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Sweet Charity 2001

Sweet Charity

Book by NEIL SIMON
Music by CY COLEMAN
Lyrics by DOROTHY FIELDS

An amateur performance by arrangement with
MUSICSCOPE & TAM-WITMARK

24-27 January 2001

7.30 p.m. ach evening and 2.30 p.m. Saturday Matinee

Hind Leys Theatre
Forest St, Shepshed, Leics., LE12 9DB

 
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Charity Hope Valentine Katie Crook
Oscar Linquist David Burton
Nickie Charlotte Humphrey
Helene Eve Joseph
Herman Stephen Taylor
Vittorio Vidal Matthew Hucknall
Ursala March Lisa Waldron
Daddy Brubeck Lee Bowley
Brubeck Assistants Thomas Woods & Tom Vickery
Rosie Zoe Adkin
The Hostess Girls:  
- Carmen Nikita Crump
- Betsy Jenny Marchment
- Elaine Ella Burnell
- Frenchy Laura Watret
- Suzanne Stacey Langran
- Alice Hannah Salton
- Marty Rebecca Harris
- Shelly Michelle Spencer
- Dolly Laura Penver
Policewoman/Concierge/Information Girl Oonagh Kendrick
Policeman/Charlie Adam Lee
Young Man/Barney Michael Daniels
Young Man/John Smith Joseph Wale
Panhandler/Woman At Elevator Lucy Partridge
Panhandler/Married Woman Laura Clark
Pandhandler/Ice Cream Vendor Emma Watret
Passerby/Woman Jenna Neal
Woman In Park Louise Burton
Married Man Matthew Hucknall
Woman With Hat Zoe Adkin
Manfred/Baseball Player Tom Vickery
Marvin/Man With Dog Thomas Woods
Spanish Young Man Lee Bowley
Soloists in "Weddings" Michael Daniels & Joseph Wale
Soloist in "Frug" Thomas Woods

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CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Producer/Director Adrian Dobson
Musical Director Jonathan Orton
Choreographer Wendy Spencer
Costumes Sue Penver
Stage Manager Roger Sisson
House Managers Jerry & Eileen Burton
Lighting Alix Dobson, Matt Baker & James White
Sound Paul Frost
Stage Crew & Set Alan Jamieson, Howard Rogerson, Adrian Lungenmuss
& Roger Sisson
Box Office Julia Daniels & Clare Adkin
Raffle/Fundraising Elaine Russell
Poster Design Alix Dobson
Programme Adrian Dobson
Photographs Mark Chinnery, Adrian Dobson & Linda Young
Production Assistants Neil Pascoe, Lesley Aldridge & Vicky Wright
Acknowledgements

Hind Leys College Staff and Caretakers;
Christchurch Methodist Church; Clifford & Brown;
Richard Perkins; Shirley Hull; ESNA Players;
The Instant Print Centre;
All parents, family & friends who have helped in any way;


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SYNOPSIS

SWEET CHARITY - THE STORY OF A GIRL WHO JUST WANTED TO BE LOVED

We are introduced to Charity Hope Valentine on a date with her ho-hope boyfriend Charlie "Dark Glasses". We soon gather that the relationship is rather one-sided as Charlie doesn't say a waord, but Chrity is smitten. Charlie is exposed when he snatches her dowry and pushes her in the lake.

Back at the Fandango Ballroom, where she works as a "social consultant", Charity decides that she's not going to be hurt again. Then, on her way home, outside the up-market Pompeii club, she runs into the film star, Vittorio Vidal, who is arguing with his beautiful girlfriend, Ursala. To spite Ursala, Vittorio whisks Charity into the club. The clientele inside the club are very aloof towards Charity. Vittorio asks Charity to dance, but in the excitement she steps on his foot and faints. Vittorio does not know what to do with Charity who is collapsed in his arms; Charity, herself, suggests that he lay her down - in his apartment!

Later, at his place, after realising that there is no possibility of her becoming romantically involved with Vittorio as he is in love with Ursala, she asks for an autographed picture and souvenirs to show the girls back at the Fandango ballroom. But Ursala returns, and Charity has to hide in the closet all night, looking on to Vittorio and Ursala are reunited!

Once again, at the Fandango Ballroom, Charity and the girls decide that there must be better than being groped by the Fandango's customers/ Charity visits the YMCA in an attempt to find culture and refinement and to meet new people. But she gets stuck inthe lift with the claustrophobic accountant, Oscar. Charity helps Oscar through his ordeal and on their escape, Oscar invites Charity to a meeting at the Rhythm Of Life church. For a weirdo, he's quite nice!

As their relationship progresses, Charity gets increasingly concerned with the fact that Oscar believes she is a bank clerk. As she is going to give up her job this lie does not seem so bad - but when she does finally confess - Oscar announces that he knew anyway, as he saw her going into the ballroom and he followed herin; he did not stay long - only an hour or so. Nevertheless, he wants to marry her.

The girls at the ballroom hold a party for Charity. But Oscar is beginning to have a few doubts. He cannot deal with Charity's past relationships. he tells that he cannot marry her. But Charity is consoled by the fact that she still has her dowry and that she did not get tattooed again. Maybe things are beginning to look up for her.


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MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE  
Overture Orchestra
You Should See Yourself Charity
Big Spender Nickle, Helene & Hostess Girls
Rich Man's Frug Company
If My Friends Could See Me Now Charity
Too Many Tomorrows Vittorio
There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This Charity, Nickie & Helene
   
ACT TWO  
The Rhythm Of Life Daddy, Assistants & Chorus
Baby, Dream Your Dream Nickie & Helene
Sweet Charity Oscar
Big Spender (Reprise) Helene & Girls
I'm A Brass Band Charity & Chorus
I Love To Cry At Weddings Herman, Nickie, Helene, Rosie & Chorus
Where Am I Going? Charity
Finale Company

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