A Country Girl
14th - 17th November 1951
Production Officials
Director Mrs E. Cooper
Musical Director Mr J. Hacking
Choreographer Emilie Unsworth
Rube Robert Mellor
Mummery Joseph Monk
Sir Joseph Verity William Garstang
Douglas Verity Leonard Pilkington
Mrs Quinton Raikes Jean Deeley
Sophie Alice Garstang
Geoffrey Challoner Brian Critchley
Barry Barry Gadsden
Capt. Grasmere Frank Woolley
Nan Mildred Kay
Major Vicat Thomas Dover
Nurse Mary Liptrot
Marjorie Kathleen Mason
Rajah of Bhong Donald Barnes
Princess Mehelaneh Ellen Wood
Lord Anchester George Bland
Lady Anchester Joyce Thompson
M. Fairclough, M. Greenhalgh, B. Hornby, M. Jennings, A. McDowell, B. Thomson
Ladies Of The Chorus
E. Barnes, L. Bland, C.M. Crompton, R. Dover, I. Fairclough, R. Garstang, B. Monk, E. North, K. Parry, F. Smith, N. Spence, M. Workman
Gentlemen Of The Chorus
D. Calvert, N. Critchley, R. Crompton, G. Crook, W. Cunliffe, B. Holden, R. Kirby, K. Widdowson
Bolton Evening News Review
“I am very pleased I have been able to come to see such a splendid production,” said Counc. F.W. Stilwell, Chairman of Turton U.D.C., at the conclusion of last Friday evening’s performance of the “Country Girl” at Walmsley Schools. This, one imagines, was the general verdict of audiences during its run of four nights, as presented by the Walmsley Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. The public of Bolton have come to expect a high standard of productions from this society, and this latest effort proved equal to all demands. Making their initial entry in the first act came Barry (Barry Gadsden) and Geoffrey Challoner (Brian Critchley), who brought a breath of the sea to the cornfields of a Devonshire village. Both playing the roles of navy men, Barry had, in particular, a heavy responsibility to shoulder throughout the show in ensuring its success. His female impersonation in the second act was especially a perfect piece of buffoonery. Kathleen Mason, as Marjorie (a country girl), possessed a sweet if rather delicate voice, and had a charming stage presence. Mildred Kay showed a natural charm in the role of Nan (Marjorie’s friend) but there might have been a little more freedom in the dancing numbers. Alice Garstang (Sophie) was an admirable foil for Barry, and together they got through their numbers in great style. Especially did we enjoy their “Two Little Chicks” supported by the team of dancers. The Rajah of Bhong (Donald Barnes) of the deep voice, and Princess Melehaneh (Ellen Wood) were ideally cast. Sir Joseph Verity (played by William Garstang), the Squire who proposed marriage to Barry, gave a creditable performance with little fault. The work of the chorus, dancers and children added to our enjoyment, although entries and exits were not always perfect. Production of this happy musical play was under the direction of Mrs E. Cooper, who deserves the thanks of the company. The orchestra, under the baton of Mr J. Hacking, a former acting principal of the society, played with fine judgement and balance.
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