1948/1949 - The Pirates of Penzance / Dorothy / Hong Kong

the pirates OF penzance

4 performances at the Valencia Theatre in April 1948

Production team

Director - John "Chips" Chisholm

Musical Director - Alan Moore

The first musical of the Gosford Musical & Dramatic Society performed at the Valencia Theatre.

                          

                                            The 1000 seat Valencia Theatre, 1927-1960 , located at 205 Mann Street. 

                          

It got its name from the owner, Sidney Black, who was an orchardist specialising in Valencia oranges.

The theatre seated 1000 people, cost 15,000 pounds and opened in October 1927.

The town celebrated the opening with a screening of the Syd Chaplin feature Oh What a Nurse.

Ten years after it opened the Valencia had competition in the form of the art deco Regal Theatre further up the street.

By then the Valencia was in need of upgrading, which it never received, so it laboured on, an old house and tired in appearance compared with the luxurious Regal.

The Valencia had its most dramatic moment in 1949 when fire broke out during an afternoon matinee. The Sunday Sun reported that children ran screaming into the streets as flames gutted the Valencia's projection room.

The Valencia closed in May 1960 with screenings of Hell's Half Acre and Cross Channel.

 
                                                       Lola Vecsay, Dick Eagle (1st GMS Life Member), Rosemary Donovan, Eric Ironmonger

  

                                                         Lorne Manning (Ruth) , Alan Eagle (Samuel), Dick Eagle (Frederick)

           

 

dorothy

3 performances at the Valencia Theatre in September 1948

Production team

Director - Helen Langdon

Musical Director - Alan Moore

   

        

         Lola Vecsay (Dorothy) and Syd Gibson (John

                             

 

Hong Kong

3 performances at the Valencia Theatre in September 1949

Production team

Director - Helen Langdon

Musical Director - Alan Moore

Choreographer - Betty MacDonald

  

                                                                                                                                          Lola Vecsay as Jessica

 

                                                                                                                                     

                        

                       

                                                     Kevin Booth and Allan Eagle with the Favetta brothers