'The Duenna'

Armidale Town Hall - September 1964

Stage Direction by Lynn Barnett 
Musical Direction by Margaret Merrick

From a comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Music by Julian Slade.

SYNOPSIS

The Duenna, who is the middle aged chaperon to wealthy Don Jerome's daughter, Louisa, exchanges with her charge thus acquiring for herself a husband, the Portuguese, Isaac Mendoza, to whom Louisa was to become betrothed, much against her will. At the same time Louisa makes her escape from her father's house and is soon married to her lover, Antonio, while her brother, Ferdinand also becomes united with his love, Clara. Don Jerome forgives all and the show ends with a revel at his home.

The setting is Seville in the year 1775.

SCENES

Act I

Don Jerome's Library
A Street
Don Jerome's Library
A Street

Act II

Don Jerome's Library
The same
Isaac's House

Act III

Don Jerome's LIbrary
A Street
A Convent Garden
The Courtyard within the Priory
Don Jerome's House

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CAST

The Duenna: May Croaker, Donna Louisa: Carmel McRae, Isaac Mendoza: Bruce Leman, Don Antonio: Arthur Lockley, Donna Clara: Jennifer Hutchinson, Don Ferdinand: Bob Dunn, Don Jerome: Peter Poggioli,Don Carlos: Ken Dixon, Carlotta: Pat Robson, Father Paul: Howard Wheaton, Harlequin: Jan Dixon,Columbine: Wendy Greet, Loretta: Judith Martin, Pepita: Lorraine Jurd

Dancers: Gloria Heath, Janice Finlayson, Brenda Rankin, Lorraine Osborne

Chorus: Jeanette Pankhurst, Ann Haydon, May Robins, Deidre Poulton, Frances O'Brien, Elaine Graham, David Mann, Ray Poulton, Peter Chapman, Ed Donald

PRODUCTION TEAM

Stage Direction: Lynn Barnett
Musical Direction: Margaret Merrick
Assistant Director: Peg Leask
Stage Manager: John Wiseman
Set Designer: Fred Roberts
Lighting: Don Veale
Make-up: Carole Jensen 
Choreography: Myra Finlayson
Costumes: Eleanor Galletly
Costume Assistant: Judy Fayle
Pianiste: Margaret Merrick
Assistant Pianiste: Pam Douglas
Publicity: Den Fayle
Programme Cover: Yvonne Mowle
Photography: Frank Anderson
Posters: Tony Wallis
Business and House Manager: Margaret Smith

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Armidale Technical College for rehearsal venue