- The action of the play passes in the garden of the house of Phillida's father, at Pompeii, on a summer morning in the year A.D. 79. Valeria, Augusta, Lois, Olivia and Claudia are to be played by children aged 9 to 12.
- Phillida, Julia and Emilia are to be played by girls aged 13 to 15. The parts of Augusta, Lois, Olivia and Claudia may be played by boys if desired. They should be named Augustus, Lysander, Ovidius and Claudius respectively.
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