. We were also been nominated for two awards by NODA - The National Operatic and Dramatic Association - London Region. The Chameleons were awarded the "It's Behind You" Best Pantomime Award for our production of Beauty and the Beast in January 2009 and were delighted to have been nominated again for our 2010 production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Our souvenir show programme for this production has been highly commended and was named overall 3rd in its class from 239 productions. In previous years we were also nominated for the Shinfield Players Scenic Award for our production of The Hollow - autumn 2008. Congratulations to all involved in these productions.
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A PUBLIC MISCHIEF TRIPLE BILL LOVE’S A LUXURY
SLEEPING BEAUTY LLOYD GEORGE KNEW MY FATHER BLACK CHIFFFON
DICK WHITTINGTON GHOST TRAIN SING ON!
THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE SURPRISE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE
BABES IN THE WOOD CAT ON THE FIDDLE A BAG OF LAUGHS PYGMALION
BABES IN THE WOOD SUDDENLY AT HOME IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
DEAR OCTOPUS BOEING BOEING MIDSUMMER MILK
ALADDIN BILLY LIAR MURDER ON THE NILE
ALADDIN AS LONG AS THEY’RE HAPPY VERDICT
PYGMALION ON MONDAY NEXT QUIET WEEKEND
JACK & THE BEANSTALK IS YOUR HONEYMOON REALLY NECESSARY? BUSYBODY
SLEEPING BEAUTY CALIFORNIA SUITE DEADLY NIGHTCAP
JACK & THE BEANSTALK PINK STRING & SEALING WAX LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN
CINDERELLA BELL, BOOK & CANDLE LUCKY FOR SOME
SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS OUTSIDE EDGE MURDER IN COMPANY
SLEEPING BEAUTY GOODNIGHT MRS. PUFFIN SALAD DAYS
DICK WHITTINGTON LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME THE HOLLOW
CINDERELLA OUT OF ORDER CONFUSIONS
CINDERELLA LADIES IN RETIREMENT THE BOYFRIEND
HUMPTY DUMPTY NIGHT MUST FALL OUTSIDE EDGE
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK OUT OF FOCUS THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
THE WIZARD OF OZ THE HEIRESS THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE
THE WIZARD OF OZ COMIC POTENTIAL LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME
OLD KING COLE SHADOW IN THE SUN THREE IN ONE BONAVENTURE
ALADDIN BLITHE SPIRIT VITALITY THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
ALADDIN 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD TOAD OF TOAD HALL TOMB WITH A VIEW
DICK WHITTINGTON DANGEROUS CORNER MURDERED TO DEATH
MOTHER GOOSE THE MILITANTS SAILOR BEWARE
PETER PAN AN INSPECTOR CALLS BREAK A LEG
ALADDIN THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
ROBINSON CRUSOE PRINCESS ASCENDING BREATH OF SPRING GASLIGHT LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
SLEEPING BEAUTY THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND COSTA DEL PACKET NO SEX PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH
BABES IN THE WOOD AN INSPECTOR CALLS PLAY ON
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS RUN FOR YOUR WIFE LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
CINDERELLA WYRD SISTERS THE HOLLOW
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CAUGHT IN THE NET ALL MY SONS
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK ‘ALLO ‘ALLO
THE BRIDE AND THE BACHELOR I’LL GET MY MAN NIGHT MUST FALL
DICK WHITTINGTON HERE WE COME A-GATHERING NO TIME FOR FIGLEAVES A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED
SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS PACK OF LIES TRIVIAL PURSUITS
CINDERELLA WANTED – ONE BODY
ROBINSON CRUSOE RUN FOR YOUR WIFE
GOODY TWO SHOES 1995 HAY FEVER, OLIVER! THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
JACK & THE BEANSTALK CAT’S CRADLE PLAY ON!
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