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Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Directed by Chester H. Sloat

The Story of "The Lamp and the Bell" is the love of Bianca and Beatrice, more familiarly known as Snow-White and Rose Red. Bianca feels such love for her sister that she says,"You are a burning lamp to me, a flame That cannot blow out, and I shall hold you High in my hand against whatever darkness."To this Beatrice replies, "You are to me a silver bell in a tower; And when it rings I know I am near home."

Their love is so great that it withstands the jealous barks of Octavia, mother of Bianca, and the vengeful plotting of Guido, cousin of Beatrice. It is so strong that it endures even when King Mario chooses one of these maidens for his queen. There comes a bitter separation because of misunderstanding after the tragedy of Mario's death. But ere the curtain falls their love triumphs, and Beatrice says of Bianca, "She is returned From her long silence, and rings out above me Like a silver bell!"

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Gorham, ME


Theatre, University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre, Theatre Program


Arts and Humanities | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History


Cast of Characters

Lorenzo, King of Fiori ... Corene Palmer
Mario, King of Lagoverde ... Henrietta Lidback
Guido, Duke de Versilia, nephew of .Lorenzo ... Ella Johnson

Gentlemen at the court of Lorenzo

Giovanni ... Zelda Fenlason
Lorenzo ...Arab Pohle
Anselmo ... Margery Keene
Raffaele ... Arab Pohle

Jester at Court of Lorenzo ... Gwendolen Elwell
Cesco, Townsman of Fiori ...Viola Simpson
Beppo, Son of Guiliana ... Mary Stockbridge
Clerk of the Court of Beatrice ... Helen Gale
Octavia, second wife of Lorenzo ... Blanche Hutchins
Beatrice, "Rose-Red," daughter of Lorenzo by a former marriage ... Alyce Tuck
Bianca, ''Snow-White,'' daughter of Octavia by a former marriage ... Ruth Bailey

Ladies at the court of Lorenzo

Laura ... Faith Graves
Carlotta ... Doris Lincoln
Francesca ... Rebecca Miller
Arianna ... Barbara Howard

Grazia, Nurse to Beatrice and Bianca ... Mildred Stevens
Giulietta, Servant to Bianca ... Margaret Honan

Daughters to Bianca

"Little Snow White" ... Gabrielle Pomerleau
"Little Snow Red" ... Glennis Flint

Women of Fiori

Leonora ... Elinor Chipman
Guiliana ... Helen Stone
Giovanitta ... Katherine True
Anna ... Myrtle Pratt
Eugenia ... Theo Anderson

Gilda, Sister of Beppo ... Helene Roberts
Soldiers ... Sally Sylvester and Maxine Whitman
Pages ... Albert Mosher and Paul Hamblen

Location: Box 13, Folder 3

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The Lamp and the Bell: Drama in Five Acts Program [1935]



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