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FLORODORA

Book by OWEN HALL
Lyrics by E. BOYD JONES and PAUL RUBENS
Music by LESLIE STUART
New York run: Casino Theatre, November 12, 1900

Plot Synopsis

Act I

Opens with a scene on Florodora Island, where a famous perfume of the same name is manufactured from a secret formula. Flower sorters and pickers are at work, supervised by the clerks and Leandro. Everyone is excited at the imminent arrival of Mr. Gilfain, their lor and master, whom they are all anxious to please and who is supposedly the owner of the island and the secret formula for "Florodora" perfume. However, on the death of his partner, Quissara, he had taken control of the island and the formula, both of which should rightfully have been inherited by Quissara's daughter. The manager of the island is Frank Abercoed, and Leandro complains to him about Dolores, a beautiful flower picker, who seems to have everything her own way and is greatly favoured by Mr. Gilfain. Mr. Abercoed does not seem loath to follow Gilfain's example, as he is in love with Dolores but is prevented from declaring his love because he is not free.

An obvious newcover to the island, where strangers are soon made to feel that they are unwelcome trespassers, makes a hasty entrance on the scene, pursued by Leandro, who seems anxious to use his ever-present knife on the unfortunate visitor. he is Professor Tweedlepunch, phrenologist extraordinary (among other things), who has arrived on the island and succeeded in eluding the guards during the elaborate preparations for welcoming Mr. Gilfain home from his visit abroad. Amid great "huzzas" Mr. Gilfain finally arrives at the warehouse accompanied by a group of English ladies, Lady Holyrood (who has her cap set for Mr. Gilfain), and his daughter Angela, who is in love with Arthur Donegal, Lady Holyrood's brother.

Professor Tweedlepunch undertakes to find suitable mates for all concerned by reading their "bumps", which he proceeds to do very disoncertingly, mixing everybody up and assigning unwilling couples to one another. Mr. Gilfain gets Dolores, Angela gets Abercoed, and Lady Holyrood, nobody - much to her chagrin. However, Mr. Abercoed refuses to have anything to do with the scheme and is dismissed from the island by Mr. Gilfain. Mr. Tweedlepunch, who has smuggled himself on the island in the hope of finding his old friend Quissara's daughter, now discovers her in the person of Dolores, and keeps her from Gilfain. Gilfain invites everybody to visit his home in Wales, and the first act ends with everyone confused and unhappy.

Act II

Opens with a scene in Abercoed Castle, Wales, which Gilfain has now changed to Florodora Castle. Gilfain is endeavouring to establish himself in English society and has gone to extremes, having six maids-in-waiting for his daughter, Angela, and six secretaries for himself, while Lady Holyrood has taken over the social affairs of the castle and insists that her brother, Captain Donegal, be invited to stay there. Shortly after Donegal's arrival, Abercoed arrives diguised as a wandering bard, seeking a last look at the Abercoed home. However, he is recognized by Donegal and Lady Holyrood. Then Tweedlepunch and Dolores arrive in disguise and are hired as entertainers, but Tweedlepunch many times almost discloses his true identity, and is only saved by Dolores' quick wits. Lady Holyrood and Angela connive with Tweedlepunch to expose Gilfain as a fraud and swindler, and later on they succeed in doing this. Lady Holyrood's affair with Gilfain has progressed to the point where he admits that he is in love with her but must make this business match with Dolores. By a trick, Gilfain is finally forced to confess his crimes, and the couples all unite in the usual musical comedy manner.

Cast of Characters

Cyrus Gilfain

Proprietor of the Perfume and of the Island of Florodora

Dolores

A Beautiful Flower Picker

Frank Abercoed

Manager for Cyrus Gilfain of the Island of Florodora

Angela Gilfain

Cyrus Gilfain's Daughter

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture

 

Flowers A-blooming So Gay

Chorus

The Silver Star of Love

Dolores

Somebody

Dolores and Abercoed

Huzzah, the Master Comes

Chorus

Come and See Our Island

Six Clerks & Six English Girls

When I Leave Town

Lady Holyrood

Galloping

Donegal and Angela

I Want to Marry a Man, I Do

Lady Holyrood, Tweedlepunch & Gilfain

Phrenology

Tweedlepunch and Chorus

The Shaded of the Palm

Abercoed

Finale

 

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Tact

Lady Holyrood

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden

Six Clerks & Six English Girls

We Get Up at 8 A.M.

Valleda and Leandro

When We Are on the Stage

Dolores and Tweedlepunch and Chorus

The Island of Love

Dolores and Chorus

The Queen of the Philippine Islands

Angela

Finale

  

1948-1949 Production

Presented April 19-23, 1949 at the Ottawa Technical High School, Ottawa, Ontario

Production Team

Producer

Mark Brooks

Musical Director

H. Bramwell Bailey

Dances arranged by

Jack Neil

Scenery Designed by

Verne Ridgeway

Accompanist

Winifred Canty

Chorus Master

A. E. MacLaurin

Costumes by Malabar

 

Cast

Leandro

Dermot Sladen

Valleda

Ruth Chisholm

Pym

William Wright

Frank Abercoed

Charles Kerr

Dolores

Eileen Middlestadt

Violanthe

Freda Lyon

Calista

Christine Latham

Anthony Tweedlepunch

Joseph E. Webb

Cyrus W. Gilfain

Floyd Caza

Inez

Adele Roy

Lady Holyrood

Alison Thomas

Captain Arthur Donegal

George Wetzstein

GILFAIN'S CLERKS

William Murray, William Wright, Don Armstrong, Ted Hothersall, George MacDougall, Alan Holmes

ANGELA GILFAIN'S ENGLISH FRIENDS

Brenda Plet, Beatrice Perkin, Bernice McFadyen, Muriel Wetzstein, Ruth Piers, Elsie Parkes

DANCERS

Melva Anthony, Mary Barrette, Agnes Bourassa, Pamela Brooks, Jean Halley, Christine Latham, Freda Lyon, Marilyn Moor

CHORUS OF GIRLS

Marguerite Allan, Mary Allen, Melva Anthony, Mary Barrette, Norma Besserer, Agnes Bourassa, Audrey Bowler, Louise Cameron, Joanna Christensen, Theresa Doyle, Audrey Gignac, Jean Halley, Peggie Highley, Mildred Ker, Christine Latham, Dorothy Leard, Freda Lyon, Marilyn Moor, Shirley Needham, Betty Nuth, Edna Peters, Margaret Rowles, Adele Roy, Ruby Rutkowsky, Juliette Sabourin, Grace Schultz, Kay Smith, Eleanor Whitworth

CHORUS OF MEN

Bob Andrew, Grant Glennie, Earl Larocque, Maurice Leclerc, Percy May, Joe Pelisek, Ken Prior, Ken Ristow, J.G. Whitworth, W.h. Whitworth

Links to Related Sites

Musical Theater Research Project: Florodora