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The Red Mill (Revised 1945)

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  8f, 3m

Victor Herbert, Henry Blossom, Milton Lazarus, Forman Brown, Edward Ward

Music by Victor Herbert / Original Book and Lyrics by Henry Blossom / New Book by Milton Lazarus / Additional Lyrics by Forman Brown / Musical arrangements by Edward Ward / As produced by Edwin Lester at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Association

Victor Herbert's comic operetta concerns two American vaudevillians who find themselves stranded and penniless in a small Dutch village. Despite some comic misunderstandings, dramatic schemes, and romantic heartbreaks, everything works out in the end.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    8f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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The Red Mill (Revised 1945)

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Summary
Two American vaudevillians find themselves stranded and penniless in a small Dutch village. Despite some comic misunderstandings, dramatic schemes, and romantic heartbreaks, everything works out in the end.
History
The Red Mill opened on Broadway at the Knickerbocker Theatre on September 24, 1906. This Broadway revival of the operetta opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on October 16, 1945, starring Michael O’Shea, Eddie Foy Jr., Juli Lynne Charlot, Eddie Dew, Charles Collins, Odette Myrtil and Hal Price.The show later transferred to the 46th Street Theatre and the Shubert Theatre, playing a total of 531 performances.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
In a small village in Holland, two American vaudevillians, Con Kidder and Kid Conner, find themselves stranded and penniless in a little inn. As painters and their models sing about the troubles of being a poor artist, the models try to convince the painters to quit their work and have some fun ("By the Side of the Mill"). Overhearing the models complaining, Tina points out that at least the girls have boyfriends. Flora longs for her painter to say he loves her and will one day marry her ("Loved But Me"). Con and Kid try to sneak out of the inn without paying their bill, but they are discovered and sent to jail. The Innkeeper takes pity on them, however, and arranges for them to work at the inn to pay off their debt.

The Burgomaster's daughter, Gretchen, loves Captain Doris van Damm. Her father, however, wishes her to marry the Governor of Zeeland. Con and Kid agree to help Gretchen and the Captain to elope. Willem tells the Burgomaster about this plot, and he locks Gretchen in the windmill. The Americans try to rescue her, but the Burgomaster has made all arrangements for the marriage between his daughter to the governor. Plotting with Tina, the two Americans finally help Gretchen to escape. They appear at the wedding festivities (which are missing the bride) disguised as Sherlock Holmes and Watson to "help" Burgomaster find his daughter. Bertha replaces Gretchen as the bride, marries the Governor (her childhood sweetheart), and her identity is then revealed. It turns out, luckily, that Captain Van Damm is heir to a large fortune. The fathers' resistance falls away, and the lovers are united. The Americans return home to New York ("New York").

Principals
(3 female; 8 male)

Gretchen - The Burgomaster’s daughter
Tina - A barmaid, daughter of Willem
Madame de la Fere - Automobiling with her daughters through Holland

“Con” Kidder - American vaudevillian touring Europe
“Kid” Conner - American vaudevillian touring Europe
Burgomaster Jan Van Borkem - Mayor of Katwyk-ann-Zee
Capt. Hendrik Van Damm - In love with Gretchen
Governor of Zeeland - Engaged to Gretchen
Franz - Sheriff of Katwyk-ann-Zee
Willem - Keeper of the Red Mill Inn
Joshua Pennyfeather - Solicitor, automobiling with his daughters through Holland

Supporting
Juliana - The Burgomaster’s sister
Gaston - Town Crier
Dutch Flower Girls:
Flora
Lena
Dora
Anna
Phyllis
Madge

Ensemble
Peasants, Artists, Aides-de-Camp, Burgher, French Girls, etc.

  • Time Period 1900-1910
  • Setting
    Katwyk-ann-Zee, Holland. About 1900.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. “Town Crier” – Town Crier
3. Act One Opening Chorus – Town Crier, Willem & Ensemble
4. “Mignonette” – Tina & Ensemble
5. Con & Kidder Escape – Orchestra
6. “Whistle It” – Tina, Con & Kid
7. Incidental – Orchestra
8. Dancing School Entrance – Orchestra
9. “Isle of Our Dreams” – Gretchen & Hendrik
10. Five Steps – Orchestra
11. Dancing Lesson – Orchestra
12. “Streets of New York” – Con, Kid & Ensemble
12a. Madame’s Entrance – Orchestra
13. “When You’re Pretty” – Madame, Pennyfeather & Ensemble
14. Arrest Madame – Orchestra
15. “Moonbeams” – Gretchen, Henrik & Ensemble
16 Finale Act One – Full Company

Act II

17. Entr’acte – Orchestra
18. “Town Crier” – Town Crier
19. Act Two Opening Chorus – Juliana, Girls & Boys
20. “Red Mill Ballet” – Dancers, Juliana & Boys
21. “Everyday is Ladies’ Day with Me” – Governor & Male Chorus
22. “I Want You To Marry Me” – Gretchen & Hendrik
23. Al Fresco – Orchestra
24. “Because You’re You” – Juliana & Governor
25. Because You’re You (Ballet) – Kid, Madame & Dancers
26. “You Never Can Tell About A Woman” – Con, Kid, Burgomaster, Franz, Willem & Pennyfeather
27. The Wedding – Full Company
28. Finale Act Two – Full Company
29. Playout – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Violin A
Violin B
Violin C
Viola
Cello
Bass
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet I
Clarinet II, Flute & Piccolo
Clarinet III, Bass Clarinet
Horn
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Trombone
Trombone II
Percussion: Timpani (2 Drums), Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks), Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Hi-Hat Cymbals (Optional), Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, Triangle, Wood Block, Temple Blocks (2 Pitches), Tambourine.
Harp
Piano

  • Musical StyleOperetta
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeLarge
  • Chorus SizeLarge

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41 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Flute
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet 1
1 Clarinet 2
1 Clarinet 3
1 Horn
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Piano
1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
41 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

Authors

Author

Victor Herbert

Author

Henry Blossom

Author

Milton Lazarus

Author

Forman Brown

Author

Edward Ward

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