1924 - 1925

The Yeomen of the Guard

The curtain opens on Tower Green, where Phoebe, daughter of Sergeant Meryll of the Tower Yeomen, is at her spinning wheel. Colonel Fairfax, a brave soldier and student of alchemy, is in the Tower charged with sorcery and is condemned to be beheaded. Phoebe has fallen in love with him, although they have never spoken, and wants her brother Leonard and her father to bring about his freedom. Head jailor Wilfrid Shadbolt is jealous of Phoebe’s interest in the Colonel. The Meryll family successfully devise a plan of escape for Fairfax, who asks for a bride to be found before his execution. Elsie Maynard, a strolling player, is to be the bride. Jack Point, a jester, loves Elsie but consents to the marriage, tempted by a dowry and the knowledge that she can leave as soon as the wedding is over, an hour before Fairfax’s execution.  Elsie is blindfolded and taken to Fairfax’s cell to be married. Soon after, Fairfax escapes and is disguised as a Yeoman of the Guard, pretending to be Leonard Meryll. When the escape is discovered, Shadbolt is briefly arrested. Jack Point is frantic that the escapee is now betrothed to Elsie, while Elsie faints in the arms of the disguised Fairfax.


Two days later, Fairfax is still free. Jack Point bribes Shadbolt to say that he shot Fairfax so that Elsie will think her husband is dead. Fairfax, still in disguise as Leonard, learns that pretty Elsie is his bride and makes love to her. They hear a shot. Shadbolt and Jack Point say that Fairfax is dead. Jack tries to get Elsie back, but she accepts Fairfax, very much alive, whom she thinks is Leonard.  Phoebe sees this and upsets Shadbolt by saying that the man she loves is to marry Elsie.  Shadbolt then realizes that the supposed Leonard is not Phoebe’s brother. When he threatens to expose her deception, she promises to marry him to protect Fairfax. Elsie soon learns that her husband Fairfax is alive and pardoned; she is in distress until Fairfax discloses his identity. Jack Point’s heart is broken. He falls at Elsie’s feet as the curtain descends.


Stage Director (Producer): F.L.C. Pereira, Mr.

Musical Director: James A. Smith, Mr. 

Dance Arranger: Phyllis Pereira, Miss

Cast

A. McGregor

The Headsman

A. McGregor

Leonard Meryll

A. McGregor

1st Yeoman

A.M Hill

2nd Citizen

C.A. Cameron

3rd Yeoman

G.A.Brown

Sir Richard Cholmondleley

G.W. Ker

Jack Point

Grace N. Ely

Elsie Maynard

H.H. Clarke, Mr.

2nd Yeoman

Horace M. Butler

Wilfird Shadbolt

J.D. Robertson, Mrs.

Phoebe Meryll

J.G. Scott

4th Yeoman

J.H. Summers

Colonel Fairfax

M.E. Williamson

Elsie Maynard

R. Duclos

Jack Point

R. McCulloch Allan, Mrs.

Dame Carruthers

R. Pearson, Mrs.

Dame Carruthers

Rita Atkinson

Phoebe Meryll

V.S. McClenaghan, Mrs.

Kate

W.F. Roach

1st Citizen

W.M. Vincent

Sergeant Meryll

Weston Allan, Mrs.

Kate

A. Jackson

Soprano

B.H. Whillans

Soprano

C.R. Medland, Mrs.

Soprano

D. Jeffrey

Soprano

E.L. Stackhouse, Mrs.

Soprano

F.H. Byshe, Mrs.

Soprano

G.M. Lawlor

Soprano

Grace N. Ely

Soprano

H.F. Bode, Mrs.

Soprano

J.D. Robertson, Mrs.

Soprano

J.H. Summers, Mrs.

Soprano

K. Symes, Miss

Soprano

K. Thorp

Soprano

M.Armand

Soprano

M.E. Williamson

Soprano

Norman Guiou. Mrs.

Soprano

R.J. Simpson, Mrs.

Soprano

Rita Atkinson

Soprano

V.S. McClenaghan, Mrs.

Soprano

W.J. Dey, Mrs.

Soprano

Weston Allan, Mrs.

Soprano

A.J. Norris, Mrs.

Contralto

C. Harrison

Contralto

D. Raymond

Contralto

Edna Loughren

Contralto

F.A. Venn, Mrs.

Contralto

J. McCulloch

Contralto

K. Hows

Contralto

M. Gallaher

Contralto

M. Hannum

Contralto

M. Hows

Contralto

R. McCulloch Allan, Mrs.

Contralto

R. Pearson, Mrs.

Contralto

R.B. Pritchard, Mrs.

Contralto

V.J. Anderson

Contralto

Verna B. Little

Contralto

W.R. Cunningham, Mrs.

Contralto

A. Archambault

Tenor

A. McGregor

Tenor

Allan Carr

Tenor

C.G. Cameron

Tenor

F.W. Bagguley

Tenor

G.J. McJanet

Tenor

Geprge Webb

Tenor

H. Barber

Tenor

H. Nichol

Tenor

J.H. Summers

Tenor

R.W. Davies

Tenor

Robert Wilson

Tenor

A.M. Hill

Bass

C.I. Clarke

Bass

C.R. Medland

Bass

G.A. Brown, Mr.

Bass

G.W. Ker

Bass

George Porteous

Bass

H.E. Larkin, Mr.

Bass

H.H. Clarke, Mr.

Bass

Horace M. Butler

Bass

J. MacNicol, Capt.

Bass

J.D. Cottrell

Bass

J.G. Scott

Bass

Milton St. Germain

Bass

R. Duclos

Bass

W.F. Roach

Bass

W.J. Turnbull

Bass

W.M. Vincent

Bass

Production

A.R. Dawson,Mr.

Stage Manager

F.A. Venn, Mrs.

Ladies' Costumes

F.H. Byshe, Mr.

Orchestral Secretary

H.W. Sproule, Mr.

Properties

Margaret Lyons

Accompanist

S. Saxby

Properties

W.H. Hunt. Mr.

Costumes

© 2019, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society 

A not-for-profit registered charity
No. 11907 0415 RR0001

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