Mack & Mabel
12 - 22 November 2003
Director and choreographer: Ray Jeffery
Musical director: Trevor Defferd
The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinees: 3:00 pm
Join BATS to learn the story of Mack Sennett, undisputed King of Comedy in the silent movie era, and the silent movie star, Mabel Normand.
The story starts in 1932 in Mack's old studios, where they are now making "talkies" much to his disdain. Mack reminisces and through his memories the story of their turbulent relationship and the magic of making movies in the early days of Hollywood unfolds. We are taken back to 1911 when it all began. Sennett is in the middle of making a two-reeler when the creditors come to close him down., in the middle of the chaos in walks Mabel, the kid from the Deli. She won't leave until she gets her 15 cents. Her natural comic talent is captured on film by Mack and before she knows it she is making movies.
The next step is Hollywood. By this time both Mack and Mabel realise their feelings towards each other, but Mack's life is all about making movies and he won't let anything get in his way. Mabel accepts his 'rules' and as they arrive in Hollywood they are supremely happy and the stage is set for one of Sennet's big "happy endings". It may be Hollywood, but is it happy ever after......?
Box office tel: 01256 844244
Group bookings tel: 01256 366935
Gary J. Myers
William Desmond Taylor
Female company: Jenna Augustus, Karen Baggs, Trudi Bevan, Eleanor Crosswell, Rosalind Dutton, Lucy Errington, Siobhan FitzPatrick, Elizabeth Flaherty, Katy German, Leslery German, Judith Ifould, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Leaford, Verity Marsh, Carole Morley, Abigail Parsons, Sam Reynolds, Myra Ward, Dawn Wylie
Male company: Anthony Bevan, Richard Cox, Tom Langley, Ken Pickering, Keith Shergold, Ian "Spud" Smith, Colin Webb, Stephen Westwood, Robert Wilson
Tappers: Jenna Augustus, Karen Baggs, Anthony Bevan, Trusi Bevan, Eleanor Crosswell, Lucy Errington, Siobhan FitzPatrick, Katy German, Bryn Hughes, Sarah Jeffery, Tom Langley, Verity Marsh, Stephen Westwood, Roert Wilson, Dawn Wylie
Director and Choreographer
Assistant to the Director
Additional Music for Silent Movie Sequences Arranged by
Richard Bond, Peter Brenchley, Steve Jeffery, Paul Manning, Mike McKeown, Anthony Mitchell, Beanie Potten, Keith Shergold, Simon Waller
Lighting and Sound
Viking Stage Lighting
Follow Spot Operators
Jo Dell, Jim Welling
Scenery Supplied by
Scenic Projects Ltd
Silent Movie Film Supplied by
Howard Selfe at Norwood Films
The Haymarket Theatre
John Scriven and Aileen Scriven
Justine Dunn, Eileen Clewes, Elizabeth Flaherty, Tracey Gonzato, Theresa Lunn
Assistant Wardrobe Mistress
Di Annakin, Gail Webb
Theatrical Cosume House (Westcliff), BATS Wardrobe, Weston-super-Mare Amateur Operatic Society
"Big Wigs" trading at Edward James Cutting Rooms, Basingstoke
Liz Roshier, Neil Streeter
Marketing and PR Officer
Di Annakin, Bryn Hughes, Liz Walsh
Book by Michael Stewart. Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.
Original New York production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion.
Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.