2nd - 9th November 1957
Production Officials
Director Doris Hacking
Choreographer Gladys McDonald
Aunt Eller Joyce Thomson
Curley John E. Hacking
Laurey Mildred A. Kay
Ike Skidmore Reginald Crompton
Fred William A. Livesey
Slim William Kay
Will Parker Peter T. Voce
Jud Fry Frank E. Woolley
Ado Annie Carnes Stella F. Harrison
Ali Hakim Barry Gadsden
Gertie Cummings Margaret Taylor
Aggie Pigtails Myra Crompton
Andrew Carnes William Davenport
Cord Elam Athol Hughes
Laurey Vivien Cunliffe
Curley Michael T. Haslam
Jud Athol Hughes
E. Adshead, P. Burnett, D.L. Burton, C. Crompton, V. Cunliffe, K. Entwistle, H. Harrison, A. McDowell, E. Ramsden, P. Riley, E. Stewart, B. Thomson, M. Wardle
Ladies Of The Chorus
S.C. Bellis, A. Burton, D. Burtonwood, M. Caterall, E. Crow, A. Elliott, C. Fletcher, L. Holt, E. Howarth, E. Jackson, B. Monk, E. Pilkington, A. Roberts, M. Skuce, E. Smalley, E. Taylor, E. Williams, H. Wood
Gentlemen Of The Chorus
A. Brown, L. Dickinson, I. Edge, W. Fletcher, M.T. Haslam, C. Hickey, P. Hudson, A. Hughes, G. Kay, W. Kay, W.A. Livesey, H. Nightingale, P. Smalley
Bolton Evening News Review
Of all the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, “Oklahoma” with its tuneful lyrics is perhaps the best known and I for one shall never tire of hearing the lilting music, however often it is sung on the radio. This week the Walmsley Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society is presenting the show and the fact that one has to take a sevenpenny bus ride out of town to get to the school hall did not deter the enthusiastic audience last Saturday evening, when every seat was filled and even some were standing. There is no doubt that, for a Society with an eye mainly on the financial aspect, the musical play or comedy is the answer, since this type of entertainment is obviously what the theatre-goers are after. This tale of farmers and cowboys and high spirited young women in the virgin state of Oklahoma was slow in opening, but by the third number, “Kansas City”, when the men’s chorus sprang into action, the play suddenly came alive, and from then on there was no holding back. That is not to say, however, that the first two numbers were not enjoyable – John E. Hacking was the star of the show, but musicals with a rousing opening chorus always kick off to a better start. The players were not always completely audible, and my seat was nowhere near the back of the hall, so that those less fortunately placed must have been wondering what was going on, unless of course, they had digested the programme thoroughly, with its comprehensive synopsis. At times the orchestra proved too much for the artists’ voices, although this fault may have been rectified by now. Stella F. Harrison (Ado Annie) had a lively stage presence and she and John Hacking (Curley) were outstanding among the principals. While Mildred A. Kay (Laurey) was a charming leading lady with a sweet voice. The production is under the direction of Mrs. D. Hacking and the choreography is by Miss G. McDonald.
Back to top