Die Fledermaus

Operetta

Writers: Karl Haffner Richard Genée Johann Strauss II

Overview

Show Information

Category
Operetta
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1874
Genres
Comedy, Farce
Settings
Multiple Settings, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
new year’s eve, 1899, vienna, austria
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
Musical Staging
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

On New Year’s Eve, Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police officer, however decides to evade jail for one night so that he can go to Prince Orlofsky’s lavish party. Eisenstein wants to go with his friend Falke, so he tells his wife, Rosalinde, that he is heading off to jail. Meanwhile, Rosalinde knows that Eisenstein is lying, and follows him, in disguise as a Hungarian countess to the ball. Adele, their maid, also feigns an excuse to be released from work that night so that she can also go to the ball, disguised as a Russian actress named, Olga. After many mistaken identities, Eisenstein attempts to seduce his own wife without knowing. Much frivolity, and many festivities behind them, the great farce ends up with a happy ending for all.

Lead Characters