Concert program for a performance of The Beggar's Opera. Edouard Hurlimann was the musical director. Alexander Oumansky was the artistic director and ballet master. The music for the ballad opera was compiled and composed by Dr. Pepusch. The program was printed on one side of a single continuous sheet of paper.
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The Portland Civic Opera Association Presents The Beggar's Opera by John Gay Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9th and 10th, 1941 Neighbors of Woodcraft Auditorium Eight-thirty P. M. EDOUARD HURLIMANN Musical Director ALEXANDER OUMANSKY Artistic Director Ballet Master SUZANNE MARDEN Director of Book The Cast The Beggar Don Marye The Player Paul Robinson Peachum Richard Sinclair Filch J. Patrick Smith Mrs. Peachum Laura E. Smith Polly Peachum Kathleen Madsen Macheath Robert W. Mills Lucy Lockit Patricia Simmons Jenny Diver Dorothy Reeves Lockit Sidney Sinclair Diana Trapes Dora A. Dillow Macheath's Gang Rudolph Schmoll R. C. Littelhales Jon Nelson Edward Morlan Fred Ehelebe Hayden Holm A. F. D. Steel Lyn Stewart Kenneth McGrath Women of the Town Teresa Pimentel Ann Sigurdson Hazel Gaither Margery Hall Illaine Susanka Margaret Wiltse Gene E. Nelson Billie Osborne Marjorie Dargue The All-Oregon Ballet Valentina Oumansky - Prima Ballerina Helen Balch Selma Lewis Dorothy Zeller Helen Mills Noreen Swanson Sue Rambousek Sue Gevurtz Helen Bolos Carol Grabovac Pat King Eleanor Zumwalt Georgina Reeder Jean Hart Helen Tims Ann Sigurdson TIME AND PLACE — 1728, ENGLAND Act One Scene One Peachum's House Act Two Scene One A Tavern near Newgate Scene Two Newgate Prison Scene Three Newgate Act Three Scene One A Gaming House Scene Two Newgate Prison Scene Three The Condemned Hold The Story The Beggar's Opera, a ballad Opera, Libretto by John Gay, music compiled and composed by Dr. Pepusch from ballads of the period. First produced in London in 1728. The story—Peachum, a keeper of stolen goods, and Filch, a thief, come to the conclusion that honesty is equally rare in high or low society. When Peachum hears from his wife that Polly, their daughter, has become the wife of the highwayman, Macheath, idolized by all the low ladies of the town, he is furious. With the loss of Polly as a stool pigeon, Peachum decides to betray his son-in-law for blood money, but Polly overhears his plan, and informs Macheath, who hides in a tavern. There, deceived by girls in the employ of Peachum, the highwayman is seized by the constable, Lockit. At Newgate, Macheath's first wife, Lucy, reproaches him for having deserted her; when Polly arrives and calls him "Husband," he feigns surprise. Later Lucy steals the keys from her father, Lockit, and helps Macheath to escape, but he is captured by Peachum and Lockit in the home of Mrs. Coaxer. Once more in jail, Macheath is forced to choose between his wives; is given his freedom and all apparently ends happily. Production Staff Stage Director Peggy Oumansky Lighting effects W. E. Hunt, Jr. Coiffeur Vera Ederer Properties Sally Hart Settings designed by Constance Kletzer, executed by Howard Gibbs. Additional scenery by Allied Art Studios. Costumes by Goldstein & Co., San Francisco, California. Board of Directors President Mrs. Blaine B. Coles Vice-President Ivan Humanson Secretary Evelene Calbreath Treasurer Karl Herbring Mrs. Kenneth L. Cooper — Mrs. Arthur Cook Sally Hart — Susie Aubrey Smith Ora Bess Seeberger — Mrs. Irving M. Lupton Mrs. Richard Wilder Mark Daniels — Harold C. Sproul Henri Arcand — Wm. R. Boone Executive Secretary Ruth Diamond Honorary Board Member Mrs. Katherine Corruccini Sponsored by The State Board of Higher Education and Friends of Opera Mr. Henri Arcand Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Humason Mr. & Mrs. L. R. Bank3 Mr. & Mrs. Don C. Jaxtheimer Mr. & Mrs. Burt Brown Barker Rev. Lansing E. Kempton Dr. & Mrs. George H. Benshadler Mrs. Louis Lang Mr. & Mrs. A. Bercovitz Mr. & Mrs. C. Hunt Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Bishop Lewis & Cartwright, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. William R. Boone Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Low Miss Evelene Calbreath Dr. & Mrs. Irving Lupton Mr. & Mrs. Worth Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Luke Mr. & Mrs. Joseph K. Carson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James McDonald Colonel & Mrs. Alfred E. Clark Mr. & Mrs. Ross Mclntyre Mrs. Blaine B. Coles Dr. & Mrs. C. H. Manlove Mrs. E. S. Collins Mrs. Kate Dell Marden Dr. & Mrs. E. DeWitt Connell Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Minott Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Cook Mr. Ralph T. Montag Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cooper Dr. & Mrs. Frank Mount Mrs. Katherine Corruccini Mr. & Mrs. Dent Mowrey Mrs. E. Victor Creed Mr. H. Niklas Rt. Rev. Benj. D. Dagwell Mr. & Mrs. Earl Perry Mr. & Mrs. Mark Daniels Miss Lillian Pettibone Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Dant Mrs. E. S. Purcell Mr. & Mrs. Jan DeGraaff Dr. & Mrs. J. J. Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Dooly Dr. & Mrs. A. G. Rossman Miss Ruth Diamond Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Schuppel Mr. & Mrs. H. R. Failing Ora Bess Seeberger Mr. & Mrs. Ted Gamble Miss Susie Aubrey Smith Mr. & Mrs. George T. Gerlinger Mrs. Louis Sondheim Mr. & Mrs. Frederick W. GoodrichMr. & Mrs. M. Donald Spencer Mr. & Mrs. Herman Hafner Mr. Harold C. Sproul Dr. P. E. Hale Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Sterling Mr. & Mrs. C. R. Harding Colonel & Mrs. J. L. Stromme Miss Sally Hart Mr. & Mrs. Morton Taubman Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Hayes Mrs. Nils Teren Frank A. Heitkemper, Inc. Mr. Moe M. Tonkon Judge & Mrs. J. H. Hendrickson Mrs. Helene Tyroll Mr. & Mrs. Karl Herbring Mr. & Mrs. G. R. Van Vleet Mr. & Mrs. Waldemar H. Hollen-Mr. & Mrs. Geo. S. Walker sted Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wilder Mr. & Mrs. A. Holtz Mr. & Mrs. M. C. Woodard Mr. & Mrs. D. 0. Hood Dr. William W. Youngson Ushers from Meier and Frank Chorus
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