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Bless the Bride

Vivian Ellis, A.P. Herbert

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  11f, 10m

Bless the Bride (libretto)
Book and lyrics by A.P. Herbert
Music by Vivian Ellis

Will Thomas Trout ever learn to do the right thing? On the very eve of his wedding to Lucy Willow he introduces to the home of her strictly Victorian parents an actor and actress. To his horror Augustus Willow discovers that, not only do they belong …

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  • Cast Size
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    11f, 10m
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  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
Will Thomas Trout ever learn to do the right thing? On the very eve of his wedding to Lucy Willow he introduces to the home of her strictly Victorian parents an actor and actress. To his horror Augustus Willow discovers that, not only do they belong to that notorious profession, but they hail from France - land of dreadful moral laxity, where women display their ankles, and tennis is played! His worst fears are realized when Lucy elopes with the dashing Pierre. Yoicks, tally-ho and the hunt is on, to France where the staid Victorians are nearly arrested as spies on the eve of the Franco-Prussian war. When Pierre - reported killed in the fighting - makes an unexpected return, Thomas at last has his chance to Do the Right Thing. For the Chorus Sufficient work to keep a large musical company busy, with Vivian Ellis at the peak of his most tuneful form. There are several effective set-pieces for general company in addition to harmonized versions of some of the score's hits. The chorus appear as relations and friends of the Willow family, French bathing beauties and mashers, café customers and waiters. There is a certain amount of dancing, including a short dream ballet sequence.

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  • Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 19th Century

Setting:

The Scenes
Act I The lawn of the Willows' home, 1870. A shrubbery (front drop). The Hall (full set). The Nursery (inset)
Act II La Plage Eauville. A street (front drop). The Café des Pommes (full set). The kitchen of the Willows

Casting

11f, 10m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting

Singing Principals
Lucy Willow.
Alice, Ann, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Frances and Millicent, her sisters.
Mary Willow their mother.
Nanny, to the Willow girls.
Suzanne Valdis, an actress.
Pierre Fontaine,

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Large

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Orchestration (on hire):
1st and 2nd Violins
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Flute
Oboe
2 Clarinets
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Drums
Harp
Orchestral Piano
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Authors

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Vivian Ellis

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A.P. Herbert

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