Engaged!

by Gilbert/Sullivan

Description
musical show
Genres
Opera
Text
Written by W.S Gilbert. Composed by Arthur Sullivan. Adapted by George Rowell and Kenneth Mobbs
Instrumentation
2(II=picc).1.2.1 - 2000 - perc(1) - 2 vln I.1 vln II. 1 vla. 1 vlc. 1 db
First Performance
27.03.1962 (Bristol Opera School)
Availability
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Faber Music Ltd worldwide (excluding North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
 
The Story
(Edwardian England)
The high spirited and fast moving romp, with its many unexpected twists and turns, is enhanced by the music and lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan.  Belinda, travelling to Scotland to escape marrying Major Muggeridge, is accompanied by Belvawney.  On the same train travel Cheviot Hill and his uncle Symperson.  Unfortunately for them the train is wrecked by Angus MacAlister, who makes a habit of this, in order that Mrs MacFarlane and her beautiful daughter, Maggie, may cash extra money by putting the passengers up in their cottage.  Because of the delay caused by the crash, Major Muggeridge catches up with Belinda, and in order to save her, Cheviot announces he is her husband, and she says she is his wife.  Neither realise, that in Scottish law, just the statement of this constitutes a true marriage.  Months later Belinda, still looking for the man she ‘married’ in Scotland, arrives at the house of Symperson’s daughter, Minnie on the day of the wedding to Cheviot.  Matters are further complicated by the arrival of Maggie to whom, the incorrigible Cheviot has also proposed.  The problems appear insurmountable, and yet all ends happily with Angus MacAlister marrying Maggie, and a double wedding for Cheviot and Belinda, and Minnie and Belvawney. 
 
Principal Characters (plus Chorus)
Minnie Symperson
Maggie MacFarlane
Belinda Treherne
Cheviot Hill
Angus MacAlister
Belvawney
 
Principal Musical Numbers
Some Look For Love (Cheviot) 
If Maggie Were Married To Me (Cheviot, Angus, Maggie, Mrs MacFarlane)
It’s My Opinion (Minnie, Belinda)
As O’er Our Penny-Roll We Sing (Minnie, Cheviot)
Little Maid Of Arcadee (Belvawney, Chorus)
Our Life On Earth Is Full Of Care (Symperson, Cheviot)

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