Red Hot & Cole
SOUTH DALZIEL STUDIO 1
2-6 November 2010
A new venture for us in a
number of ways with probably the
largest cast of principals in our history.
It featured a massive number of
songs, many familiar Cole Porter
numbers, many not so familiar, and
attempted to give a flavour of the life,
times and contemporaries of the great
American composer and lyricist.
It was also the first show in the
remodelled South Dalziel Studio One
and the first of ours to be produced by
member Peter Nevans.
The heaviest burden fell on John
McKenzie, playing the part of Porter,
on stage for most of the show which
took the form of a series of parties,
merged on stage into one, the venue
city for each indicated by changing
projections on the backcloth.
The story told of the lavish lifestyle of
the Porters and their friends, the
struggle Porter had to achieve
success, his successes when they
came, the tragic accident which
rendered him a cripple and his
embittered last few years.
It ended with a fabulous finale
showcasing some of the best of Cole
Porter's words and music.
An unforgettable show for the cast, a
treat to be part of artistically, a difficult
one in a venue with restricted stage
area and backstage facilities. It was
also unforgettable for the (temporary)
dramatic collapse on stage of our
Noel Coward and the calm
resumption of the show when he had
been carted off for medical treatment!
Cole Porter: John McKenzie
Elsa Maxwell: Marie Maxwell
Linda Porter: Esther O'Hara
Bricktop Smith: Julie Thomson
Paul (Porter's Valet): Jim Keenan
Monty Woolley: Laurie Thompson
Bella Spewak: Violet Thompson
Noel Coward: Richard Hughes
Ethel Merman: Lynn Mulvenna
Irene Castle: Lori McElroy (Dance
Dorothy Parker: Phil McKenzie
Sara Murphy: Carol Lee
Hedda Hopper: Fiona Heggie
Moss Hart: John Kelly
George Kaufman: John Fleming
Sam Katz: Peter Kelly
Clifton Webb: John J Boyle
Ray Goetz: Des McCarthy
English Soldier: Christopher Costello
Doctor: Fiona Zambonini
Starlet: Catherine Gemmell
Major Domo: Tom Maley
Staff: Erin Morrison and Dillon
Sopranos: Moira Bradley, Maria
Casey, Mary Marilyn Connor, Shona
Donnelly, Geraldine Fleming (Dance
Captain),Annette Hamilton, Christine
Kelly, Anne McMenemy, Barbara
Morris, Margaret Morrison, Letitia
Reilly, Julie Spence (featured
Altos: Yvonne Burns, Moira McIntyre,
Tenor: Dan Hughes.
Baritones: Raymond Lunny, Edward
Pearson, John Pearson.
NB: You might think the men were
sadly depleted, but all the rest were
taking principal roles!
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