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THE FIREFLY

Book by OTTO HARBACH
Music by RUDOLF FRIML
New York run: Lyric Theatre, December 2, 1912

Plot Synopsis

"In the Cinderella tale, cut from a similar bolt of cloth as the one used for Mlle Modiste, Nina Corelli, an Italian street singer in New York, disguises herself as a cabin boy to be near Jack Travers, a guest on a yacht sailing for Bermuda. After hearing her sing, a music teacher offers to give her lessons, and within three years she becomes both a renowned prima donna and Mrs. Jack Travers." (Broadway Musicals: Show to Show, by Stanley Green. Hal Leonard Books. 1985)

Programme Notes

(From the 1950 Orpheus programme of The Firefly)

In the annals of music in America, the name of Rudolf Friml has long stood out as a symbol of robust musical scores. With more than twenty-five hit shows to his credit, Friml has given to this continent memorable productions including Rose Marie, The Three Musketeers, Katinka, The Vagabond King and this production, The Firefly. Born in Prague and trained in Europe, Friml has done most of his composing in the United States. he came to America for the first time in 1903 as accompanist for Kubelik, the violinist. Later he toured America as a concert pianist, introducing many of his own works. His success was such that he remained in America to become one of its greatest composers of light classics.

To those who have seen only the motion picture version of The Firefly a word of explanation is due. For reasons best known to Hollywood, the story and locale were so changed in the picture as to be scarcely recognizable. In our production we have adhered closely to the original play, although we have introduced "The Donkey Serenade" in response to many requests.

Cast of Characters

Nina (a street singer)

 

Jack Travers (Geraldine's sweetheart)

 

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture

 

The Donkey Serenade

Jack

A Trip to Bermuda

Ensemble

He Says Yes - She Says No

Geraldine, Jack & Chorus

Call Me Uncle

Thurston, Sybil & Chorus

Love is Like a Firefly

Nina

Something

Jenkins & Suzette

Giannina Mia

Nina

Finale

Ensemble

Songs from the Show - Act Two

In Sapphire Seas

Sybil & Chorus

Tommy Atkins on Parade

Nina & Chorus

Sympathy

Geraldine & Thurston

De Trop

Jenkins, Suzette & Pietro

We're Going to Make a Man of You

Nina, Jack, Jenkins, Thurston & Franz

A Woman's Smile

Jack

When a Maid Comes Knocking at Your Heart

Nina

Finale

Ensemble

Songs from the Show - Act Three

Rhumba and Waltz

Thurston & Chorus

An American Beauty Rose

Thurston & Chorus

The Latest Thing From Paris

Pietro & Suzette

The Dawn of Love

Nina

Finale

Ensemble

1949-1950 Production

Presented April 11-15, 1950 at the Ottawa Technical High School, Ottawa, Ontario

Production Team

Producer

Joseph E. Webb

Musical Director

H. Bramwell Bailey

Dances arranged by

Jack Neil

Setting designed by

Verne Ridgeway

Accompanist

Winifred Canty

Costumes by Malabar and Orpheus Workshop

 

Cast

Nina (A Street Singer)

Eileen Mahoney

Jack Travers (Geraldine's Sweetheart)

George Dupuis

Geraldine Van Dare (Mrs. Van Dare's Niece)

Beatrice Perkin

Sybil Van Dare (Mrs. Van Dare's Daughter)

Margaret Leahy

Suzette (Maid to Geraldine)

Alison Thomas

Pietro (Valet to Mr. Thurston)

Reg W. Harvey

John Thurston (Jack's Uncle)

John H. Fish

Mrs. Oglesby Van Dare

Jean Tickner

Jenkins (Her Confidential Secretary)

Joseph E. Webb

Herr Franz (A Choirmaster)

James G. Scott

Antonio Columbo (A Pickpocket)

Freda Lyon

Correlli (Nina's Guardian)

Dermot Sladen

Ship's Captain

George Wetzstein

A Policeman

Rudge Whitworth

A Flower Vendor

Grace Schultz

LADIES OF THE CHORUS

Marguerite Allan, Mary Allen, Melva Anthony, Norma Besserer, Agnes Bourassa, Wendy Brooks, Margaret Coldwell, Rita DeRaspe, Theresa Doyle, Peggie Highley, Kathryn Kay, Bernice McFadyen, Moya Meade, Doris Myles, Lorna Nash, Elsie Parkes, Edna Peters, Adele Roy, Ruby Rutkowski, Aileen Ryan, Juliette Sabourin, Jean Wilson

GENTLEMEN OF THE CHORUS

Desmond Arthur, Grant Glennie, Alan Holmes, Ted Hothersall, Al Hussey, Earl Larocque, James Mackersie, Joe Pelisek, Arthur Pownall, Ken Ristow, Norman Tepley, Ernest Whittle

DANCERS

Marion Deavy, Jean Halley, Marilyn Moor, Ruth Piers, Brenda Plet, Barbara Tepley

Links to Related Sites

Encarta Encyclopaedia: Charles Rudolf Friml