The Amorous Prawn

The Amorous Prawn

About the Play

Lady Fitzadams, the wife of an army general, has hit on hard times needs to raise money, quick. But will her scheme pass her husband’s approval? Comedy ensues when Lady Fitzadams’s plan to open the general’s headquarters to visitors, brings home only handsome young fishermen…

The Amorous Prawn is produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals (Samuel French)

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Each time I sit to compose these Director’s Notes, I am more and more swept away by the power of community. The cast, crew, production staff and the many community volunteers have worked tirelessly to bring this story to life for you amidst laughter, excitement, and the pure joy of working together. I am always thrilled whenever I am asked to direct for NVCP because in so doing, I become a part of an organization that truly belongs to the community. OK, that’s enough of that. I earnestly hope that you enjoy this evening’s performance of The Amorous Prawn. It has mostly been a pleasure directing these fine actors, many of whom actually listened to me for short bursts of time. The coffee was terrible. Be nice to each other. – Paul Kloegman

Thank you to the director, cast and crew who have all worked so hard to bring you this evening of hilarity. Much fun was had by all in preparing this show for your enjoyment. We’d love to have you come join us – there’s always room for one more, and lots of camaraderie. The commitment is from a few hours every two months for carpenters, to six evenings a year for front-of-house people and anything in between. There’s a list in the lobby if you have any spare time for fun, and a membership form too. Hope to see you again soon. – Glynnis Brassil

CastCrewProduction InfoAbout the Company
Character Played by
Corporal Sydney Green Ryan Johnson
Private Biddy O’Hara, W.R.A.C. Claire Temple
Private Suzie Tidmarsh, W.R.A.C. Clare Froud
Lady Fitzadam Deborah Spitz
Maj.-Gen. Sir Hamish Fitzadam, K.B.E., C.B., D.S,O. Evan Llewellyn
Private Albert Huggins Andrew Massil
Private Willie Maltravers Lionel Rust
Sam Goulansky Simon Roberts
Larry Hoffman David James
The Prawn Nigel Barker
Uncle Joe Frank Clink
Director Paul Kloegman
Author Anthony Kimmins
Production Manager Jeannie Brown
Stage Manager Frances Kerstiens
Set Design Glynnis Brassil
Set Construction Rob Clinton, Barry Walker, Andrew Massil, and Gordon Pope
Set Painters Glynnis Brassil, Robin Hilliard, and Jeannie Brown
Set Decorators Glynnis Brassil, Liz Massil, Andrew Massil, Alison Precious, and Carolyn Coles
Set Furnishers Liz Massil, and Andrew Massil
Properties Liz Massil, Andrew Massil, Carolyn Coles, and Alison Precious
Lighting and Sound Designer Paul Kloegman
Lighting Assistants Michael Morabito
Technical Programmer Simon Drake
Sound Designer Anne Marsh
Lighting and Sound Operator Liz Whittaker
Costumes Linda Jackson, Sharon Alexander, and Mitchell Mackay
Make-Up Leslie Whittaker
Graphic and ‘Zardeen’ Artist Linda Sharp
Publicity and Program Anne Marsh
Front-of-House Coordinator Fran Heaney
Box Office Rosemary Hundal
Photographer Gary Schwartz
Videographer Chris Wolfe
Original Performance Dates May 24 to June 8, 2013
Venue The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
Production Length 1 hour and 40 minutes
Production Style Comedy
Special Thanks To Richard at Wine Lab, North Vancouver, Arts Club Theatre, Props Department,
Park Royal Mall Community Services, Rona (Park & Tilford),
Bone and Biscuit, Dollarton Highway, Martin and Yvonne Henry,
Pam Dicer and Bob Milward, Patricia Bannerman, Rob Wilcox
Nigel Barker The Prawn – Having appeared in all manner of NVCP productions from Aladdin to Amadeus, Nigel is pleased to be back at Hendry Hall working with a talented (though slightly deranged) director and a great cast and crew. He plays the title character in this British post-war comedy, and hopes you will leave the theatre (preferably at the end of the performance) with a smile on your face.
Clare Froud Private Suzie Tidmarsh, W.R.A.C. – Clare is very excited to be involved in her first show in Canada. Being still relatively new to Vancouver, only moving here last June from England, she is excited to have found herself involved in a fun show with a great cast. Her favourite parts (other than this one) to date have been Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Earnest and Poopay Dayseer in Communicating Doors. Keep a look out, who knows what will be next for her!
David James Larry Hoffman – David has enjoyed being involved in many productions for North Vancouver Community Players over the years and is glad to be back at Hendry Hall. Previously, and not going back too long ago, David played Ben in Anniversary, directed by Clive Sanders and before that the Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, directed by Jennifer Morabito. Enjoy the show.
Ryan Johnson Corporal Sydney Green – From the cold tundra that is now known as Edmonton, Alberta, a child was bestowed upon this world with little interest in acting. Some 15 years ago, he stumbled across the boards of the Langley Playhouse and it was there he started his training. Finally, after years of study, and horrible part after horrible show, our young hero finally achieved recognition when he won Best Supporting Actor for his role in 2011 Greater Vancouver Festival Piece The Ladies of the Camellias. Then he defended his title last year by winning Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in The Kitchen Witches.
Evan Llewellyn Maj.-Gen. Sir Hamish Fitzadam, K.B.E., C.B., D.S,O. – Evan has been involved with community theatre for a number of years both as an actor and director. He was most recently on stage as Oliver in this season’s The Vertical Hour, a production he also directed. Prior to that Evan last appeared at Hendry Hall as Mr. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. He is enjoying Paul’s deft hand at direction and his brilliant sense of comedy.
Andrew Massil Private Albert Huggins – Andrew has appeared in a number of productions ranging through farce, drama, Shakespeare, panto and cabaret. Andrew has also participated behind the scenes on many productions. He says that community theatre is a very rewarding “hobby” and encourages anyone with an interest to get involved.
Simon Roberts Sam Goulansky – An award-winning actor, Simon has been seen recently in Habeas Corpus for Theatre West Van (2005), North Shore Zone and Theatre BC Mainstage, How The Other Half Loves for Laughing Matters Theatre Company (2007), Absolutely, Maybe, I Don’t Know for Wildfire Productions (2007—independent devised theatre project) Havana Theatre, Speaking in Tongues for Deep Cove Stage Society (2009) and Bluff for NVCP (2012). Simon performs regularly with The Comedy Company.
Lionel Rust Private Willie Maltravers – Lionel is very happy to be making his first appearance with NVCP. After taking a 3-year break from being on stage, Lionel has spent the better part of the last few years working behind the scenes at a variety of community theatres. Lionel can next be seen playing Dromeo of Syracuse in A Comedy of Errors in Langley.
Deborah Spitz Lady Fitzadam – Deborah’s theatre experience includes the University of Alberta Honors Drama program and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Highlights of Deborah’s theatre credits include Marilla in Anne of Green Gables and Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music at the Gateway Theatre; Lady Utterwood in Heartbreak House, Queen Elizabeth in The Queens and Sarah Bernhardt in The Ladies of the Camellias for United Players; various Metro Theatre and White Rock Players’ performances such as Bubby in Crossing Delancy and Flora in Humble Boy; and a number of Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre and Carousel Theatre fundraisers.
Claire Temple Private Biddy O’Hara, W.R.A.C. – Claire moved to Vancouver after graduating high school in 2011. She has taken a year of acting at Capilano University and is due to continue her theatre education at Douglas College in September. Previous theatre experience includes The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree, Into The Woods, Dear Santa and many more. She also enjoys working backstage on productions including Stage Manager for Fawlty Towers. She is very thankful to Paul for casting her in his show. The new friends she has made and the experience she has had has been really amazing.