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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 BrettFemale Archer
Maiden of Uri
Miss BroadhurstRodolpha
Walter Furst's daughter
Mr. ClevelandGesler
Austrian Governor of Uri
Mr. Des MoulinsBurgher
Mrs. DurangFemale Archer
John DurangBowman of Uri
Madame GardieFemale Archer
Maiden of Uri
Lewis HallamWerner Staffach
Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf
Miss HardingTell's Son
John HodgkinsonWilliam Tell
Mrs. John HodgkinsonCecily
a basket woman
Joseph JeffersonLieutenant to Gesler
John JohnsonWalter Furst
Mr. KingLeopold
Duke of Austria
Mr LeeBowman of Uri
Mr. LeonardAustrian Soldier
Mr. McKnightAustrian Soldier
Charlotte MelmothPortia
Tell's wife
Mr. MuntoPikeman of Schweitz
W. H. PrigmoreBurgomaster of Altdorf
Mr. TomkinsPikeman of Schweitz
Miss TompkinsFemale Archer
Joseph TylerArnold Melcthal
Chief of Underwalden
Madame ValFemale Archer
Maiden of Uri
Mr. WoollsBurgher
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 basketsCecily (a basket woman)
Here are bowls by the dozen, and spoons by the grossConrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf)
If a man would a faithful follower haveConrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf)
The soldiers are devilish kindLieutenant to Gesler, Conrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf) and Cecily (a basket woman)
Forever lives the patriot's fameWilliam Tell
Genius of our pine-clad hillsBowman of Uri and Chorus
Uri's sons, with open armsBowmen
To the war-horn's loud and solemn blastPikemen
March our bold yeomen dauntless to the fieldWalter Furst
Why, Huntress, Why, (wilt thou thy life expose)Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
At trumpet's clang, or the war-horn's soundRodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter)
Let every act, let every thoughtChorus of the Whole
ACT 2 Sung By
How happy is a soldier's lifeLieutenant to Gesler and Conrad (Seller of wooden ware in Altdorf)
While thus with mind infirm and limbs unnervedRodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter)
Come, Conrad, awake from your tranceCecily (a basket woman)
Come all ye pretty maidensCecily (a basket woman)
There lived in Altdorf city fairCecily (a basket woman)
While man, with high-wrought impious prideArnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
Dear is the homely cot, and dear the shedRodolpha (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 headArnold 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 findRodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter) and Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden)
Good mistress, kind lady, my thanks receiveCecily (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 aroundWilliam Tell, Arnold Melcthal (Chief of Underwalden), Rodolpha (Walter Furst's daughter), Cecily (a basket woman) and Chorus of the Whole