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THE MUSIC MAN (1957) Music, Lyrics and Book by Meredith Willson Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey


hat a homespun show about the shenanigans of a music peddler in a small Midwest city beat out West Side Story for the 1958 Tony Award for Best Musical speaks volumes. Meredith Willson drew on memories of his childhood days in Iowa and fashioned the music, lyrics, and book for a seemingly timeless story that continues to capture the hearts of young and old. Con man “Professor” Harold Hill mesmerizes the residents of River City by selling them musical instruments and uniforms with the promise to form a boys’ band and teach them to play using his “think system.” The execution of his plan is sidetracked a bit when he falls hard for the local librarian, Marian, and comes under the watchful eye of the mayor, who orders the school board to check out his credentials. Bring the kids and grandkids to this true American classic and enjoy such tunes as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Seventy Six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.” Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Ted Christopher Cast includes: Ted Christopher, Nathan Brian, Danielle Knox, Sarah Best, Benjamin Krumreig, Yvonne Trobe


ANYTHING GOES (1934) Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Original Book by P. G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton Revision: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse


ith 136 show titles to its credit, at Ohio Light Opera … Anything Goes. Cole Porter’s 1934 masterpiece not only secured his position as the period’s leading Broadway composer, but still stands today as a captivating testament to his incomparable fusion of words and music. And, in keeping with its mission, OLO presents the show in its original 1934 version, shorn of all the interpolations that have “plagued” more recent productions. While at a New York bar, evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney has fallen for Billy Crocker, who, to be near his girlfriend Hope Harcourt, has stowed away on Reno’s transatlantic cruise ship. Forced to adopt various disguises to avoid detection, Billy eventually secures a ticket and passport from Reverend Moon, who has been branded Public Enemy No. 13. Not surprisingly … confusion ensues. Porter’s revelatory score includes “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “All Through the Night,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” and the kneeslapping title tune. Conductor: Steven Byess Director: Steven Daigle Cast includes: Alexa Devlin, Spencer Reese, Danielle Knox, Kyle Yampiro, Daniel Neer, Julie Wright Costa

H.M.S. PINAFORE or The Lass That Loved a Sailor (1878) Music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto by William S. Gilbert


ilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking romp through naval life, class distinctions, and melodramatic villainy has entertained millions since its London premiere. Where else can one find a First Lord of the Admiralty who had never seen a ship, or a seafaring captain who gets seasick, or a nursemaid who can’t tell one baby from another? It was the 1879 success of this show in New York—and during that year, there were said to be more than 150 productions playing across the United States—that inspired the American theater community to create its own musical theater tradition. Josephine, the Captain’s daughter, is in love with able seaman Ralph Rackstraw. But her father has other plans for her: an advantageous union with the exalted Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. When the young couple’s elopement is thwarted by cantankerous seaman Dick Deadeye, it remains for Little Buttercup to confess that her baby farming techniques had left something to be desired … a many years ago. Never mind the why and wherefore—to list the catchy tunes in Pinafore is to cite the entire musical score. Conductors: J. Lynn Thompson and Wilson Southerland Director: Steven Daigle Cast includes: Boyd Mackus, Daniel Neer, Stephen Faulk, Benjamin Krumreig, Alexa Devlin, Ted Christopher


PRIMROSE (1924) Music by George Gershwin Book by Guy Bolton and George Grossmith Jr. Lyrics by Desmond Carter and Ira Gershwin


f ever there were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this is it—the first fully-staged production in almost a century of George Gershwin’s 1924 musical Primrose. Written for the London stage (255 performances), but never brought to Broadway, the show reveals the composer fully crossing the threshold into the jazz-inspired stylings that would take Broadway by storm just a few months later in Lady, Be Good! Although Englishman Desmond Carter wrote the bulk of the lyrics, most of the show’s hit songs were actually adapted by George from tunes he had written earlier to brother Ira’s lyrics. Offering a tip of the hat to Gilbert and Sullivan, Edwardian musical comedy, and British music hall, the show centers on dapper Toby Mopham, who finds himself engaged to vulgar beautician Pinkie Peach. To help him out of the situation, he calls on his friend, houseboat-dwelling author Hilary Vane, who himself has fallen in love with ingénue Joan, who reminds him of the character Primrose in his latest story. After many (and we do mean many) complications, characters, and disguises, everyone winds up with his or her ideal mate. Song hits include “Wait a Bit, Susie,” “Boy Wanted,” “Some Far Away Someone,” and “Naughty Baby.” Conductor: Steven Byess Director: Julie Wright Costa Cast includes: Benjamin Krumreig, Nathan Brian, Stephen Faulk, Sarah Best, Alexa Devlin, Tanya Roberts

THE STUDENT PRINCE (1924) Music by Sigmund Romberg Book and Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly Based on the play Old Heidelberg by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster


he Student Prince, the longest-running Broadway musical of the 1920s, is for many theater-goers the quintessential romantic operetta. Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg cashed in on his earlier musical training in Vienna and created a magical score of waltzes and marches, all set to Dorothy Donnelly’s adaptation of a 1901 German play titled Old Heidelberg. Prince Karl-Franz, accompanied by his tutor Dr. Engel and pompous valet Lutz, arrives at Heidelberg University, but finds his studies less enticing than the waitress Kathie at the local inn. The age-old clash between love and duty rears its head when he is summoned back home to the deathbed of his grandfather and ordered to marry Princess Margaret. Romberg’s score brims over with tunes that you will be humming as you walk in and walk out of the theater: “Golden Days,” “Overhead the Moon Is Beaming,” “Just We Two,” “Deep in My Heart, Dear,” and, of course, that most rousing of libation songs, “Drink! Drink! Drink!” Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Steven Daigle Cast includes: Grant Knox, Boyd Mackus, Daniel Neer, Benjamin Krumreig, Tom Carle, Grace Caudle

COUNTESS MARITZA Gräfin Mariza (1924) Music by Emmerich Kálmán Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald English Translation by Nigel Douglas


mong Ohio Light Opera’s many contributions to lyric theater, none has proved more fulfilling and rewarding than the successes it has achieved with the operettas of Hungarian-born Emmerich Kálmán. With 12 titles produced thus far—and more to come—OLO returns this season to what many believe is his supreme masterpiece, Countess Maritza. Count Tassilo, now penniless, has taken a menial position as manager of one of the estates of the wealthy Maritza. He hopes to earn enough money to pay off his debts and provide a dowry for his sister Lisa. To ward off a constant barrage of suitors, Maritza announces a mock engagement to a fictitious pig farmer, a Baron Koloman Zsupán. To her surprise, a real Baron Zsupán shows up and claims her hand. Tassilo, also, has some covering up to do when Lisa appears as part of Maritza’s house party. As romantic feelings blossom between Tassilo and Maritza, so do their pride and stubbornness as employee and employer—Maritza has no choice but to fire her manager. But … she has a change of heart. Song gems include Tassilo’s heartfelt tribute to his home town, “Vienna Mine,” the Maritza-Zsupán duet “Let’s Go to Varasdin,” and Tassilo’s lament “Play, Gypsy.” Conductor: Wilson Southerland Director: Steven Daigle Cast includes: Tanya Roberts, Daniel Neer, Grant Knox, Katherine Corle, Jessamyn Anderson, Julie Wright Costa


THE LADY OF THE SLIPPER or A Modern Cinderella (1912) Music by Victor Herbert Lyrics by James O’Dea Book by Anne Caldwell and Lawrence McCarty


veryone likes a good Cinderella story, so what better way for OLO to introduce this iconic character into its repertoire than with Victor Herbert’s zany musical comedy The Lady of the Slipper. With stepsisters named Dollbabia and Freakette, a cat named Mouser, and two fellows named Punks and Spooks who emerge from a cornfield (à la Wizard of Oz) to entice Cinderella to the ball and then into the prince’s arms, “zany” is indeed the right term for a show that captured the public’s fancy and became the second-longest-running book musical of 1912. Recognized by Herbert biographer Edward Waters as “in every way … a major achievement in the American musical theater,” the show features Herbert at his most engagingly diverse: waltzes, galops, marches, a duet (“Meow! Meow! Meow!”) for Cinderella and the cat, a “Witches Ballet,” and the hit duet “A Little Girl at Home” for Cinderella and Prince Maximilian. For the second time in just three years (recall the hilarious Dream City and the Magic Knight from 2014), OLO presents a Herbert musical that has not been fully-staged in over a century. Conductor: Steven Byess Director: Steven Daigle Cast includes: Gretchen Windt, Benjamin Krumreig, Tanya Roberts, Sarah Best, Ted Christopher, Kyle Yampiro

THE 2017 SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON Dear Friends of Ohio Light Opera,

A Laura Neill

Executive Director

Steven A. Daigle Artistic Director

Julie Wright Costa

Associate Artistic Director

s America’s Premier Lyric Theater Festival, The Ohio Light Opera presents innovative, entertaining, and traditional productions of classic operettas and musicals, including shows not staged for many years. This season’s offerings afford patrons a sampling of many of lyric theater’s most popular shows and composers. For our faithful OLO patrons, there are titles included that define the unique mission and tradition of preserving the European and American operetta art form. Our blockbuster 2017 season includes Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, George Gershwin’s Primrose, Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince, Emmerich Kálmán’s Countess Maritza, and Victor Herbert’s The Lady of the Slipper. Building on the success of and enthusiastic response to the last three years, there will be a Festival Symposium on the Lyric Theater Tradition in the 2017 season. It is scheduled for August 1-4 and will feature lectures and concerts. Visit us online at www.ohiolightopera. org for more information and announcements about the upcoming season. Thank you for your loyal support of The Ohio Light Opera. Your generosity, through attendance and annual gifts, makes each season possible. We look forward to entertaining you again this summer at the Freedlander Theatre. With warmest regards,

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of the finest young instrumentalists in the country perform in The Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. In addition to accompanying all productions in Freedlander Theatre, they will again be featured in a special holiday event. The Company announces the seventeenth annual Pops Concert, to be performed on the evening of July 4th. This is a free concert on the public square in Downtown Wooster and has become a very wellattended annual event. All production photography in this brochure by Matt Dilyard.





or thirty-eight seasons, The Ohio Light Opera has dedicated itself to the exploration and production of the best of traditional operetta and musical theater. Founded by James Stuart as a Gilbert and Sullivan repertory summer festival, the company has grown to encompass all forms in the light opera canon. This includes the complete Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, as well as the recognized treasures from the Viennese, French, Hungarian, German, British, and American repertoire. Along with this unique mission, the company also reconstructs and produces those rare operetta titles of artistic value that were popular in their own times but have long since been forgotten. The historical performance practices of each work premiered are delicately balanced with the resources of a state-of-the-art theater and engaging and entertaining performance values. Each summer, between seven and nine titles are presented in a revolving format of approximately 60 performances over a sevenweek period. Nearly 20,000 patrons each season see productions in The College of

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Taking Light Opera Seriously Tuesday, August 1 - Friday, August 4 SYMPOSIUM PRESENTERS INCLUDE ... STEVEN DAIGLE is Artistic Director of Ohio Light Opera and Dramatic Director of Eastman Opera Theatre. In his tenure at OLO, he has expanded the company’s scope to include early and mid-century American musicals, introduced more than 68 new titles to OLO’s repertoire, stage-directed scores of productions, and created new performance editions for five Kálmán operettas and 2014’s revelatory Dream City and The Magic Knight by Victor Herbert. WILLIAM A. EVERETT is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Musicology at the University of Missouri– Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he teaches courses ranging from medieval music to American musical theater. His books include Sigmund Romberg (2007), Rudolf Friml (2008), and Music for the People: A History of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, 1933–82 (2015). He is contributing co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical and The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers. STEVEN LEDBETTER is a scholar, writer, lecturer, and conductor, who served as Musicologist and Program Annotator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1998. He is an editor of the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan and is currently writing a book on the music of Victor Herbert.

MICHAEL MILLER is the chair of the Ohio Light Opera Board of Directors and the president of Operetta Foundation, which has produced staged versions of long-forgotten shows and released more than 30 CDs and DVDs of rare operetta and early musical comedy. RICHARD NORTON is the co-author of American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle and the author of the threevolume A Chronology of American Musical Theatre, which reproduces complete playbill information for every musical that has played Broadway since 1866. He has contributed to numerous musical theater publications, including a German monograph devoted to White Horse Inn, and is currently authoring a book on Frederick Loewe. REGINA B. OOST is Cobb Alumnae Professor of English at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she teaches British literature, world literature, women’s literature, and Victorian and Edwardian drama. She has published articles and books on Mary Shelley, James Hogg, Gothic fiction, and Charles Dickens, and most recently the acclaimed Gilbert and Sullivan: Class and the Savoy Tradition, 1875–1896. She is currently writing a book that focuses on American productions of the Savoy operas from 1879 to 1893.

LIVE CONCERTS: AUGUST 1—OPERETTA: SAUCY, SULTRY, AND SENTIMENTAL: A MUSICAL AND THEATRICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANZ LEHÁR Hungarian-born Franz Lehár, never losing sight of his initial ambitions to write opera, infused his 40 operettas with a sensuous, Pucciniesque quality. This staged vocal tribute features waltzes, marches, fox-trots, and tangos from fourteen of his shows, as well as a number of his most popular non-show songs. You most certainly will recognize tunes from The Merry Widow, Giuditta, and Eva, but be equally dazzled in discovering gems from the composer’s unknown masterpieces like Die blaue Mazur (The Blue Mazurka), Die Juxheirat (The Mock Marriage), Wo die Lerche singt (Where the Lark Sings), and Frühling (Spring). AUGUST 2—SONGS FROM THE CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR The path from conception to opening night of an operetta or musical was typically a long one, with songs reworked, reassigned, deleted, or added to fit the evolving demands of the show and its stars. This concert, presented by members of the OLO cast, will feature discussion and performance of songs that were originally cut from the shows of this season’s repertoire or added to later productions. By popular demand, this concert has been expanded to two hours. AUGUST 3—GILBERT WITHOUT SULLIVAN Although the pairing of Gilbert and Sullivan in 1871, and for a quarter-century beyond, remains unmatched in the annals of operetta, each worked with others before, during, and after their collaboration. OLO presents a semi-staged concert version of one of the most enchanting of these excursions: Gilbert’s 1869 one-act “musical legend” Ages Ago, with music by Frederic Clay. The musical score is absolutely delightful, with 14 Box Office: 330.263.2345

more than a hint or two of Gilbert with Sullivan. One need only note that the storyline deals with ancestral paintings coming to life to realize the influence that this highly successful stage work had on the future of British operetta. AUGUST 4—ONCE UPON A TIME … AT OLO: EXPLORING THE STORYBOOK WORLD OF OPERETTA OLO’s production this summer of Victor Herbert’s Cinderella musical The Lady of the Slipper is one of the company’s few musical forays into the world of fairy tales. Yet from Aesop’s The Ant and the Grasshopper to Perrault’s Bluebeard to Johann Strauss’ first operetta, based on Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves, to numerous operettas and musicals based on the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen, fairy tales have provided the inspiration for hundreds of lyrical stage works. Join with us as OLO cast members take you on a magical journey through operettas and musical comedies that trace their origins to classic fairy tales and fables from the days of yore. AUGUST 4—ALL IN GOOD FUN: OPERETTA’S IRREVERENT TAKE ON SOCIETY AT LARGE From their very beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, operetta and musical theater have thrived on satire and parody: of political institutions (e.g., Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing), of social movements (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience), of mythological figures (Offenbach’s La belle Hélène), and of grand opera (Oscar Straus’ The Merry Nibelungs). In this concert, OLO performers will lead us through a survey of songs from some of the most clever, hilarious, biting, and engaging show parodies— some familiar and some not.





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Concert: Once Upon a Time—The Storybook World of Operetta

Morning Coffee: 9:00 a.m. Morning Session I: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Break Morning Session II: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

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TICKET INFORMATION & PRICES Season Subscriptions: Subscribe for the Season! Choose four, five, six, or seven performances at a discount from individual ticket prices.

Unused Tickets: Ticket holders unable to use or exchange their tickets may notify the ticket office so that those tickets can be resold. These “turnbacks” make seats available to other music lovers and can provide additional income to the Opera.

Individual Ticket Pricing (Musicals/Operettas) Single Tickets..........................................................$53/$49 Students (ages: 16-23).................................................. $20 Children (ages: 3-15)....................................................... $10

Lost Tickets: If you lose your original tickets, duplicates can be made for you.

Subscription Rates (Musicals/Operettas—Price Per Ticket) 7 Different Performances.................................. $46/$42 6 Different Performances.................................. $48/$44 5 Different Performances...................................$49/$45 4 Different Performances.................................... $51/$47

Student Tickets: Patrons may purchase tickets for children and students. Babes in arms will not be admitted to performances. Air Conditioning: Freedlander Theatre is air conditioned. Some Ohio Light Opera patrons might like to bring a sweater or jacket to wear during the performance.

Ordering Tickets: The Ohio Light Opera accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. You may call 330-2632345, order tickets online at, or mail your order to the box office at:

Decorum Reminder: Freedlander Theatre is an intimate space. Please keep in mind that talking during the overture and/or throughout the performance is distracting to fellow audience members as well as to the performing company. Also, please refrain from opening noisy candy or gum wrappers during the show. Please turn off all noise-emitting devices before entering the theater. Photography and recordings of any kind are prohibited.

The Ohio Light Opera The College of Wooster 1189 Beall Avenue Wooster, OH 44691 If you have requested your tickets to be mailed, you will receive them at least one month prior to the performance. No refunds. No cancellations.

Late Seating: All performances begin promptly at 2 p.m. for matinees and 7:30 p.m. for evening shows. In deference to the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience in the house, late-arriving patrons will not be seated while the performance is in progress. Latecomers are asked to wait quietly until the first convenient break in the program, when ushers will assist you into the theatre. These arrangements are at the discretion of the house manager in consultation with the artistic director and performing artists. Thank you for your cooperation.

Box Office Location & Hours: (Please note the locations of our winter & summer offices) January 11-May 19, 2017: The Ohio Light Opera The College of Wooster Westminster Church House 353 East Pine Street (Corner of College Ave and E. Pine St.) Wooster, OH 44691

Pre-Performance Talks Friday and Saturday Evenings at 6:30 p.m.: Enhance your enjoyment of the evening’s performance by learning lesser-known facts about the show’s history and tips to recognize the unique special pleasures of each show. We feature lecturers seasoned in the experience and study of operetta. No reservations are necessary. Lectures begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Lean Lecture Room, down the hall from Freedlander Theatre Lobby. Check for signs in the lobby for the location of these informative and free gatherings!

May 22-August 12, 2017: Freedlander Theatre 329 East University Street Wooster, OH 44691 Monday-Friday........................................ 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday*................................................... 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday*................................................................12 noon-3 p.m. *Weekend hours begin June 10, 2017

A Festival Symposium on the Lyric Theater Tradition: Daily Price........................................................................$45 4 Day Price.................................................................... $150 See pages 14 and 15 for details and schedule

24-Hour Order Online: Visit our secure website,, to view available seats, order, and pay for your tickets. Subscription rates are available for phone, fax, and mail order only.

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THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA 2017 PERFORMANCE CALENDAR Freedlander Theatre, 329 East University Street, Wooster, OH 44691

★ Indicates an Opening Performance * Indicates a Pre-Performance Talk at 6:30 p.m. prior to Friday & Saturday evening performances. Informative & Free!

OLO 2017 Festival Special Events JUNE 17 Opening Night Gala The audience is invited to celebrate the opening of our 39th Summer Season by attending our Opening Reception in Freedlander lobby following the 7:30 p.m. performance of The Music Man. JULY 4 Pops Concert 7-8 p.m. Downtown Wooster

Harold Hill arrives in an Iowa town intent on forming a boys’ marching band. This show continues to capture the hearts of young and old. See the show that is loaded with memorable tunes such as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Seventy Six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.”

JULY 5 Kids' Day, THE MUSIC MAN 1-2 p.m. Lean Lecture AUGUST 1-4 A Festival Symposium on Room (in Wishart Hall, adjacent to Freedlander Theatre) The Lyric Theater Tradition Individual tickets available for Symposium Concert Series, Learn about this classic American musical and how $25/ticket For more detailed information regarding our events, please log on to or call The Ohio Light Opera box office at 330-263-2345. 22 Box Office: 330.263.2345

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Symposium Tickets—$45/Day $150/4 days $25 individual concert tickets available for the “Concert Tribute to Franz Lehár” on Tuesday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. Boxed Lunches—$12/day $40/4 days Aug. 1 Cocktail Reception & Dinner—$55. Number of Tickets ,

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Kiss Me, Kate

La Vie Parisienne

The Little Dutch Girl

Annie Get Your Gun

The Mikado

Kiss Me, Kate

2016 Season Photos by Matt Dilyard

The Lady of the Slipper

Victor Herbert

Countess Maritza

Emmerich Kálmán

The Student Prince

Sigmund Romberg


George Gershwin

H.M.S. Pinafore

Gilbert & Sullivan

Anything Goes

Cole Porter

The Music Man

Meredith Willson

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The Dancing Years

Have a Heart

The Ohio Light Opera 2017 Brochure  

America's Premier Lyric Theater Festival

The Ohio Light Opera 2017 Brochure  

America's Premier Lyric Theater Festival