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Love from Judy

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 28 [+mat] 1991 – January 1, 2, 3 & 4 [+mat] 1992.


Love from Judy

Book by Eric Maschwitz  &  Jean Webster
Music & Lyrics by Hugh Martin  &  Jack Grey
Based on the story of ‘Daddy Long-legs’

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“Sang tale of orphan”
– Shoreham Herald –

 

Directed by
Sheila Wright

Cast

Brian Moulton – Reveller 1

Frances Moulton – Reveller 2

Joan Bearman – Reveller 3

Jo Hopper – Jerusha Abbott – Judy

Tracey Willard – Loretta [Orphan]

Amy Tipper – Sadie Kate [Orphan]

Lauren Askew – Mamie [Orphan]

Alexandra Ellis – Gladiola [Orphan]

Louise Brand – Another orphan

Jillian Evans – Another orphan

Katie Keen – Another orphan

Abbie Lockyer – Another orphan

Claire Morris – Another orphan

Rebecca Wood – Another orphan

Daphne Thornton – Mrs Lippett

Rosemary Brown – Mrs Grace Pritchard

Ron Cheesman – Mr. Wykoff [Trustee]

Brian Moulton – Senator Parsons [Tustee]

Vic Gough – Jervis Pendleton

Rebecca Faggetter – Mary Lou Wagner

Linda Mostyn – Mary Lou’s mother

Janet Comber – Carrie Fenton

Sheila Neesham – Carrie’s mother

Jane Porter – Julia Pendleton

Ralph Dawes – Station Agent

Trudy Nash – Sally McBride

Kevin Isaac – Jimmy McBride

Charles Porter – Gordon McLintock

Betty Dawes – Butterfly

Joan Bearman – Mrs Pendleton

Ralph Dawes – Wilberforce

Ron Cheesman – Mr. Abner

Brian Moulton – Walters

Anna Barden – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Joan Bearman – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Linda Mostyn – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Frances Moulton – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Sheila Neesham – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Daphne Thornton – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Andy Chalk – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Ron Cheesman – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Ralph Dawes – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Anthony Gristwood – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

Brian Moulton – Ensemble: Carnival Revellers, College Parents & Friends, Farm Friends & neighbours

 

Production Crew

Musical DirectorMyra Gristwood

ChoreographerJane Porter

CostumesMeriel Murdoch-Hume

Costumes – Margaret Faggetter

Additional Costumes – Southwick Opera, Theatre Costumes Southwick, Shoreham Light Opera

Set DesignDave Comber

Stage ManagerMark Flower

Assistant Stage ManagerRuth Simmonds

Assistant Stage ManagerJenny Brown

Assistant Stage ManagerDave Collis

Assistant Stage ManagerDave Comber

Assistant Stage ManagerMike Davy

Set Construction & PaintingBrian Box

Set Construction & PaintingDave Collis

Set Construction & PaintingDave Comber

Set Construction & PaintingMargaret Davy

Set Construction & PaintingMike Davy

Set Construction & PaintingRalph Dawes

Set Construction & PaintingMark Flower

Set Construction & PaintingFrances Thorne

Set Construction & PaintingSue Whittaker

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

ContinuityElizabeth Gibson

LightingFrances Thorne

Production AssistantAnna Barden

PianoMyra Gristwood

PercussionJonathon Dawes

Front of House ManagerMargaret Murrell

Box OfficeJill Redman

PublicityAndrew Cregeen

PublicityJamie Boath

PublicityAnn Donkin

PublicityJean Porter

Foyer & Theatre Display PhotographyGeorge Laye

 

Programme Note #1: Love from Judy

SW wrote: “Recently, a whole new generation of readers has discovered the simple charm of Jean Webster’s book Daddy Long-Legs on its appearance in paperback. First published in 1912, it tells the story of Jerusha Abbott – Judy to her friends – who has grown up in an orphanage and whose future looks bleak. An unknown benefactor is about to change all that and the story takes on an almost Cinderella-like quality.

We delight with Judy in her new-found friendships and the fun of college life. Her infectious zest for living spills over in the letters she has to write on the first day of every month to her Guardian. His true identity is a secret but she gives him his nick-name when she catches a glimpse of his elongated shadow. Despite the fact that she is never to expect a reply, she confides her innermost thoughts to her mysterious Daddy Long-Legs always signing herself affectionately – ‘Love from Judy’.

In the cast of the original London production at the Saville Theatre were such names as Jean Carson, June Whitfield, Johnny Brandon, Bill O’Connor and Adelaide Hall. When I first saw this play, I fell completely under its spell and for a long time I have always hoped to make it more widely known to Barn Theatre audiences.

I should like to thank the cast, the company and the splendid back-up team of the Wick Theatre Company for making this possible.”

 


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