Careline Theatre Alcalali

The Good Olde Days

Produced and Directed by Mr DUGGIE CHAPMAN

Mr Duggie Chapman
  Duggie Chapman  

 

Location Direction by Mr JOHN A. BOOTH

Choreography by Miss JUNE A. BOOTH

THE CAST
Mr DUGGIE CHAPMAN Your Worthy Chairman
Miss BERYL JOHNSON The First Lady of Song
Mr PETE LINDUP Instruments Galore
Mr PETER CLAGUE Songs With Style
Miss CANDIDA WRIGHT The Orphean Warbler
Miss BRENDA COOK The Cheeky Chanteuse
   

THE GAIETY GIRLS

Miss Elaine Farrow, Miss Olive Baker, Miss Rita Brett, Miss Linda Chadwick, Miss Margaret Cordery, Miss Ann Hosking, Miss Violet Lorraine, Miss Jean Martin, Miss Lynne Parsons, with Mr Graham Chadwick
   
MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT Mr TOM HOWARD. Rehearsal Music: Mr David Ash

STAGE MANAGER

Mr JOHN A. BOOTH
Assistant Stage Manager Mr Bill Parsons
Scenery "The Good Olde Days" Company
Wardrobe "The Good Olde Days" Company
Backstage, Lights & Sound Crew Mr Michael Banks, Mr Stan Betts, Mr Ray Davis, Mr Terry Farrow, Mr Brian Hight, Mr Charlie Lennon, Mr Roy Martin, Mr Bryan Maskell

Bar Management

Mr Norman Hall, Miss Karen Hall, Mr Ray Baker, Mr Michael Banks, Miss Vicki Banks, Mr Bert Cook
Front-Of-House Manager Mr Brian Hatch
Front of House Staff Miss Jean Barber, Mr Ray Barrett, Miss Shirley Barrett, Miss Pat Betts, Mr Stan Betts, Mr Ben Bloch, Mr Alan Brett, Miss Shirley Dagger, Miss Sue Dearson, Miss Gina Gonzalez, Miss Ray Hatch, Miss Sylvia Hight, Miss Pat Johnston, Miss Elsie Juett, Miss Sylvia Kent, Mr Terry Kent, Miss Jeanne Maskell, Miss Angela McAdam, Mr Richard McEnery, Miss Sylvia McEnery, Miss Sybil McGregor, Mr Jack Pearce, Miss Vida Pearce, Mr Steve Penny, Miss Trish Penny, Miss Betty Pitt, Mr Ken Pitt, Miss Jenny Roberts, Miss Pamela Simon, Mr Vicente Simon, Miss Viveca Ulf-Hansen, Mr Colin Worrall, Miss Hazel Worrall
Qualified Nurse on Duty in Theatre Nurse Jeanne Maskell

Box Office Ticket Sales

Mr John A. Booth, Miss Jeanne Maskell, Miss Lynne Parsons
Programme Design & Production Mr Graham B. Chadwick
Programme Advertising Sales Mr Colin Worrall
PR & Publicity Mr Graham B. Chadwick
Accommodation and Transport Careline Theatre Members
DUGGIE CHAPMAN

Duggie ChapmanAn entertainer and producer of international status, Duggie actually began his career as an 11 year-old film star! Duggie landed the part through auditions for a northern boy for the Robert Donat film 'The Cure For Love'. He got the showbiz bug at the age of 15, on leaving school, and went on tour with a boy singing group called The Four Blue Pages. During three years of continuous touring in variety, his voice broke and developed an unmusical croak overnight!

He decided to turn to comedy, after working with so many idols, and his first engagement as a comedian was at the age of 18 at the Old Collins Music Hall on Islington Green, a mecca at that time for agents and talent scouts. He was spotted by a representative of Vic Oliver, who introduced him to the BBC producer Alistair Scott-Johnson, and this led to his first broadcast in Variety Playhouse. Many more radio shows followed and, in all, over 100 broadcasts for the BBC.
Duggie became popular as a Summer Show comedian and starred in Summer Shows throughout the country Always in demand as a pantomime 'DAME', he spent three consecutive Christmas seasons at Richmond Theatre, London and, for Derek Salberg, at Bournemouth and Birmingham.
It was in the sixties that Duggie went into business on his own account and his hugely popular 'CHAPMANS MUSIC HALL' played every major town and city in Great Britain and abroad. Visits with the show to South Africa, Scandinavia (3 times) and the USA (4 times) have meant a very busy schedule for Duggie.         One of the most popular comperes in the business, he has introduced most of the top stars of the last 30 years in a long series of concerts. He is also a director in his own right, having produced more than 25 pantomimes, Summer shows and plays. In addition, Duggie has been a very successful manager with many popular clients, including Danny La Rue. Each year he presents a number of very successful pantomimes and Summer Shows throughout Great Britain, starring some of the biggest names in showbusiness. In 1997 he was awarded the first 'Roy Castle Trophy' for outstanding services to variety.

BERYL JOHNSON

Beryl JohnsonBeryl Johnson has a wealth of experience in the world of entertainment. She has appeared worldwide in cabaret, from famous nightspots to cruise liners. She has appeared in every major theatre in the British Isles in variety Summer shows and pantomime. Beryl recently spent three Autumn seasons at 'The Spinning Wheel Dinner Theatre', a British Music Hall venue in Connecticut, U.S.A..

Featured in her very wide repertoire are pops, ballads, songs from the shows and West-End musicals, as well as Music Hall memories. She has had the pleasure of performing with stars such as Danny La Rue, John Inman, Frank Carson, The Roly Polys and many, many more.

TV credits as a straight actress include 'Emmerdale', 'Jewel In The Crown' and 'Grange Hill'. She has made many more television appearances abroad and numerous BBC radio broadcasts. Her outstanding voice and attractive personality are acclaimed throughout the world of show business for high entertainment value.

Beryl hails from Yorkshire, but now resides in Blackpool.

PETE LINDUP

Pete LindupStarting as a youngster with a comedy/mime act, Pete Lindup got his first professional break with Lancashire comedian and impresario Jack Storey.

Graduating to the roles of stooge and feed, he eventually joined the international comedy act, Nuts And Bolts. As Dr Bolts, he utilised his considerable skills on trombone, clarinet and tuba.

Forming his own act he added trumpet, saxophone, banjo, penny whistle, sousaphone and washboard to his ever increasing array of musical instruments, all interwoven with his highly individual style of off-beat comedy patter.

All in all, Pete is a highly talented performer who has worked with many of the biggest stars.

CANDIDA WRIGHT PETER CLAGUE BRENDA COOK
Candida Wright Peter Clague Brenda Cook

THE HISTORY OF MUSIC HALL

As uniquely British as pantomime, Music Hall originated in London in the early 1800's. It began with drinking and singing parties in pubs, when the better performers would be rewarded with a free beer. The custom spread rapidly and landlords began opening an extra concert room to accommodate the growing number of participants who developed their own followers.

Charles Morton opened the first real Music Hall in 1854 at The Canterbury at Westminster Bridge. He took the idea one step further by introducing professional singers and providing food as well as copious amounts of drink.

It wasn't long before there was hardly a town in the country without its own Music Hall. Artistes would perform at three and four different venues each night, dashing from one to another to make up their money. Many adopted exotically descriptive names so they might be more easily remembered.

Although Music Hall was essentially working class entertainment, respectability was added when the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, developed a taste for the genre. Many performers became extremely well-known and could command an audience anywhere in the country. Each had their own theme, gimmick or selection of favourite songs, and many of these were successfully published as sheet music for the very first time, adding to the artistes' income.

In 1902 the government banned the sale of alcohol in theatres and this, in effect, spelled the beginning of the end for Music Hall. A high percentage of the Music Hall performers failed to make the transition to the new-style 'Variety' and, although many were forgotten, others were consigned to the (fortunately quite well documented) history books. It was not until 1953, when the BBC recreated the Music Hall at the City Varieties theatre in Leeds, that it regained its former popularity. The old­time Music Hall tradition was largely followed and modern day artistes re­enacted the best known roles from so many years before. Television may have sparked the revival but, in the ensuing years, the songs have endured and Olde Time Music Hall has played to full houses ever since, not only in Great Britain, but around the world.

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