COUSIN HEBE (Sir Joseph Porter’s First Cousin)
A proper Victorian aristocratic lady, Cousin Hebe is Sir Joseph’s first cousin. Along with his other cousins, sisters, and aunts, she accompanies him wherever he goes. Ultimately, Sir Joseph plans to marry her when his engagement to Josephine falls through. She is a “lost” character in the show but months of painstaking research has enabled me to restore her to her former glory as a busybody know-it-all, completely devoted to Sir Joseph but constantly “crushed” by him. This role requires a clipped R.P. accent.