Private Lives

Noel Coward

(Sept 18-22 & 25-29, 2012)
at the Ron Maslin Playhouse
(10 performances: part of the regular season)

Directed by Susan Monaghan


SYBIL Shelley Jean Harrison
ELYOT Ian Stauffer
VICTOR Don Mounteer
AMANDA Bev Brooks
LOUISE Joy (Chamberlain) Forbes


Assistant Director Doug MacDonald
Production Manager Catriona Malcolmson
Stage Manager Gwendy Tolley
Assistant Stage Manager Julia Lamperd
Sandra Quirt
Set Crew Chief Margaret Jones
Stage Crew Clint Carrigan
Jaden Carrigan
Margrit Cattell
Issam Elayoubi
Alex Henkelman
Joanna Huang
Doug MacDonald
Sarah Roberts
Set Design Romauld Frigon
Set Design Consultant Dorothy Shaw
Set Construction Romauld Frigon
Construction Assistant Paul Carrier
Barry Fortey
Tony Francis
Earl McLaughlin
Scenic Artist Margrit Cattell
Dorothy Shaw
Set Painter Julia Adams
Mark Bazerman
Sean Behncke
Adele Hay
Ron Hay
Alex Henkelman
Kim Hobbs
Joanna Huang
Carolyn Johnstone
Barbara Kobolak
Catriona Malcolmson
Lisette Martins
Karoline Page
Susan V. Phillips
Sarah Roberts
Set Decor Lisette Martins
Lighting Design Al Quirt
Lighting Operator Rik Côté
Lighting Assistant Ron Francis
Sound Design Gerry Thompson
Sound Assistant Larraine Gorman
Musical performer Larraine Gorman
Sound Board Operator Jandra Drodge
Alex Truelove
Continuity Anna Lisa Bloom
Julie Clayton
Kim Hobbs
Properties Nihan Kavaslav
Properties Assistant Cecille Gagné
Patrick Kay
Furnishings Jackie Frigon
Lisette Martins
Costumes Brenda Parr
Marilyn Valiquette
Eufron Williams
Dresser Kathryn Clarke
Nancy (Warner) Cormier
Set Decor Seamstress Jackie Frigon
Set Design Consultant Dorothy Shaw
Make-up Bev Brooks
Shelley Jean Harrison
Hair Styling Carol Walkey
Choreographer Kendrick Abell
Tracey Nash
Green Room Manager Krista Carrigan
Diane Côté
Emilie Cote
Chris Rosebrugh
Green Room assistant Ella Carrigan
Publicity Susan V. Phillips
House Manager Don Lillico
Refreshments coordinator Nancy Baker
Whynn Bosnich
Programme Wendy Wagner
Box Office Gordon Marwood

". . . The moment I switched out the lights, Gertie (Gertrude Lawrence) appeared in a white Molyneux dress on a terrace in the south of France and refused to go away until 4:00 a.m. by which time 'Private Lives', title and all, had constructed itself." Thus was the fruit of Noel Coward's sleepless night in a suite at the Imperial Hotel in Yokohama, 1930.

Here in the 21st century, where casual is king, the uncompromising elegance of Coward; his life, his work and his contemporaries, still has wide appeal. Not that a dysfunctional couple like Amanda and Elyot would top anyone's list as first choice for next door neighbouors, where Elyot maintains his philosophy of 'Some women should be struck regularly, like gongs'(Amanda of course gives as good as she gets, and a difference of opinion can escalate into furniture throwing.

Still, today we've all but lost the talent for good verbal repartee. One silly little word, still bleeped from our television sets, is heard endlessly as a verb, noun, adjective and adverb. In Coward's world, even the insults are elegant. It's downright refreshing to hear the chauvinistic and vain Elyot denounced as "that unprinicpled roue" rather than suggesting that he behaves in an un-filial way towards his mother!

I am sincerely grateful to the crew and cast for their hard work and dedication in putting together this most enjoyable comedy.