1951 - 1952

The Chocolate Soldier

The scene of the opera is laid near the Dragoman Pass, Bulgaria, 1885.  Servia and Bulgaria are at war.  The family of Col. Popoff, of the Bulgarian Army consisting of the daughter Nadina, Aurelia, the mother, and Mascha, Aurelia's cousin, are ensconced in their home, fearful of the approaching engagement between the conflicting armies.  Nadina, a romantic maiden, is in love with Alexius, a young Bulgarian who has become a hero amongst his countrymen for his brilliant Cavalry charge against the Servians.  This young officer is idealized by Nadina, and she is filled with complete admiration for this conquests.


Lieut. Bumerli, a young Swiss officer, attached to the commissary department of the Servian forces, is attacked by the patrol, whom he eludes by climbing into Nadina's boudoir.  His suave manners, compelling arguments and quick wit under difficulties force Nadina to conceal him, against her will, and he is saved by the three women who greatly admire his youthful mien and carriage.  Later Bumerli, who has engaged in this flirtation with Nadina to save his life, falls in love with her and she, almost against her will, yields her affections to the business-like, scientific Swiss soldier, who shows the half-savage Bulgarians what training and education accomplish against their bombast and mock heroics.


The sentiment of The Chocolate Soldier is evoked by the love affairs of Bumerli and Nadina, Massha and Alexius. The comedy is furnished by the episode of Col. Popoff's house coat which is loaned to Bumerli in order to make his escape, its return, and the fact that the photographs of the three women are hidden in the pockets.


Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Cast

Aileen Ryan

Louka - Maid Servant

Clesson Goodhue

Colonel Kasimir Popoff

Donald Mason

Captain Massakroff

Eileen Armstrong

Nadina

Freda Lyon

Mascha

George Dupuis

Major Alexius Spiridoff

Jack Zourie

Stephan - Man Servant

Janet Giles

Aurelia

John H. Fish

Lieutenant Bumerli

Alan Hoskins

Chorus

Arnold Sharp

Chorus

Arthur Pownall

Chorus

Audrey Patterson

Chorus

Bill Currie

Chorus

Carmen Pickard

Chorus

Dermot Sladen

Chorus

Desmond McKenna

Chorus

Doreen McCallum

Chorus

Dorine Black

Chorus

Dorothy Campbell

Chorus

Edna Peters

Chorus

Eleanor Whitworth

Chorus

Elsie Dudley

Chorus

George Montgomery

Chorus

Grace Schultz

Chorus

Ivan Mitchell

Chorus

John Pickard

Chorus

Juliette Sabourin

Chorus

Katherine Kay

Chorus

Kaye Adams

Chorus

Lloyd Burton

Chorus

Margaret Leary

Chorus

Margaret Rowles

Chorus

Marie Lee

Chorus

Marion Deavy

Chorus

Mary Allen

Chorus

Mary Barrette

Chorus

Mildred Ker

Chorus

Muriel Wetzstein

Chorus

Nancy Flahven

Chorus

Norma Besserer

Chorus

Norma Coll

Chorus

Phyllis Ryan

Chorus

Ralph Hopkins

Chorus

Rita Curley

Chorus

Robert Taylor

Chorus

Rose McCallum

Chorus

Ruby Rutkowsky

Chorus

Rudge Whitworth

Chorus

Ted Hothersall

Chorus

Production

A.E. MacLaurin

House Manager

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompting

Dermot Sladen

Business Manager

Joseph E. Webb

Producer

Malabar Toronto

Costumes

Phillis Kerr

Properties

Ralph Wetzstein

Assistant Musical Director

Verne Ridgeway

Scenery Designer

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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