Production 1 Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the BeastBy Nicholas Stuart Gray

Performed on Thu 2nd to Sat 4th February 1956 at St. George's Hall. In aid of The Hall Fund

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Hodge (The Wizard) Conrad Sherwin
Mikey (The Dragon) Joan Towler
The Prince Monica Fitzgerald
Mr. Clements (The Merchant) Bert Bradshaw
Beauty Joyce Robson
Jessamine Susan Boreham
Jenqueline Conrad Sherwin
Hodge (The Wizard) Margaret Casey

Cast of Beauty and the Beast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Beauty and the Beast

Cast of Beauty and the Beast

New Drama Guild’s First Production

St. George's Church which a few years ago gave birth to the St. George's Players now a flourishing amateur dramatic society that has severed its church connections would appear to have repeated the successful process with the arrival of the St. George's Church Drama Guild. The Guild's first production Nicholas Stuart Gray's Beauty and the Beast was presented for three nights at St. George's Hall last weekend. Since the alterations have been carried out at this hall, it is equipped with probably the largest and most accommodating stage in the borough. So much so that the 12 scene changes demanded by Stuart Gray were carried out with commendable speed and effectiveness. The scenery and dressings were a triumph for the new Guild. Certainly they are in the forefront of local Amateur Dramatic Companies as far as their backstage team is concerned. The producer is Conrad Sherwin, well known to local audiences. He also took the role of Hedge, the kindly but absent-minded wizard in this initial production, thanks largely to him the performance that I saw on Friday captured the true spirit of fantasy, and his make-up was a minor work of art. Jean Towle, who spent the evening on all-fours as Mikey, the friendly dragon, was another who got the best out of a delightfully written part and Monica Fitzgerald as the Prince turned beast played with great style and assurance. One of her several advantages is a good strong expressive voice. Bert Bradshaw cut a fine figure of Victorian parenthood; Joyce Robson was as pure a beauty as one could have wished for; and Susan Boreham and Margaret Casey played her two sisters with annoying realism. Of the backstage team there should be special words for the convincing magic by Dorrie Sherwin and K Riley. The beast detector, the drooping nose and all the other novel effects were well contrived. Clare Bradshaw the wardrobe mistress was responsible for one of the best dressed amateur shows that I have seen for a long time, and in her role as prompt she was almost unemployed, almost but not quite. Miss Wakeham provided a dazzling display of flowers, and the scene painters John Varney, Miss Watson and Miss. Riley are other new comers to the local theatre who are obviously useful acquisitions. The others were; Stage Manager Phil Casey, Make-Up C Philpott, Front of House M. Fitzgerald (the witches costumes were a charming idea and they certainly did not reflect the true personalities of the usherettes). Mr. F.W. Hughes provided the incidental music, and the Wizard's song was the composition of Ronald S. Hill. Thanking Mr. Sherwin and the rest for their efforts, the vicar of St. George's (Rev. I.W. Hart) said the Guild was still in the bud, and he wished them a blooming future. He thought they had put on an extraordinarily good show for their first attempt. I agreed.

M.B.M.
Published in The East Kent Mercury 1956

Production Team

Production Team

Director Stuart Gray
Producer Conrad Sherwin
Magic Effects Dorrie Sherwin & Kathleen Riley
Wardrobe Mistress Clare Bradshaw
Flowers Miss. Wakeham
Prompt Clare Bradshaw
Set Painters John Varney, Miss. Watson & Miss. Riches
Stage Manager Phil Casey
Make-up Catherine Philpott
Lighting Robin Varney
Props Doris Cohen & Dennis Philpott
Front of House Molly Fitzgerald
Incidental Music F.W. Hughes
Wizard's Song Composer Ronald S. Hill

Cast of Beauty and the Beast