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July 17-19, 2015
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The Yeomen of the Guard or The Merryman and His Maid
The setting of this operetta is laid in the Tower of London. The plot concerns Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist, who has been sentenced to be beheaded in an hour on a false charge of sorcery. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser (a cousin), and with the help of the Lieutenant of the Tower, Fairfax secretly marries Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer. The bride agrees to be blindfolded during the ceremony and expects to be a well-paid widow in an hour. With the help of the Meryll family, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower into confusion and the astonished Elsie (and her mentor, the jester Jack Point, who loves her) into despair. But Fairfax, disguised as Leonard Meryll, woos Elsie, and after a number of plot complications are worked out, she falls in love with Fairfax and leaves Jack Point broken-hearted.
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD – CAST LIST
|Sir Richard Cholmondeley, Lieutenant of the Tower||ERIC THOMPSON|
|Colonel Fairfax, under sentence of death||LUKE O’DELL|
|Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen of the Guard||MIKE PETERSON|
|Leonard Meryll, his son||STEVE HUNN|
|Wilfred Shadbolt, Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor||FORREST KELLEY|
|Jack Point, a strolling jester||ADAM JOHNSON|
|The Headsman||SUZANNE BELL|
|First Yeoman||DEAN JOHNSON|
|Second Yeoman||DAN MONTONDO|
|First Citizen (speaking/chorus)||DEAN JOHNSON|
|Second Citizen (speaking/chorus)||DEAN JOHNSON|
|Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer||KAREN KARNISKY|
|Phœbe Meryll, Sergeant Meryll’s daughter||ANN RHODY|
|Dame Carruthers, Housekeeper to the Tower||SARAJANE FONDILLER|
|Kate, her niece||LARISSA MYHOWYCH|
Chorus of Yeomen Warders, gentlemen, citizens, etc.:
SUZANNE BELL TAMARA KELLEY TARYN BONKE CADY WALKER KATIE JOHNSON PATTI MONTROIS AMANDA KISH LOIS FIEGL DON KELLEY SCHUYLER KELLEY MARSHALL KELLEY TERRY BENEDICT DEAN JOHNSON DAN MONTONDO (MORE TO COME)