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THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder - 
11-14 December 2019 A wonderful American farce in which tin cans explode, people hide in wardrobes and behind screens, identities are mistaken, and there are no fewer than four romances. In 1955 the play was an international success, and was turned into the musical Hello Dolly in 1964. It tells the story of wealthy merchant, Horace Vandergelder, who employs the services of a matchmaker, Dolly Levi, to find him a wife. Dolly has designs on Horace herself. Irascible and tight fisted, despite his fortune, Vandergelder has two overworked clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby. His niece, Ermengarde wants to marry Ambrose, a penniless artist, of whom he strongly disapproves. Vandergelder is planning a trip to New York to court a widowed milliner, Mrs Irene Malloy. Cornelius and Barnaby, encouraged by Dolly, take advantage of the fact that their employer will be absent from the store to go on their own adventure – which takes them to exactly the same place. She has also advised Ermengarde to go to New York to elope with Ambrose, thus setting the scene for some classic farce in Mrs Malloy’s hat shop and the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant. The final act introduces the wonderfully bonkers Miss Van Huysen when all the characters meet in her apartment: all the complications are resolved and Horace reveals he has a heart after all - the show is a wonderful pre-Christmas treat for audiences.
 Cast as follows: Mrs Dolly Levi - Barbara Isaacs Mrs Irene Malloy - Sally Saunders Minnie Fay - Hannah Whitty Miss Flora Van Huysen - Nettie Sheridan Ermengarde - Mia Lily Battle-Welch Gertrude/Cook - Sally Diver Malachi Stack - Gary Somerford Horace Vandergelder - Sam Razavi Cornelius Hackl - Giles Newlyn-Bowmer Barnaby Tucker - Oliver Dean Ambrose Kemper - Robbie Osborne Joe Scanlon/Cabman - James Bernstein Rudolf - Frank Horsley August - Nigel Bubloz


The Elephant Man is based on the life of Joseph "John" Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educates him and introduces him to London society, Merrick changes from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized.

     Show Dates: 11 to 14th March 2020

     Show Meeting:
Monday November 18th, 7.30pm at Southwick Community Centre
     Auditions will be held:
Monday December 2nd and Wednesday 4th, 7.30pm

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