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Schonell Theatre
University of Queensland
St Lucia

10th - 19th November 2011



Blue Fish Theatrical Presents: Mel Brooks' The Producers

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humour. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony® Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.

The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they manoeuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!

Director - Zane C Weber
Musical Director - Julie Whiting
Choreographer - Madalyn Milazzo
Assistant Director - Mary Clark
Assistant Musical Director - James Whiting
Stage Manager - Brett Roberts
Assistant Stage Manager - Lindsay Fletcher
Sound/Lighting Design - Tom Dodds
Set Design - Andrew Kennedy
Production Manager - Ruth Bridgstock
Production Assistant - Melissa Scheele
Costume, Hair and Makeup Coordination - Tessa Jane Halliday

Max Bialystock – Gary Rose
Leo Bloom – Tony Campbell
Ulla – Kimberley Chapman
Franz Liebkind – Kieran Davey
Roger DeBris – Jim Price
Carmen Ghia – Robert Pigdon

Female Dance Ensemble
Jennifer Usher
Anna Nicholson
Ashley Carfine
Caitlin Hill
Eleni Symeou
Erin Coates
Krista Young
Melissa Scheele
Natalie Renouf
Rhiannon Moushall
Roxanne Harding
Shelley Marshall

Male Dance Ensemble
Christopher King (Dance Captain)
Andy MacFarlane
Cameron Whitten
Darcy Morris
Geoffrey Winter
James Rogers
Shane Anderson

Female Ensemble
Carole Bennett
Crystal Arons
Elise Walsh
Georgina Purdie

Male Ensemble
Donovan Wagner
Joshua Rye
Sam Piaggio
Steve Norris

Conductor – Julie Whiting
Keyboard 1/Repetiteur – Luke Volker
Keyboard 2 – Ben Murray
Keyboard 3 – Tod Phillips
Violin – Frances Hyu/Ruth Donovan
Reed 1 (Piccolo/Flute/Alto Flute/Alto Saxophone) – David Humphreys
Reed 2 (Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Alto Saxophone) – Geoff Secomb/Luke Carbon
Reed 3 (Flute/Clarinet/Eb Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone) – Nathan Lam
Reed 4 (Alto Flute/Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone) – Rodger Graham-Wilson
Reed 5 (Clarinet/Contrabass Clarinet/Bassoon/Baritone Saxophone) – Lisa Squires
Trumpet 1 – Tony Lashmar
Trumpet 2 – Michael McKay
Trumpet 3 – Samuel Gibson
French Horn – Laura-Nicole Gibson
Trombone 1 – Francis Carroll
Trombone 2 – Brett Millford
Bass Trombone – John Cosic
Electric Bass – Molly Collier-O'Boyle
Percussion – James Whiting
Drum Kit – Alanna Ritchie


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