Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

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Our Miss Gibbs

Photo of Our Miss Gibbs sheet music

In 1925, the Society revived another James Tanner compiled musical play, Our Miss Gibbs. Like the preceding year’s A Country Girl, this had been a major West End success. Although it only had a short Broadway run, it was revived in the UK in 2006 and was a favourite of amateur operatic societies until the 1950s.

Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society gave this show another outing in 1947.

The titular heroine, a Yorkshire lass, works selling sweets at “Garrods”, a London department store. Despite the attentions of every flash young beau in town, Miss Gibbs has eyes only for a bank clerk. Discovering he’s an earl in disguise, she spurns him as out of her social league. Meanwhile, her cousin, Timothy is in London playing euphonium in a competition at Crystal Palace. He manages to get accidentally mixed up in the theft of the Ascot Gold Cup. Eventually, the shenanigans are resolved and the earl’s father, who is the owner of the cup, is so pleased that he is happy for his son to marry Miss Gibbs.

Composer: Lionel Monckton, Ivan Caryll
Libretto: Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank
Book: James Tanner
Year: 1909

A Country Girl

photo of a country girl sheet musicA Country Girl was 1924’s Society production.

James Tanner wrote the original A Country Girl, or Town And Country, as a musical play in two acts. It had a very long initial run in the West End, followed by success on Broadway and many revivals. It was a popular show with amateur operatic societies up until around 1960.

The story’s a complex tangle of concealed identities, a missing Rajah and the usual misunderstandings and “amusing complications ensue”.

Composer: Lionel Monckton, additional songs Paul Rubens
Libretto: Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank
Book: James Tanner
Year: 1902

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