Springtime romance blossoms at the Alpenrose Dairyville Opera House in March.
With a production teeming with the emotions of romance and nostalgia, Light Opera of Portland (LOoP) departs from its usual performances of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to present The Student Prince at the Alpenrose Dairyville Opera House between March 16 and 25, 2018.
“LOoP is all about light opera, and true to that we have chosen to present The Student Prince, the longest running musical theatre production of the 1920’s and 30’s on Broadway,” said Dennis Britten, LOoP Artistic Director. “This show, whose central conflict is the struggle between personal happiness and duty, is unapologetically romantic and filled with glorious romantic melodies.” With book and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly and music composed masterfully by Sigmund Romberg, The Student Prince is firmly planted in the school of Viennese Light Opera. Romberg was born in Hungary, educated in Vienna, and immigrated to New York in 1909.
In The Student Prince, Karl Franz, prince of the fictitious German kingdom of Karlsberg, grew up sheltered and tutored to fulfill his planned role as monarch. Since childhood, he has been engaged to his cousin, Princess Margaret. His grandfather, the king, sends him as a regular student to the venerable University of Heidelberg to improve his social skills. Prince Karl, incognito, and his entourage take up quarters at a local inn, carousing with new friends, Detlef, Lucas, and von Asterberg. The prince fully enjoys the new-found freedom of student life. He also falls in love with the lovely Kathie, the innkeeper’s niece.
The clash of freedom and duty stirred by the emotions of love and longing is heightened by Romberg’s memorable ballads, dance pieces and marches. Several songs from The Student Prince are perennial favorites: “Serenade,” “Golden Days,” “Drinking Song,” and “Deep in My Heart, Dear.” Once heard one can understand easily why all of America once hummed these tunes. The Student Prince is an invitation to dream of bygone times and feel a springtime romance blossom.
Performances are at 7:30PM on March 16, 23 and 24, at 6:30PM on March 18, and at 2:00 PM on March 17 and 25. Tickets are available at https://loopprince.brownpapertickets.com. As has been their custom, the LOoP players will be serving ice cream sundaes to attendees following each performance.
THE STUDENT PRINCE is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022. See http://www.lightoperaofportland.org/the-student-prince for more information on this production.
About LOoP: Now in its sixth year, the Light Opera of Portland is one of the very few resident musical repertory companies in Oregon. As much an extended family as a group of players, the troupe brings together talented cast and crew members to perform live light opera and musical theatre productions, specializing in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. Outside of creating a fantasy world on stage, a few LOoP players have real world jobs that are a bit less fanciful, including an insurance agent, a public health manager, an accountant, a policeman, and a forest cartographer. More information is available at www.lightoperaofportland.org.