Follies in Concert

Frankston Arts Centre

May 2000

It is 1971, and the iconic Weismann Theatre, now a crumbling shell of its former glory, is about to be demolished to provide precious New York City parking space. Broadway impresario Dimitri Weismann arranges a reunion of the actors, singers, dancers, and personalities who peopled his famous Follies in the years between the World Wars, as a farewell tribute to the doomed building. In a shabby yet sparkling atmosphere of bittersweet nostalgia, a wide variety of faded glamour girls — the famous Follies beauties of years gone by — laugh, reminisce, brag, boast, express regret, and perform the musical numbers which made them famous, trailed by the ghostly memories of their younger selves. Against this volatile atmosphere of drunken remembrances, a decades-old love quadrangle receives a revival when Follies dancers Sally and Phyllis, and their respective husbands, Buddy and Ben — who used to hang around backstage, waiting for their girls — meet again. During one night of romance and regret, two crumbling thirty-year-long marriages are put to the test.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director

Geoff Harrison

Musical Director

Bev Woodford

Choreographer

Robin Collins

 

 

Production Co-ordinator

Brett Wingfield

 

 

Stage Manager

Stephanie Langman

 

 

Costume Design

Brett Wingfield

Design

Scott Hili

Lighting Director

Martin Karklins

 

 

 

 

Props

Elaine Hillier

 

Linda Beadle

 

Kerry Grigg

Make Up/Hair

Judi McCormack

 

Jodi Langdon

Set Co-ordinator

Alberto Salvato

Set Dressing

Scott Hili

 

Alberto Salvato

Set Construction

Stephan Bowen

 

Bill McGowan

 

Alberto Salvato

 

Cameron Sweatman

Rehearsal Pianist

Charles Rinaudo

Lighting Assistants

Ron Gavin

 

John McCormack

 

Mike Smith

 

Scott Winrow

Sound

Alan Green

Video Systems

Rick Merrin

Backstage Crew

John Langman

 

Wayne walker

Company Tickets

Sue Dyer

Poster/Flyer

Michael Fletcher

Program Design

Michael Fletcher

Program Assistant

Brett Wingfield

Photography

Louisa McLorinan

Front of House

John Rumbelow

Audition Secretary

Robyn Rumbelow

Sponsorship

Geoff Harrison

Publicity/Promotions

Norma Evans

 

Brett Wingfield

 

 

Conductor

Bev Woodford

Reeds

Ruth Hall

 

Andrew Corbel

 

Andrew Mathers

 

Michael Powell

 

Vivienne Tate

Trumpets

John Lucas

 

Nathan Post

 

John Patti

Trombones

Don Jordan

 

Tracey Videon

 

Lucas Clayton

French Horn

Stuart Gunn

 

Louise Brown

Violins

Margaret Boyle

 

Marcello Peterson

 

Anne Beruldsen

 

Margaret Conyers

Viola

Heather Birrell

Cello

Cassie Wallis

Double Bass

Jeremy Hall

Piano

Charles Rinaudo

Keyboard

Sue Fletcher

Harp

Felicity Owens

Guitar

David Bell

Percussion

Bryn Bowen

CAST
Dimittri Weismann Bruce McBrien
Phyllis Rogers Stone Sue Allen
Benjamin Stone David Outtrim
Roscoe Bill McNeilly
Sally Durrant Plummer Shirley Bowen
Buddy Plummer Stephan Bowen
Stella Deems Dorothy Parker
Carlotta Campion Kathie Wilson
Young Buddy David Griffiths
Young Ben Jason Muir
Young Sally Nicole Smith
Young Phyllis Briony Croft
Emily Whitman Pam McNeilly
Theodore Whitman Bill McLorinan
Solange Lafitte Elizabeth Garnsworthy
Hattie Walker Judith McLorinan
Heidi Schiller Sue Kawecki
Meredith Lane Joan Crossland
Young Heidi Jo-Anne Hillaird
Margie Amber Rimmer
Sally Courtney Smyth
Cavaliers Paul Cooper
  Luke Dawson
  Damien Stevens
Dancers Amy Anselmi
  Emma Clancy
  Simone Couper
  Sue-Allen Lakasas
  Amelia Macleod
  Amber Rimmer
  Courtney Smyth
  Katie Voigt
  Marni Watson
Ensemble Debra Byrne
  David Copeland
  Marie Couper
  Paul Couper
  Jessica Crea
  Luke Dawson
  Jane Elvy
  Brandi Galpin
  Monica Dalstead
  Susan Merton
  Lorraine Pearson
  Angela Phillips
  Max Reid
  Robyn Rumbelow
  Courtney Smyth
  Damien Stevens
  Elspeth Vines
  Sarah Watson