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Sweethearts

Description

Victor Herbert's operetta, SWEETHEARTS, takes place in the fictitious kingdom of Zilinia. Mikel Mikeloviz, disguised as a monk, transports Princess Jeanne, the infant daughter of King René, to Bruges to wait in safety during the war. Dame Paula runs the Laundry of the White Geese and is known as Mother Goose. Mikel gives the princess to Paula in secret to raise as her own daughter under the name of Sylvia. Paula later has six daughters of her own who help her run the laundry. Their father has been at war for ten years. 22 years later, the people are demanding the restoration of a monarchy. Mikel is conspiring to restore Princess Jeanne to the throne, which is about to be offered to Prince Franz, the heir presumptive. Franz, while travelling in disguise, has fallen in love with Sylvia. But Sylvia, who does not know that she is really a princess, is bethrothed to Lieutenant Karl, a military lothario. A sleazy politician, disguised as Paula's battle-scarred husband, tries to ensnare one of the two apparently adopted daughters as the bride for Prince Franz, but he does not know whether the real adopted daughter is the scheming Liane or the sweet Sylvia. Mikel's plans are hindered by the schemes of three villains. Mikel also mistakes Liane, a milliner who has sought temporary employment in the Laundry of the White Geese, for the lost princess. After all the complications are combed out, Franz and Sylvia marry, vowing to rule together.

Synopsis

Mikel Mikeloviz, disguised as a monk, transports Princess Jeanne, the infant daughter of King René of the little kingdom of Zilinia, to Bruges to wait in safety during the war. Dame Paula runs the Laundry of the White Geese and is known as Mother Goose. Mikel gives the princess to Paula in secret to raise as her own daughter under the name of Sylvia. Paula later has six daughters of her own who help her run the laundry. Their father has been at war for ten years.

22 years later, the people are demanding the restoration of a monarchy. Mikel is conspiring to restore Princess Jeanne to the throne, which is about to be offered to Prince Franz, the heir presumptive. Franz, while traveling in disguise, has fallen in love with Sylvia. But Sylvia, who does not know that she is really a princess, is betrothed to Lieutenant Karl, a military Lothario. A sleazy politician, disguised as Paula’s battle-scarred husband, tries to ensnare one of the two apparently adopted daughters as the bride for Prince Franz, but he does not know whether the real adopted daughter is the scheming Liane or the sweet Sylvia. Mikel’s plans are hindered by the schemes of three villains. Mikel also mistakes Liane, a milliner who has sought temporary employment in the Laundry of the White Geese, for the lost princess. After all the complications are combed out, Franz and Sylvia marry, vowing to rule together.

Credits

SWEETHEARTS
An Operetta in Two Acts
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Robert B. Smith
Book by Harry B. Smith & Fred De Gresac

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The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

SWEETHEARTS
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Orchestration

Instrumentation: 14 Parts

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

2 Flute I & II (Flute II doubles Piccolo)
1 Oboe
2 Clarinet I & II
1 Bassoon

2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone

1 Percussion

(Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material).
(There is no piano in the orchestration).

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
17     Dialogue Parts
25     Chorus Parts (14 Soprano/Alto; 11 Tenor/Bass)
5       Vocal Scores for Principal Characters

Cast List

Sylvia as an infant, she is found in a Tulip Garden one morning by
Dame Paula who conducts the laundry of “The White Geese” and who is known as
“Mother Goose”. Sylvia is brought up as the daughter of Paula, although
the latter has six daughters of her own
Lizette )
Clairette )
Babette )
Jeanette ) known as The White Geese
Toinette )
Nanette )
Mikel Mikelovitz who, to the laundry comes disguised as a monk, left Sylvia when an
infant In Dame Paula’s care. Knowing that Sylvia is the Crown Princess of
the little kingdom of Zilania, Mikel is conspiring to restore her to the
throne, which is about to be offered to
Franz the Heir Presumptive, who, traveling incognito, has fallen in love with
Sylvia and who finds a rival in
Lietuenant Karl a military Lothario, betrothed to Sylvia. Mikel’s plans are endangered by
the schemes of
Hon. Percy Algernon Slingsby
Petrus Van Tromp
Aristide Caniche who wish to purchase, for their own purposes, Prince Franz’s estates in
Zilania.
Liane a milliner, has sought temporary employment in Laundry of “The White
Geese” and is mistaken by Mikel and Slingsby for the lost Princess.
Captain Lourent
First and Second Footman

Ladies of the Court, Laundry Girls, Peasants, Soldiers, etc., etc.

Brief History

SWEETHEARTS opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, September 8, 1913, then moved to the Liberty Theatre, and played for a total of 136 performances starring Christie MacDonald and Thomas Conkey.