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P.O Box 1922
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone (734) 973-3264
Fax (734) 973-6281
Email: constu@comcast.net
www.comicoperaguild.org

Comic Opera Guild Casting

LOUIS HIRSCH'S

MARY

TUESDAY NOV. 13,

3211 PACKARD

ANN ARBOR, MI 7:30-9:30 PM

This production will be a revival of the Broadway hit of 1920. Louis Hirsch was one of the nine founders of ASCAP in 1914 and an ASCAP director between 1917 and 1924. During World War I, he contributed songs to four editions of The Ziegfeld Follies, including “Sweet Kentucky Lady” and “Hello Frisco!”. He wrote music for the 1918 musical “Oh, My Dear!” and collaborated with Otto Harbach as lyricist on the musical “Going Up” (1917). In 1920 he and Harbach wrote the hit show “Mary,” in which “Love Nest,” his most successful song, later became the Burns and Allen radio and television show theme. Hirsch conceived many of the storylines and concepts in his musicals. He was very prolific as a songwriter as well, which was fortunate, as he died at the young age of 36.

HOW TO SIGN UP

Auditions will be in half hour sessions. We prefer people to sign up for a specific time You may contact us to sign up by calling 734-973-3264, or emailing us at comicoperaguild@gmail.com. These contact numbers may be used for for more information, as well.

TIMES AVAILABLE:

SIGN UP for 7, 7:30, 8 or 8:30 pm
Auditions will be in half hour sessions. We prefer people to sign up for the earliest specific half hour. You may use the contact numbers below for more information, as well.

Call: 734-973-3264 or Email: comicoperaguild@gmail.com

Can’t make the audition? Contact us for options.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals: Sunday evenings, 7-9:30 pm, Northside Church

Rehearsals begin: Sun. Jan. 6

Dress rehearsal: Friday Feb. 22, 2019

Performances: Saturday Feb. 23, 8 pm and Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 pm

Venue: Kreft Center, Concordia University

ABOUT THE SHOW

The show will be done in concert style, so complete memorization is not necessary. The script is very good for the period, and the roles do not extend to extreme ranges, as in opera. We will be making the very first complete recording of this show.

The plot is something of a Cinderella story, very popular in the early ‘20s. Mary is working as a secretary to the wealthy Mrs. Keene, whose son Jack is the eligible bachelor for all the debutantes in his social set. He is oblivious to this, as he is only interested in building new, prefab houses for the working class. A divorced social climber, Madeline, has her eyes set on him, and he passively accepts that he may marry her. When Mrs. Keene discovers that her wealth has been lost in a bad investment scheme, Jack decides to go off and make his fortune, which no one expects him to do. The only support he gets is from Mary. Complications ensue, but in the end, things somehow work themselves out for our 1920 Cinderella and her prince.

Comic Opera Guild previously revived and recorded Hirsch’s “The Rainbow Girl” and will now add “Mary” to its list of early American Broadway recordings.

OPEN ROLES

Mary- Personal Secretary to Mrs. Keene

Mrs. Keene – Widow of the founder of Keene College

Madeline — A divorced social climber, engaged to Jack Keene

Jack Keene  —  Son of Mrs. Keene, an inventor

Tom Boyd  —  A wealthy young man, in love with Madeline

Gaston Marceau  —  A Frenchman, involved in Jack’s housing concept

Mr. Goddard  —  Trustee of the Keene estate

Huggins  —  The Keene’s butler

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