ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH

ANNE ZIEGLER AND WEBSTER BOOTH
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Saturday, March 24, 2007

MUSICALS, PLAYS AND OPERAS IN SOUTH AFRICA

I have included musicals, operas and plays in which Anne and Webster appeared and also the amateur shows directed by them - either together or separately. The list is not complete so I would be glad to hear from anyone who can add to itor enlarge on the information presented below.


JOHANNESBURG 1956-1967


NIGHT IN VENICE Wednesday 14 November to Saturday 1 December 1956
Reps Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Johannesburg Operatic Society
Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, June Hern, Tom Reid, Harold Lake, Stella Beder
Director: Arnold Dover
Music: Drummond Bell

SPRING QUARTET September 1956
Cape Town
Anne and Webster, directed by Leonard Schach

ANGELS IN LOVE 29 July 1957
Reps Theatre
Anne played the part of Dearest, with Rory McDermot, Joan Blake, Michael Turner, Arthur Hall, and Edwin Quail (Fauntleroy), directed by Minna Schneier.

WALTZ TIME 31 May 1958
Springs Civic Theatre
Anne and Webster, produced by Bert Dobson

MERRIE ENGLAND 16 to 21 June 1958
City Hall, East London
The Dramatic Society of East London
Anne and Webster, Mabel Fenney, Pamela Emslie, Hilary Adams, Cawood Meaker, Jimmy Nicholas, produced by Doreen Egan, conducted by Jean Fowler.

THE VAGABOND KING August 1958
Durban
Anne and Webster (starred)? and produced the show.

MERRIE ENGLAND 12 to 29 November 1958
Reps Theatre, Johannesburg
JODS
Anne and Webster starred and produced the show, with Marian Saunders, June Bass, Nohline Mitchell, Kenneth Anderson, Len Rosen, and Dudley Cock, conducted by Drummond Bell.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Christmas 1958
City Hall, East London
Anne appeared as principal boy. Anne told me that she had also appeared in DICK WHITTINGTON in East London, but I am not sure when this was.If you know, please get in touch with me.

WALTZ TIME 1959
City Hall, East London
The Dramatic Society of East London
Anne and Webster and East London cast.

THE GLASS SLIPPER December 1959
Reps Theatre
Johannesburg Repertory Players, National Theatre and
Childrens Theatre
Anne Ziegler, Yvonne Theron, Siegfried Mynhardt, David Beattie, Hilda Kriseman,
Olive King, Bruce Anderson, directed by Hugh Goldie.
Music: Joyce Goldie (Piano conductor)
Band: Leader Walter Mony, Bassoon: R Cherry, Clarinet: P Reinders, Percussion: A Johnson, Violin: Erica Anderson, Viola: Lance Lange, Cello: Phyllis Chaplin

MIKADO 1960
Bloemfontein
Webster
I know very little about this show. I am not sure whether Webster sang in it, directed it or did both.

A COUNTRY GIRL October 1960
Produced by Anne and Webster at Little Theatre, Springs. Leads were played by Corinne van Wyk and John Wilcox.

LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS 19 December 1960 to January 1961
Playhouse, Johannesburg
Anne, Valerie Miller, Leon Eagles, John Boulter, Robert Haber and Ivor Berold, directed by Leonard Schach

THE DESERT SONG October to November 1961
Springs Little Theatre
Anne directed this show for the Springs Operatic Society. Sylvia Watson (nee Reilly), who kindly wrote to me to tell me more about these shows was in the chorus.

THE AMOROUS PRAWN September to October 30 1961
Alexander Theatre (previously the Reps Theatre)
National Theatre, Pretoria, 31 October to November 12
Alhambra Theatre, Durban, November 15?
Webster was the prawn, with Simon Swindell, Gabriel Bayman, Diane Wilson, Joe Stewardson, Ronald Wallace and Joan Blake, directed by Victor Melleney.

THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL February 1962
Alexander Theatre
Webster took a small non-singing part with Simon Swindell, Michael McGovern, Gordon Mulholland, Joe Stewardson, directed by Albert Ninio.
My piano teacher, Sylvia Sullivan, saw the play and remarked about Websters role, Such a small part for such a great man.

THE VAGABOND KING October 1962
Springs Little Theatre
Anne and Webster directed this production for the Springs Operatic Society.


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE October 1962
Bloemfontein.
Webster directed this production. As a gimmick he had a chimpanzee going on to the stage with the pirates. The chimpanzee idea was not without problems. She disgraced himself during Websters opening night speech. With a quick wit he quipped, You naughty girl. I wont take you out again in a hurry.

THE MERRY WIDOW November1962
Springs Little Theatre
Anne directed this production for the Springs Operatic Society.

GOODNIGHT MRS PUFFIN January 1963
Alexander Theatre
Anne and Webster with Jane Fenn, George Moore, Deborah Francis, Leonne Carnot, Clive Pownall, Paddy Canavan, Anthony James and Michael Newell, directed by John Hayter.

THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD May 1963
Alexander Theatre
JODS
Webster took the part of Colonel Fairfax at short notice with Denise Allen, June Hern, Lilian Gartside, Len Rosen, Lyle Matthews, Ethlynne Cohen and Peter Lynsky, directed by Keith Stammers-Bloxham, conducted by Desmond Wright.

TONIGHT AT 8.30 8 July 1964
Hofmeyr Theatre, Cape Town
Port Elizabeth
CAPE PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL (CAPAB)
Anne and Webster appeared in Family Album with Yvonne Bryceland, Michael Drin, Nanette Rennie and Flora McKenna, directed by Margaret Inglis, conducted by Keith Jewell.

THE NEW MOON October 1964
Springs Little Theatre
Anne directed this production for the Springs Operatic Society.

THE MERRY WIDOW October 1965
Bloemfontein
Anne directed this production in Bloemfontein.

THE LOVE POTION November 1966
Intimate Theatre, Johannesburg
PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL OF THE TRANSVAAL (PACT)
Anne, with Alec Bell, Fiona Fraser and Arthur Hall, directed by Ricky Arden

THE BARTERED BRIDE November (Pretoria) 14, 17, 20, 22 December 1966 (Johannesburg)
Aula Theatre, Pretoria
Civic Theatre, Johannesburg
PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL OF THE TRANSVAAL (PACT)
Webster played non-singing role of Circus Master, with Ge Korsten, Nellie du Toit, Gert Potgieter and Oysten Liltveld, directed by Victor Melleney, conducted by Leo Quayle

COUNTESS MARITZA 1967
Pretoria.
Anne and Webster either directed or appeared in this production or perhaps they did both.

KNYSNA 1967-1974


MERRIE ENGLAND July1968
Knysna and District Choral Society
Webster, Anne, Dorothy Davies, James Squier and Ena van der Vijver

CINDERELLA December 1968
Knysna
Anne played principal boy and wrote the script. Del le Roux, Ena van der Vijver, Dot Davies and Sadie Hamilton Cox were also in the cast.

PANTOMIME December 1969
Knysna
Anne played principal boy and wrote the script but I do not know the name of the pantomime.

COX AND BOX/TRIAL BY JURY ( Date?)
Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn and Ladismith (Cape)

LADY AUDLEYS SECRET December 1971
Port Elizabeth Opera House
Port Elizabeth Musical and Dramatic Society
Anne produced this show.

DICK WHITTINGTON December 1972
Port Elizabeth Opera House
PEMADS
Webster produced and conducted for this pantomime, while Anne played Principal Boy.

THE MIKADO 4 to 14 April 1973
Guild Theatre, East London
The East London Light Operatic Society
Pam Emslie, Colin Carney, Bernie Lee, Leigh Evans, Irene McCarthy, Jim Hagerty and Jimmy Nicholas
Webster produced this show.
I moved to East London and arrived in time to take part in the chorus.