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END OF THE PIER SHOW Book, music and lyrics by Roger Parsley SYNOPSIS In the last week before World War II, a small concert party, working the end of a pier show somewhere in England, is rehearsing for the final week of the season. There is talk of impending war, while visible proof that war is expected, sandbags, gun installations, etc. is all around. The uncertainties of the period are mirrored in the uncertainties of the Company's future. We meet the various members rehearsing their acts on stage as well as in their more private moments in between the acts. Although the atmosphere is tense and poignant, the Company manage not to let their personal problems interfere with their performance. A delightful song, conjuring up the ephemeral values of life, ends the show while the news of the pier theatre being converted into a cinema lingers in the air. The Cast: M4 F4, chorus Ronnic Matthews: founder/leader of the Sunshiners. Myrtle Martin: founder-member. Reg Carter: founder-member. Penelope "Poppy" Day: soubrette. Lennie Richards: leading man. Wally Mason: comic song specialist. Sarah King: member Shirley Clarke: tenant of the Pier Theatre. The Scene A stage Act 1: A Coastal Resort Somewhere in Britain Monday, 28th August 1939 — Morning Act 2: Afternoon - The Same Day MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 1 1. The Sunshiners - Company 2. One Summer Day - Lennie & Sarah 3. The Anniversary Present ( Non Musical) - Myrtle & Reg 4. What The Butler Saw - Wally 5. I've Just Met a Boy Called Sam - Poppy 6. It Could Be Love - Myrtle & Chorus 7. The Sunshine Stroll - Company 8. Everyone is Talking - Company ACT 2 9. On The Pier - Company 10. Gurning `Erbert - Non Musical Reg 11. When The Sun Comes Up Tomorrow - Lennie & Sarah 12. The Spotty Boy - Reg 13. Only You Will Do Myrtle - Ronnie & Chorus 14. The Branch Office - (Non Musical)- Reg, Poppy & Myrtle 15. The Sun Is Going Down - Company 16. Finale — On The Pier - Company The Libretto contains a vocal line: NB: There are no orchestral parts available