Musicians Martin Cox (keyboard), John
Plunkett (strums), and Gareth Dean (drums).
The chorus line started with a rousing
rendition of "Bring Me Sunshine".
It's Hughie Hubbard (Neil Smith) and his
pet dog Dandy (Fraser Turner).
The Hubbards are on their uppers - even
selling wood and busking isn't making ends meet.
A sing-song cheers up Polly Hubbard (Val Smith):
I'm singing a higgity, haggity, hoggety high
Pioneers, they never say die!
Right around that turn there's a hidden cave
and we can watch those Cherokees
Go galloping by!
The backdrops were very impressive.
It look as though nothing is going to improve
Polly and Hughie's lot... until...
... they discover a bag of goodies
dropped by the fleeing bailiffs...
...who had been harassing Old Mother Hubbard.
Would she ever get back on her feet!?
If only the family could come by some good luck...
Poof! The Good Fairy (Jo Ezzy) arrives.
Mother Hubbard's cupboard is virtually
bare... where will she get a bone now?
The Good Fairy grants one wish... and
Mother Hubbard wishes to see her
long-lost brother Oswald again.
The Good Fairy needs to find Oswald and
enlists the help of "Mr Magic" (Rev Will Adams).
As if by magic they discover that
Oswald is in AIAERCM!
Thigh slappin' Tex Laramie (Barbara Cox)
sets the Wild West scene.
Poor Old Mother Hubbard can't escape the
attentions of Ol' Timer Tumbleweed (Dave Bridger).
Enter the evil Matt Vinyl (Richard Pamment).
Boo, hiss! Vinyl and his associates
Jez and Belle (Claire Brotherton and Eleanor Shepherd).
This town is only big enough for one big cheese.
Tex decides it's time for fun - Wild West style.
Tumbleweed takes Mother Hubbard along
to the Silver Dollar Saloon - classy!
Will Tex ever win Polly's heart?
Oh! The Deadwood Stage is a-rollin' on over the plains,
With the curtains flappin' and the driver slappin' the reins.
Beautiful sky! A wonderful day!
Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!
I can, you can. Can Can. Led by good time
gal Miss Lulabelle (Morag Underwood).
Tumbleweed couldn't resist putting
on a skirt and joining in.
Vinyl and Miss Lulabelle are in cahoots
and Vinyl needs information.
The plot thickens as sides are being
taken and allegiances formed.
Little Deer (Sue Blackburn) takes
a shine to Hughie...
... but Hughie is led astray by
conniving Miss Lulabelle.
Soon he's under the affluence of incohol.
And, semi-comatose, he spills his guts
about his Uncle Oswald.
Stick 'em up - but who?!
Brave Tumbleweed takes on Matt Vinyl.
Vinyl needs a cunning plan.
And he hatches a plot with the local
Indians to do his dirty work for him.
Tex looks after Polly...
...Tumbleweed would like to look
after Mother Hubbard.
But no one can stop Hughie getting
an arrow in the backside.
Vinyl looks to have got the upper hand.
Dandy comes to the rescue just in time - grrrr.
Will Chief Thunder Cloud and his
braves and squaws be tricked in to doing
the dirty deed for Vinyl?
The medicine man arrives to
prepare the scalping knife.
Time's up for Old Mother Hubbard.
But wait! The medicine man is not
who he first seems... it's brother Oswald!!
This is the worst news for Vinyl and his gang.
The game's up. Major Day (Hector Sharp)
arrests Matt Vinyl and good prevails in the end.
The cast take a hugely deserved final bow.