1962 - 1963

Show Boat

Show Boat is a musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on Edna Ferber's best-selling 1926 novel of the same name. The musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love. The musical contributed such classic songs as "Ol' Man River", "Make Believe", and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man".

The musical was first produced in 1927 by Florenz Ziegfeld. The premiere of Show Boat on Broadway was an important event in the history of American musical theatre. It "was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness", compared with the trivial and unrealistic operettas, light musical comedies and "Follies"-type musical revues that defined Broadway in the 1890s and early 20th century.[1] According to The Complete Book of Light Opera:

Here we come to a completely new genre – the musical play as distinguished from musical comedy. Now … the play was the thing, and everything else was subservient to that play. Now … came complete integration of song, humor and production numbers into a single and inextricable artistic entity.

The quality of Show Boat was recognized immediately by critics, and it is frequently revived. Awards did not exist for Broadway shows in 1927, when the show premiered, or in 1932 when its first revival was staged. Late 20th-century revivals of Show Boat have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).

Dramatic Director, Choreographer: Bill Glenn

Director of Music: Squadron Leader C.O. (Cliff) Hunt


Aline Van Dine

Parthy Ann Hawkes

Ann Garvin

Chorus, Jungle Club Dancer

Barbara Cairns


Barbara May

House of Wax Figure Marie Antoinette, Chorus

Barry Stewart

Captain Andy

Betty Zimmerman


Bill Roberts


Bob Murray


Brian Gordon

Rubber-Face, House of Wax Henry Viii, Chorus

Carole Larocque

Kim (in twenties), Chorus, Jungle Club Dancer

Cayla Mirsky

Dolly, Chorus

Cicely Ishmael


Dan David

Backwoodsman, Chorus

David Clark

Vallon, Jake, Chorus

Derek Carter

Man with Guitar, Chorus

Diana Wynne-Jones

Sally, Chorus

Dick Elichuk

Doorman at The Jungle Club, Chorus

Don Laver

Gaylord Ravenal

Don Peacock


Don Shaw


Dorothy Gough


Earl Smythe


Appearing by permission of Actors' Equity Assocation

Edith Karkutt


Edith Macmorine

Three Sisters, Chorus

Elizabeth Knight

House of Wax Figure Elizabeth I, Chorus

Elizabeth Knight


Esther Hockin


Eugene David

Jeb, Chorus

Frank Morrison


Irene Aldrich


Irene Michalski

House of Wax Figure Joan of Arc, Chorus

Isabelle Amey

Three Sisters, Chorus

Jacques Simard

Cabin Boy

Jean Halley

Three Sisters, Chorus

Jennifer Wynne-Jones

Lottie, Chorus

Joe O'Brien


John Andrusyk


Judy McNally


Keith Jones

House of Wax Figure Jack the Ripper, Chorus

Laura Wright

Kim (child)

Lois Culpan


Margaret Mahony


Margeret Moore

House of Wax Figure Pocahontas, Chorus

Mike Rees


Mike Ruigrok


Monika Bauer


Nancy MacLarty


Nora Carpenter

Mad Magrit, Ethel, Chorus

Norah Stout


Norma Coll

Mother Superior, Chorus

Pauline Matthews

Chorus, Jungle Club Dancer

Peter Carter


Rose McCallum

Old Lady on Levee, Chorus

Sharon Boyer

House of Wax Figure Catherine The Great, Chorus

Sylvia Andrusek


Sylvia Carter

House of Wax Figure Terpischore, Chorus

Tudy MacLaine

Chorus, Jungle Club Dancer

Wayne Blatchly



Audrey Jordan

Publicity Chairman

Bill Glenn

1880 Costumes Designer

Blair Pickthorne

Entertainment Director

Bob Edgington

Orpheus House Manager

Christine McCulloch Allan


Florence McCaffrey

Hair Designs

Isabel Amey

Make-up Director

Jessie Fear


Judy Lake

Membership Director

Ken Ross

Graphic Art

Louise Cameron

Kitchen Chairman



Mildred Ker

Costumes Director

Milt Wright

Scenery and Properties Designer

Murray Smith

Assistant Lighting Director

Nan Nicholson

Production Secretary

Nancy Turner

Lighting Director

Pat Faithfull

Stage Manager

Pat McGee

Programme and House Manager Technical School, Usher Chairman

Ronald M. Craig

Production Chairman

Tibor Feheregyhazi

Assistant Dramatic Director

Tom Born

Radio Publicity Director

Wally Chopowick

Workshop Chairman

Winifred Canty


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