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The Archers    or The Mountaineers of Switzerland

John Street Theatre, (4/18/1796 - 4/22/1796)
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Opening Date: Apr 18, 1796    
Closing Date: Apr 22, 1796 Total Performances: 3

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway

Production Staff
Produced by Old American Company (Lewis Hallam & John Hodgkinson)
Libretto by William Dunlap; Music by Benjamin Carr
Scenic Design by Charles Ciceri
Conducted by James Hewitt
Miss Brett
Female Archer
Maiden of Uri
Miss Broadhurst
Walter Furst's daughter
Mr. Cleveland
Austrian Governor of Uri
Mr. Des Moulins
Mrs. Durang
Female Archer
John Durang
Bowman of Uri
Madame Gardie
Female Archer
Maiden of Uri
Lewis Hallam
Werner Staffach
Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf
Miss Harding
Tell's Son
John Hodgkinson
William Tell
Mrs. John Hodgkinson
a basket woman
Joseph Jefferson
Lieutenant to Gesler
John Johnson
Walter Furst
Mr. King
Duke of Austria
Mr Lee
Bowman of Uri
Mr. Leonard
Austrian Soldier
Mr. McKnight
Austrian Soldier
Charlotte Melmoth
Tell's wife
Mr. Munto
Pikeman of Schweitz
W. H. Prigmore
Burgomaster of Altdorf
Mr. Tomkins
Pikeman of Schweitz
Miss Tompkins
Female Archer
Joseph Tyler
Arnold Melcthal
Chief of Underwalden
Madame Val
Female Archer
Maiden of Uri
Mr. Woolls
music by Benjamin Carr; lyrics by William Dunlap
ACT 1 Sung By
We tell a tale of Liberty to-night
Come who'll buy my baskets Cecily (a basket woman)
Here are bowls by the dozen, and spoons by the gross Conrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf)
If a man would a faithful follower have Conrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf)
The soldiers are devilish kind Lieutenant to Gesler, Conrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf) and Cecily (a basket woman)
Forever lives the patriot's fame William Tell
Genius of our pine-clad hills Bowman of Uri and Chorus
Uri's sons, with open arms Bowmen
To the war-horn's loud and solemn blast Pikemen
March our bold yeomen dauntless to the field Walter Furst
Why, Huntress, Why, (wilt thou thy life expose) Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
At trumpet's clang, or the war-horn's sound Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter)
Let every act, let every thought Chorus of the Whole
ACT 2 Sung By
How happy is a soldier's life Lieutenant to Gesler and Conrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf)
While thus with mind infirm and limbs unnerved Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter)
Come, Conrad, awake from your trance Cecily (a basket woman)
Come all ye pretty maidens Cecily (a basket woman)
There lived in Altdorf city fair Cecily (a basket woman)
While man, with high-wrought impious pride Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
Dear is the homely cot, and dear the shed Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter), Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden), Bowman of Uri and Chorus of the Whole
ACT 3 Sung By
Hark! from the mountain's awful head Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
Haste, my Maidens, haste with me! Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter)
He comes! he comes! the victor comes! Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter), Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden) and Chorus of the Whole
In storied page where shall we find Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter) and Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
Good mistress, kind lady, my thanks receive Cecily (a basket woman)
Come, my maidens, haste away! Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter), Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden) and Cecily (a basket woman)
When heaven pours blessings all around William Tell, Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden), Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter), Cecily (a basket woman) and Chorus of the Whole