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For the Chorus Chorus work weaves into the romantic tale of adventure in a way that ensures it will never lose its appeal for cast or audience alike. Stirring numbers are alternated with endearing love songs, all richly harmonized. The chorus appear as Riffs, French soldiers and their wives and sweethearts, harem girls, Spanish courtesans, native dancers. Singing Principals Margot Bonvalet Susan, an incompetent newspaper reporter's lovesick secretary Clementina, Spanish courtesan Pierre, the Red Shadow Sid El Kar, his Riff lieutenant Captain Paul Fontaine, of the French Foreign Legion Benny, Susan's boss Ali Ben Ali, Caid of a Riff tribe. Straight Roles Azuri. General Birabeau Smaller Roles Neri, a Riff woman. Edith, Susan's friend. Hadji, a Riff farmer Mindar, Hassi, of the Red Shadow's band. Lt La Verne and Sgt De Boussae, Foreign Legionnaires. SCENES AND SETTINGS Act I A hide-out in the Riff mountains (full stage). Outside the Governor's house (front drop). A room in the Governor's house (full stage). Act II The harem of Ali Ben Ali's palace (full stage). A palace corridor (front drop). The palace's Room of the Silken Couch (half set). The edge of the desert (front drop). The courtyard of the Governor's house (full stage) ORCHESTRATION 1st and 2nd Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, Bassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Drums, Harp