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A Play in One Act By CONSTANCEENNE Musical Interlude


Mrs Blaise: Betty Elsmore
George Barnet Cresswell: D E Ormerod
Stephanie Cresswell: Hylda Metcalf
Derek Lessingham: Leo Channing
A Now Comedy-Drama by W: Huntley' Adams
Peter Clare (a Lawyer): Tom Wilson
Elizabeth (his Wife): Hylda Metcalf
Arnold Ross (a County Resident): E. H. Bridgstock
Joan Dobson (his Niece): Ella Forsyth
Detective-Sergeant Jenkins, C I D: Harold Cluff


An Opera in Two Acts
Words and Music by LEONCAVALLO
Relayed to London and Daventry (Soprano) (Tenor) (Tenor)
Silvio, a Villager HERBERT SIMMONDS (Baritone)
Chorus Master, S. H. WHITTAKER
Conducted by T. H. MORRISON
ONE of the most popular Operas of the last forty years is Pagliacci, or The Play-Actors. It is a short, two-Act piece, with a simple, but tell.ng plot. • , ' • '
In a Prologue, one of the actors, Tonio, tho
Clown (Baritone), appears through the curtains, and reminds us that actors .have hearts like the rest of mankind, and are subject to the same joys and sorrows.
The curtain rises to show us an Italian village,'
- where a travelling show has just arrived, and is being greeted uproariously. Soon Canio (Tenor), the Showman, gains attention by persistently banging his drum, then announces the time of the coming show. He introduces to his audience Nedda, his wife (Soprano).
' Presently everyone leaves except Xedda, who lies down on a bank, and thinking of her own girlhood, wistfully meditates on the freedom of the birds around her.
Soon she is joined by Tonio, who tries to make love to her, and gets a lash across the face as his reward. He goes away vowing vengeance.
One of the villagers, Silvio (Baritone), now joins her. He is in love with her, and she with him. A love scene follows, Silvio begging Nedda to run away with him.
Tonio overhears, and brings Canio to see what is going on. They surprise Silvio and Nedda, but Silvio escapes. Members of the troupe interpose between the enraged Canio and his wife. It is time to prepare for the play. Left alone, Canio sings his famous song ' On with the motley,' and disappears through the curtains of their improvised stage.
When Act II begins, Tonio is beating the drum to call the people together for the show. They come from all sides, sing'ng, Silvio among them.
When everyone has settled down, and money has been collected, the play begins. Its plot is that of a wife (played by Nedda) who, while her husband is away, entertains to supper a lover, played by another member of the troupe, Beppe (Tenor). Canio comes in as the returning husband, and the guest jumps out of the window.
The husband fiercely reproaches his wife.
Canio forgets his lines in the awful reality of the situation. At last he loses control of himself, and actually stabs Nedda to death. Silvio rushes up, but he is too late, and Canio, recognising him, stabs him also. The crowd seizes Canio, who sobs out ' The comedy is ended.'


Baritone: Herbert Simmonds
Chorus Master: S. H. Whittaker
Conducted By: T. H. Morrison
Nedda (in the play—' Columbine '), a Strolling Player, wife of Canio: Miriam Licette
Canio (in the play-' Punchinello '), Master of the Troupe: Parry Jones
Tonio (the Clown in the play—' Taddeo '): Thorpe Bates
Boppe (in the play-' Harlequin '): John Armstrong

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