I sort of stalled out while archiving my father’s music because he started rolling his eyes and ran out of stories. There’s a phase where much of his music was for music festivals and his response for the last piece of that variety was, “What do you want me to say about this piece?” So…I’ve taken a different approach and selected the music from one of the musicals he performed in, Chonita: A Gypsy Romance (An Operetta with Music Based Upon Themes of Franz Liszt)
Dad played the part of Stefan. I know, based on operetta notes that Dad would have sung Star of Love while stepping toward Chonita. I have found a summary of the operetta posted by Tammy Howl on the occasion of a May Day celebration.
My father gave introductions for the night or the thank yous at the end because I find his notes at the back of the music.
I’ve archived his notes throughout the operetta.
As I researched the piece, I’d have to say that it was performed everywhere between 1935 and 1947, as a High School Operetta. There are many cast lists for the play published in local newspapers and on E-Yearbooks across the internet. I only wish I could find a piece on Youtube, but no such luck.
Maybe my father will be able to share some personal narratives about this one.