The Ohio Light Opera
Professional Theatre

Music by Johann Strauss II
Libretto by Richard Genee and Carl Haffner
Translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin

Show Description:
No stage work so magically evokes the elegance and effervescence of life in Vienna as does Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Its 1874 premiere ushered in the Golden Age of Viennese Operetta - within a few years, Vienna had supplanted Paris as the operetta capital of the world. Based on German and French farces, the story unfolds as a plot by Dr. Falke to avenge his earlier embarrassment on being dumped in a park, drunk and wearing a bat costume, by the well-to-do Gabriel Eisenstein following a masked ball. Falke invites Eisenstein, his wife Rosalinda, and their chambermaid Adele to a party thrown by the perpetually bored Prince Orlofsky. None of the three knows of the other invitations and, as part of Falke's scheme, each arrives at the party in disguise. Add to the mix an operatic tenor and former suitor of Rosalinda, a determined prison warden, an incompetent lawyer, and a drunken jailer ... and you have the ingredients for operetta at its best. The amusing interplay of the characters is supported by a dizzying array of Strauss tunes: a drinking song by Rosalinda's suitor Alfred, a tribute to champagne, Rosalinda's famous csardas, coloratura flights by Adele, and, of course, the expected array of Strauss waltzes, polkas, and marches.

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June 26 - August 7


Thursday, June 26 at 2pm
Saturday, June 28 at 2pm
Wednesday, July 2 at 2pm
Tuesday, July 8 at 2pm
Thursday, July 17 at 2pm
Thursday, July 24 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 30 at 2pm
Thursday, August 7 at 7:30pm

$10-$52 Reserved Seating

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Freedlander Theatre
1189 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691

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