Former music teacher Mrs Alison Hedger kindly shared details of this lovely reunion with her former pupil:Lucy relives the 1984 Hordle House musical THE MARY ROSE (words by Heather Dalitz and music by Alison Hedger)
Lucy Bolster (Nicholson) recently met with Alison Hedger (composer/ music teacher at Hordle House). Lucy found Alison via the Internet after a visit she had made to the Mary Rose exhibition in Portsmouth with her two daughters. Lucy holds very fond memories of being Margaret in the musical 35 years ago.
Imagine Alison's surprise to hear from Lucy, and even more surprising for Alison was to discover that Lucy remembers all the songs! Not only does Lucy remember the melodies and lyrics, but even recalls some of her problematic script lines ("Is that your lute?"), and how difficult it was to sing a love duet holding hands, especially when told by the producer that whilst singing they had to also look into each other's eyes!!
Alison still has the original handwritten score complete with script, which was used for the seven performances Hordle House gave of this original musical, especially written in 1984 as part of then current Mary Rose fund raising campaign. The archive department at Walhampton kindly loaned Alison the 1984 school magazine and some excellent photographs of the musical, so that Lucy could enjoy these on her visit, which she certainly did.
Lucy poured over the script/score, and was delighted to see herself on the front cover of the magazine. She greatly enjoyed looking at the excellent photographs and fellow pupil's names came flooding back, along with recollections of the rehearsals. Lucy was amazed to see her hand writing on the archived production notes, and fondly read through the programme. Alison and Lucy had much to talk about and Lucy remembers how particular and professional the rehearsals were under the expertise of the producer Mr Lewis.
Before Lucy said goodbye, she wondered whether she could sing through the score. So that is what happened. Alison played and Lucy sang, both doing very well to sing and play from the yellowed, spidery music. All great fun and it touched Alison that the musical has quietly lived on for three and a half decades.
Lucy is an ordained minister, and has recently moved from Sheffield to Turlin Moor, where she lives with her husband and two daughters, close to her parents.
Were you in 1984 production of THE MARY ROSE musical? If so, Alison and Lucy would love to hear from you.
Lucy looking at the handwritten score by Alison
Lucy holding the Hordle House magazine featuring the musical (Lucy centre) on the front cover
A happy afternoon chatting and singing!