SELKIRK AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY

Or ‘The Opera’ as the Society is more commonly known.

Selkirk Opera has been entertaining the folk of Selkirk and the Borders with light opera and musicals for more than 85 years.

The Company meets to rehearse on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Selkirk High School Music Department
(the big building in front of the High School) at 7.00pm during the winter months.

We are pleased to announce our 2017 show.

28th Feb to 4th March 2017

Past Productions

We were  founded in 1927.
Since then we have produced 76 shows.
Find out about all our previous years shows.

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We are always on the look-out for new performers.
Or if you not looking for the limelight;
We also welcome anybody wishing to join our backstage or front-of-house teams.s shows.

Presents

Victoria Hall
Selkirk

28th February to 4th March 2017

7:30pm

(Saturday Matinee 2pm)

The Story

Act 1

It’s 1922, and Millie Dillmount has just escaped to New York City from Salina, Kansas, and, determined to become a success, tears up her return ticket. Bobbing her hair, she assumes the modern look of a “flapper”. But she is quickly mugged on the streets of New York, losing her hat, scarf, purse and shoe. In a panic for someone to help her, she trips by-passer Jimmy Smith, a handsome, carefree young man who makes his way through life on whim and wits, who promptly lectures her on why she needs to head back home: she is just another girl full of false hopes who doesn’t belong in the big city. Almost taking his advice, she changes her mind and yells after him, “Who needs a hat? Who needs a purse? And who needs YOU, mister whoever-you-are?!” and soon takes a room at the Hotel Priscilla for Single Women.

A week later, Millie is confronted by the hotel proprietress, the mysterious and sinister Mrs. Meers, an actress turned evil who now works for a white slavery ring in Hong Kong, kidnapping pretty unsuspecting orphan girls and shipping them to the Orient, which she has just done to Millie’s hall mate, Ethel Peas. Mrs. Meers declares that Millie “has two minutes to pack, or find her things on the street!” But then Millie meets the wealthy Miss Dorothy, who wants to learn how the poorer half-lives, and wants a room in the Hotel Priscilla. Millie, seeing this as a way to get her rent paid, suggests that Miss Dorothy can room with her until she can find her own, but only if Miss Dorothy pays the rent. Mrs. Meers, comes out of her office, saying Millie can get a rent extension, and Miss Dorothy can take the “Nice, sunny room that just become available, right next to Millie’s.” When Millie asks what happened to her old neighbor, Ethel, Mrs. Meers says she got an acting job in the Orient. Millie and Miss Dorothy then go up to their rooms, tap dancing to get the elevator to start.

In the Hotel Priscilla laundry room, two Chinese immigrants, Ching Ho and Bun Foo, are working for Mrs. Meers to earn enough money to bring their mother from Hong Kong over to the states.

After researching some of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the world, Millie comes to Sincere Trust not only looking for a job, but also to set her sights on the company’s boss, Trevor Graydon III. Her lightning speed stenography easily lands her the job. Meanwhile, Ching Ho attempts to capture Miss Dorothy for Mrs. Meers with a drugged apple but when he sees her, falls in love with her instantly and then wants to save her from Mrs. Meers. Before Dorothy eats the drugged apple, Millie arrives, (Mrs. Meers has to act like she was getting a stain out of the carpet with “Soy Sauce”) with the good news that she has found a job and a boss to marry. As the girls rush off to their rooms, Mrs. Meers thinks about how stupid the girls are to never realize she’s an evil mastermind trying to ship them to Southeast Asia. To celebrate their success the girls go to a speakeasy, where they meet Jimmy, but the club is raided by the police. While waiting for his release in the jail cell, Jimmy realizes that he loves Millie.

Jimmy asks Millie to a party hosted by famous singer Muzzy van Hossmere, and she accepts. Before the party Muzzy sings of her love for New York. At the party, Millie spills wine on Dorothy Parker’s dress, which Millie tries to get out with soy sauce, following Mrs. Meers’ example. After the party, Millie explains to Jimmy how she is going to marry Trevor. She also tells him off for being a “skirt chaser” and “womanizer”. As they argue, Jimmy suddenly grabs Millie and kisses her, then runs away. Millie realizes that she loves Jimmy. Millie returns to the hotel and overhears a conversation between Miss Dorothy and Jimmy, “I really want to tell her, she’s my best friend” “You know we can’t”. Millie sees Jimmy sneaking out of Miss Dorothy’s room after what appears to be a late-night tryst; confused and horrified, Millie decides she never wants anything to do with Jimmy ever again.

Act 2

At Sincere Trust, Millie tells the other stenographers that she is “completely over” Jimmy, then realizes she is still in love; the girls try to convince her to let him go. Millie places more conviction into marrying Graydon, but when Dorothy comes to visit Millie at work, Mr. Graydon is immediately smitten with her instead. The two set up a date together. While Millie is brooding over her lost chances, Jimmy breaks in through the window and asks her to dinner. She initially tells him off but then agrees.

Back at the Hotel Priscilla, Mrs. Meers along with Ching Ho and Bun Foo gets ready to drug Miss Dorothy, when Ching Ho refuses because he loves her. Mrs. Meers stops his ranting by reminding them of why they work for her, to raise money to see their mother again. She convinces them to go along with the plan.

Jimmy finally declares his feelings for Millie while washing dishes to pay their tab at Cafe Society while Muzzy is performing her hit. Millie is confused by her feelings for Jimmy and her desire not to be poor and initially rejects him. She runs to Muzzy, who tells her she’s a fool for throwing away true love for the sake of money. She tells the story of how she met her late husband, a supposedly poor but goodhearted man who gave her a green glass necklace. Regardless of his income status, she loved him anyway, and she later realized that her green glass necklace was actually genuine emerald. Millie reconsiders her feelings and finally realizes that she would rather have a green-glass love with Jimmy.

Just as she returns to Jimmy to confess her feelings, they encounter Graydon, who was stood up by Miss Dorothy for their date. He tells Millie and Jimmy that Mrs. Meers told him Miss Dorothy had checked out of the hotel. When Millie recalls that several other tenants had also suddenly “checked out”, and that all of them were orphans, Millie, Jimmy, and Graydon realize what Mrs. Meers is doing. They persuade Muzzy to pose as a new orphan in town to trick Mrs. Meers, who takes the bait, is exposed as the mastermind of the slavery ring, and is then taken to the police station. Meanwhile, Ching Ho had already rescued Miss Dorothy and won her heart.

Jimmy proposes to Millie, and, poor as he is, she accepts, “because if it’s marriage I’ve got in mind, love has everything to do with it.” Jimmy turns out to be Herbert J. van Hossmere III, Muzzy’s stepson, and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. And Miss Dorothy turns out to be his sister, an heiress named Dorothy Carnegie Mellon Vanderbilt van Hossmere, and (unlike the 1967 film) she ends up not with the dismayed Trevor Graydon, but with Ching Ho. Muzzy reveals that to help Jimmy and Dorothy getting caught by fortune-hunters, she sent them out into the world so that they could find spouses who weren’t in it for the money. Both Jimmy and Dorothy had disguised their family name to avoid being found out as society heirs. In a final pairing, Bun Foo joins Graydon’s company as a new stenographer after telling Graydon that he can type fifty words a minute. At the very end of the musical, Bun Foo and Ching Ho are once again reunited with their mother.

Why not consider supporting our Society by becoming a Patron?

As a Patron you would enjoy the advantage of Priority Booking before tickets go on sale to company members or the general public. This is usually done at the Patron’s Coffee Morning, usually on the last Saturday in January, or, if you can’t get along to that, by getting in touch with any member of the committee.

If you would like to find out how to become a Patron please contact the Patron’s Secretary: Yvonne Mitchell

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The Principal Cast

Rachel Inglis as Millie Dillmount

Stuart Mitchell as Jimmy Smith

Yvonne Mitchell as Miss Dorothy Brown

Val McLean as Mrs Meers

Robin Murray as Trevor Graydon III

Tracey Mulholland as Muzzy van Hossmere

Andrew Thoms Ching Ho

David Mitchell as Bun Foo

Lorraine Lynn as Miss Peg Flannery

Ticket Information:

£12 adults
£10 concessions
£13 Table seats – Saturday night

Tickets available from Selkirk High Street “POP UP SHOP”
13th to 27th Feb
10am to 2pm

Online at:
Border Events (Link)

Or at the Box Office (Victoria Hall) during the week of the show

News

Committee Members

President

Robin Murray

Vice President

Andrew Thoms

Secretary 

Lorraine Lynne

Minutes Secretary 

Eilidh Walker

Tresurer

Tracey Mulholland

Patrons Secretary

Yvonne Mitchell

Members

Stuart Mitchell, Patty Alexander, Kyle Fairbairn,
Rosemary Deans

Previous Productions

1927 The Mikado

1928 The Gondoliers

1929 The Pirates

1930 Iolanthe

1931 HMS Pinafore

1932 The Mikado

1933 Miss Hook of Holland

1934 A Country Girl

1935 Merrie England

1936 The Yeoman

1937 Quaker Girl

1938 The Arcadians

1939 The Desert Song

1940-46 No Productions

1947 The Gondoliers

1948 Iolanthe

1949 Goodnight Vienna

1949 Trial by Jury

1950 Rose Marie

1951 Chu Chin Chow

1952 Waltz Time

1953 Veronique

1954 Bitter Sweet

1955 Brigadoon

1956 Miss Hook of Holland

1957 Annie Get Your Gun

1958 Castles in Spain

1959 South Pacific

1960 Free as Air

1961 The King and I

1962 The Student Prince

1963 The Desert Song

1964 Calamity Jane

1965 Flower Drum Song

1966 The Mikado

1967 Rose Marie

1968 Carousel

1969 Iolanthe

1970 Oklahoma!

1971 Paint Your Wagon

1972 Mame

1973 West Side Story

1974 Brigadoon

1975 Toroddle Toroll

1976 Where’s Charley?

1977 My Fair Lady

1978 The Pyjama Game

1979 Fiddler on the Roof

1980 White Horse Inn

1981 South Pacific

1982 Can Can

1983 Love From Judy

1984 Oklahoma

1985 Paint Your Wagon

1986 King’s Rhapsody

1987 Wild Grows The Heather

1988 New Moon

1989 The Dancing Years

1989 Annie

1990 Bless the Bride

1991 The King and I

1992 The Sound of Music

1993 Calamity Jane

1994 South Pacific

1994 Hans Anderson

1995 The Merry Widow

1996 Annie Get your Gun

1996 Oliver!

1997 Count of Luxembourg

1998 Brigadoon

1999 Carousel

2000 The Sound of Music

2001 Hello Dolly

2002 Fiddler on the Roof

2003 My Fair Lady

2004 South Pacific

2005 Oklahoma!

2006 Guys and Dolls

2007 Kiss Me Kate

2008 Singin’ in the Rain

2009 Crazy For You

2010 Calamity Jane

2011 Me And My Girl

2012 Carousel

2013 Oliver

2014 The King and I

2015 Annie

2016 Dr Dolittle

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