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THE PAJAMA GAME (1954) Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross


Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell

rresistible,” “a humdinger,” “bright, brassy, and jubilantly sassy,” “a deliriously daffy delight,” “raucous, rollicking, and fast,” “about the best-natured musical you may ever see.” These are just some of the accolades that greeted the Broadway opening in 1954 of Adler and Ross’ The Pajama Game, which ran more than 1000 performances. Although they followed this up the next year with another blockbuster, Damn Yankees, Ross’ death that same year at age 29 cut short what promised to be a musical theater team to rival Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe. Based on Richard Bissell’s novel 7½ Cents, the engaging story centers on the budding, but tense, romance between pajama factory foreman Sid and union boss Babe, who is trying hard, on behalf of the employees, to wangle a raise out of Sid’s boss. Few shows have produced a more dizzying array of bright, catchy, and spirited tunes: “I’m Not at All in Love,” “Once a Year Day,” “Hey There,” “Steam Heat,” “Small Talk,” “There Once Was a Man,” and the unforgettable “Hernando’s Hideaway.” Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Jacob Allen Cast includes: Sarah Best, Nathan Brian, Alexa Devlin, Hannah Kurth, and Daniel Neer


BABES IN ARMS (1937) Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart


Book by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

ichard Rodgers, never at a loss for melody, and Lorenz Hart, everready with a witty and poignant lyric, outdid even themselves in their 1937 musical hit Babes in Arms, which produced more enduring standards than any musical of the period. The stage show and subsequent Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney film popularized the “kids … let’s put on a show” concept. To avoid being sent off to a work farm for the summer while their vaudevillian parents tour, teenagers, led by Val Lamar and his adoring girlfriend Billie, band together to produce a musical follies featuring former child actress Baby Rose. But prejudice among the ranks raises obstacles to their venture. Song hits include “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “Johnny One-Note,” the rousing title song, and that most haunting and affecting of tunes, “Where or When,” in which Billie, meeting Val for the first time, is struck with a déjà vu sense that they have crossed paths before. Remarkably, the show has never been revived on Broadway—don’t miss this opportunity at OLO! Conductor: Steven Byess Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast includes: Sarah Best, Alexa Devlin, Benjamin Krumreig, Spencer Reese, and Gretchen Windt


FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN (1929) Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter


Book by Herbert Fields

LO audiences over the past several years have had a unique opportunity—in Jubilee, Silk Stockings, Can-Can, Kiss Me, Kate, and Anything Goes—to experience the unmatched delights of a Cole Porter musical. His memorable tunes, sophisticated lyrics, and double entendres have captivated theatergoers since he made his first big splash on Broadway in the late 1920s. And now … OLO brings to life his first hit show, Fifty Million Frenchmen, with one of the composer’s most glorious musical scores. Wealthy American playboy Peter Forbes, while in Paris, bets his friend Billy that, within a month and passing himself off as poor, he can become engaged to a girl, Looloo, who has caught his eye. Complications arise when two other girls foist their attentions on Peter, and Looloo informs him that her socialite parents are set on her marrying a grand duke. The score includes two Porter top-40 standards, “You Do Something to Me” and “You’ve Got That Thing,” in addition to “Find Me a Primitive Man” (not one that belongs to a club, but one that has a club that belongs to him), the ever-amusing “The Tale of the Oyster,” and the exquisite “You Don’t Know Paree.” Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast includes: Ted Christopher, Alexa Devlin, Stephen Faulk, Hannah Kurth, Boyd Mackus, and Yvonne Trobe


CANDIDE (1956) Music by Leonard Bernstein Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler Lyrics by Richard Wilbur Royal National Theatre Version (1999) by John Caird Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Leonard Bernstein


ore than a quarter century after his death, Leonard Bernstein remains a towering figure in shaping our national musical legacy. Composer, conductor, pianist, author, and lecturer—he was a true modern Renaissance man, who brought innovation and pizzazz to all that he touched. In commemorating his 2018 centenary, Ohio Light Opera welcomes him, for the first time, into its repertoire with his 1956 comic operetta Candide, based on the classic 1759 satire of Voltaire. Westphalian philosopher Dr. Pangloss has imparted to Candide, his bride Cunegonde, and her brother Maximilian the belief that all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds. When Candide and Cunegonde announce their intent to be married, her irate father, the Baron, forces Candide into exile. Through harrowing life-changing experiences in Bavaria, Holland, Lisbon, Spain, South America, Africa, and Italy, Candide has come to question the doctor’s ideology—he would rather follow his own credo. In addition to the world-famous overture, the captivating musical score includes “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” “Oh, Happy We,” “Eldorado,” “Make Our Garden Grow,” and the ever-popular coloratura dazzler “Glitter and Be Gay.” Conductor: Steven Byess Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast includes: Ted Christopher, Alexa Devlin, Stephen Faulk, Benjamin Krumreig, Hannah Kurth, Daniel Neer, Sarah Polinski, and Stephen Walley

IOLANTHE (1882) Music by Arthur Sullivan


Libretto by William Gilbert

ery few things British escaped the satirical pen of William Gilbert— their parliamentary system was no exception. In Iolanthe, politicians, laws, males, and class snobbery have no chance in a world in which women, in the guise of fairies, call the shots. The forever youthful fairy Iolanthe married a mortal some years before and bore a son, Strephon. When his beloved, the shepherdess Phyllis, sees him embracing his mother, she misinterprets their relationship and agrees to marry instead a member of the House of Lords. As revenge for this insult, the Fairy Queen uses her powers to put Strephon into Parliament, with the goal of wreaking havoc. Sullivan’s score, ever melodic, is arguably his most ambitious, with harmonies reminiscent at times of Mendelssohn and Wagner. Highlights include the Fairy Queen’s “Oh, Foolish Fay”; the mighty chorus of the Peers, “Loudly Let the Trumpet Bray”; the Lord Chancellor’s “When I Went to the Bar”; and the devilishly difficult nightmare song, “When You’re Lying Awake,” the patter song to end all patter songs. Conductors: J. Lynn Thompson and Wilson Southerland Director: Ted Christopher Cast includes: Nathan Brian, Ted Christopher, Cory Clines, Stephen Faulk, Hilary Koolhoven, Benjamin Krumreig, and Julie Wright Costa

LA PÉRICHOLE (1868) Music by Jacques Offenbach Original French Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy English Translation by Jacob Allen


ith its setting in exotic Peru, a zany but affecting plotline, and a truly scintillating musical score, Offenbach’s La Périchole has stood the test of time as one of the composer’s most beloved works. Responding to changing Parisian tastes, Offenbach veered away from the parody and satire that had characterized his recent works (e.g., La belle Hélène and Bluebeard) and turned to good new-fashioned romantic operetta. When Piquillo, companion of penniless street singer La Périchole, goes off seeking food, she falls prey to the advances of the hot-to-trot viceroy, Don Andrès, who offers her an advantageous court position as lady-in-waiting to his deceased wife. But, according to protocol, her new position requires that she be married, a condition that, under the influence of a little wine, she accepts. When the viceroy’s men bring in a candidate—and it is Piquillo, so drunk that he doesn’t recognize Périchole—the fun begins! Musical highlights include Périchole’s poignant and heartfelt “Letter Song,” her tipsy waltz, and the viceroy’s banishment of Piquillo to the dungeon that is reserved for recalcitrant husbands. Conductor: Wilson Southerland Director: Julie Wright Costa Cast includes: Boyd Mackus, Daniel Neer, and Gretchen Windt


CLOCLO (1924) Music by Franz Lehár Original German Libretto by Béla Jenbach English Translation by Steven A. Daigle


efore embarking on a series of heavier, tear-jerking, lushly romantic operettas written for operatic tenor Richard Tauber, composer Franz Lehár, with his 1924 Cloclo, took one last fling at the carefree, lighthearted operetta style of his pre-war Merry Widow days. Cloclo is an extroverted Parisian revue star who, above all her admirers, loves the extremely poor Maxime. But, for love of the high life, she can’t resist the attentions of the well-off and elderly Severin, mayor of Perpignan. Her “need more money” letter to Severin is intercepted by his wife Melousine, who assumes that the young girl is her husband’s illegitimate daughter, but, as they are childless, is more than happy to take Cloclo into her home. Complications arise when Cloclo’s piano teacher falls hard for her and she winds up in jail for striking an officer. The musical score, orchestrally and vocally rich, is a delight from start to finish. Take Merry Widow (waltzes and marches), add jazz (foxtrots and blues), throw in a tango and a champagne-fueled jail scene à la Fledermaus—and mix! Conductor: Steven Byess Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast includes: Benjamin Dutton, Daniel Neer, Sarah Polinski, and Yvonne Trobe

THE 2018 SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON Dear Friends of Ohio Light Opera,

Laura Neill

Executive Director

Steven A. Daigle Artistic Director

Julie Wright Costa

Associate Artistic Director

Thank You! It is you, our dedicated patrons, who have allowed us to celebrate, during the 2018 season, our 40th-anniversary festival. As America’s Premier Lyric Theater Festival, The Ohio Light Opera presents outstanding productions: classic operettas and musicals, including shows not staged for many years. Our fantastic 2018 season includes Adler and Ross’ The Pajama Game, Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms, Cole Porter’s Fifty Million Frenchmen, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole, and Franz Lehár’s Cloclo. The works produced during the summer season offer our patrons high-level musical artistry (from both the performers and the orchestra) and visually engaging theatrical values (from sets, costumes, lights and the actors themselves). Most importantly, through an historical musical journey, whimsical dialogue, satirical plots, memorable melodies, rousing choruses, lovable characters, and full orchestrations, our festival season offers a chance for patrons to escape, be entertained, be amused, and discover the intimate environment of Wooster and Freedlander Theatre. Building on the success of and enthusiastic response to the last four years, there will be a Festival Symposium on the Lyric Theater Tradition in the 2018 season. It is scheduled for July 31 through August 3 and will feature lectures and special concerts that pay tribute to OLO’s mission— looking back at 40 years and pointing forward to 40 more! Thank you for your loyal support for The Ohio Light Opera. Your generosity, with continuing “in-kind” support from The College of Wooster, makes each season possible, and we look forward to entertaining you again next summer. 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 eighteenth 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 well-attended annual event. All production photography in this brochure by Matt Dilyard.



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or thirty-nine 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, July 31 - Friday, August 3 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 73 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. STEFAN FREY has written definitive biographies of the three giants of the Silver Age of Viennese Operetta: Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, and Leo Fall, as well as an illustrated history of Munich’s Gärtnerplatz Theater. He teaches at universities in Munich and Vienna, is a constant contributor to the press and to radio programs on operetta, has created liner notes for many CD releases, and been involved in operetta productions throughout Germany.


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 three-volume 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. LAURENCE SENELICK is Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include Jacques Offenbach and the Making of Modern Culture; Soviet Theatre: A Documentary History; and The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre. He has directed productions for the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Castle Hill Concerts, and other organizations. DOMINIC SYMONDS is Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Lincoln, UK. He is the author of We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers and Hart (2015) and Broadway Rhythm: Imaging the City in Song (2017). He is also the co-editor of the scholarly journal, Studies in Musical Theatre. Dominic writes and directs professionally: highlights include directing the Moldovan state premiere of The Magic Flute (2006) and writing and directing his own Sweet FA (2009)





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JULY 31—VICTOR HERBERT’S SEVEN LITTLE WIDOWS In the musical theater world, it was huge news: the unearthing in 1935, from a New York warehouse, of the musical scores for three unproduced Victor Herbert musicals. One of these, Seven Little Widows, with libretto by Rida Johnson Young—who had already teamed with Herbert for Naughty Marietta and would later join with Sigmund Romberg for Maytime—had been scheduled for production in the 1912-13 Broadway season, but was eventually abandoned. The storyline centers around a young man who, in order to inherit $3,000,000 from his Mormon uncle, must marry his benefactor’s multiple wives. Don’t miss this world premiere—with orchestral accompaniment!






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AUGUST 1—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 two-hour concert, presented by members of the OLO cast, will feature discussion and performance of songs that were originally cut from or added to shows of this season’s repertoire. In celebration of OLO’s 40th anniversary, the concert will also include cut/added songs from many of the 136 shows from past seasons. AUGUST 2—JACQUES OFFENBACH’S THE THREE KISSES OF THE DEVIL Targeting head-on its mission to produce rare works, and in contrast to the comic goings-on this season in Offenbach’s La Périchole, OLO presents the composer’s 1857 Les trois baisers du diable, a serious musical foray into the fantastic and supernatural, accompanied by a superb Offenbach score. The work—in spirt a descendent of Weber’s Der Freischütz and ancestor of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann—deals with a woodcutter Jacques, his wife Jeanne, a bagpiper neighbor, and the devil incarnate Gaspard, who, to free himself from Satan’s grip, must get Jeanne to declare her love for him three times.

AUGUST 3—OHIO LIGHT OPERA: THE NEXT FORTY YEARS If you ever entertained the thought that, in producing 141 works over 40 seasons, the Ohio Light Opera has just about exhausted the repertoire … think again! There are countless works that the company is champing at the bit to do … this two-hour concert provides an opportunity to hear songs from musicals and operettas that might very well appear in future seasons at OLO. From Vincent Youmans to Jerry Herman to Kander and Ebb to Stephen Sondheim, or from Maurice Yvain to Robert Stolz to Pablo Sorozábal to Viktor Jacobi, this concert will, we hope, convince you that, at OLO, treasures yet await you.

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Jonathan Heller

Mailee Herzog

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Individual Ticket Pricing (Musicals/Operettas) Single Tickets......................................................... $54/$50 Students (ages: 16-23).................................................. $20 Children (ages: 3-15)....................................................... $10

Subscription Rates (Musicals/Operettas—Price Per Ticket) 7 Different Performances................................... $47/$43 6 Different Performances...................................$49/$45 5 Different Performances.................................. $50/$46 4 Different Performances...................................$52/$48 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: 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. Box Office Location & Hours: (Please note the locations of our winter & summer offices) January 10-May 18, 2018: 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 May 21-August 11, 2018: 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 9, 2018 24-Hour Order Online: Visit our secure website,, to view available seats, order, and pay for your tickets. Group Discounts: Last year, more than 2,000 people saw Ohio Light Opera performances with our group discount plan. (Musicals/Operettas) 20-46 people........................................$51/$47 per ticket 47-100 people....................... $50.50/$46.50 per ticket over 100 people................................. $50/$46 per ticket Put together a group of people and come to Wooster for an afternoon or evening of operetta—a joy for all at wonderful savings! Call the Box Office at 330-263-2345 or 330-263-2329 to order tickets for your group. Our group sales coordinator will be glad to assist you with your plans. Ticket Exchanges: You have the privilege of exchanging tickets, subject to availability, within the 2018 season.

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. Lost Tickets: If you lose your original tickets, duplicates can be made for you. 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. 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. 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. 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! A Festival Symposium on the Lyric Theater Tradition: Daily Price........................................................................ $55 4 Day Price.....................................................................$175 See pages 14 and 15 for details and schedule

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Candide July 15

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August 2 50 Million Frenchmen

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50 Million Babes in La Périchole Frenchmen* Arms


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Babes in Arms*

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50 Million Frenchmen

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La Périchole*

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Freedlander Theatre, 329 East University Street, Wooster, OH 44691

OLO 2018 Festival Special Events June 16 Opening Night Gala. The audience is invited to celebrate the opening of our 40th Summer Season by attending our Opening Reception in Freedlander lobby following the 7:30pm performance of The Pajama Game.

July 12 Kids' Day, IOLANTHE 1-2pm Lean Lecture Room (in Wishart Hall, adjacent to Freedlander Theatre). Crafts, songs and fairy magic will be aplenty as children will learn a lesson in Gilbert & Sullivan from the cast of fairies and peers in Iolanthe!

JULY 4 Pops Concert 7-8 p.m. Downtown Wooster

July 31-August 3 A Festival Symposium on The Lyric Theater Tradition Individual day, full week and concert tickets available, see page 23 for more information.

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