The Boyfriend – Nov 2005

The Boyfriend – 23rd to 26th Nov 2005.

Stiwt Theatre, Rhos.

Directed by Lyn Aston

CAST

Polly Browne – Kendra Jones

Tony Brockhurst – James Harper

Maisie – Keira Pugh

Bobby Van Huesen – Daffyd Griffiths

Mme. Dubonnet – Carmen Edwards

Percival Browne – Bill Robertson

Lord Brockhurst – Raymond Jones

Lady Brockhurst – Marina Barnes

Hortense – Gemma Brighton

Dulcie – Eleri Thomas

Fay – Vicci Carol

Nancy – Angharad Siencyn

Alphonse – Shaun Edwards

Marcel – Tom Furlong

Pierre – Jonathan Francis

Waiter – Alan Edwards

Gendarme – Ron Edwards

Pepe & Lolita – To be confirmed

CHORUS

Debbie French, Robina Crawford, Owen Osborne, Leanne Bonson, Leah Pugh.

Production Team

Director – Lyn Aston

Musical director – David Prithchard

Choreographer – Lyn Aston

Technical Manager – Graham Lloyd

Stage Manager – Alan Edwards

DSM – Sye Dobie

Sound – Graham Lloyd

Sound Assistant – Lauren Gledhill

Lighting – Graham Philips (Stiwt)

Follow Spot – Roesja Blok, Matt Jones.

Backstage Crew – Ron Edwards, Tony Aston, James Pryde, Alan Edwards, Jack Robertson, Tesni Edwards, Lauren

Fly Tower – Kelly Gommersal.

Stage Building – Tony Aston, Jack Robertson, Alan Edwards, Ron Edwards, Graham Lloyd

Properties – Tony Aston, Becky Lloyd

Prompt – Sarah Carrol.

Wardrobe – Gemma Brighton

French Advisor – Janet Dobie

Makeup/Hair – Cast

Programme – Lyn Aston, RJP Design

Photographs – Graham Lloyd

Advertising – Joan Robertson

Publicity – TBA

Box Office – Stiwt, Graham & Becky Lloyd

Front of House – Joan Robertson, Debbie French, Ruth Jones, Beryl Humphreys, Mavis Williams, Jack Robertson.

The Boyfriend is a nostalgic and amusing musical comedy written by Sandy Wilson. It is carnival time in the year 1926 and the charming young pupils of Mme Dubonnet’s finishing school have only one thought in their minds; to have a ‘boy friend’ and then a husband – all except Polly Browne. She has no boyfriend and her father discourages any suitors for fear they are after her money. She meets Tony, a messenger boy, and they fall in love, but Polly tells him she is poor, and is in fact Madame Dubonnet’s secretary. Polly’s father, Percival Browne, comes to visit his daughter, and discovers to his dismay that Madame Dubonet is the girl he had an affair with on Armistice Night in 1918. Madame Dubonnet is as amorous as ever but Percival is not so keen. Polly and Tony arrange to meet that afternoon on the Plage. By chance, Lord and Lady Brockhurst – who fancies himself as a lady’s man – much prefers Nice where the girls show more leg.

They recognise Tony as their runaway son and ask a gendarme to catch him. Tony flees, hotly pursued by a gendarme, and Polly assumes he is a criminal. She is heartbroken. All is revealed at the Carnival Ball at the Cafe Pataplon. Tony is the honourable Tony Brockhurst, and Polly confesses that she is the daughter of a millionaire. The rest of the girls all get their man, and Madame Dubonnet’s persistence pays off – she gets Percival Browne. The whole story is set against the background of the froth and fun of the Flapper period – full of foot tapping tunes and lighthearted dialogue.

CHARACTERS

Polly Browne (Soprano) demure motherless heiress.

Tony Brockhurst a messenger boy.

Maisie Polly’s vivacious classmate, a flirt and a “madcap”.

Bobby Van Husen dapper playboy.

Headmistress Mme. Dubonnet intuitive, caring.

Percival Browne Polly’s father, a pompous older gentleman.

Lord Brockhurst a jolly man with a monocle and high blood pressure – no longer attracted to his wife, he chases every woman he sees.

Lady Brockhurst Keeps a tight leash on her husband, with good reason.

Hortense the snobby, chic French maid.

The girlsDulcie,Fay,and Nancy.

The boyfriends Alphonse, Marcel, and Pierre.

SONGS

Perfect Young Ladies Chorus & Girls Hotense·

Boy Friend, The Ensemble·

Won’t You Charleston With Me? Maisie & Bobby·

Fancy Forgetting Percival & Mme Dubonnet·

I Could Be Happy With You Polly & Tony·

Sur La Plage Boys & Girls·

Room In Bloomsbury, Polly & Tony·

It’s Nicer In Nice Hortense and ensemble·

Intermission II

You-Don’t-Don’t-Want-To-Play-With-Me Blues Mme Dubonnet·

Safety In Numbers Maisie·

Riviera, The Company·

It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love Dulcie & Lord Brockhurst·

Never Too Late To Fall In Love Reprise·

Carnival Tango· Poor Little Pierrette Mme. Dubonnet & Polly.


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