1920

Merrie England

Sir Walter Raleigh loves Bessie Throckmorton, Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting.  He sends her a love letter, but Bessie loses it.  The lost letter is found by Jill-all-alone, a forest dweller, whose constant companion is a black cat.  Living in the forest with a black cat necessarily points to Jill as a witch. She ventures to the castle to restore the letter to its owner, but runs afoul of the worthy citizens of Windsor intent on their May Day revels. What could be better than a witch hunt?  When she is being hunted and harried, the Royal Forester, Long Tom, comes to her aid and is supported by the Earl of Essex, to whom Jill hands Bessie's letter.  Essex, thinking that Raleigh is his rival for royal favour, accepts the letter as his opportunity to arouse Eliizabeth's jealousy and he hands the letter to the Queen.  Elizabeth mistakens the letter as an avowal of Ralph's love for her but Raleigh is not the man to allow the Queen to be under a misapprehension and explains that the letter belongs to Bessie Throckmorton.  The Queen is furious and orders Raleigh to be banished, Bessie imprisoned, and Jill, who mocked the Queen's distress, to be burnt as a witch.


In the opening of the second act, Jill is seen to escape and to rescue Bessie from the Castle by a secret passage; they hide in Herne the Hunter's oak in the forest.  Essex now determines to make amends for the harm he has done Raleigh and is assisted in his plans by Walter Wilkins.  Essex plans to work on the Queen's superstitious fears and to stage an appearance of Herne the Hunter during a masque presented by Walter Wilkins.  According to tradition, the ghostly huntsman only appears in the forest when the monarch contemplates a crime.  The Queen is terrified at the apparition and pardons the lovers and Jill-all-alone. The populace are delighted and the joyful strains of Robin Hood's Wedding brings the story to a "happy ever after" conclusion.


Musical Director: James A. Smith

Stage Director: Fred L.C. Pereira

Dance Arranger: Gwendolin Osborne

Cast

A. Riddell, Miss

The May Queen

A. Sills, Miss

Court Lady

A.E. Meister, Mr.

Lord

A.Newlands, Miss

Dancing Girl

B. Waterman, Miss

Kate

C. Beckstead, Mr.

The Queen's Fool

Carleton, Miss

The May Queen

Chloris Little

Jill-all-Alone

D. Roy Kennedy

Silas Simkins

Don Tuck

A Soldier

E. Lemieux, Miss

Dancing Girl

E. Spence, Miss

Court Lady

F. Lovette, Mr.

The Earl of Essex

Fred C.L. Pereira

Walter Wilkins

G. Beardsley, Mr.

Herald

G.R.L. Potter, Sergeant

Pikeman

Gladys Walsh

Miss Bessie Throckmorton

Gwendolin Osborne

Marjory

Gwendolin Osborne

Dancing Girl

H.E. Larkin, Mr.

A Lord

Harry Hill

Lord

Harry Underwood

Sir Walter Raleigh

Horace M. Butler

Big Ben, Royal Forester

J. Mackenzie, Sergeant

Pikeman

J.D. Robertson, Mrs.

Miss Bessie Throckmorton

J.P McJanet, Miss

Dancing Girl

L. Vickers, Miss

Lady-in Waiting

Louise Wright

Queen Elizabeth

Margaret Smith, Miss

Second Royal Page

McPherson, Mrs.

Court Lady

N.T. Allan, Mr.

Long Tom, Royal Forester

Phyliis Pereira, Miss

First Royal Page

R. Duclos, Mr.

A Tinker

S.C. Hooper, Mr.

Lord

S.J. Saxby, Mr.

Herald

Susan Bell, Miss

Queen Elizabeth

T.H. Hawkins, Mr.

A Baker

W. Jenkins, Corpl.

Pikeman

W. Nixon, Mr.

A Tailor

W. Scharpe, Mr.

A Butcher

W.A. Tucker, Mr.

A Wine Vendor

A. Bill, Mrs.

Soprano

A.Newlands, Miss

Soprano

C. Flack, Miss

Soprano

E. Lemieux, Miss

Soprano

E. Richardson, Mrs.

Soprano

E.M. Culbert, Miss

Soprano

F.H. Byshe, Mrs.

Soprano

G. Hoolihan, Miss

Soprano

G.L. Queale, Miss

Soprano

H. Whillans, Miss

Soprano

H.A. Boyd, Mrs.

Soprano

H.F. Bode, Mrs.

Soprano

H.G. Brown, Miss

Soprano

J.L. Rorke, Miss

Soprano

J.P. McJanet, Miss

Soprano

K.I. McGillivray, Miss

Soprano

M. Vipond, Miss

Soprano

M.C. Steele, Miss

Soprano

M.Howe, Miss

Soprano

R. Flanaghan, Miss

Soprano

W. Newton, Miss

Soprano

W. Torney, Mrs.

Soprano

W.J. Dey, Mrs.

Soprano

A. Mulligan, Miss

Contralto

A.A. Radford, Miss

Contralto

B. Waterman, Miss

Contralto

D. Tippins, Miss

Contralto

E. Johnson, Miss

Contralto

E. McClennan, Miss

Contralto

E. Nelson, Miss

Contralto

E. Newlands, Miss

Contralto

F.A. Venn, Miss

Contralto

G. Bowen, Miss

Contralto

Gwendolin Osborne

Contralto

H. Loughren, Miss

Contralto

M. Gallaher, Miss

Contralto

M.Boyd, Miss

Contralto

M.E. Beach, Mrs.

Contralto

T. Weston, Mrs.

Contralto

T.H. Hawkins, Mrs.

Contralto

A. Archambault, Mr.

Tenor

C.G. Cameron, Mr.

Tenor

E.P. Nunn, Mr.

Tenor

F.W. Carson, Mr.

Tenor

H.B. Hill, Mr.

Tenor

H.E. Larkin, Mr.

Tenor

H.F. Bode, Mr.

Tenor

J.B. Boyd, Mr.

Tenor

R.A. Gibson, Mr.

Tenor

R.Wilson, Mr.

Tenor

T. Weston, Mr.

Tenor

T.H. Hawkins, Mr.

Tenor

W.E. Jackson, Mr.

Tenor

W.J. Nixon, Mr.

Tenor

W.J. Stewart, Mr.

Tenor

F.H. Byshe, Mr.

Bass

G.H. Porteous, Mr.

Bass

H. Byshe, Mr.

Bass

H. Vowles, Mr.

Bass

H.E.A. Hawken, Mr.

Bass

H.F. Williams, Mr.

Bass

H.H. Clarke, Mr.

Bass

M. St. Germain, Mr.

Bass

R. Duclos, Mr.

Bass

S.C. Hooper, Mr.

Bass

T.H. Hawkins, Mr.

Bass

W.A. Tucker, Mr.

Bass

W.G. Sharpe, Mr.

Bass

W.R. Waterman, Mr.

Bass

Production

Bertha Laverde Worden

Accompanist

H.B. Hill, Mr.

Business Manager and Treasurer

H.W. Sproule, Mr.

Properties

J.V. Beardser, Mr.

Accompanist

P.E. Neumann, Mr.

Advertising Representative

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