1949 - 1950

Iolanthe

ACT I - An Arcadian Landscape


Iolanthe, a fairy, has been banished by the Queen of Fairies because she has married a mortal, but at the intercession of her sister fairies, the Queen is persuaded to recall her. It appears that she had a son, Strephon, a "Shepherd of Arcadee", now about twenty-five years old, who is engaged to Phyllis, a Ward in Chancery. But the Lord Chancellor has other views about the disposition of his ward, and confesses to the other Peers that he is himself in love with Phyllis. The latter is summoned and confesses that she is in love with the "Shepherd of Arcadee", and Strephon, having been refused permission by the Lord Chancellor to marry his sweetheart, takes his sad case to his mother. In the interview, Iolanthe vaguely hints that there is a misty connection between her son and the Lord Chancellor. As Iolanthe and her son talk together, Lord Tolloller and Lord Mountararat, rivals for Phyllis' hand, appear with Phyllis between them. She listens in jealous dismay to the conversation between her lover and his fairymother, who appears to be about seventeen. In despair, she says that she will marry either of the two lords, Mountararat or Tolloller, leaving to them the decision as to which is shall be. There follows a chorus of the Peers who scoff at Strephon's absurd story that he, a man of twenty-five, has a mother who is only seventeen; but the Queen, furious at the Peers' incredulity, announces to them her fairyhood, and declares that Strephon shall avenge the insult to herself and to her subjects by going into Parliament.


ACT II - Palace Yard, Westminster


The second act opens with Private Willis on sentry duty before Westminster Hall. The fairies enter singing.


The Lord Chancellor meanwhile has allowed his legal mind to persuade his conscience that he himself may propose to one of his own wards; but at this point, Iolanthe makes an appeal on behalf of her son, reveals herself as the former wife of the Lord Chancellor, and Strephon is found to be his son. The complications arising out of this announcement are speedily and happily resolved by the legal dexterity of the Lord Chancellor.

Cast

Agnes Bourassa

Fairy Chorus

Aileen Ryan

Fairy Chorus

Alan Holmes

Peer

Arthur Pownall

Peer

Audrey Gignac

Fairy Chorus

Bernice McFadyen

Fairy Chorus

Brenda Plet

Fairy Chorus

Dermot Sladen

Peer

Doris Myles

Fairy Chorus

Dorothy Moore

Fairy Chorus

Earl Larocque

Peer

Edna Peters

Fairy Chorus

Eileen Mahoney

Phyllis (an Arcadian Shepherdess and Ward in Chancery)

Emile Motard

Peer

George Cooney

Peer

George Dupuis

Peer

Grace Schultz

Fairy Chorus

Grant Glennie

Peer

Herb Sills

Peer

Howard Pammett

Peer

Jean Mercer

Fairy Chorus

Jean Tickner

Celia (Fairy)

Jean Trepanier

Fairy Chorus

Jim Mackersie

Peer

Joan Rainboth

Fairy Chorus

Joe Pelisek

Peer

John H. Fish

Lord Chancellor

Juliette Sabourin

Fairy Chorus

Kathryn Kay

Fairy Chorus

Ken Ristow

Peer

Margaret Coldwell

Fairy Chorus

Margaret Rowles

Fairy Chorus

Marguerite Allen

Fairy Chorus

Marilyn Moor

Fleta (Fairy)

Marion Deavy

Fairy Chorus

Mary Allen

Leila (Fairy)

Mildred Ker

Fairy Chorus

Moya Meade

Iolanthe (a Fairy, Strephon's Mother)

Norman Payne

Private Willis (of the Grenadier Guards)

Peggie Highley

Fairy Chorus

Reg W. Harvey

Lord Mountararat

Rita de Raspe

Fairy Chorus

Ruby Rutkowsky

Fairy Chorus

Ruth Noesser

Queen of the Fairies

Ruth Piers

Fairy Chorus

Ted Hothersall

Peer

Theresa Doyle

Fairy Chorus

Vernon Pownall

Peer

William M. McDowall

Strephon (an Arcadian Shepherd)

William R.M. Dunning

Earl Tolloller

William Wright

Peer

Production

H. Bramwell Bailey

Musical Director

Joseph E. Webb

Producer

Verne Ridgeway

Scenery Design

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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