This musical was first performed in 1954 but is set in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. It takes place in Nice, on the beach and in the Villa Caprice School for young ladies, on the day of the carnival ball.

Polly’s father, a millionaire, believes that she is too young for love and has forbidden her to have a boyfriend. Rather than tell her friends, Polly has made up a fictitious boyfriend who is supposedly driving down from Paris. Madam Dubonnet, the school principal, finds out about this but promises not to tell. Later that morning, Polly meets a young messenger boy named Tony. They fall for each other, but she tells him that she is a secretary at the school, so that he won’t want her just for her money. They agree to go to the ball together.

On the beach that afternoon arrive Lord and Lady Brockhurst, looking for their son who has disappeared from Oxford. They see Tony with Polly and send a gendarme after him, but he gets away. Polly is broken-hearted, thinking that her new love is just a common thief and decides not to go to the ball. However, when evening comes she is persuaded to go the ball after all, by herself. Tony arrives, to be greeted by the Brockhursts as their missing son, the Honourable Anthony Brockhurst. Polly reveals that she is not a secretary at all, but the daughter of a millionaire, so all is well. They are both upper class so they can be together.

The musical is great fun, and the costumes and sets extremely well done. The acting and singing is good. The one problem with this production is the venue, which is completely unsuitable as set up here. The stage and seating are all at the same level so only those sitting in the front row have any real view at all.

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Fun-filled night, set in Villa Caprice School for young ladies, with a delicious assortment of characters - among them love-lost Polly Browne, desperate to find that certain thing called 'The Boy Friend.'

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