Half a Sixpence – 18th to 23rd October 1971.
William Aston Hall, Wrexham.
WREXHAM AND DISTRICT AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY
HALF A SIXPENCE
By arrangement with CHAPPELL & CO. LTD
Based on the Novel “KIPPS” by H. G. Wells
Music and Lyrics by: – DAVID HENEKER
Book by: – BEVERLEY CROSS
The William Aston Hall, Wrexham 18th to 23rd October 1971
Produced and Directed by MAY RILEY.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to “Half a Sixpence”. Our first show after decimalisation just had to have a monetary flavour and so, nostalgically perhaps, our show concerns the old ‘tanner’. This is the Society’s 31st production and this is something of which we can be justly proud. During these years we have staged a variety of productions, from Gilbert and Sullivan to the latest modern musical. Costs soar each year and yet through the hard endeavour of our members and with your patronage we somehow manage to carry on. Today our membership is stronger than ever and they enjoy working hard in all sections of production. During this week members of the Society will be presented with N.O.D.A. awards for ten and twenty-five years membership, and performing alongside them will be young ladies quite as enthusiastic about their show.
We congratulate them all, and if you feel like joining us in any capacity, why not come and see us in the Society’s headquarters at 62a Regent Street? I feel it a great honour to be this year’s Chairman and wish to thank all members and patrons for their continued support. To you the audience we as a Society must give our thanks because without you our work would be in vain. The finished product is before you and I sincerely hope that you enjoy our show as much as we enjoy putting it on.
ELWYN DODD. Chairman
THE CAST – in order of appearance: –
ARTHUR KIPPS – An apprentice shop man – Neil Williams
SID PORNICK – Also an apprentice – David Jones
BUGGINS – Another apprentice – Dennis Capper
PEARCE – The fourth apprentice – Anthony Harper
FLO BATES – A shop girl – Pat Jones
VICTORIA – A shop girl – Glenys Dodd
KATE – A shop girl – Dorothy Davies
EMMA – A shop girl – Kay Parrett
Mr. SHALFORD – The owner of the Emporium – Harold Riley
CARSHOT – His head floor-walker – Alec Blythen
Mrs. BOTTING – A customer – Marie Williams
Mrs. WALSINGHAM – Mother of Helen – Nell Guy
ANN PORNICK – Sid’s sister – Christine Dawber
CHITTERLOW – An actor playwright – Elwyn Dodd
LAURA – A barmaid – Wendy Griffiths
HELEN WALSINGHAM – An enlightened young lady – Audrey Rhodes
EDITH – A student – Shirley Bithell
YOUTH – A student – Ian Evans
YOUNG WALSINGHAM – Helen’s brother – Bryn Lloyd Jones
A PHOTOGRAPHER – Of “The Folkestone Gazette” – Harold Jones
REPORTER – Of “The Folkestone Gazette” – Rex Hester
GWENDOLIN – A parlourmaid – June Wilson
CUSTOMERS and TOWNSPEOPLE:
Shirley Bithell, Moira Brookfield, Robina Crawford, Brenda Hughes, Gwen Hillman, Gaynor Jones, Margaret Jones, Nell Jones, Hilary Morris, Jean Ould, Lynne Rogers, Vi Scott, Carys Williams, Ceri Williams, Barbara Willoughby, Dilys Wilson, Janet Smith, Linda Smith, Jane Yeo. Ben Davies, Stan Davies, Ian Evans, Brian Evans, Ken Farmer, Eddie Hughes, Rex Hoster, Harold Jones, John Lloyd, Eric Rogers, Cliff Smith.
Julie Blore, Michelle Davies, Caryn Dodd, Lynne Hughes, Ruth Jones, Glenys Jones, Heather Jones, Denise Jones, Fay Lewis, Kim Willoughby.
Alison Cowap, Elaine Cowap, Sian Davies, Joyce Hughes, Wendy Griffiths, Beryl Jones, June Wilson. Noel Davies and David Humphreys.
SCENES – ACT 1
Scene 1 – Mr. Shalford’s Emporium
Scene 2 – The Promenade
Scene 3 – The Emporium Scene 4 – The Street
Scene 5 – The Bar of “The Hope and Anchor”
Scene 6 – The Street
Scene 7 – The Classroom
Scene 8 – The Emporium
Scene 9 – The Promenade
Scene 10 – The Old Lighthouse
Scene 11 – The Old Military Canal – Regatta
SCENES – ACT 2
Scene 1 – The Promenade
Scene 2 – Mrs. Botting’s Solarium
Scene 3 – The Basement Kitchen
Scene 4 – The Photographer’s Studio
Scene 5 – The Rented House
Scene 6 – The Promenade
Scene 7 – The Building Site
Scene 8 – The Promenade
Scene 9 – The Bookshop – a year later