Chang­ing loves in ro­man­tic city

Rossendale Free Press - - Memory Lane -

IN this week’s Mem­ory Lane, we take a look back at a per­for­mance by Bacup Amateur Oper­atic So­ci­ety.

Our reg­u­lar Mem­ory Lane con­trib­u­tor, Peter Fisher, has sent us a se­lec­tion of pic­tures from a ro­man­tic mu­si­cal play, Wed­ding in Paris by Vera Cas­pary, which was staged by the so­ci­ety in 1956.

The show was on for one week at the Em­pire Theatre in Bacup, start­ing Mon­day, Novem­ber 5 and was per­formed nightly at 7.15pm, with a mati­nee on the Satur­day at 2.15pm.

Pro­ceeds from the show were do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties.

The play is set in the fic­tional town of Hitchemup, where, at the time, ex­cite­ment is build­ing as Angy Dob­son is pre­par­ing to leave for France to marry a lo­cal boy, Dix Aiken, whose broad shoul­ders are his main as­set.

Dix works in the Paris of­fice of the com­pany In­ter­na­tional Grain and Ce­real, so Angy sets off to meet him, tak­ing her first sea trip abroad on the S S Queen Anne.

On the ship she meets a news­pa­per re­porter called Paul Chan­dler and later comes across wealthy, mid­dle-aged Jaques De­val­lée, who she dis­cov­ers is in fact the pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Grain and Ce­real.

Both men be­come in­ter­ested in Angy and find them­selves at­tracted to her.

To­gether they be­come in­volved in a host of amus­ing and awk­ward sit­u­a­tions.

Mean­while, also on the boat is the beau­ti­ful Mar­celle Thibault, an old friend of Jaques’.

Angy is try­ing to be faith­ful to Dix, how­ever she finds it dif­fi­cult to re­sist Paul’s ad­vances and turns to Jaques for fa­therly com­fort.

He mis­un­der­stands the way Angy is act­ing, how­ever, think­ing she has fi­nally fallen in love with him.

In Paris, Jaques plans to trans­fer Dix to the Cana­dian of­fice, leav­ing the way open for him to claim Angy for him­self.

He man­ages to trans­fer Dix, but then he starts to feel guilty and has a change of heart.

He de­cides to bring Dix back to Paris and ca­bles him, ask­ing him to re­turn to his orig­i­nal job.

By the end of the tale, the re­la­tion­ships have changed com­pletely.

In a twist, Jaques ends up with Mar­celle, while Paul and Angy get to­gether.

At the time of the play in 1956, the pres­i­dent of Bacup Amateur Oper­atic and Dra­matic So­ci­ety was Henry Howard, while John Broad­bent was wardrobe master and James Walker held the role of stage man­ager.

In the play, Angy was played by Jean Carter, Paul was John Hey­worth and Dix was Wil­liam Ash­worth.

Mar­celle was played by Joan Dug­dale and Jac­ques was Neville Carter.

Our first pic­ture this week (top left) shows the cover of the sou­venir pro­gramme for the so­ci­ety’s per­for­mance of Wed­ding in Paris.

Next to this (top cen­tre is a snap of pro­ducer John Havard.

Top right, the pic­ture shows the dancing troupe in the show, ready for ac­tion in their leo­tards.

Un­der­neath that is a pic­ture of the ladies and gen­tle­men of the cho­rus.

Un­der­neath we have a se­lec­tion of headhsots of mem­bers of the cast.

Clock­wise from top left are Wil­liam Ash­worth, Neville Carter, John Hey­worth and Jean Carter.

Did you see the show in 1956 or were you a mem­ber of Bacup Amateur Oper­atic So­ci­ety?

If th­ese pic­tures bring back mem­o­ries, please get in touch.

Many thanks to all our nostal­gia con­trib­u­tors.

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