1944 - 1945

The Quaker Girl

The quiet of a humdrum English village with a considerable Quaker population is disturbed by the arrival of the Princess Mathilde, an exiled Bonapartist, whose purpose is to secretly marry captain Charteris, a King's Messenger, in spite of her family's decision that she shall wed a certain Prince Carlo, to whom they have engaged her. She stays at the "Chequers" Inn and engages as her maid Phoebe, a village girl in love with Jeremiah, a Quaker, somewhat slow to respond. There is, naturally, much curiosity and speculation among the villagers as to who the Princess is, but Mrs Lukyn, the landlady of the Chequers remains mum on the matter.

Prudence, a charming Quaker Girl, strikes up an intimate friendship with the Princess, visiting her daily at the Inn. Apart from Jeremiah, the Quakers sternly disapprove of this, but Prudence continues the friendship. Charteris duly arrives from Paris, accompanied by Tony Chute, an American naval attache in Paris, and Madame Blum, a Parisian Modiste. Arrangements are completed for the wedding, to which the Princess invites Prudence.


After the wedding the Princess desires Prudence to go to Paris with her, a desire which is earnestly shared by Madame Blum, who feels that the Quaker costume will create a new mode. And so the Princess, Charteris, Madame Blum and Tony return to Paris accompanied by Prudence, Phoebe and Jeremiah. The Quaker costume takes Paris by storm and the Maison Blum becomes a hive of bustling activity and confusion, into which, in various disguises, the Chief of Police penetrates, seeking information regarding the Princess whom Madame Blum is - rightly enough - suspected of hiding. Whilst the Princess is at Maison Blum, disguised as a shop girl, with Charteris always haunting the place in consequence, Prudence has become a model and incurred the wrath of Diane, a Parisian Actress, because of her association with Tony Chute. Meanwhile, the Prince visits the Maison Blum and is so captivated by Prudence that he decides to hold a Ball in her honour. Tony, much in love with Prudence, objects to her associating with the Prince and requests her not to attend the Ball, but she eventually goes in order to save the Princess from arrest. At the Ball, Duhamel, Minister of State, announces that the Princess' marriage in England to Charteris is quite legal, and that she has permission now to reside in Paris. As is only to be expected the play therefore ends happily for all; Tony marrying his Quaker girl and Phoebe finally succeeding in bringing Jeremiah to the point.


Producer: Mark Brooks

Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Cast

Alison Thomas

Prudence

Anderson Kalil

William

Bill Connelly

Captain Charteris

C. J. W. Branson

Prince Carlo

Christine McCulloch Allan

Madame Blum

Esther Henry

Phoebe

Gladys Culley

Rachel Pym, ensemble

Gwendolyn Smart

Princess Mathilde

Gwendolyne Osborn

Harlequin

H. W. Clark

Monsieur Larose, Nathaniel Pym

J. E. Webb

Ostler

J. G. Scott

Jeremiah

Katherine McDonald

Toinette

Lorna Logan

Diane

Marjorie Lyne

Mrs. Lukyn, ensemble

Mervin Pettapiece

Monsieur Duhamel, ensemble

S. E. Bagnall

Tony Chute

Ted Hothersall

Jarge

Yolande le Duc

Columbine

A. Cunningham

Ensemble

A. E. MacLaurin

Ensemble

Amie C. R. Nicol

Ensemble

Arthur Peltz

Ensemble

Audrey O'Neill

Ensemble

Bert Thomas

Ensemble

Bill Murray

Ensemble

C. S. Skidmore

Ensemble

C. Watkin

Ensemble

C. Watts

Ensemble

D. Hammond

Ensemble

D. Hyder

Ensemble

Daisy Mae Checkley

Ensemble

Doreen Burchill

Ensemble

Doris Rodger

Ensemble

E. Parkes

Ensemble

Frances O'Malley

Ensemble

George W. Wetzstein

Ensemble

Gordon C. Graham

Ensemble

H. H. Sills

Ensemble

Helen W. Currie

Ensemble

Herbert W. Goldsmith

Ensemble

Holly LeMarquand

Ensemble

I. Forward

Ensemble

Iris Wilson

Princess Mathilde (Matineé), Ensemble

Isobel Brown

Ensemble

Iva Bridges

Ensemble

J. Tunnon

Ensemble

Jean L. Halley

Ensemble

Jean Martin

Ensemble

Jean Mattice

Ensemble

Joane Sansome

Ensemble

Josephine McPhail

Ensemble

Josephine Salesse

Ensemble

Julia Pearce

Ensemble

Kay Mattice

Ensemble

L. Costen

Ensemble

Lyn Butler

Ensemble

M Rowles

Ensemble

Marjorie Eastman

Ensemble

Mary Allen

Ensemble

Mary Barrette

Ensemble

Mary Ross

Ensemble

Mildred M. Ker

Ensemble

Percy May

Ensemble

R. Bottrill

Ensemble

Rita M. Swinwood

Ensemble

Rosalie Sladen

Ensemble

Ruth Chisholm

Ensemble

Ruth Piers

Ensemble

S. Gardiner

Ensemble

T. Johnson

Ensemble

W. Tierney

Ensemble

Production

A. Kehoe

Prompting

Art Savard

Business Manager

Audrey Sladen

Properties

Dermot Sladen

Properties

J. G. Scott

Publicity & Programme

Jim Pullen

Sound effects

Neil O'Donnell

Lighting

Pearl Hayden

Costuming

Richard W. Mitchell

At the Piano

S. E. Bagnall

Publicity & Programme

Ted Hothersall

Entertainment

Verne Ridgeway

Scenery

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