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SYNOPSIS:  musical 

Spanning the years 1800s to the 1920s, this musical is an American epic.  It tells the story of three generations of performers travelling on a show boat on the Mississippi River from the South to Chicago and then their onward journey to Broadway.  Cap’n Andy and the family of performers are on board the Cotton Blossom show boat.  They navigate love, heartbreak, ambition, racism and integration.  A number of beloved, well-known songs derive from this production such as:  Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Loving Dat Man.

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Did you know? According to the  program for Show Boat:  “Cranbrook Community Theatre is pleased to present its fifth musical production in the past four  years.”

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SHOW BOAT

Based on the Novel by Edna Ferber

Music by Jerome Kern

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by  Bud Abbott     1969

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Jim Gooderham ……. Windy                            Dermot O’Sullivan….. Pete

Dan Wurzer …….…... Steve                              Janet Anderson ……... Queenie

Jean Bain ………..…... Parthy-Ann Hawkes     Cornel Sawchuk …….. Capt. Andy

Chris MacDonald …. Ellie                                 Brent Carver ………….. Frank         

Gerry Dorris ………… Rubberface                    Ida Van der Molen ….. Julie     

Ken Petty ………….... Gaylord Ravenal           Keith Anderson ………. Vallon    

Alice de Roche ….... Magnolia                        Bob Duthie …………….. Joe        

Gwen Hill ……………. Ethel                                Nellie Allen …………..... Landlady

Gary Bain …………... Jim                                    Paul Lauzon ………….... Jake

Dermot O’Sullivan …... Charlie           Janet Littlejohn ……... Mother Superior

Shannon Gunther ……. Kim                Arlene Galarneau …… Old Lady on the Levee

Bob Rader & Bob Rader Jr.   ….. Backwoodsmen

 

CHORUS:

Patty Keen             Faith Hanson              Dawn Burrin                 Linda Betts

Helen Turner          Bruna Piovesan          Ellen Watson               Stan Hawley

Francis Biram         Ken Boothe                Rita Varga                    Dennis Laine

Donna Grimm        Ed Thompson            Margaret Gunther       Dave MacKillop

Sheila Gorrie          Phyl Kuhnert              Ty Colgur                      Gwen Hill

Bud Abbott            Karen MacDonald      Dave Nielson               Nellie Allen

Don Gilmour          Emil Dey                     Jim Parkins                   John Smoroden

 

REHEARSAL PIANISTS:

Edna Gilmour …. Accompanist

Bud Dunlop               Les Kuhnert    

Jean Connolly           Tom Beynon

 

ORCHESTRA:

John Hyrciuk …. Arrangements

Stu Taylor                     Bud Dunlop            Ed McKenzie

Brian McKenzie           Rich Majury             Randi Marchi

Rob Davies                   Bruce Hryciuk         Joe Rokosh   

Maurice MacKay         Ron Daviuk 

 

PRODUCTION STAFF:

Gerry Atchison …... Producer                       Arlene Galarneau ….. Assistant Director

Carol Doyle …….…. Choreography              Len Deroche ….......... Stage Manager

Rudy Engels ………..Lighting Effects            Jack Allen & Mrs. Flo Dorris … Tickets

Kathy Cullen ……... Call Girl                          Janet Littlejohn ...….. Prompter              

Stan’s Photography Ltd……………….… Photos

Marilyn Colgur …………………………….. Wardrobe Mistress    

Dawn Burrin ………………………………... Lobby Decoration

Edna Gilmour & Maurice MacKay ….    Musical Directors

Gail Mawson ……………………………….  Backstage Consultant        

Gerry Atchison & Paul Lauzon ……..     Publicity & Advertising      

Paul Lauzon …………………………….….  Poster & Programme Design   

Miggs Sawchuk & Dan Wurzer …..      Costume Coordination

Nina Salvail & Irma Leschuitta ……...... Dressers

Ivy Ruault, Venie Webster and Barbara Peasley ………………… Concession

Jane Fisher, Sharon Brunzel & Sylvia Connolly ……………….….. Properties

Eleanor Bridges, Ivy Ruault, Irma Leschuitta, Lois Price ……..... Seamstresses

Gail Mawson, Paul Lauzon, Karen Gordon ……………………….... Scene Design

Mame Connick, Dagmar Allen, Ellen Watson, Miggs Sawchuk,

          Gerry Atchison, Lynn Bedard, Karen  Gordon, and

                Joan Ressler…………………………………………………………... Make-up     

Diane Maletta, Debbie Smith, Georgina Galarneau, and

            Terry Johnson, Cathy Galarneau………………………..……...…. Usherettes

Steven Henderson, Herb Langin,  Les Mawson, George Galarneau,

          Cliff Owen, Martin Connoly ………………………………………... Set Construction

Gail Mawson, Sharon Bruzel, Nina Salvail, Karen Gordon,

          Martin Connolly, Sylvia Connolly, Steven Henderson …....... Paint Crew     

   Sweethearts of Sam Steele Days Contestants:  Judy Hanemayer,

          Judy Spooner, Cheryl Skelton, Paddi Faust, Jackie Brown

                and 1968 Sweetheart, Miss Bronwynn James ………....... Programme Sellers