1964 - 1965

Song of Norway

A musical extravaganza, Song of Norway is based on incidents in the life of the composer Edvard Grieg. The story opens with a prologue set in Troldhaugen, just outside Bergen. Bergen itself is high in the foothils of the mountains of Norway, and slopes deeply down to blue-watered fjords, flanked by tall trees and snow-capped mountains. It is Midsummer's Eve in 1860, and the poet Rikard Nordraak recounts the legend of Norway. Grieg is a humble, unknown and struggling composer whose genius is recognized only by his close friends, Nina, his sweetheart, and Nordraak, his great friend.


Edvard and Nina have misunderstandings, however, brought about largely by the appearance of the glamorous and unconventional Countess, Louisa Giovanni. Finally, the sweethearts are married. The Countess exerts a strong fascination for Grieg, and he follows her to Rome, ostensibly to study music. There he is caught up in the frivolity of society, achieves world fame and wealth, but becomes increasingly unhappy. With the news of the death of his friend Nordraak, he immediately returns to Norway, and rejoins Nina. Together they devote their lives to fulfilling the dreams they had as children. Among the dreams is a 'Vision of Norway,' presented in a spectacular ballet that ends the production, set to the music of the Piano Concerto in A Minor, which Grieg dedicated to Nordraak.


Dramatic Director: Tibor Feheregyhazi

Musical and Chorus Director: Robert Van Dine

Choreographer: Madame Nesta Toumine

Cast

Ann Phillips

Christa

Bob Koloff

Gunnar

Claire Laver

Elvera

Clesson Goodhue

Count Peppi LeLoup

Don Coates

Eric

Don Laver

Rikard Nordraak

Eddie Nunn

Father Grieg

Elieen Wright

Countess Louisa Giovanni

Elizabeth Knight

Mother Nordraak

Elsa Pritchett

Miss Norden

Frederic Braun

Freddy

Gwendoline Taschereau

Mother Grieg

Irene Aldrich

Greta

Isabel Amey

Grima

Jean Halley

Miss Anders

Jean Wheeler

Maid

Joanne Ashe

Adelina

Linda Murdock

Hedwig

Micki Amy

Helga

Milt Wright

Henrik Ibsen

Nancy Wilson

Sigrid

Nick Michelis

Einar

Sally Murphy

Nina Hagerup

Sonia Donaldson

Gina

Stuart MacKinnon

Edvard Grieg

Sylvia Carter

Marghareta

William Roberts

Pisoni

Albert Davey

Ensemble

Ann Phillips

Ensemble

Ann Ridley

Ensemble

Boris Kotelewetz

Ensemble

Carol Barrett

Ensemble

Carol Rose

Ensemble

Charles King

Ensemble

Christopher Bannerman

Ensemble

Claire Laver

Ensemble

Don Coates

Ensemble

Doreen Brule

Ensemble

Dorothy Gough

Ensemble

Evelyn Witwicki

Ensemble

Frederic Braun

Ensemble

Gerry Sheehan

Ensemble

Gordon Scott

Ensemble

Guy Bannerman

Ensemble

Irene Aldrich

Ensemble

Isabel Amey

Ensemble

Janet Ferguson

Ensemble

Janet Galuga

Ensemble

Janice Charleson

Ensemble

Jean Halley

Ensemble

Jean Wheeler

Ensemble

Jill Craig

Ensemble

Joanne Ashe

Ensemble

Leo Harinen

Ensemble

Linda Murdock

Ensemble

Margaret Cattell

Ensemble

Margaret Owens

Ensemble

Marilee Williams

Ensemble

May Boyer

Ensemble

Micki Amy

Ensemble

Nancy Wilson

Ensemble

Nick Michelis

Ensemble

Norma Coll

Ensemble

Robert Koloff

Ensemble

Sandi Thomas

Ensemble

Sharron McCormick

Ensemble

Sylvia Carter

Ensemble

Wayne Blatchly

Ensemble

Production

Carolynne Salter

Properties Chairman

Classical Ballet of Ottawa

Dances by

Faye Lavell

Ticket Manager

Guy Harrison

Assistant Stage Manager

James "Bud" May

Stage Manager

Ken Meyer

Production Manager

Kyle Graham

Publicity Chairman and House Manager

Lorna Rice

Accompanist

Louise Cameron

Canteen

Margaret Mahoney

Script Assistant

Mary Barrette

Programme Distributor Chairman

Milt Wright

Set Designer and Costumes

Milt Wright

Co-Lighting Designer

Monsieur Jean

Hair Styling and Make-Up

Percy Scobie

Accompanist

Peter A. Carter

Business and Programme Manager

Riet Morel

Costume Mistress

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