LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE

Little Mary Sunshine Cast Photo

By
Rick Besoyan

Directed by
Lil Williams

Choreographer
Ruth Miller Thompson

March 5, 6 & 7, 1964

At the Gilbert Auditorium

This hugely successful Off-Broadway show played for almost three years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, winning an Obie award as the Best of the Season. Billed as “a musical about an old operetta,” Little Mary Sunshine gently spoofs such old-time favorites as Rose Marie and Naughty Marietta, but has a personality all its own. The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers led by stalwart Captain Jim; the lovely Mary Sunshine and her “naughty” maid Nancy; a chorus of giggling schoolgirls; and the ominous but benevolent Indian chief. Hearts are won and lost and won again in this delightful, laugh-filled, and charming show.

Courtesy of Samuel French, Inc.

CAST  
   
CHIEF BROWN BEAR JODIE WILLIAMS
CPL BILLY JESTER MIKE THOMPSON
CAPT. BIG JIM WARINGTON BOB GARDENHIRE
“LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE” POTTS MARTHETA BECKETT
MME. ERNESTINE VONLIEBEDICH MARY WATTS
NANCY TWINKLE JEAN JORDAN
FLEET FOOT LUDWIG ISENBERG
YELLOW FEATHER JOE BEN PONDER
GEN’L OSCAR FAIRFAX, RET KENNETH MARTIN
   
CORA PATSY ELMORE
MAUD ANNA DALE REAVES
GWENDOLYN ROSIE SCHWAB
HENERIETTA JOAN LAMB
MABEL SANDRA ROLLINS
BLANCHE PHYLLIS DYER
   
PETE LARRY AKINS
TEX RON RAMSEY
SLIM JOHN COBB
BUSTER BILL BECKETT
HANK HARRY BROWN
TOM JOHN ELMORE