The Firefly

The Firefly was the first operetta written by composer Rudolf Friml, with a libretto by Otto Harbach. The story concerns a young Italian girl who is a street singer in New York. She disguises herself and serves as a cabin boy on a ship to Bermuda, where she falls in love. Complications arise, and eventually, she becomes a grand opera diva.


  • Captain: Richard Hotaling
  • Sybil Van Dare: Ruth Wright
  • Suzette: Florence Jones
  • Pietro: William Wernecke
  • Jenkins: Kenneth Hallenbeck
  • Geraldine Van Dare: Gwendolyn Owens
  • Jack Travers: Donald E. Uren
  • John Thurston: M.R. Marston
  • Herr Franz: Frank Sharp
  • Nina: Jean Page
  • Mrs. Godfrey Van Dare: Naomi Grams
  • Corelli: Richard Hotaling
  • Antonio: Lois Sellman
  • Special Dance: Shirly Yaeger, Fred Herbert

Production Team

  • Director: Edgar L. Moulton
  • Choreographer: Fred Herbert

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June 28-29, 1946