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Opened at the Comedy Theatre, London in February 1904 after a tour of the provinces.

Dramatis Personæ

SepetteSerpette in 1904.
DR. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE CROW Mr. Willie Edouin
BOISSEY Mr. C. R. Walenn
COMTE DE CIDEAUX Mr. Evelyn Vernon
FRANÇOIS Mr. F. Pope Stamper
LUPIN Mr. Sidney Bracy
ALPHONSE Mr. Rowland Bottomley
DOTARD Mr. Charles Wibrow
MAYOR Mr. S. Millen
MAX Mr. E. J. Evans
JACQUES Mr. Arthur Stroud
NIKKO Mr. Leon Simpkin
HARPAGON Mr. Alfred Ibberson
M. DE LAUNAY Mr. Robert Vincent
1ST. GENDARME Mr. Willis
2ND. GENDARME Mr. Longdon
COACHMAN Mr. Hewson Elliott
JULES Mr. Sydney Barraclough
LESBIA Miss Daisy Le Hay
MARINA Miss Claire Romaine
JEANETTE Miss Lilian Hubbard
COSETTE Miss Miss Ruth Saville
MADAME RIBOT Miss D. Miller
PEPITA Miss M. Seymour Hodges
BABETTE Miss Van Bergen
FAVOLE Miss Bach
AMORELLE Miss Mabelle Gilman

Synopsis of Scenes

ACT I Scene 1 -  Winter Garden in the Chateau de Cideaux, Northern France.
  Scene 2 -  The Island of Passé - an Idle Village.
ACT II   -  Passé Re-dressed.   (Three months later)
ACT III   -  A Room in the Chateau de Cideaux.   (The Return)

MIDI Files

ACT I  -  Scene 1   -   Winter Garden in the Chateau de Cideaux, Northern France.

ACT I  -  Scene 2   -   The Island of Passé - an Idle Village.

  • No. 6 - Opening Chorus - "Hazily, hazily breaketh the dawn, and we yawn at the thought that another hard work-a-day's born, but in scorn.  We lazily turn..."
  • No. 7 - Chorus of Natives - "Down, down with ev'ry stranger, invaders of our land!  Our peace they'll not endanger, so stay thy hasty hand!  No, no, no, no! ..."
  • No. 8 - Song - Amorelle - "Many a year ago, under a stormy sky, snatched from the wave and a watery grave by the stout strong arms of the fishermen brave..."
  • No. 9 - Finale Act I - "What stirring words are these we now are hearing?  It seems this stranger would our isle befriend, a golden vision to our eyes appearing..."

ACT II   -   Passé Re-dressed.   (Three months later)

  • No. 10 - Opening Chorus, with solo - Dotard - "Directed by intelligence discerning, discerning, the joy that comes from working hard we're learning..."
  • No. 11 - Song - Jules - "With ev'ry morn I vainly look to find some words of love endearing;  your silence chills my heart and clouds my mind..."
  • No. 12 - Duet - Lesbia and Lupin - "Sad and dreary wanderers twain close their drooping eyes, kind sleep fairy, bring in thy train. As peace and rest for the weary..."
  • No. 13 - Wine Song - Jeannette and Chorus - "Through all the sunny day we little maidens gay the purple grapes are gath'ring with a snip, snip, snip..."
  • No. 14 - Song - Dotard - "'Twas a nasty night, twenty year ago, that I ses to myself, ses I, 'How them stormy winds do blow, and what a nasty lookin' sky,' I ses..."
  • No. 15 - Duet - Amorelle and Jules - "Sing a carol of nursery days, brother and sisterly time of yore.  Ring a chime of our infantile ways, of bib and of tumbled..."
  • No. 16 - Song - Amorelle - "When lovers come to woo, oft a maiden's much perplexed, and what to say and do is a question very vexed; she's anxious to be kind,"
  • No. 17 - Trio - Amorelle, Lesbia and Jules - "It is not precisely easy to define where platonic friendship end and love begins, but it's gen'rally admitted one's divine..."
  • No. 18 - Finale Act II - "Bolt him in the cage!  Firm and strongly barred, artful birds may rage, for his lot is hard.  He's the only one not free tonight to sing..."

ACT III   -   A Room in the Chateau de Cideaux.   (The Return)

  • No. 19 - Choral Minuet - "Beneath these rafters black and olden, gallant gay and maid have met, and hand in hand they move sedately in the minuet..."
  • No. 20 - Song - François and Chorus - "I'm a soldier of a gallant reputation, never won on battlefield by any scars.  'Tis with Venus that I find such occupation..."
  • No. 21 - Song - Lesbia - "Alas, alas!  but one brief hour ago no happier maid, with loving heart aglow, sped gaily to her gladness.  The birds that sang o'erhead..."
  • No. 22 - Song and Dance - Amorelle - "To me, a simple country girl, your sympathy extend;  I find the world has curious ways I cannot comprehend..."   (4 verses)
  • No. 23 - Song - Marina - "Oh, I would woo thee as tiger woos his mate;  I would woo thee like the softly cooing dove.  Upon thy manly breast my head should..."
  • No. 24 - Wedding Scene - "Hark, the hour bell is ringing!  Soon will time the test decide, either Jules or François bringing to the arma of dainty bride..."
  • No. 25 - Finale Act III - Amorelle - "Yet what care I for luxury and state?  The rich may sigh, and sorrow reach the great;  true friends have I, my wants are few..."

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