1950 - 1951

The Merry Widow

In the score of The Merry Widow Franz Lehar has contributed a work abundant with music which will live forever, and the story is unusually bright and intriguing. It centres around the life of Sonia, a pretty, young widow residing in Paris, and heiress to twenty million francs. Popoff, the Marsovian Ambassador of her native state, has received instructions from his Roayl Master that Sonia must marry once of her own countrymen, so that the inheritance may remain in Marsovia. Popoff, aided by Nisch, the Embassy messenger, has selected Prince Danilo, the Embassy attaché, to be her husband. The Prince however, prefers spending most of his time at Maxim's with Zo-Zo, Lo-lo, Do-Do and their friends.


Natalie, the Ambassador's wife, has been having an affair with Vicomte Camille de Jolidon. At Sonia's garden party the Ambassador is about to discover his wife's infidelity when Sonia rescues Natalie from a difficult situatiion.


How the Baron Popoff in desperation endeavours to win Sonia for himself, how the Prince eliminates his rivals, and how he finally is reconciled in true Musical Comedy manner, provides much merriment and gives the opportunity to introduce the delightful melodies for which Franz Lehar has become famous. Against the background of the mythical kingdom of Marsovia the scenes of this scintillating operetta are set in the gay, enchantingly carefree nightlife of Paris... in the days of the early 20th century.

Cast

Aileen Ryan

Do Do

Charles Kerr

Prince Danilo (Secretary of Legation)

Clesson Goodhue

Nisch (messenger of the Legation)

Dermot Sladen

Head waiter (at Maxim's)

Eileen Mahoney

Sonia (A young widow)

Frank Halpin

M. de St. Brioche

Freda Lyon

Sylvaine (Wife of Khadja)

George Dupuis

Vicomte Camille de Jolidon

George Montgomery

Marquis de Cascada

George Wetzstein

General Novikovich

Henriette Burroughs

Jou Jou

Jean Halley

Frou Frou

Jean Tickner

Natalie (Wife of Popoff)

Joanne Ashe

Fifi

John F. Bartlett

Khadja (Counsellor of the Legation)

Joseph E. Webb

Popoff (Marsovian ambassador)

Lorna Nash

Zo-Zo

Marilyn Moor

Margot

Mary Armitage

Olga (Wife of Novikovich)

Nancy Flahven

Clo Clo

Ruth Piers

Lo Lo

Agnes Bourassa

Ensemble

Al Hussey

Ensemble

Allan Holmes

Ensemble

Arthur Pownall

Ensemble

Audrey Jordon

Ensemble

Barbara McKenna

Ensemble

Bernice McFadyen

Ensemble

Bernice Thornton

Ensemble

Bob Taylor

Ensemble

Brenda Plet

Ensemble

Charles Chalmers

Ensemble

Claire Labelle

Ensemble

Constance Joyce

Ensemble

Darwyn Aitkens

Ensemble

Dermot Sladen

Ensemble

Desmond Arthur

Ensemble

Donna McNaughton

Ensemble

Edna Peters

Ensemble

Edward Osborne

Ensemble

Eleanor Whitworth

Ensemble

Elsie Parkes

Ensemble

Ernest Whittle

Ensemble

Gay Weir

Ensemble

Grace Schultz

Ensemble

Gwen Flahven

Ensemble

Heather Morris-Cattanach

Ensemble

Herb Sills

Ensemble

Ivan Mitchell

Ensemble

J. G. Whitworth

Ensemble

Jim Mackersie

Ensemble

Juliette Sabourin

Ensemble

Kathryn Kay

Ensemble

Ken Ristow

Ensemble

Margot Caldwell

Ensemble

Marguerite Allan

Ensemble

Marie Lee

Ensemble

Marion Deavy

Ensemble

Mary Allen

Ensemble

Maureen Geraghty

Ensemble

Melva Anthony

Ensemble

Mildred Ker

Ensemble

Norma Besserer

Ensemble

Pat Gallagher

Ensemble

Patricia Earl

Ensemble

Peggie Highley

Ensemble

Peter Gilberg

Ensemble

Richard Wood

Ensemble

Rodger Gervais

Ensemble

Roland Boisvenu

Ensemble

Ruby Rutkowsky

Ensemble

Sam McConeghy

Ensemble

Shirley Needham

Ensemble

Ted Hothersall

Ensemble

Vernon Bell

Ensemble

William Wright

Ensemble

Yvette Lapointe

Ensemble

Production

Betty Nuth

Properties

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompting

Evelyn MacLaurin

Box Office

George Dupuis

Programme

Grant Glennie

Scenery Designer

H. Bramwell Bailey

Musical Director

Hubert Kennedy

Make-up

John Fish

House Manager

Joseph E. Webb

Producer

Margaret Stewart

Make-up

Mildred Ker

Costume Committee

Nesta Toumine

Choreography

Ottawa Girl Guides

Ushers

Phillis Kerr

Properties

Roy Sylvestr

Lighting

Sandy Nash

Scenery Designer

William Wright

Costume Committee

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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