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1958-1959 (Whitby Theatre Guild)

Wishing Well (drama)
by E.E. Evans

Produced by Joan Hill
Directed by Bert Heaver

Cast: Joyce Wainwright, Herman Hesselink, Cyril Garratt, Reg Tompkins, Barbara Powell, Marcel Jones, Eunice Beer, Bob Hightower, Bert Heaver, Nancy Beer, Beryl Garratt

Synopsis: The action of the play takes place in the lounge of the Wishing Well Inn, in a village in Wales.

1957-1958 (Whitby Theatre Guild)

The Happiest Days of Your Life (drama)
by John Dighton

Directed by Ron Bareham

Cast: Wayne Lehman, Reg Tompkin, Dave Watson, Tom Edwards, Joan Hill, Frances Townsend, Milton Vander Veen, Pamela Stewart, Donalda Howe, Bert Heaver, Ness Jack, Ron Bareham, Joan Corkery

Production Team: Ken Lehman, Connie Webber, John Townsend, Fran Pearse, Mrs. Watson, Marg Ruddy, Carolyn Webber, Jean Hughes, Paul Barker

Synopsis: The story is set at the end of WWII. The pupils and teachers of a South Coast girl's school (St. Swithin's) are relocated to alternative accommodation as their own school has been a casualty of wartime bombing. Thanks to a bureaucratic mix-up, they wind up sharing the quarters of a boy's school (Hilary Hall) in Hampshire. The harried headmaster and headmistress, together with both sets of teachers, try to keep visiting parents from discovering the dilemma as the whole thing turns into a battle of the sexes. These problems are forgotten however when the news is received that a third school is to join them and all unite to repel boarders.

1955-1956 (Whitby Theatre Guild)

Blithe Spirit (comedy)
by Noël Coward

Directed by Harry Chapman

Cast: Joan Hill, Ness Jack, Bill Dyer, Mary Cole, Marion McLeod, Tait Davis, Eileen Chapman

Synopsis: Blithe Spirit takes its title from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "To a Skylark" ("Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! / Bird thou never wert"). The play concerns socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when, following the séance, he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

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