OnBook: The Heir Apparent

March 22-23, 2023
Gubelman Theatre at San Juan Community Theatre
 SJCT's On Book Program is an excellent way to explore your inner theater side! With a low time commitment (just 3 rehearsals and 2 performances) and without the pressure of learning lines, the On Book Program is the perfect way to explore theatre regardless of experience.

The Heir Apparent
David Ives, adapted from Le Legataire universal by Jean-Francois Regnard
directed by Joy Van Camp

THE STORY: Paris, 1708. Eraste, a worthy though penniless young man, is in love with the fair Isabelle, but her forbidding mother, Madame Argante, will only let the two marry if Eraste can show he will inherit the estate of his rich but miserly Uncle Geronte. Unfortunately, old Geronte has also fallen for the fair Isabelle, and plans to marry her this very day and leave her everything in his will—separating the two young lovers forever. Eraste’s wily servant Crispin jumps in, getting a couple of meddling relatives disinherited by impersonating them (one, a brash American, the other a French female country cousin)—only to have the old man kick off before his will is made! In a brilliant stroke, Crispin then impersonates the old man, dictating a will favorable to his master (and Crispin himself, of course)—only to find that rich Uncle Geronte isn’t dead at all and is more than ever ready to marry Isabelle! The multiple strands of the plot are unraveled to great comic effect in the streaming rhyming couplets of French classical comedy, and everyone lives happily, and richly, ever after.


Eraste           Cole Arendt
Isabelle         Vienna St. George
Crispin           Paul Walsh
Lisette            Shannon Kelley
Geronte          Richard Meenan
Madame Argante Heather Mueller
Scruple            Rebecca Smith
Stage Directions      Carolyn Haugen
Lights             Stephanie Warren