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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Book by LAWRENCE KASHA and DAVID LANDAY
Lyrics by JOHNNY MERCER, Music by GENE DE PAUL
New Songs by Al KASHA & JOEL HIRSCHHORN
Based on the MGM film and "The Sobbin' Women" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Originally directed on Broadway by LAWRENCE KASHA
Originally produced on Broadway by KASLAN PRODUCTIONS INC.
This amateur production is given by permission of JOSEPH WEINBURGER LTD
On behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK

In our 102nd year we presented a rip-roaring Western of fun, fighting and frolicking!

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
Monday 8th to Saturday 13th March 2004

Production Director LINDA DYNE
Musical Director JUSTIN THOMAS Choreographer MOLLIE GILBERT

Synopsis:

When backwoodsman Adam Pontipee goes to town looking for a bride, he finds Milly and convinces her to marry him - immediately (Bless Your Beautiful Hide).

Milly's friends are horrified that she is to marry a man she has only just met, and try to warn her against the marriage - but Milly is ecstatically happy and optimistic, and she does not allow her friends to change her mind (Wonderful Wonderful Day).

On their arrival at the farm after their wedding, Milly's joy turns to dismay when she finds she is to also take care of Adam's six unkempt, rowdy brothers (One Man).

Milly's heart quickly melts, however, and she sets about teaching the boys manners -- as well as teaching them how to court girls (Goin' Courtin').

At the town social the brothers and girls' town suitors square off in a rousing challenge dance, which ends in a brawl, and the brothers' banishment from the town. When Gideon tells of his feelings of love for Alice, it soon becomes apparent that his view of love is completely different to that of Adam's view on the subject (Love Never Goes Away).

The boys become depressed at not being able to see their girls, and Adam advises his brothers to do like the Romans did with the Sabine women - just carry off the girls they want Sobbin' Women.

The boys sneak into town to kidnap the girls - and escape by causing an avalanche, which shuts off their pursuers (The Townsfolk's Lament).

A horrified Milly bars the boys from the house until the spring thaw when the girls could be taken back to town. Although his brothers decide to do so, Adam refuses to take Milly's orders and leaves for the trapping cabin to wait out the winter there (A Woman Oughta Know Her Place).

During the winter, the brothers and girls long for each other - but Milly advises everyone to be patient until the spring (We Gotta Make It Through the Winter).

By spring, the couples are together and very much in love (Spring, Spring, Spring).

When Milly has a baby girl, Gideon goes up to the cabin to get Adam to come home, and to tell him about his baby daughter. A still resentful Adam refuses to leave the trapping cabin and return home - but he begins to question his feelings for Milly (A Woman Oughta Know Her Place - Reprise).

When he returns home, to mention to his family that the pass is open, Adam hears Milly and the couples singing the baby to sleep (Glad That You Were Born).

Adam tells Milly that he had been thinking of the baby, while up at the cabin, and how he would feel if somebody came and carried her off. He also tells Milly that he had been thinking of her while up at the trapping cabin, and that he loved her. Adam kisses Milly - and a delighted Milly responds to his affection (Love Never Goes Away - Reprise).

Adam realises that he was wrong and decides to take the girls back to town. The girls overhear Adam's plan and run to hide. They want to stay with their men. The townsmen, who had left the town as soon as the pass was clear, arrive at the farm and misinterpret what is happening as the brothers catch the girls in a situation that appears more sinister than it is.

All ends well when each of the girls, simultaneously, claims to be the mother of Milly's baby -- and the shocked townsmen fulfil everyone's wishes by forcing the couples to marry in a shotgun wedding -- thereby inadvertently ensuring the happiness of all by giving everyone exactly what they wanted (Wedding Dance and Goin' Courtin'/ Wonderful Wonderful Day).


The Cast

Adam
Milly
Tom Evans
Lesley Houldcroft
Brothers    
Benjamin
Caleb
Daniel 
Ephraim
Frank
Gideon
Matthew Greenbank
James Bunker
James Hamilton
Mark Savage
Paul Monaghan
Steven Monaghan
   
Brides  
Dorcas
Ruth
Liza
Martha
Sarah
Holly
Nerys Martin
Michelle Adams
Tracey Gwynne
Rachel Bond
Michelle Griffin
Ann Bohme
           
Suitors   Townspeople   Ensemble
Jeb
Carl
Luke
Matt
Joel
Zeke
Andy Wyllie
Peter Bailey
Ian Hamilton
Kier Home
Mike Roberts
Keith Mortland
Preacher
Mr Bixby
Mrs Bixby
Mr Perkins
Mrs Perkins
Arthur Warne
Bryan Summers
Alex Evans
Paul Adams
Jean Austin
Justine Dickson, Marie Knight, Tasha Staff, Kirsty McArthur, Melanie Plowman, Alison Day, Vivienne Tadman (Mrs Whiteley), Cliff Gulbis (Whisky Joe), Nick Morgan (Indian Brave)
Production Photographs - Click for larger photos
 
 

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