1947 - 1948

Sweethearts

Bruges, Belgium; Zilania; early 20th century

Years ago, diplomat Mikel Mikeloviz brought Princess Jeanne, the infant daughter of King René of the kingdom of Zilania, to Bruges to wait in safety during a war. Dame Paula, who runs the Laundry of the White Geese and is known as Mother Goose, takes the princess in secret to raise as her own daughter under the name of Sylvia.

Years later, as the people of Zilania are demanding the restoration of the monarchy, Mikel is conspiring to restore Princess Jeanne to the throne, which is about to be offered to Prince Franz, the heir presumptive. Franz, while travelling in disguise, has fallen in love with Sylvia. But Sylvia, who does not know that she is really a princess, is bethrothed to Lieutenant Karl, a military lothario. Mikel's plans are endangered by the schemes of Hon. Percy Algernon Slingsby, Petros Van Tromp and Aristide Caniche, who, for their own purposes, wish to purchase Prince Franz's estates in Zilania. Liane. a milliner, has sought temporary employment in the laundry of the White Geese and is mistaken by Mikel and Slingsby for the lost Princess. Sylvia finds that Karl is untrue to her so she agrees to marry Franz

When Sylvia is formally presented to the court of Zilania as the fiancee of the Prince, complications arise when Mikel, Slingsby, Van Tromp, and Caniche each disguises himself as the monk who abducted the princess. When the throne is about to be offered to Franz, Mikel dramatically halts the proceedings by announcing that the real successor to the throne is not a Prince but a Princess, whom he believes to be Liane. However, Dame Paula identifies Sylvia as the true lost Princess. Sylvia is willing to renounce her claim to the throne, but she and Franz agree to rule jointly. Liane accepts Karl, and all ends well in the typical light opera manner.


Producer: W. A. Atkinson

Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Cast

Barry Stewart

boy, chorus

Beatrice Perkin

Lizette

Christine McCulloch Allan

Dame Paula

Clesson Goodhue

Aristide Caniche

Dermot Sladen

Hon. Percy Algernon Slingsby

Dick Ridgeway

boy

Eileen Middlestadt

Liane

Gertrude Gerlach

Toinette

Harold Haywood

Petrus Van Tromp

John Roy Harrison

Prince Franz

Joseph E. Webb

Mikel Mikelovsky

Kenneth Meyer

1st Footman

Mary Allen

Nanette

Mavis Kines

Clairette

Melodie Crisson

Sylvia

Pauline Stoll

Babette

Ruth Chisholm

Jeannette

Stanley Bailey

Captain Laurent

Thomas A. Kines

Lieutenant Karl

Walter Ayres

2nd Footman

A. Paul Carrier

Chorus

A. E. MacLaurin

Chorus

Arthur Pownall

Chorus

Audrey Stewart

Chorus

Barbara Watts

Chorus

Bernice McFadyen

Chorus

Betty Nuth

Chorus

Brenda Plet

Chorus

Cash Mahaffy

Chorus

Christina McLaren

Chorus

Christine Latham

Chorus

Clyde McDonald

Chorus

Constance Mitchell

Chorus

Daisy Mae Checkley

Chorus

Donald Armstrong

Chorus

Doris Rodger

Chorus

Douglas Jewell

Chorus

Edna Peters

Chorus

Elsie Parkes

Chorus

Erie McDonald

Chorus

Evelyn Fisher

Chorus

George Wetzstein

Chorus

Grace Schultz

Chorus

Harold Smith

Chorus

Helen Scott

Chorus

Herbert Sills

Chorus

Howard Pammett

Chorus

Isabel Forward

Chorus

Ivy Smith

Chorus

J. G. Whitworth

Chorus

James Mackersie

Chorus

Jean Halley

Chorus

Jeanette Trepanier

Chorus

Joan Christensen

Chorus

John A. Vondette

Chorus

John Moore

Chorus

Joyce Clarke

Chorus

Juliette Sabourin

Chorus

Kaye Adams

Chorus

Kenneth Prior

Chorus

Louise Smith

Chorus

Margaret Highley

Chorus

Marguerite Allan

Chorus

Mary Johnston

Chorus

Mildred Ker

Chorus

Muriel Wetzstein

Chorus

Norma Besserer

Chorus

Norman Tepley

Chorus

Percy May

Chorus

Rita de Gaspe

Chorus

Ruby Rutkowsky

Chorus

Ruth Piers

Chorus

Shirley Needham

Chorus

Ted Hothersall

Chorus

Ted Nicholson

Chorus

Theresa Doyle

Chorus

W. H. Whitworth

Chorus

Walter Kennedy

Chorus

Wm. Murray

Chorus

Production

A. E. MacLaurin

Chorus Master

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompting

Dermot Sladen

Business Manager

Duncan Lusick

Properties

Gertrude Gerlach

Make-up

J. E. Webb

Costumes

Jean Halley

Entertainment

Ken Meyer

Workshop, Stage Manager

Lyn Snodgrass

Programme

Mary Allan

Librarian

Neil O'Donnell

Lighting

Stanley Bailey

Publicity

Verne Ridgeway

Settings

Winifred Canty

Pianist

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