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French and German Operetta translations.

By Offenbach:

The Grand Duchess The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein has, up to now, left affairs of state to her Chamberlain, Baron Puck, and her Commander-in-Chief, General Boum. Now that she is 21 Puck plans to keep her occupied by finding her a suitable husband, Prince Paul. Sadly the Grand Duchess shows no interest in the ineffectual Prince, so to distract her attention Puck declares war on the neighbouring state of Rottenburg. (6M 6W&chorus)

La Perichole The street singers Perichole and Piquillo are too poor to get married. One day Perichole is spotted by the Viceroy, Don Andres, who is attracted to her and plans to install her in the palace. She is reluctant at first, but when he promises her dinner she agrees as she is near to starvation, and she writes a farewell letter to Piquillo. (6M 8w & Chorus)

La Vie Parisienne Bobinet and Gardefeu have both been jilted by Metella, and resolve to give up courtesans and go back to Society ladies. When Gardefeu meets a Swedish Baron and his wife at the station, he poses as a tour guide and takes the couple to his own house which he passes off as the Grand Hotel, hoping to try his luck with the Baroness. Metella calls to make it up with Gardefeu but is annoyed to find the Baroness apparently already installed in her place. (7W 6 or 9M & Chorus)

The Island of Tulipatan ( One Act) The warlike Duke of Tulipatan, Cockatoo XXII, is annoyed at the effeminacy of his son, Alexis. The Duke’s seneschal, Romboidal, is likewise exasperated at the tomboy behaviour of his daughter, Hermosa. A crisis occurs when the two young people fall in love and want to get married. (3M 2W & Chorus)

Mesdames de la Halle  (One Act) The impoverished drum major, Raflafla, courts and flatters each in turn of the three middle-aged and, it must be said, distinctly plain market women, Madou, Beurrefondu and Poiretapée, hoping one of them will pay off his debts. Unfortunately each of them is as poor as he is, and in any case they find his attentions unwelcome because all three are enamoured of the young cook’s boy, Croute-au-Pot. He in his turn is in love with Ciboulette, the youngest and prettiest stall-holder in the market.(6M 4W &Chorus)

Tactical Exercises. (One Act) The young and dashing Lieutenant Jacques Couteau, newly appointed to the regiment, has caught the attention of Amandine, the colonel’s wife. She pays a surprise visit to his apartment, and soon makes it clear that her visit isn’t purely social. At first Jacques resists her advances for fear that the Colonel should find out, but she reassures him that the Colonel is away on a tactical exercise. (2M 1 W & Chorus)

By Strauss: Prince Orlofsky's Ball.  is an entertainment based on Act 2 of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. It is intended to be the framework for a gala concert party, and other items may be interpolated at any point at the discretion of the producer, and the script may be freely adapted to suit the needs of the production.

By Chabrier L’Etoile (The Star)  The superstitious King Ouf, who never makes a move without consulting his astrologer, Siroco, is roaming the streets in disguise, hoping to find a victim for the public execution that always marks his birthday.(4M 3W, smaller roles & Chorus)

An Incomplete Education (Une Education Manquée) The young Count Gontran brings his beautiful wife Helene to his chateau on the evening of their wedding. The young couple both seem rather nervous at being alone together for the first time. They are joined by Pausanias, Gontran’s tutor, who appears to have been celebrating the wedding rather too well. He wishes them well, and then withdraws. It is soon apparent that neither of the young people has the least idea of what they should do on their wedding night.  ( 3 in cast Tenor, Soprano, Bass)

By Delibes : Le Roi l’a Dit (When the King speaks...) The Marquis de Montoncour wishes to be presented at the court of Louis XIV, and his wife persuades two court bankers to arrange it in return for marriage with two of the Marquis’s daughters. Unfortunately the daughters are in love with two different gentlemen. (6M 8W &chorus)


By Suppé    Louise (pastiche - One act) Music taken from Boccaccio. Comedy for baritone, soprano and tenor about preparations for a Ball.

Ten Belles Without a Ring (One-Act) Herr von Klunker has ten daughters of marriageable age, but cannot find suitable husbands for them. To improve their chances he has educated each of them in the language and manners of a different country, and has brought them all up under strict military discipline, but so far to no avail. His latest idea has been to get his maid, Leni, to put a notice on the garden gate, advertising ten treasures available to suitable gentlemen. (10 W 2M no chorus)

Production Costs

8% of Box Office.