Happy End

By Dorothy Lane
Director Dennis Garnhum


The original production of Happy End, in German, opened in the fall of 1 929 at the Schiffbauerdamm Theatre in Berlin. This translation and adaptation opened in the Spring of 1 977 at the Martin Beck Theatre  in New York City. 

Dennis Garnhum

It has been four years since I graduated from the Undergraduate program of the University of Victoria’s Theatre program. Since then I have bounced around the continent working and travelling. I participated in two seasons with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis where’! worked as Assistant Director on the Operas Madama Butterfly and Peter Grimes. I spent a season with the Grand Theatre of London , Ontario in Stage Management and last year assisted Directors at the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver. In addition, I completed a Master’s Degree in Directing at the University of British Columbia.

Some of my more memorable directing projects include an outdoor production of Into the Woods, an environmental staging of Spring Awakenings and my “profes­sional directing debut” at the New Play Centre last spring where I directed a two day workshop and received the grand sum of $123.21.

I’ve enjoyed returning to the Department to work with the students and Faculty designer Allan Stichbury on this production. This group of people has impressed me with their abundance of enthusiasm, talent and imagination.

I would like to thank Michael Booth for giving me this wonderful opportunity to come home again.

Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston has been music director/arranger for many revues, educa­tional programs and shows in Victoria, most recently for the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at Kaleidoscope Playhouse.

A native of Victoria, Robert, studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Winifred Scott and Robin Wood; later at UBC under Robert Rogers. He has toured extensively throughout North America, England and New Zealand as accom­panist, chamber player and music director as well as performing frequently on CBC Radio.

Robert is currently head of Accompanying Department of the Victoria Con­ servatory of Music as well as Musical Director of the Victoria Conservatory Opera Studio. He is the regular rehearsal pianist for Pacific Opera Victoria and is the newly appointed Chorus Master.

Not one to be idle, Robert is also a sessional lecturer at Uvic’s School of Music (Song Literature) and is a member of the popular performing/recording ensemble Viveza.

Robert is pleased to be working with Stage Director Dennis Garnhum. “He’s full of good, imaginative ideas and works well with the cast, giving them individual attention and providing an ideal combination of creative freedom and well-thought­ out direction.” “I’m really fond of the cast members of Happy End and I am very impressed with their dedication and enthusiasm.”



Cast & Creative

Creative Team:

Director Dennis Garnhum
Assistant Director Pual Rivers
Musical Director Robert Holliston
Set Design Allan Stichbury
Lighting Design Jennifer Brumer
Assistant Lighting Design Shannon Fredrickson
Costume Design Karen Levis
Properties Design Roze Rozen
Sound Design Tony Vickery 



Andrew Long Bill Craker
Lucas R. Myers Sammy “Mammy” Wulitzer
Colin Plant Dr. Nakamura
Gregory Tees The Reverand
Michael Rinaldi The Professor 
Eric D. Bossick Baby Face
Justine Thomson The Fly
Lisel Jost Mirian
Peter Brown Joe 
Charles Staurt Ross Brother Hannibal Jackson
T.J Dawe Brother Ben
Erin Ormond Brother Hannibal Jackson
Treena Stubel Sister Lillian Holiday
Medina Hahn Sister Mary
Cindy Johnston Jane
Claude Andre Giroux The Cop