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THE RED MILL

Libretto and Lyrics by HENRY BLOSSOM
Music by VICTOR HERBERT

Produced at the Knickerbocker Theater, New York, 24 September 1906

Plot Synopsis

ACT I - At the Sign of the Red Mill

"Con" Kiddler and "Kid" Conner, two American Tourists, become stranded at an inn in a small town in Holland. To avoid paying their board bill, they attempt to escape from the inn, but are caught in the act by the Burgomaster, who orders their imprisonment, but the innkeeper agrees to let them work out their indebtedness by replacing some of the inn servants. Con is made an interpreter and Kid is given a job as a waiter. The two Americans contrive a scheme to save the Burgomaster's daughter from a distasteful marriage with the Governor, and to help her elope with her lover, Captain Karl Van Damm. The innkeeper overhears the plot and informs the Burgomaster who locks his daughter in the Red Mill, and places Franz, the Sheriff, to guard the door. The two Americans effect the rescue of Gretchen. This ends the first act.

ACT II - Hall of the Burgomaster's House

Act Two shows the Hall at the Burgomaster's house, on the day set for the wedding. The bride is missing and the Burgomaster offers a reward of innumerable gulden for her discovery. He even telegraphs to Hague for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to assist in the search. Con and Kid, disguised as Italian organ grinders, discover the telegram and soon arrive on the scene as the famous detective and his biographer. They order the arrest of the Sheriff for political reasons, and insist upon the release of Captain Karl, Gretchen's lover. In the meantime the Governor has arrived, and finding his intended bride missing, is perfectly satisfied to marry her aunt who is equally wealthy. The two Americans then restore Gretchen to her lover, who is found to be heir to a large English estate. The real identity of the detective and the doctor is discovered. Con wins the innkeeper's daughter, Tina, and all ends happily.

Cast of Characters (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST)

Con Kidder

Michael O'Shea

Kid Conner

Eddie Foy, Jr.

Tina

Dorothy Stone

Madame Le Fleur

Odette Myrtil

Gretchen

Ann Andre

Gaston

Charles Collins

Juliana

Lorna Byron

The Governor

Eddward Dew

Town Crier

P.J. Kelly

Willem

Hal Prince

Songs from the Show - Act One

By The Side Of The Mill

 

Mignonette

 

You Never Can Tell About A Woman

 

Whistle It

 

Isle Of Our Dreams

 

Go While The Goin' Is Good

 

An Accident

 

Moonbeams

 

Release Your Daughter

 

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Why The Silence?

 

The Legend Of The Mill

 

Good-a-by John

 

If You Love But Me

 

Every Day is Ladies Day

 

Because You're You

 

Streets Of New York

 

Entrance Of Wedding Guests

 

In Old New York

 

 

1945-1946 Production

Production Team

Producer

Mark Brooks

Music Director

H. Bramwell Bailey

At The Piano

Richard W. Mitchell

Scenery

Verne Ridgeway

Ushers

Falkland Sea Cadets

Prompting

Marguerite Farrow

Lighting

Neil O'Donnell

Program Designs

Gordon Stranks

Costumes

Malabar

Cast

"Con" Kidder

S.E. Bagnall

"Kid" Conner

J.G. Scott

Jan Van Borkem

Geoffrey Farrow

Franz

S/Sgt. D Hammond

Willem

Charles Nicholson

Capt.Karl Van Damm

Major J. Pullen

Governor Of Zeeland

S/Sgt. J.E. Webb

Joshua Pennyfeather

James Pullen

Gretchen

Iris Wilson

Bertha

Marjorie Stranks

Tina

Alison Thomas

Countess De La Fere

Jeannine Lanthier

Lena

Ruth Piers

Flora

Doreen Burchell

Dora

Gladys Culley

Anna

Doris Rodger

Martha

Kay Mattice

Emma

Margaret Rowles

1ST Man

H. Goldsmith

2ND Man

C. Watts

3RD Man

C. Revelle

Servant

H. Goldsmith

English Girls

Lorna Logan, M.Barrette, J. Martin, J. Selesse

French Boys

H. Sills, W.Clark, C. Revelle, K. Waddell

Maid

Louise Mulvihill

MEMBERS OF THE CHORUS

SOPRANOS

Marguerite Allan, Mary Barrette, Iva Bridges, Doreen Burchill, Daisy Mae Checkley, Evelyn Fisher, Isabel Forward, Mary Forward, Jean L. Halley, Zella Houston, Anita (Annetta) Kipp, Holly Le Marquand, Lorna Logan, Kay Mattice, Amie C. R. Nicol, Frances Oldham, Audrey O'Neill, Elsie Parkes, Beatrice Perkin, Ruth Piers, M. Rowles, Jeanne St. Germain.

ALTOS

Mary Allen, Marjorie Eastman, Mary E. Girous, D. Hyder, Mary Jealous, Mildred M. Ker, Anne Larsen, Jean Martin, Jean Mattice, Gwen Nuth, Doris Rodger, Josephine Salesse.

TENORS

William Clarke, Ralph E. Dale, Ted Hothersall, Bill Murray, Sam Pantalone, Orville Powell, Jack Royston, SM. H. H. Sills, C. Watts, Sgt. W. Tierney.

BASSES

Sgt. Herbert W. Goldsmith, J. H. Douglas Jewell, A. E. MacLaurin, Percy May, Mervyn Pettapiece, S/Sgt. Cal. Revelle, Ken Waddell.

DANCERS

MOONBEAMS

Marilyn Sewell, Mary French, Joy Dunning, Audrey Miscampbell, Betty Sanders, Betty Young.

SOLOIST: Miss Marjorie Lyon

GYSPY STREET DANCE - Same group as above.

IN OLD NEW YORK

Girls: Marilyn, Sewell, Joy Dunning, Audrey Miscampbell

Boys: Betty Young, Betty Sanders, Mary French

WORK SHOP GROUP

Betty Brooks, Helen Richards, Ruth Logan, Mary Logan, Ethel Wilson, A. W. Baney, Bob Allan, A. De Jusserand, Reg. Hunt, Gordon Stranks, Norman Tepley, C. F. Atchison, Mervyn Pettapiece, Guy Beaulne, Frances O'Malley, Doris Hunt.


1953-1954 Production

Presented December 2-5, 1953 at Ottawa Technical High School, Ottawa, Ontario

Production Team

Produced and Directed by

Arthur Clare

Musical Director

Ralph A. Wetzstein

Stage Manager

Earle Ingram

Dances by

Classical Ballet Of Ottawa

And by

Members Of The John Stanzel Dance School

Sets Designed by

Verne Fraser

At The Piano

Winifred Canty

Costumes by

Malabar, Toronto

Photos by

F. J. Cooke Studios

Scenery Designer

Verne Ridgeway

Properties

Rose McCallum

Prompt Book

Christine McCulloch Allan

Lighting

Roy Sylvester

House Manager

A.E. McLaurin

Ushers

Girl Guides Association of Ottawa

Cast

Four Flower Girls

Marion Deavy, Greta Jensen, Beverley Pyefinch, Jean Gilchrist

Four Artists

Bob King, Robert Clairmont, Harry MacLarty, John Robineault

Willem, Kepper Of The Red Mill Inn

Ivan Mitchell

Jan Van Borken, Burgomaster

George Winship

Tina, Bar Maid, Willem's daughter

Eileen Middlestadt Armstrong

Franz, Sheriff of Katwyk-ann-Zee

Charles Nicholson

"Con" Kidder

Grant Wheeler

"Kid" Conner

Philip Wiegand

Bertha, the Burgomaster's sister

Betty Cowan

Gretchen, the Burgomaster's daughter

Margaret Leahy

Captain Karl Van Damm, in love with Gretchen

George Wetzstein

Countess de la Fere, motoring with her sons through

 

Holland

Jeanne Nash

Four French Boys, the Countess' sons

Bob King, Harry MacLarty, Robert Clairmont, John Robineault, Joshua Pennyfeather, Solicitor, Lincoln's Inn Fields,

Motoring with his daughters through Holland

Johnston Little

Four English Girls, Pennyfeather's daughters

Marion

 

Deavy, Jean Gilchrist, Greta Jensen, Beverley Pyefinch

The Governor of Zeeland

Des Gibson

Notary

Ted Hothersall

Servant

Stanton Hicks

MEMBERS OF THE CHORUS

LADIES

Mary Allen, Dorothy Ardley, Marilyn Arthur, Norma Besserer, Diane Boutin, Louise Cameron, Margot Carman, Norma Coll, Marion Deavy, Pat Dorothy, Elsie Dudley, Audrey Gignac, Jean Gilchrist, Dorothy Gough, Jean Goulet, Madeline, Gratton, Louise Grignon, Jean Halley, Lillian Horrocks, Inika Janecek, Greta Jensen, Mildred Ker, Nancy MacLarty, Margaret Mahony, Mary Morris, Rita Morris, Elsie Parkes, Audrey Patterson, June Pritchard, Beverley Pyefinch, Margaret Rowles, Ruby Rutkowsky, Aileen Ryan, Sylvia S|mith, Eunice Tubbe, Muriel Wetzstein, Eleanor Whitworth.

MEN

Roland Beaudry, Roger Bedard, Georges Berniquezz, Lloyd Burton, Robert Clairmont, Ted Hothersall, Stanton Hicks, Douglas Johnson, Bob King, Gustav Klawonn, Sam Lightstone, Harry MacLarty, Don Mason, Bill Murray, Arthur Pownall, John Robineault.

 

Links to Related Sites

 

Internet Broadway Database: The Red Mill

Musical Heaven: The Red Mill

Internet Theatre Database: The Red Mill