TOADS Stage Musical Company

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Half A Sixpence

May1993 - The Princess Theatre, Torquay
It is based on H.G. Wells's novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul. Steele plays Arthur Kipps, an orphan who unexpectedly inherits a fortune, and climbs the social ladder before losing everything and realising that you just can't buy happiness.
David Heneker (who had also worked on Irma La Douce and Charlie Girl) wrote both music and lyrics. Steele's importance to the show was made evident by his appearance in twelve of the musical's fifteen songs. Much of this musical seems to be tailored as a star vehicle for Steele's particular talents. This seems especially evident in the musical number "Money to Burn": when Arthur Kipps realises that he is about to become wealthy, he decides that the first thing he will buy is a banjo. This is the cue for someone to hand Tommy Steele a banjo so that he can demonstrate his skill on the instrument. However, in Wells's novel, one of the first things that Arthur Kipps purchases with his newfound wealth is, indeed, a banjo.
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: Cast
Iain Douglas - Arthur Kipps
Andy Killen - Sid Pornick
David Nesbitt - Buggins
David Cooper - Pearce
Cliff Raymont - Mr Carshott
Elaine Gard - Flo Bates
Amanda Jenkins - Victoria
Kate Qiriaqi - Kate, Laura
Christine Jones - Emma
Geoff Wildey - Mr Shalford
Mary Qiriaqi - Mrs Walsingham
Margaret Forbes-Hamilton - Mrs Botting
Julie Scarborough - Ann Pornick
Joe McNulty - Chitterlow
Julie Hale - Helen Walsingham
Jo Coombes-Smart - Edith, Chorus
Chris Hawes - Young Walsingham
Therese Smith - Gwendoline, Chorus
Mark Kingscote - Reporter, Dancer
Gary Thomas - The Photographer

Amanda Bowen - Dancer
Dawn Bywaters - Dancer
Susan Lawes - Dancer
Emma Shone - Dancer
Vicki Steer - Dancer

Kathy Ashton - Chorus
Jenny Bennett - Chorus
Marilyn Duggan - Chorus
Elsie Fenshaw - Chorus
Marguerite Green - Chorus
Julie Hawkins - Chorus
Linda Heap - Chorus
Jean Macer - Chorus
Lavinia Palmer - Chorus
Pauline Rossi - Chorus
Karen Shillabeer - Chorus
Sally Watson - Chorus
Amanda Williamson - Chorus

Sean Caunter - Dancer
Howard Coakley - Dancer
Geoff Jarvis - Dancer
Robert Stuttle - Dancer

Arthur Cooke - Chorus
Paul Eker - Chorus
Ben Evans - Chorus
Derek Hexter - Chorus
Mike Ryman - Chorus
Mike Williamson - Chorus
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Production Team
Musical Director - Jonathan Watts
Chorus Master - Sheila Harman
Choreographer - Alison Axford

Assistant to the Director - Dorothy Nachman

Stage Manager - Martyn Jenkins

Conductor / Pianoforte - Jonathan Watts
Double Bass - Michael Alnatt, Maureen Adams
Percussion - Colin Bellworthy
Horn - David Presland
Trombone - John Powell
Trumpet - David Sheed
Clarinet - Kay Vosper
Oboe - Jean Hall
Flute - Jill Larner
Cello - Pranada
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Behind the Scenes
Properties - Andy Killen, Irene Howard
Wardrobe - Maureen Gard, Kathleen Williams
Wardrobe Coordinator - Mary Qiriaqi
Poster Design - Iain Douglas
Photographer - David Shortland
Publicity - Iain Douglas, Mary Qiriaqi
Programme - Iain Douglas
Advance Box Office - Joyce Westmore
Front of House - Jean Rogers, Valerie Ayers
Matinee Tea - Bob Howard
Rehearsal Teas - Irene Howard, Maureen Evans
Poster Boards - Chris Hawes, John Clay, Ben Evans
Rehearsal Pianist - Rod Farrell, Sheila Harman, Jonathan Watts, Robert Young
Matron - Pam Bowen
Continuity - Dorothy Nachman
Call - Anna Ryman
Props - Irene Howard, Bob Howard, Wilf Bowen, Jonathan Cooke, David Manser
Make-Up - Marguerite Green, Lavinia Palmer, Pat Easton, Mary McClean, Sally Watson & Team
Scenery - Say Bloxham of Kingskerwell
Costumes - Torbay Costume Hire Company
Voice Mikes - Stage Electrics of Exeter