The first Christmas Pantomime was called “Princess Joybelle”, broadcast live to air in December 1957. Only a few relics of this production remain — a photo or two and some notes in Denzil Howson’s memoirs. Although a film recording was made, its whereabouts are unknown.
No written or film record of this production remains. Ernie Carroll was cast as the King, father of Princess Joybelle, but he took ill on the day before and Denzil Howson had to play the part instead.
|Denzil Howson||The King|
|Diane Thorington||Princess Joybelle|
|Alf Gertler||Bernard the Magician|
|Dancers and Chorus|
|Eugene Utassy Ballet School|
|Margot Sheridan||Musical Director|
|Duration||50 minutes (?)|
|Production Date||December 1957|
|Location||Studio One, GTV9, Melbourne.|