7 Brides for 7 Brothers poster SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS - July 2000
In the Oregon Territory, mountain man Adam Pontipee comes to town to sell his crops and woo a woman to be his wife, succeeding with spirited Milly. Her dreams of keeping house for just one man are shattered when she discovers that Adam shares his pigsty cabin with six brawling brothers.

Milly’s good cooking and stubborn nature whip the young men into shape and inspire them to seek women of their own. The kidnapping of their six sweethearts spurs Milly to throw the men out of the house, but enforced proximity caused by winter and the brothers’ good intentions just might help love bloom again.

Book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Music by Gene de Paul. Based on "The Sobbin' Women" by Stephen Vincent Benet.

The original musical was based on the 1954 MGM movie starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. The ill-fated Broadway stage version in 1982 starred pop singer Debby Boone but lacked the glorious Michael Kidd choreography and the picturesque settings that distinguished the film. It closed after five performances, unlike the South Downe version which completed its run.

Trivia: Debby Boone, daughter of Pat Boone and direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Parents in law are Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney.

Adam John Paul McCrohon
Millie Jan Mather
Gideon Tony Bryant
Alice Peta Mewett
Benjamin Dave Harkness
Dorcas Rhian Roberts
Caleb Brian Sweatman
Ruth Kerry Joyce
Daniel Steve Reading
Liza Caroline Archer
Ephraim Ian Hanney
Martha Tanya Bourner
Frank Steve Guermonprez
Sarah Laura Underwood
Suitors Jonathan Shirlaw, Alan Jenkins, Matthew Merritt, Pete Croucher, Bill Price, Rob Fusco
Townspeople John Haig, Tony Collins, Carole Gennings, Barry Tester, Julia Brown
Producer & Choreographer Audrey Pring
Musical Director Alan Pring
Assistant Producer Julia Brown
Official Accompanist Jean Porter
Stage Director Colin D Justice
Stage Manager Michael Williams
Assistant Stage Managers George Hyde, Lee Stoddart
Stage Crew Tom Potts, Steve Bundey, Steve Halfpenny, Peter Langrish, George Philpott, Simon Roe, Marc Scott
Head Flyman Kate Evans, Tony Lee-Wright
Fly Crew Norman Price
Sound Mitchell Sound (Steve & Kathy Oldfield)
Lighting Design Ian   Theresa Pratt
Property Mistress Sally White
Property Assistants Sheila Stoddart and Janice Gray
Wardrobe Co-ordinator Carole Gennings
Hair and Make-up Christine Wenzel, Marion Williams
Publicity Steve Guermonprez and Jonathan Shirlaw
Front of House Photographs Ivan Saunders
Programme Design & Production Nick Rose, Adinfinitum, Steve Guermonprez
Ticket Controller Anita Waterhouse
Ticket Assistants Pat Wallace and Linda Smither
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Reed 1 Helen Walton
Reed 2 Colin Campbell
Reed 3 Irene Pragnall
Reed 4 Malcolm Kennard
Reed 5 Bob Metcalf
Trumpet 1 Roger Hammond
Trumpet 2 Jonathan Yates
Trombone 1 Gareth Llewelyn
Horn Allen Mead
Percussion 1 Ernie McBernie
Percussion 2 George Ray
Bass Stewart Gay
Keyboard 1 Tony Peglar
Keyboard 2 Paul Mizen
Violin 1 Nuala Land
Violin 2 Anna Pring
Cello Nigel McNestrie