A Comic Opera in Three Acts by H. B. FARNIE and ROBERT PLANQUETTE
Produced by EDWARD P. GENN
Fishermen, Privateersmen, Spanish and American
Man-o'-warsmon, Lassies of St. Malo, Ladies of the Chateau, Spanish Officers, Pages, Creoles, etc.
The STATION CHORUS and RADIO PLAYERS
The STATION ORCHESTRA directed by FREDERICK BROWN
\T the opening of the opera, Paul is clerk
A to Bicoquet, a St. Malo ship chandler, and in love with Yvonne, his charming niece and ward. Bicoquet, however, favours the suit of Rufino de Martinez, a fellow-clerk of Paul's, and nephew of Don Trocadero, Governor of Estrella, off the Mosquito Shore : Rufino's cause is still further strengthened by Malaguena, his sister, whom Bicoquet ultimately marries. Paul is dismissed, but pleads for the hand of Yvonne, which Bicoquet grants, but mockingly imposes the condition that he shall claim her in three years if he returns with one million francs. The timely appearance of Captain Kestrel gives Paul tho opportunity to volunteer on board an American privateer with Bouillabaisse, an old smuggler, and Petit Pierre , his apprentice.
Three years have passed away and Bicoquet, who has married Malaguena and retired from business, has nearly completed arrangements for the union of Yvonno with Rufino, who is now captain of a Spanish frigate. At the critical moment, Paul, accompanied by Bouillabaisse and Petit Pierre, appears with the gold to claim Yvonne, and i- challenged to a duel by Rufino. but, through the instrumentality of Malaguena, ho is taken prisoner. Bouillabaisse and Petit Pierre, however, escape to their own ship, the Bon Homme Richard. Bicoquet, with his wife and niece, embark on Rufino's ship for a visit to Don Trocadero, at Estrella ; Paul, for greater safety, being carried in irons on the same vessel.
Don Trocadero , who has been discussing means to resist the famous pirate, Paul Jones , rejoices greatly when ho learns that Rufino's ship has reached Estrella and that his old enemy is a prisoner on board. Ho gives a fete to the islanders for the double purpose of celebrating the event and welcoming his guests. Paul, however, escapes and enters the Governor's palace, hoping to see Yvonne. Ho is mistaken for Bicoquet by the Governor, and the real Bicoquet on his arrival is treated as a prisoner. Bouillabaisse and Petit Pierre impersonate the Mosquito King and his son, from whom a visit is expected, and assist Paul to escape to his ship, the Bonne Homme Richard , tho crew of which overpower the Spanish guard, and Paul gains Yvonne.
ACT I. Harbour of St. Malo, France.
Chopinette (Wife of Bouillabaisse):
Bouillabaisse (an Old Smuggler):
Petit Pierre (Fisher Lad of St Malo):
Paul Jones (the Celebrated Nautical Hero):
Yvonne (Niece to Bicoquet):
Kestrel (Skipper of a Yankee Privateer):
Rufino de Martinez (a Spanish Naval Officer):
Bicoquet (a St Malo Ship Chandler):
Malaguena (Niece of Don Trocadero):
Don Trocadero (Spanish Governor of the Island of Estrella):