High Society

High Society

30 April, 1st, 2nd May 2009

 

Director: Christopher Josey

Musical Directors: Susan Munro and Karen Thomson

Choreographer: Diane Foster

Synopsis

Tracy Lord is ecstatic about her impending marriage to George Kittredge, a successful industrialist. Soon, her ex-husband, Dexter, bounds in and informs the family that unless Tracy agrees to be photographed by two reporters from a celebrity magazine, they will print a story about Tracy’s estranged father, who is carrying on an affair with an exotic dancer. Later, the reporters, Mike and Liz, arrive to be greeted by a very strangely costumed Dinah. Tracy joins her, also dressed outrageously, and together they perform a bizarre song and dance routine. To further perplex the reporters, Tracy introduces her Uncle Wille as her father and her newly-arrived father as her uncle. Later, at Tracy’s pre-wedding ball, Tracy hides from George and invites Mike to go skinny-dipping with her in the pool. Meanwhile, Dexter has a heart-to-heart with liz, who is fleeing the amorous uncle Willie, and she admits that she’s in love with Mike, even though he doesn’t know it. She promises Dexter that neither she nor Mike will write any stories about the Lords, even if it costs them their jobs. Then, George witnesses Mike carrying the comatose Tracy up to her room, and assumes the worst. The wedding day dawns with the bride hungover and the groom furious. George confronts Tracy and Mike, but Mike swears that he did nothing wrong. Tracy decides that she can’t marry George, no matter what. In the end, she and Dexter decide to re-marry.

 

Cast List

Tracey Lord                   Sheena Coull

Dexter Haven                 Mark Boyle

Mother Lord                   Catriona Smillie

Dinah Lord                     Lily Confield/ Kelly Follan/ Rhona Maitland/ Kayleigh MacDonald

Uncle Willie                    John Wilson

Liz Imbrie                      Clare Brewer/ Kirsty MacDonald

Mike Connor                  Stephen Carruthers

George Kittredge            Davie Johnstone

Seth Lord                      Eric McKenzie

Butler                            David Foster

Servants

Juliet Evans, Lynne Slezas, Samantha Wilson, Pat Jones, Karen Hosey, Denise Calder, Amy Cameron, Sian Slezas, Sharon Brown, Lauren Nicholson, Megan Scobie, Bill Denny, Robin Peake, Angus Tregaskis, Jack Ormerod, Fionnlagh Campbell, Clare Brewer, Kirsty MacDonald, Lily Confield, Kelly Follan, Rhona Maitland, Kayleigh MacDonald.

Orchestra

Susan Munro, Karen Thomson, Hazel Rose, Kirsty Miller, Keith Falconer, Dave Allan, Clair Munro, Miriam Iorwerth, Lorna Ungoed-Thomas, Sally Kirkwood, Dave Thomson, Richard Creel, Susie Hutchison, Clare Reynolds, Monica Das, Jennifer Skene, Robert Robertson.

Backstage and Technical Team

Lighting             Mark Boyle, Sean McCartney, Chris Jones

Sound               Martin Whyte

Prompt              Diane Foster

Stage Crew            Richard Coull, Brian Dickie, Donnie Munro, Ross Cameron

Wardrobe Coordinator            Alison Boyle

Costumes            Supplied by That Looks Good

Props                Juliet Evans, Lynne Slezas, Dominic Dobson

Wedding Cake            Alison Boyle

Set Design            David Foster

Set Painting            Club Members, Pat Boyle

Poster Design            Clare Brewer

Front of House            Alison Boyle, Grace Watson, Ewan Trotter, Liz Graham, Marie-Ann Cameron

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter 

Book by Arthur Kopit    Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Based on the play “The Philadelphia Story” by Phillip Barry

Also based on the Turner Entertainment Co motion picture “High Society”

Original Broadway Production produced by:  Lauren Mitchell and Robert Gailus, Hal Luftig and Richard Samson, Dodger Endemmol Theatricals, in association with Bill Haber.

Originally produced by American Conservatory Theatre, San Fransisco, CA.  Artistic Director: Carey Perloff, Managing Director: Heather Kitchen.

 

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