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Welcome to the Little Theatre Club’s production of “Copacabana”. This is the first time we have staged this show and we have had a wonderful time learning Barry Manilow’s music. Most of you will be familiar with the title song, but I think you will love the rest of the numbers with their exciting Latin American rhythmns or beautiful melodies. I guarantee that even if you didn’t know them before, some of you will leave the theatre humming “Sweet Heaven” or “This Can’t Be Real”.

As a complete contrast, our next show in April 2008 will be “Oklahoma”. This much-loved show is one of our favourites as it contains a wealth of wonderful numbers for both principals and chorus. We are very proud of our chorus work; indeed, we won the NODA Best Chorus

award for our production of “Kiss Me Kate” last year. “Oklahoma” will mark our return to our old “home” – The Palace Theatre, Westcliff. I do hope you can join us to celebrate our return. I look forward to seeing you there.

Another important piece of information for our audiences is that we are changing our name. From now on we will be known as the “Little Theatre Company”; so don’t be confused if you see this name, it’s still us - the LTC.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy “Copacabana”. Please feel free to tap your feet, shake your maracas and, in the words of John Lennon “…people in the cheaper seats clap your

hands. All the rest of you, just rattle your jewellery”

Sally LightfootLittle Theatre Club Chairman

A welcome from our chairman

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“Her name was Lola ...” the unforgettable opening lyric of Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award winning hit song, “Copacabana,” is the inspiration for an exciting and passionate new musical. Copacabana is a tale of love and romance set at the heart of the swinging nightclub scene of the 1940’s.

While creating the world’s next big hit, Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, is carried back to an era when “music and passion were always the fashion” at the world famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. In his own imagination Stephen is Tony Forte who falls immediately in love with the arrival at the Copa of Lola La Mar, a young girl with dreams of stardom, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. We follow the story as Lola fails various auditions before managing, with Tony’s help, to impress the Copa’s owner Sam Silver and win a place among his troupe of dancing girls.

Captivated one evening by Lola’s performance, the villainous Rico Castelli whisks her away to his own Tropicana nightclub in Havana. From this exotic, distant new world, a tale of old-fashioned love, jealousy, and murder in the entangled lives of Lola, Tony and Rico unfolds amidst dazzling costumes, spectacular sets, sensational choreography and show-stopping numbers like Dancing Fool, Bolero D’Amore and, of course the title track, Copacabana.

‘There was blood and a single gunshot, but just who shot who?’

Synopsis

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LouLou ClarkChoreographerThis is Loulou’s 4th show with LTC and 2nd as choreographer.She has been involved with dancing and musicals since an early age and first performed with LTC as a child in “Will Roger’s Follies” back in 1996.She has thoroughly enjoyed taking on this role for a second time with Sarah and working with a different Cast and Production Team has been loads of fun! Lou wants to thank everyone involved: dancers, principals and chorus, for working so hard and for having her back for a second round!

Sarah ParmenterChoreographerSarah first performed with LTC back in 1999 for ‘The Wiz’, her favourite roles to date have been Sally Smith “Me and My Girl”, Katie Brown “Calamity Jane” and most recently Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance”. Sarah and Louise choreographed our award winning production of “Kiss me Kate” and hope to add some of the same sparkle to “Copa”. Sarah has just bought a house with her boyfriend Stuart, who last week completed his run of Billy Bigelow in “Carousel” - thankfully all the dancing, singing and perfecting american accents at various times of day and night hasn’t phased the neighbours...yet!

Steve Wilkinson Director

Steve joined the LTC in 2003 and has been on stage in all but one show since then. Although he has directed shows at Westcliff High School for Boys, where he works, this is his first foray into directing with LTC. It has been a challenge but one he has thoroughly enjoyed, but if pressed as to whether he would rather direct teenagers or adults… no comment!

Production Team

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Paul DayChrous Master

Paul started his musical career at the age of 8 playing flute and guitar. He has been assistant musical director for the Eastwood Chorale for many years, and in 1995 was involved in a two week tour of the Seychelles playing flute and singing in the choir. Paul has MD’d for Rayleigh Operatic, Thundersley Operatic and Ingatestone Operatic societies and was involved with Rainbow2000 for many years.Paul has also arranged and directed a number of concerts and fund raising cabarets. More recently Paul has joined the Southend Philharmonic Orchestra playing flute and percussion when ‘persuaded’!

Production Team

Paul GreenMusical Director

This is Pauls 20th Show for the club after also having conducted “Pirates of Penzance” in April. His own association with the club goes back to the 1950’s when, as a schoolboy, he first played in the orchestra for our shows at the Palace Theatre. Since then he has conducted shows for all the leading operatic societies in the town. With four young grandchildren taking up plenty of his time, he now has less time to spend on other hobbies!

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Ian GilbertStage Manager

Ian is currently in his final year studying for his degree in stage management. He has taken time out of his busy schedule to join the LTC as stage manager. Recently Ian toured the South-East for “Stoning Mary?” as Deputy Stage Manager and a 3-month Stint in the West End as Technical Stage Manager.

Ian last appeared on stage with LTC as Barnaby Tucker in “Hello Dolly” and is happy to be returning in a different capacity.

Doreen GoodfellowWardrobe

Doreen has directed numerous shows in the past, including our last Spring show “Pirates of Penzance”. Doreen also regularly takes on chorus mistress and wardrobe for many of our productions.

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Cast (in order of appearance)

Stephen / Tony Forte Darren HarperSamantha / Lola La Mar Laura WilsonGladys Murphy Audrey BottWillie Chris ScottSam Silver Colin BottRico Castelli Dave LobleyConchita Alvarez Sarah MummeryMcManus Barry Jones

Copa GirlsAngie Jo AdamsViv Sharon AllwrightJane Sharon GibbBrenda Rachel GibbsAlice Nicola BottCathy Loulou ClarkBarbara Sarah George

Copa BoysSkip Phil SavillIan Kane DavisBen Chris JollyJamie Steve Wilkinson

Maitre D’ Barry JonesCoatcheck Girl Debbie SmallboneMale Auditioner Chris Jolly Hoover Girls Sharon Allwright Sharon GibbPiano Accompanist Joan HubbardLuis Antony SmithCarlos Tim CaterPirate Captain Chris Scott

EnsembleElaine DohertyElaine SteeleJoy KingstonEdna SmithLaura DeavesStephanie KennaJamie RedgateBradley GreenLesley BroadwayDebbie SmallboneTim CaterAntony SmithJoan Hubbard

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Act One1) Overture – Instrumental

Scene 1 – Somewhere in Stephen’s Imagination / Stephen’s Studio, Present Day

2) Copa Opening – Stephen & Company

Scene 2 – Grand Central Station, New York City, 19473) Just Arrived – Lola & Women

Scene 3 – The Copacabana, 1947, Evening4) Dancing Fool – Tony & Copa Boys5) Sweet Heaven – Tony & Chorus

Scene 4 – Various Audition Rooms in New York, The Next Day6) Audition Sequence – Various

Scene 5 – Outside The Copa, Late Afternoon7) Copa Girl – Gladys

Scene 6 – Inside The Copa, Minutes Later8) Man Wanted – Lola9) Who Needs To Dream – Tony

Scene 7 – The Copa, Several Weeks Later10) Rico’s Entrance – Stephen11) I Gotta Be Bad – Lola & Copa Girls12) Bolero D’Amore – Rico & Chorus

Musical Numbers

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Act Two13) Bolero Entr’acte – Instrumental

Scene 1 – The Tropicana Nightclub, Havana, Cuba14) Havana / Caramba – Conchita, Tropicana Boys & Girls

Scene 2 – Backstage, The Copacabana15) Kidding Trilogy – Gladys, McManus, Willie, Sam, Tony, Alice, Viv

Scene 3 – A Bedroom in Rico’s Compound, Havana16) This Can’t Be Real – Lola & Stephen

Scene 4 – The Stage of The Tropicana, Rehearsal, A Few Hours Later

Scene 5 – The Tropicana Stage, Several Nights Later17) El Bravo – Lola, Pirate Men & Women

Scene 6 – The Tropicana Stage, Minutes Later / The Copa, A Few Days Later18) Sweet Heaven 2 – Tony, Lola & Chorus

Scene 7 – Stephen’s Studio, Present Day19) Finale – Stephen & Company20) Copacabana Finale – Company

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Copa Boys

Kane Davis Chris Jolly Phil Savill Steve Wilkinson

Darren Harper Tony Forte (Stephen)

Darren is delighted to be returning to the stage, after work commitments forced him into an 18-month break.“Copa” is Darren’s 15th show with LTC. He has previously played many different roles for the club, including Billy Lawler (Anything Goes), Lun Tha (The King And I) and most recently, Cornelius Hackl (Hello Dolly). However, his favourite part was his portrayal of Bill Snibson (Me And My Girl).

Laura WilsonLola La Mar (Samantha)

Laura joined the LTC in 1997 at the age of 15 after appearing in “Carousel” and “Will Roger’s Follies” as a child.Laura made her adult leading debut as Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street). She has also enjoyed working alongside the production team as Dance Captain for various musicals.

She is currently choreographer for another local theatre company for their upcoming show “Calamity Jane”.

Colin BottSam Silver

Colin is one of our longest serving members of the club, but this is the first time he has played opposite his wife Audrey since “Bitter Sweet”, over 30 years ago. During that time, Colin has taken a number of lead roles and has directed several of our musicals.

The Cast

Audrey BottGladys

Audrey joined LTC almost 40 years ago. She has featured regularly as one of our dancers and recently played Helen in “It’s Murder In The Wings”. Previous roles also include Grete in “The Dancing Years” and Liesl in “The Sound of Music”. In “Copacabana” she is delighted to be playing alongside hubby Colin and daughter Nicola.

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Sarah Mummery Concita Alvarez

Sarah has been a member of LTC for five years. In that time she has been fortunate enough to have leads in “Anything Goes”, “Guys and Dolls” and “Calamity Jane”.“Copacabana” has been an exciting challenge for Sarah and she has had lots of fun polishing up her Spanish accent!

Dave Lobley Rico Castelli

This is Dave’s sixth production for LTC and he is delighted to have the role of Ricco Castelli. He is really looking forward to working with Laura for the first time, to clashing with his old LTC football team-mate, Colin and to taking on Sarah in the battle of the accents!Special thanks to Steve for this great opportunity. Hope you all have fun, enjoy the show.

Copa Girls

LouLou Clark Nicola Bott Rachel Gibbs Sharon Allwright Jo Adams Sharon Gibb

Chris ScottWillie

Chris has been acting for many years and was recently awarded the East Essex Player of the year, 2007. This is Chris’ 2nd musical for LTC, which he is thoroughly enjoying.

Barry JonesMcManus

Barry’s has been with LTC since 2003; his principal roles include Big Jule in (Guys & Dolls), Gerald Bolingbroke (Me and My Girl), and Danny Gilmartin (Calamity Jane). He is a former member of The Benfleet Operatic Society, where he performed as Fyedka (Fiddler on the Roof), and Big Jule (for the first time!). On a more classical theme, he appeared as Liberto in Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea” with The Essex Opera Workshop. For the past 3 years, Barry has served as a committee member of LTC.

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PresidentLady Dorothy McAdden

Vice Presidents

Mrs Sandra Burford Ms Joanne Ellis Mrs Doreen Goodfellow

Mrs Iris Lucas Mr Michael Matlin Mrs Sheila Melville

Mrs Sheila Nicol Mr Brian Odell Mrs Pat Odell

Mrs Lynne Young

Honorary Patron:Gemma Craven

Life Members

Mrs Annette Blake Mr Michael Burford Mrs Pat Collop

Mrs Ann Couldridge Mr Ron Couldridge Mr Gerry Davis

Mrs Wendy Hatton Mr Brian Houser Mrs Sally Lightfoot

Mrs Sue Morley Mr Ray Newby Mrs Beverley Onslow

Mr John Onslow Miss Madeline Palmer Mr Colin Simmonds

Mrs Debbie Smallbone Mrs Olive Smith Mr Derek Smith

Mr David Stokes Mrs Sheila Thomson Mr Brian Topsfield

Mrs Valerie Wilcox Mrs Stephanie Wilson Mrs Shirley Wolfe

Mr Jim Wolfe Mr Roger Young

The LTC Committee

Chairman Sally Lightfoot

Treasurer & Vice ChairmanJoanne Ellis

Secretary Doreen Goodfellow

Business ManagerSteve Wilkinson

Entertainments OfficerCarla Reynolds

General CommitteeBarry JonesDave Lobley

Costume Hire The Little Theatre Club has an extensive costume wardrobe, all of which are available to hire. Please contact Doreen Goodfellow on 01702 349277 for more information.

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1949 No No Nanette 1950 The Girlfriend 1951 Mr Cinders 1952 Please Teacher 1953 Me & My Girl 1954 Blue for a Boy 1955 Anything Goes 1956 South Pacific 1957 Love from Judy 1958 Kiss Me Kate 1959 Girl Crazy 1960 South Pacific 1961 Annie Get Your Gun 1962 Flower Drum Song 1963 The Music Man 1964 Carousel 1965 Love from Judy 1966 Oklahoma! The Pajama Game 1967 The Flower Drum Song++ 1968 Camelot Half a Sixpence** 1969 Showboat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1970 Carousel West Side Story 1971 The King & I Half a Sixpence 1972 No No Nanette Me & My Girl 1973 Charlie Girl The Music Man 1974 Rose Marie Camelot 1975 Robert & Elizabeth Variety ‘75 1976 Bitter Sweet Variety ‘76 1977 Kiss Me Kate Variety ‘77 1978 Mame West Side Story 1979 The King & I Variety ‘79 1980 Love from Judy The Dancing Years 1981 Variety ‘81

The Sound of Music Salad Days 1982 Orpheus in the Underworld Golden Variety ‘82 1983 Oklahoma! Variety ‘83 1984 South Pacific 7 Brides for 7 Brothers**## 1985 Fiddler on the Roof Variety ‘85 1986 Showboat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1987 Guys & Dolls Camelot 1988 Sweet Charity The Pirates of Penzance 1989 Variety ‘89 7 Brides for 7 Brothers 1990 Carmen++ The Pajama Game ## 1991 The Mikado Gentlemen Prefer Blondes++ 1992 Carousel Godspell 1993 Half a Sixpence Variety ‘93 1994 Guys & Dolls 42nd Street *## 1995 The Pirates of Penzance (New Version) Kismet 1996 Will Rogers Follies *## The Little Shop of Horrors* 1997 Singin’ in the Rain She Loves Me*##(2) 1998 Oklahoma! ## La Cage Aux Folles 1999 Some Like It Hot* The Wiz 2000 Mack & Mabel***

The Slipper & The Rose* 2001 Annie Crazy For You ## 2002 The King and I ## Oliver! 2003 Anything Goes Me & My Girl 2004 Calamity Jane 42nd Street ## 2005 7 Brides for 7 Brothers Hello Dolly! 2006 Guys & Dolls Kiss Me Kate##2007 The Pirates of Penzance (New Version) Copacabana

* Regional Premiere ** South East England Premiere *** South East Essex Premiere ++ UK Amateur Premiere ## NODA Award Winner

Past Productions

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ORCHESTRATracey Bridgeman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone

Paula Burrell Alto Saxophone,Clarinet,Flute Piccolo

Rob Downing Carinet, Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Phil Davies Trumpet 1

Bob Bearman Trumpet 2

Andrew Pearson Trumpet 3

Alan Thorpe Trombone 1

Keith Pollitt Trombone 2

Sandra Pattenden Horn

Maddy Maxwell Keyboard 1

Rachel Plunkett Keyboard 2

Mike Kitts Percussion

Roy Dowling Bass

Richard Langstone Guitar

The Production TeamDirector Steve WilkinsonAssistant Director Pat PepperChorus Master Paul DayChoreographers LouLou Clark & Sarah ParmenterMusical Director Paul GreenWardrobe Doreen GoodfellowWardrobe Assistants Joan Hubbard, Carla Reynolds Sarah MummeryStage Director Ian GilbertPrompt June VallelyScenery Provided by Scenic Projects LtdCostumes LTC, Iris Lucas, Anglia AcademyMake up Shelia Melville, Grace GreenRehearsal Pianists Liam Holmes, Maddie MaxwellProgramme Print and Design You Know Who MediaFront of House Sally Lightfoot Doreen Goodfellow, Joanne Ellis

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