13 - 17 May 2003
Director and choreographer: Martyn Knight
Musical director: Neil Streeter
The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinee: 3:00 pm
Back by extremely popular demand - the tapping cowboys, dodgy peddlar, surly farm hands, gals and ranchers hit the trail once more as the old West came to the Haymarket stage with director, Martyn Knight’s first visit to the Society.
Well, it's a beautiful morning and the farm folk are getting excited about who's taking who to the Box Social. Curly wants to go with Laurey in the "Surrey with the fringe on top" and she's not totally against the idea, but decides to play hard-to-get and instead agrees to go with the surly Jud, who she's not actually that fond of. Ado Annie is thrilled at the return from "Kansas City" of her beau Will, but not thrilled enough not to agree to marry the peddlar, Ali Hakim, who isn't sure that marriage was what he had in mind at all. Despite his continued advances, Laurey keeps Curly at arms’ length, otherwise "People will say we're in love".
The second Act opens with the partygoers declaring that "the farmer and the cowman should be friends" and then promptly starting to brawl. Jud and Curly fight it out for Laurey's affections and Will manages (with some help from Ali himself) to win Annie from the peddlar - "All or Nuthin'". Weddings ensue and if this were panto, that would be it - but it isn't. Jud forces a final twist which threatens to spoil the 'happy ever after', but can the grim rancher take the shine off the day?
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"The gals and fellas of BATS delighted the packed Haymarket Theatre."
The Basingstoke Gazette - Read full review
Ian "Spud" Smith
Friends of Laurey
Lucy Errington, Katy German
Sarah Jeffery, Verity Marsh
Saloon Girls: Jenna Augustus, Rosalind Dutton, Siobhan FitzPatrick, Caroline Ruskell
Boy Dancers: Pete Chandler, Joe Crawford, Bryn Hughes, Craig Saunders
Female chorus: Jenna Augustus, Rosalind Dutton, Lucy Errington, Elizabeth Flaherty, Rachel Glover, Sarah Jeffery, Verity Marsh, Caroline Ruskell, Libby Ruskell, Melaine Such, Myra Ward
Male chorus: Anthony Bevan, Neil Brand, Pete Chandler, Richard Cox, Joe Crawford, Paul Graham, Michael Jacob, Steve Jeffery, Tom Langley, Craig Saunders, Ben Taylor, Mark Winter
Director and Choreographer
Assistant to the Director
Peter Brenchley, Paul Manning, Maurice Schiller, John Scriven,
Nick Tanner, Simon Waller, Keith Reynolds, Sam Reynolds
Lighting and Sound
Viking Stage Lighting
Follow Spot Operators
Liz Ilett, Di Annakin
Scenery Supplied by
Proscenium Ltd, Rochdale
The Costume Workshop, Isle of Wight
"Big Wigs" trading at Edward James Cutting Rooms, Basingstoke
Eileen Clewes, Carole Morley
Marketing and PR Officer
Tracey Gonzato, Melanie Such, Liz Walsh
Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Lynn Riggs “Green Grow the Lilacs”. Original dances by Agnes de Mille.
Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library of New York.