The Rebel Maid

 

1927

THE REBEL MAID

Music by Montague Phillips; Lyrics by Gerald Dodson  
Libretto by Alexander M. Thompson and Gerald Dodson

The Story

Lady Mary Trefusis is secretly engaged in aiding the landing near Torbay of Prince William of Orange as part of a plot to rob James II of the English throne. At a garden party at Lord Milverton's house in Devonshire, Mary meets Lord, Milverton's son, Derek, who is also working secretly for the cause. They have been childhood playmates and are now immediately attracted to each other, although neither is sure of the other's political sympathies. Her fondness for Derek annoys Sir Stephen Crespigny who has been appointed by the King to investigate reports of secret landings of men and arms, because he, too, is in love with Mary. Sir Stephen has his suspicions about Mary's and Derek's rebellious activities and they fall together into a trap he sets at a local inn. Luckily, the fishermen thronging the inn are on their side; they overpower Sir Stephen's soldiers and allow Derek to escape. Sir Stephen then threatens that if Mary does not marry him, she will be tried for high treason and Derek will be shot he moment he is seen As Sir Stephen has anticipated, Derek comes to find Mary. He is seized and is about to be executed when the timely arrival of the Prince and the fishermen averts the disaster. Mary, the rebel maid, surrenders to Derek who pays tribute to the fishermen of England; they have saved his life and their country's liberties.  


The Music Includes:

This English Land
In 1688
Home Again
Sunshine and Laughter
When the Heart is Blithe and Jolly
The Fishermen of England
Sail My Ships
Wisdom and Folly
They Have Come From Over the Sea



Director -A K Craighead
Musical Director -R. De La Haye

 

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