1922 - 1923
A Princess of Kensington
Kenna, a lady of fairy origin who gave her name to Kensington Gardens, gave also her heart to a mortal , Prince Albion. Mountain spirit Azuriel has been desperately jealous ever since. Shakespeare’s sprite, Puck, intervenes to mischievously prolong the lovers’ quarrel, teaching Kenna a spell to awaken Albion after a ten-century sleep. To keep Azuriel happy, Puck decides to put in place a fictitious Albion who will marry a mortal maid.
William Jelf, a young sailor from HMS Albion, is selected to take the prince’s place and is brought to Kensington Gardens. His cap, of course, bears the name “Albion”. Two young lovers, Lt. Brook Green and Joy Jellicoe, also wander in the gardens. Puck assumes the appearance of Joy’s father, Sir James Jellicoe, and encourages the sailor, William Jelf, impersonating the prince, to make love to Joy, although he is (unwillingly) supposed to marry Nell Reddish, the niece of Mr. Reddish, an innkeeper. At the end, after much mayhem, Nell marries Jelf’s Uncle Ben, Azuriel thinks that Albion is really dead and peace is restored to Fairyland. William Jelf goes back to sea, a happy bachelor.
For the Orpheus production the Butterfly Dance, performed by Miss Phyllis Pereira, was specially arranged for her by her teacher, M. Veronine Vestoff, of the Vestoff-Serova Russian School of Dancing, New York.
Stage Direction: Mr. F.L.C. Pereira
Musical Director: Mr. James A. Smith
Dances arranged by Miss Phyllis Pereira