1949 - 1950

The Firefly

In the annals of music in America, the name of Rudolf Friml has long stood out as a symbol of robust musical scores. With more than twenty-five hit shows to his credit, Friml has given to this continent memorable productions including Rose Marie, The Three Musketeers, Katinka, The Vagabond King and this production, The Firefly. Born in Prague and trained in Europe, Friml has done most of his composing in the United States. he came to America for the first time in 1903 as accompanist for Kubelik, the violinist. Later he toured America as a concert pianist, introducing many of his own works. His success was such that he remained in America to become one of its greatest composers of light classics.


To those who have seen only the motion picture version of The Firefly a word of explanation is due. For reasons best known to Hollywood, the story and locale were so changed in the picture as to be scarcely recognizable. In our production we have adhered closely to the original play, although we have introduced "The Donkey Serenade" in response to many requests.


Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Cast

Alison Thomas

Suzette (Maid to Geraldine)

Beatrice Perkin

Geraldine Van Dare (Mrs. Van Dare's Niece)

Dermot Sladen

Correlli (Nina's Guardian)

Eileen Mahoney

Nina (A Street Singer)

Freda Lyon

Antonio Columbo (A Pickpocket)

George Dupuis

Jack Travers (Geraldine's Sweetheart)

George Wetzstein

Ship's Captain

Grace Schultz

A Flower Vendor

James G. Scott

Herr Franz (A Choirmaster)

Jean Tickner

Mrs. Oglesby Van Dare

John H. Fish

John Thurston (Jack's Uncle)

Joseph E. Webb

Jenkins (Her Confidential Secretary)

Margaret Leahy

Sybil Van Dare (Mrs. Van Dare's Daughter)

Reg W. Harvey

Pietro (Valet to Mr. Thurston)

Rudge Whitworth

A Policeman

Adele Roy

Ensemble

Agnes Bourassa

Ensemble

Aileen Ryan

Ensemble

Al Hussey

Ensemble

Alan Holmes

Ensemble

Arthur Pownall

Ensemble

Barbara Tepley

Ensemble

Bernice McFadyen

Ensemble

Brenda Plet

Ensemble

Desmond Arthur

Ensemble

Doris Myles

Ensemble

Earl Larocque

Ensemble

Edna Peters

Ensemble

Elsie Parkes

Ensemble

Ernest Whittle

Ensemble

Grant Glennie

Ensemble

James Mackersie

Ensemble

Jean Halley

Ensemble

Jean Wilson

Ensemble

Joe Pelisek

Ensemble

Juliette Sabourin

Ensemble

Kathryn Kay

Ensemble

Ken Ristow

Ensemble

Lorna Nash

Ensemble

Margaret Coldwell

Ensemble

Marguerite Allan

Ensemble

Marilyn Moor

Ensemble

Marion Deavy

Ensemble

Mary Allen

Ensemble

Melva Anthony

Ensemble

Moya Meade

Ensemble

Norma Besserer

Ensemble

Norman Tepley

Ensemble

Peggie Highley

Ensemble

Rita DeRaspe

Ensemble

Ruby Rutkowski

Ensemble

Ruth Piers

Ensemble

Ted Hothersall

Ensemble

Theresa Doyle

Ensemble

Wendy Brooks

Ensemble

Production

Betty Nuth

Properties

Christine Allan

Prompting

Dermot Sladen

Business Manager, Tickets

Fred Pereira

Publicity

George Wetzstein

Programme

Hubert Kennedy

Make-Up

Jack Neil

Dances arranged by

Jim Fawcett

Workshop, Head of Stage Crew

Joseph E. Webb

Producer

Mallabar

Costumes

Marguerite Allan

Librarian

Mildred Ker

Costumes

Neil O'Donnell

Lighting

Ted Hothersall

Entertainment

Verne Ridgeway

Setting designed by

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

© 2019, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society 

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

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