Cast 8 male, 7 female and wedding guests (doubling is possible)
FADINARD: A businessman
NONANCOURT: A nursery gardener.
BEAUPERTHUIS: A man of wealth and substance.
TARDIVEAU: An accountant.
BOBIN: Nephew of Nonancourt.
EMILE TAVERNIER: A lieutenant.
ACHILLES OF ROSALBA: A young lion.
HELENE: Daughter of Nonancourt.
ANAIS: Wife of Beauperthuis.
VEZINET: Helene's aunt - hard of hearing.
BARONESS De CHAMPIGNY.
CLARA: A milliner.
VIRGINIA: Maidservant to Beauperthuis.
A CHAMBERMAID of the BARONESS:
GUESTS, WEDDING PARTY
This translation into English and treatment by Maria Plumb and Rod Thompson © 2007
With additional songs and lyrics by Anne Mondour © 2007
Playing time approximately 2hr 10min including 20min interval (Act 1 - 1hr, Act 2 - 50min)Fadinade is to marry the beautiful Helene today, and has returned to Paris to prepare for the great occasion. On the journey he pauses briefly, and his horse has a quiet snack on a very attractive Italian Straw Hat, which was hanging on a tree branch.
Maria Plumb has directed many plays at VP over the years, including “Arms and The Man” by George Bernard Shaw, and “Travelling North” by David Williamson. She has been a reader and script advisor for Playlab Inc. She has also appeared on-stage as Eliza in “Pygmalion”, Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker”, and more recently, she played the pivotal role of Margaret in David Williamson’s incisive play “Money and Friends”.
Rod Thompson directed “The Harp In The South” by Ruth Park and Leslie Rees, “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel, and “Two Weeks With the Queen” by Mary Morris and Morris Gleitzman. He also appeared in “Arms and The Man” and “Money and Friends”. Rod was music co-ordinator and strolling concertina busker for Errol O’Neill’s play about the 1912 Brisbane tramway worker’s strike “Faces in the Street”