1953 - 1954

Gypsy Love

Zorika, daughther of Niklas a wealthy proprietor, is to be married to Fedor, a half brother of Jozsi, a Gypsy violinist. She meets Jozsi in the Chateau Park and is fascinated by his violin playing. Niklas is anxious to marry Ilma, a young widow, and has placed himself in the hands of Moschu, a beauty specialist to be rejuvenated. The wedding guest arrive and Fedor is about to kiss his bride when Jozsi appears and interferes with a Gypsy warning. A quarrel ensues and the guests depart for the Banquet Hall. Lilia wants her uncle to find her a husband also. Niklas refuses but Moschu promises her one; Kaspar arrives and Lilia proceeds to cure him of his bashfulness. Ilma helps which ends in Kaspar declaring he loves Lilia. Zorika meest Jozsi and asks him to take her away with him. This is overheard by Sacha, her nurse, who reminds her it is St. Agnes's Eve and implores her to drink of the magic waters of Czerna that she may see the future more clearly. She accepts the goblets and after drinking lets it drop in the stream as she sinks back to slumber in which she hears Jozsi's violin which changes to the song of the Water Sprites as the curtain slowly falls.


The scene changes to the Czarda a Hungarian Inn. Andor is deploring his bad business when he suddenly hears Jozsi playing outside and calls him in. Jozsi enters and entertains the guests. Zorika who has followed him for two years now desires she shall be married by a clergyman and in a Church. They pledge the wedding in Tokay and leave the room. As they do, Niklas offers to sing for Ilma. She laughs at him and confesses it is Jozsi's music which alone has captured her heart. Jozsi assures Ilma he loves her and desires to embrace her. She tells him to wait as a Gypsy wedding is to take place. He tells her he is the bridegroom. Ilma shows anger at the news and runs away followed by Jozsi. The wedding is about to take place and Zorika implores Jozsi to be married in Church. He declares he will have a Gypsy marriage or none. Seeing her father she appeals to him, but Niklas repulses her. Overcome with emotion as Ilma embrases Jozsi, her despair changes to anger and seizing his violin rushes toward him to strike him as the curtain closes the scene.


The third act opens in the Chateau Park. Jozsi enters calling for Zorika and is answered by Ilma. Jozsi invites her to elope with him and they leave the Park as Fedor enters looking for Zorika who in her sleep dreams of stabbing Jozsi, and awakes to find herself in Fedor's arms and all her previous suffering was a dream. Filled with joy they enter the Chateau. Lilia makes Kaspar compromise her with a kiss before a witness. Ilma accepts Niklas, and Kaspar marries the persistent Lilia as the curtain descends on the happy couples.

Cast

Bill Dunning

JOZSI, A Gypsy Musician

Bill Wright

KASPAR, A Bashful Youth, Son of the Burgomaster

Charlie Kerr

MOSCHU, A tonsorial Artist, and Beauty Doctor

Des Gibson

ANDOR, Proprietor of an Inn

Eileen Mahoney Wright

ILMA, A Young Widow

Freda Lyon

ZORIKA, Daughter of Niklas

George Wetzstein

NIKLAS, Zorika's Fatherm, a Wealthy Proprietor

George Winship

DIMIRTI, The Burgomaster

Gerry Belisle

FEDOR, Zorika's Betrothed

Ibolyka Gyarfas

Solo Violin

Janet Giles

LILIA, Neice of Niklas, A School Giles

Rose McCallum

SACHA, Zorika's Nurse

Stan Hicks

TONY, A Waiter

Aileen Ryan

Ensemble

Albert Hanna

Ensemble

Audrey Gignac

Ensemble

Bill Murray

Ensemble

Bob King

Ensemble

Daisy Mae Checkley

Ensemble

Dorothy Ardley

Ensemble

Dorothy Gough

Ensemble

Douglas Johnson

Ensemble

Fred Jackson

Ensemble

George Winship

Ensemble

Georges Berniquez

Ensemble

Gordon Longstreet

Ensemble

Greta Jensen

Ensemble

Gustav Klawonn

Ensemble

Inika Janecek

Ensemble

Ivan Mitchell

Ensemble

James Ingram

Ensemble

James Philliben

Ensemble

Jean Gilchrist

Ensemble

Jean Goulet

Ensemble

June Prichard

Ensemble

Lean Halley

Ensemble

Lillian Horrocks

Ensemble

Lloyd Burton

Ensemble

Louise Cameron

Ensemble

Louise Grignon

Ensemble

Lucienne St. Cyr

Ensemble

Malcolm Hughes

Ensemble

Margaret Mahony

Ensemble

Margaret McIlhinney

Ensemble

Margaret Meagher

Ensemble

Margot Carman

Ensemble

Marilyn Arthur

Ensemble

Marion Deavy

Ensemble

Mary Barrette

Ensemble

Mary Morris

Ensemble

Mildred Ker

Ensemble

Norma Coll

Ensemble

Pearle Moore

Ensemble

Richard Romhild

Ensemble

Rock Aubry

Ensemble

Ruby Rutkowsky

Ensemble

Stan Hicks

Ensemble

Sylvia Smith

Ensemble

Ted Hothersall

Ensemble

Production

Bernard McManus

Produced and Directed by

Bert Thomas

Business Manager

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompt Book

Eare Ingram

Stage Manager

Edward Fancott

Set Designed by

Eva Herdman

Chorus Leader (off stage)

Girl Guides Association of Ottawa

Ushers

Joseph B. Herdman

Musical Director

Ken Meyer

House Manager

Lillian Horrocks

Dances arranged by

Malabar, Toronto

Costumes by

Roy Sylvester

Lighting

Winifred Canty

At The Piano

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