1959 - 1960

Finian's Rainbow

Finian McLonergan and his daughter Sharon arrive in Rainbow Valley, Missitucky with a pot of gold from Ireland which rightfully belongs to Og, the leprechaun. Finian aims to plant it near Fort Knox in the hope that its value will multiply. Senator Billboard Rawkins threatens the local sharecroppers with the takeover of their land.


Local hero Woody returns with tax money to hold back Rawkins. Finian also assists with money from the pot and attains rights to the land. Sharon and Woody fall in love. Og the leprechaun wants his pot of gold returned.


When Rawkins hears of gold, he tries to find it and manhandles a black sharecropper. Sharon makes a wish over the pot, causing Rawkins to go into hiding, as he has turned black to give him a taste of his own bigotry.


Woody starts to purchase supplies for the people but Og will become mortal without his gold. As he searches, he sees Sharon, with whom he immediately falls in love. Then he sees Susan the Silent, and falls even harder for her. Fearful that Sharon will be tried as a witch if Rawkins is not found, he makes a wish when he discovers that Susan is sitting on top of the pot.


As his three wishes come to an end, Og becomes mortal and Susan can now speak. Sharon can be with Woody, and Rawkins becomes white again.


Finian, as he “looks to the rainbow”, moves on to another valley to follow a new dream.


Director: Michael McKay

Musical Director; Robert Van Dine

Choreographer: Judy Hayes

Cast

Bernard McManus

Finian McLonergan

Betty Lou Edgington

Diane/Child

Brooks Lee

Clem/Child

Bruce Patenaude

Second Deputy/Chorus Boy

Cally Jordan

Honey Lu/Child

Carmel Lewis

"Necessity" Singer/Chorus Girl

Carol Barnett

Jane/Child

Charles Kerr

Senator Billboard Rawkins

Classical Ballet School

Dancers

Donald Clark

Woody Mahoney

Elizabeth MacKenzie

"Necessity" Singer/Chorus Girl

Eugene David

Second Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer

Eugune David

Mr. Robust

George Anderson

Third Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer/Chorus Boy

George Anderson

Second Geologist

Gordon Mersereau

John, the Preacher/Chorus Boy

Jim Whitehead

Second Sharecropper/Chorus Boy

Joan Hampton

Sharon McLonergan

Joseph Zappia

Third Sharecropper/Chorus Boy

Keith Harris

First Sharecropper/Chorus Boy

Maurice Bigras

First Deputy/Chorus Boy

Orrin Clayton

First Geologist/Chorus Boy

Peter Sidey

Buzz Collins

Richard Patterson

Henry/Child

Ron Dilabio

Sunny

Sally Weltman

"Necessity" Singer/Chorus Girl

Sharon Empringham

Susan Mahoney/Dancer

Stan White

Og, the Leprechaun

Tim Hynes

Mr. Shears

Tom Donleavy

Sheriff

William Lawlor

Fourth Sharecropper/Chorus Boy

Winston Robinson

Howard

Winston Robinson

First Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer

Beverley Bourguignon

Dancer

Bridgid Hughes

Chorus Girl

Carole Crumback

Chorus Girl

David Bleakney

Chorus Boy

Gay Weir

Dancer

Gayle Lepine

Dancer

Hilary Ward

Chorus Girl

Jacqueline Groulx

Chorus Girl

Jean Dexter

Chorus Girl

Jean Halley

Chorus Girl

Jean Wheeler

Chorus Girl

Joan Hamilton

Chorus Girl

Lois Culpan

Chorus Girl

Lorna Simpson

Chorus Girl

Margaret Mahony

Chorus Girl

Maureen Ward

Chorus Girl

Norma Coll

Chorus Girl

Olive Francis

Chorus Girl

Toni Layton

Dancer

Production

Audrey Smith

Prompt Book

Bill Russell

Sound Effects

Edward Kyer

Scenic Art

Jack Dacey

Stage Manager

Kay Connor

Scene Director

Milton Wright

Scene Director

Nancy Turner

Lighting

Orrin Clayton

Programme and Design

Percy Scobie

Assistant Accompanist

Winnifred Canty

Accompanist

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