The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

The Gondoliers (1959)

Good Shepherd Parish House
June 2, 4 and 6, 1959

(Saturday performance sponsored by Nashua Council of Girl Scouts, Inc.)

The Actorsingers of Nashua present

"The Gondoliers"
"The King of Barataria"

Book by W. S. Gilbert

Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan

Produced and Directed by James A. Wood

Dramatis Personae

(in the order of their appearance)

Fiametta Barbara Monroe

Giulia Beth Tebbetts


Vittoria Paula Bryson

Francesco Richard Poole


Antonio Robert Denley

Giorgio James Burns

Marco Palmieri William Morgan

Giuseppe Palmieri Warren Liberty


Tessa Frances Peterson

Gianetta Mary Strickland

Duke of Plaza-Toro, A Grandee of Spain Lionel Boucher

Duchess of Plaza-Toro Marcelle Houle

Casilda, their daughter Anne Olshewsky

Luiz, the Duke's attendant Kenneth Mayo

Don Alhambra del Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor Gerald Stevenson

Annibale, a gondolier Leonard Rule

Inez, the King's foster-mother Kathryn Wiggin

Contadine Paula Bryson, Betty Callahan, Leslie Collins, Margaret Bostwick, Leslie Eastman, Kay Goranson, Ethel Shenton Jones, Barbara Monroe, Beth Tebbetts, Eugenia Yeuell, Pauline Sinclair, Marilyn Kantargis, Helen Kiratsos, Carol Poole, Louise Stulgis, Margaret Tamulonis, Miriam Richmond, Constance Wood

Gondoliers, Men-At-Arms, Heralds, Pages Richard Poole, Robert Denley, James Burns, Leonard Rule, Ted Cormier, Ernest Peterson, Robert Goss, Joseph Clough, Roger Lovejoy, Lewis Bostwick, Albert Bedard

Dancers Kay Goranson, Pauline Sinclair, Connie Wood; Robert Denley, Joseph Clough, Dick Poole


Accompanists Jo Millett, Corinne Conlon

Choreographer Pauline Sinclair

Assistant to the Producer and Business Administrator Ethel Shenton Jones

Stage Manager Ralph Wright

Assistant Stage Manager Harold Annis

Stage Assistants Maurice Buckley, Thomas W. Butt, Robert Collins, Robert Conlon, George Niles, Harry Tong, Ralph Gould, Nelson Houle, Ralph Cudhea

Lighting Robert Goss

Decor and Design Geoffrey Smith, Artist

Scene Construction and Painting Al Tamulonis, Bob Goss, James Burns, Bob Denley, Lewis and Margaret Bostwick, Marilyn Kantargis, Dick Poole, Lionel Boucher

Costumes Beth Tebbetts and Margaret Tamulonis, Co-Chairmen; Dorothy Boucher, Carol Poole

Properties and Set Decor Aurora Travis, Rachel Simoneau, Helen Kiratsos, Ken Mayo

Make-up Pearl Ware, Chairman; Eugenia Yeuell, Norma April, Helen Kiratsos

Wigs Hooker-Howe Costume Company

Wardrobe Administrators Phyllis Hjelm and Dorothy Boucher; Sally Morgan, Shirley Liberty, Martha Bedard, Betty Niles, Pearl Stevenson, Cecile Wright, Doris Burns, Ruth Denley, Vera Buckley

Ticket Chairmen Ruth Denley and Ed Goranson, Jr.

Publicity Kay Goranson and Bob Denley

Posters Paula Bryson and Dee Bradley

Auditions Committee Marion I. Joy and Corinne Conlon, Jo Millett, Albert Bedard

Ushers and Flower Vendors Gail Monroe, Cheryl Haynes, Joanne Tally, Frances Morency, Mary Anne Olshewsky, Susan Barker, Laurie Hambleton, Joanne Millett

Refreshments Unit X (Good Shepherd Guild); Daughters of Good Shepherd, Nashua; Council of Girl Scouts, Inc.

Synopsis of Scenes

ACT I -- The Piazzetta, Venice
ACT II -- Pavilion in the Palace of Barataria

(An interval of three months is supposed to elapse between Acts I and II)

DATE -- 1750

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Program insert


A chorus of contadine (peasant girls) are awaiting the arrival of the two leading gondoliers- -Marco and Giuseppe, to come and choose their brides. By a sort of blindman's buff they choose Tessa and Gianetta. Meanwhile, the Duke of Plaza Toro and suite have arrived in Venice. The Duke tells his daughter, Casilda about her childhood marriage to the infant heir to the throne of Barataria; (the heir disappeared shortly after this, supposedly abducted to Venice by the Grand Inquisitor, Don Alhambra). Thus the royal suite have come in search of the heir for Casilda to marry and thus make her a queen. Luiz (the drummer boy) and Casilda are in love (unknown to her parents) and because of her royal background, they renounce their love. The Grand Inquisitor appears and tells that the heir to the throne is either Marco or Giuseppe, he is not sure which. He will send for the nursemaid who took care of the infant and she will be able to tell which is which. In the meanwhile the two gondoliers are to go to Barataria and rule jointly, until the matter is straightened out.


Marco and Giuseppe are ruling jointly, but without their wives- -until the Grand Inquisitor is sure which one will be the queen. The whole realm, under the new rule of the gondoliers, is quite happy. The scene is interrupted by the sudden appearance of the contadine, who could stand it in Venice no longer without their husbands. Happiness reigns supreme and a cachucha is danced. The scene is dimmed somewhat by the appearance of Don Alhambra who points out the great weakness of the gondoliers' government. He is further annoyed when he finds Tessa and Gianetta here in Barataria ahead of him. He informs the four of the infant marriage and Tessa and Gianetta are quite saddened by the story and its coming effect on them. Since neither of them is to be a queen, and one is not married really at all, they leave most despondently. To further dampen the scene, the Duke of Plaza Toro enters and finds more fault with the gondoliers' court. He tries to teach them some court etiquette. Finally the old nurse, Inez, arrives and discloses that neither Marco nor Giuseppe is the heir, but Luiz. Thus Casilda is reunited with the man she really loves, and the contadine and gondoliers return to their happiness in Venice!