The Student Prince


In The Student Prince, Karl Franz, prince of the kingdom of Karlsberg, has grown up sheltered and under tutors. Since childhood, he has been engaged to Princess Margaret. His grandfather, the king, sends him to improve his social skills as a regular student at the venerable University of Heidelberg. Karl and his entourage take up quarters at a local inn, and helped by new friends, Detlef, Lucas, and Von Asterberg, the prince soon starts enjoying student life. He also falls in love with Kathie, the innkeeper’s niece, and the couple considers eloping. But when Prince Karl learns that his grandfather is dying, he realizes that he must return to Karlsberg to become the new king, and to honor the arranged marriage which neither he nor the princess wants.

*Music samples provided courtesy of Jay Records and Warner Bros Music.

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  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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  • Book and Lyrics by Dorothy V Donnelly
    Music by Sigmund Romberg

  • Full Orchestration:

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

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

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

    1 Harp
    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Wood Block

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)
    Note: Stage Piano music for “Farmer Jacob” number is played from the Piano-Conductor’s Score.

    Optional additional materials are available (see list under Rehearsal Materials).

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    20     Dialogue Parts
    37     Chorus-Vocal Parts

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Full Score (Partitur) in 4 volumes is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration. [SAMPLE]

  • (In order of Appearance)

    Four Lackeys Male Quartet
    Prime Minister Von Mark Distinguished man of 60
    Doctor Engel (Baritone) Middle-aged tutor of Karl Franz
    Prince Karl Franz (Tenor) Heir to the throne – a handsome boy of 21
    Gretchen (Soprano) Comedienne, Maid at the Inn of the Three Golden Apples
    Ruder (Baritone) Keeper of the Inn – Uncle of Kathie
    Toni Waiter at the Inn
    Lutz The comic. The Prince’s valet
    Hubert A footman
    Count Hugo Detlef (Tenor) Student, leader of Saxon Corps
    Von Asterberg (Tenor) Student, member of Saxon Corps
    Lucas (Bass) Student, leader of Rheinisher Corps
    Kathie (Soprano) A very cute maid at the Inn, niece of Ruder
    Grand Duchess Anastasia Domineering mother of Princess Margaret
    Princess Margaret (Soprano) Beautiful fiancée of Karl Franz
    Captain Tarnitz (Tenor) Officer attending Princess Margaret
    Baron Arnheim Gentleman of the Court
    Countess Leyden Lady of the Court
    Two Guards
    Captain of the Guard
    Nicholas Servant at the Inn
    Rudolph Winter Keeper of a livery stable in Vienna. Cousin of Kathie

    Lackeys, Waiters and Waitresses at the Inn, Ladies and Gentlemen of the
    Court, Students of the Corps, Ladies-in-waiting to the Princess and Flower Girls

  • Opening on Broadway in 1924, THE STUDENT PRINCE became the longest-running show of that decade, playing for 608 performances at Jolson’s 59th Street Theatre starring Howard Marsh and Roberta Beatty. It was revived on Broadway both in 1931 and in1943, and at the New York City Opera in 1988.

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