Rehearsals of "Boscabello" are now going on continually under the direction of Mr. Gilbert and of J. P. Hayden '97. The first performance will be on Graduates' Night, April 29. The public performances will be on May 2, 3 and 4 at the club-house in Cambridge, and on May 6 and 7 at the Bijou Theatre in Boston. The scenery, which was designed by T. M. Hastings '98, H. Sayre '98, and J. R. Proctor, Jr., '98, is being painted by Charles A. Henry.
The scene of the play is laid in the island of Boscabello, where Captain Kidd has buried his treasure. The commanding general of the island is so timid that he does not dare to attack the wild bull which roams over the vacant lot in which the treasure is supposed to be buried; the general, however, will brook no rival treasure seekers.
The play opens in the square or the city of Boscabello, where the general is about to execute some treasure-hunters. Two young reporters, Phil Spayce and Lord Howe Poor arrive, soon followed by a yachting party of Bostonians. The general wishes to put them to death, but Spayce, whose lady-love is a member of the party, secures their release by promising to kill the bull.
The second act shows the populace going to the bull fight. Spayce appears in the arena, sings his Toreador song,- and then proceeds to make mince meat of the bull. At this point a messenger arrives with the latest American History Leaflet-No. 10,657 1-2, which says that as Captain Kidd never existed, he did not bury his treasure in Boscabello. Spayce, however, receives a letter to the contrary, directing him to the place where the booty is buried. Guarded by the sailors of the steam yacht, Spayce carries off both the lady and the treasure, and the Bostonians, boarding their yacht, leave the general to his wrath.