Our Autumn production will be ‘Hi-De-Hi!’, A stage adaptation of the hugely popular British TV series, which revisits the 1950’s and Maplins Holiday Camp with its host of colourful characters.
It’s the start of a new season and founder Joe Maplin announces that he is setting up a camp in the Bahamas and needs female yellowcoats (entertainers) to go and work there. The annual “Miss Yellowcoat” competition will decide who. Imagine the rivalry! Camp cleaner Peggy, meanwhile, is thrilled at the prospect of a vacancy for a new yellowcoat and convinces Entertainments Manager Jeffrey that she is the ideal candidate for the job. Ted is forced to employ numerous money-making schemes when his ex wife turns up at the camp with a bailiff in tow and Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves send the rumour mill into its usual overdrive when Gladys is overheard escorting Jeffrey into his chalet late one evening. Hi-de-hi, campers!
Watch out for audition dates soon.
Ages are character ages
JEFFREY FAIRBROTHER – Entertainment Manager – 48 – Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge but joined Maplins holiday camp as Entertainment Manager, hoping it would give him an insight into the lives of everyday people.
TED BOVIS – Camp Host – 49 – Ted is very popular with the campers even though he is always running scams to cheat the campers out of money.
GLADYS PUGH – Chief Yellowcoat/Sports Organiser/Radio Maplin Announcer – 26 – Welsh – she is passionately in love with Jeffrey, although he does not reciprocate this.
SPIKE DIXON – Camp Comic – 20s – Spike is best friends with, and shares a chalet with Ted.
PEGGY OLLERENSHAW – Chalet Maid/Yellowcoat – 38 – From Lancashire, Peggy is the maid who looks after the staff chalet lines under the supervision of the fearsome Miss Cathcart. She always aspires to be a Yellowcoat, and tries her hardest to get involved with the entertainment in any way she can.
FRED QUILLY – Riding Instructor – 40s – A qualified jockey whose licence was revoked under dubious circumstances he shares a chalet with Mr. Partridge.
YVONNE STUART-HARGREAVES – Dancing Instructress – 45 – Yvonne is very supercilious and believes she is socially above all other members of the entertainment staff, with the exception of Jeffrey Fairbrother.
BARRY STUART-HARGREAVES – Dancing Instructor – 40s – Barry was born Bert Pratt in Nottingham, the son of a bus inspector. He took Yvonne’s last name, and changed his first name to Barry, for the sake of their careers.
WILLIAM PARTRIDGE – Children’s Entertainer – 74 – After leaving school he began a successful music hall career under the stage name of “Whimsical Willie, the Juggling Joker”. Fought in WW1 and was in ENSA during WW2. Now a children’s entertainer but he dislikes children. Drinks a lot and is always grumpy.
SYLVIA GARNSEY – Yellowcoat – 28 – Known for her long legs and attractive appearance, she regularly clashes with Gladys over Jeffrey Fairbrother.
BETTY WHISTLER – Yellowcoat – 21 – She previously attended drama school and is a qualified swimming instructor. She also has a dislike for Gladys, who she sees as bossy.
HILARY BOVIS – Ted’s Ex-Wife – 40s – She is chasing him for money
BAILIFF – Male – any age
MR. PRITCHARD – 30s/40s – Policeman on holiday who has feelings for Gladys
There are 3 other Yellowcoats who appear but have few, if any, lines.
GARY BOLTON – Yellowcoat – 20s
DAWN FRESHWATER – Yellowcoat – 20s
TRACY BENTWOOD – Yellowcoat – 24 – Attractive brunette
We have another reading of ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ which will be our Panto for January 2019. This will be at the Tesco Community room on Friday 15th June at 7.30pm. Auditions will be in July. Dates to be announced soon.
Sheriff Of Nottingham – The Baddie
Maid Marian – Principal Girl
Stewy – Buttons Character
Nanny Dora – Dame
Monty – Nanny’s Dog (Youth/child in dog suit)
Rosie – Babe
Pete – Babe
Picket – Comedy Henchman
Pocket – Comedy Henchman
Robin Hood – Principal Boy
Will Scarlet – Merry Man
Little John – Merry Man
King Richard – King
Fairy Sparkle – Fairy
Chorus of villagers. Dancers of evil sprites and woodland animals