Port Angeles Light Opera Association
P.O. Box 327, Port Angeles, WA 98362 - (360) 457-5630

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Little Mary Sunshine
1986

Synopsis

The curtain rises on the Colorado Inn as a chorus of forest rangers sing their marching song, "The Forest Rangers. " We discover that Chief Brown Bear is the foster father of the sweet young proprietress of the inn, Little Mary .There is a dispute over some land and Little Mary suggests that the chief send his complaints to Washington. At this point, the rangers sing the show's title song, "Little Mary Sunshine."

We soon learn that Little Mary has purchased land on which the inn stands, with money she saved from baking and selling cookies. Now, however, she is unable to meet the mortgage and the government may foreclose. Undaunted and optimistic, she sings "Look For a Sky of Blue."

The plot thickens as Captain "Big Jim" Warrington explains to Little Mary that he is on a secret mission. Little Mary and Captain Jim sing "You 're the Fairest Flower." Madame Ernestine Von Liebedich, a famous opera star, tells the pair she too was once young "In Izzenschnooken on the Lovely Essenzook Zee."

A collection of beautiful and rich young ladies arrive on the scene and sing about "Playing Croquet," "Swinging" and even flirting, in "How Do You Do?" Boys and girls meet and sing "Tell a Handsome Stranger." Corporal Billy Jester and Little Mary's maid, Nancy Twinkle tell of their love in the coquetish "Once in a Blue Moon."

Captain Jim tells Little Mary about his secret mission, the details of which frighten our heroine, but Madame Ernestine gives her advice in "Every Little Nothing." The two lovers must part and so they sing the phrases of the "Colorado Love Call" as act one curtain falls.

A garden party is taking place where young ladies and rangers dance and sing in "Such a Merry Party ." General Oscar Fairfax, retired, arrives in an auto touring car to assume command of the rangers while their captain is gone, sends the remaining rangers off on another mission and tries to woo the young ladies with gifts in "Say Uncle." That night, as the young ladies watch, Nancy disguises herself to go out and investigate. Little Mary and the others caution her in "Naughty, Naughty Nancy" and she tells them about "Mata Hari."

Madame Ernestine and General Fairfax discover that they both spent their youth in Vienna and reminisce in "Do you ever Dream of Vienna?" Meanwhile, Little Mary is searching for Captain Jim, consoled by her "Coo Coo" bird. The villain, Yellow Feather, appears, ties Little Mary to a tree just as Captain Jim arrives to save her as they resume their love call.

As the ensemble re-unites, General Fairfax awards the deed to the disputed land to Chief Brown bear, who gives the land to Little Mary and Corporal Billy. All principles join with the chorus in the finale. And, yes, even Yellow Feather has been reformed through the magical morality of operetta.

By special arrangement with

SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
45 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010

Production Crew

Artistic Director .................... Nico Snel

Stage Director  .................... Lisa Segura

Choreographer .................... Paula Fellingham

Set Designer. ....................  Phil Segura

Costume Designers  .................... Betty Owen and Bonnie Almaden

Stage Manager  .................... Caralee Rupprecht

 

The Cast



CHIEF BROWN BEAR (Chief of the Kadota Indians)  .................... .Ray Hanson



CAPT. "BILLY" JESTER ....................  JohnCooper



CAPT. "BIG JIM" WARINGTON (Capt. of the Rangers) .................... Brian Doig



"LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE" (Mary Potts) .................... Wendy Lyons
(Proprietress of the Colorado Inn)



MME. ERNESTINE VON LIEBEDICH .................... Penny Pemberton (An Opera Singer)



NANCY TWINKLE (Little Mary's Maid) .................... Susan Stombaugh



FLEET FOOT (An Indian Guide) .................... D. Ross Kavanaugh



YELLOW FEATHER (Chief Brown Bear's Son) .................... Ken Nielsen



GEN'L. OSCAR FAIRFAX, RET. .................... 0. David Brewer (A Washington Diplomat)

Young Ladies of the Eastchester Finishing School

Cora .................... Naomi Denhart



Maud ...................... Marian McGilvra



Gwendolyn .................... Kathy S, Rotello



Henrietta ....................  Kathi Ellen Good



Mable  .................... Debi Rogers



Blanche ....................  Martha McNeill



Beverly .................... Beverly Guthrie Brown



Carol ....................  Carol Philpott



Jenny ....................  Jenny Sanderson

The Young Gentlemen of the United States Forest Rangers

Pete ....................  Larry Albertson



Tex ....................  Dave Meyers



Slim  .................... Ken Nielsen



Buster ....................  Larry Schueler



Hank ....................  James A. Drennan



Tom ....................  James W. Armstrong, Jr.



Brian ....................  Brian Kinyon



Lance ....................  Lance Rasmussen



Jim  .................... Jim Sanderson

Musical Numbers

ACT I

Overture .................... Orchestra
The Forest Rangers .................... Captain Jim and Forest Rangers
Little Mary Sunshine ....................  Little Mary and Rangers
Look For A Sky Of Blue ....................  Little Mary and Rangers
You're The Fairest Flower ....................  Captain Jim
In Izzenschnooken On The Lovely Essenzook Zee .................... Mme. Ernestine
PLAYING CROQUET .................... The Young Ladies
Swinging / How Do You Do?  .................... The Young Ladies and Forest Rangers
Tell A Handsome Stranger ....................  The Young Ladies
Once In A Blue Moon ....................  Billy and Nancy
Colorado Love Call ....................  Captain Jim and Little Mary
Every Little Nothing ....................  Mme. Ernestine and Little Mary
What Has Happened ....................  Entire Company

ACT II

Such A Merry Party ....................  Nancy, Rangers and Young Ladies
Say Uncle ....................  General Fairfax and Young Ladies
Naughty, Naughty Nancy ....................  Little Mary and The Young Ladies
Mat A Hari ....................  Little Mary and The Young Ladies
Do You Ever Dream Of Vienna?  .................... Mme. Ernestine and Oscar
Dance Pantomime  .................... Billy, Nancy and Yellow Feather
Coo Coo ....................  Little Mary
Finale  .................... Entire Company

Orchestra

Violins:

Paul Cornaby, Concert Master
Helen Bonny, Betty Hanson, Kelli Sullivan

Viola - Phil Morgan-Ellis, Deborah Morgan-Ellis

Cello - Elizabeth Reandeau, David Wisner

Oboe - Jackie LaRue

Clarinet - Allan Bennett, Otto Slehofer

Bassoon - Mark Porlier

Trumpet - Richard Ballou, Terry Stombaugh

Trombone - Joe Roy, Bob Phelps

Bass - Jim Wesley

Piano - Caroline Crawford

Harp - Clare Bender

Flute - Sharon Snel

Horn - Stephanie Andrassy, Carol Thompson

Percussion - Zach Bamhart, John Pollard

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