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Finians Rainbow

Saturday night August 20 was the dramatic debut of Joan Chizner, Sandy Berman, Mike Schonberg, and Alan Gluck in Finian's Rainbow. This tuneful and witty musical comedy centered around two themes; the touching hope of an elderly Irishman that the crock of gold he has stolen from the leprechauns will multiply in the fertile soil adjacent to Fort Knox (with the government's reserve as an example) and the fight of an engaging group of sharecroppers to preserve their land against the encroachments of a demagogue from the State of Missitucky named Billboard Rawkins. The Irishman has an attractive daughter, the sharecroppers are led by a handsome young man. And the leprechaun who comes in search of the gold (alarmed because he is turning into a mortal) falls in love with the hero's sister, who "speaks" with her feet because she's mute. Because the gold is magic, the senator is transformed into a likeable person and the sharecroppers retain their land and the curtain falls on a rousing finale.

Pot of Gold C A S T
(In Order of Appearance)

Buzz Collins ................. Chuck Edelman
Sheriff ..................... Lenny Guedalia
Susan Mahoney ................. Natalie Fial
Henry ......................... Gary Mueller
Finian McLonergan ........... Mike Schonberg
Sharon McLonergan ............. Joan Chizner
Woody Mahoney ................. Sandy Berman
Og (a leprechaun) ............... Alan Gluck
Howard .......................... Bob Sovner
Senator Billboard Rawkins .. Donny Grossfeld
1st Geologist ................. Eddie Kantor
2nd Geologist ................. Bobby Paulon
Diane ........................ Patty Corning
Jane ......................... Marilyn Cohen
John (The Preacher) ............ Alan Rosell
Deputy ...................... Dick Putterman
Mr. Shears ...................... Ira Ellman
Mr. Robust .................... Bobby Paulen

CHORUS

Richie Abraham-Elaine Horowitz-Wendy Lustig-Carol Bennett-Laura Horowitz-June Poster-Sue Brody-Joy Kaufman-Barbara Peretz-Steve Delit-Bonnie Klein-Judy Reiser-Susan Falk-Mark Jampol-Jeff Rosen-Winkie Frankel-David Lapidus-Beth Soloman-Nancy Gittleson-Candy Leeds-Donna Sellinger-Ronnie Gluck-Susan Strober-Gail C. Grossman-Merri Leeds-Gail Tannenblatt-Marlene Hammer-Linda Tobin

CREDITS

Directed by ...... Barry Kaplan
Music by .... Marga Friedlander
Scenery ..... Matthew Schlansky
Choreography by .. Judy Stofsky
Make-up by .. Deena Tannenblatt
Costumes by .. Ellen Cohen, Sue Lorber, Sandy Lorber
Spotlight ....... Steven Parnes