Princess Chrysanthemum: A Japanese Operetta in Three Acts
(1928)

This operetta, written by C. King Proctor and published by G. Schirmer, New York in 1907, was produced by the United Church Sunday School students on 29 February 1928.
We have found no programme nor any information about the cast. If you can identify any of the players, please let us know.


Plot

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The plot, as described in the 28 October 1915 "Press Democrat" for an upcoming performance at Santa Rosa High School (California):

ACT I
A great fete is being held in honor of the coming of age of the Emperor’s daughter, Princess Chrysanthemum. She is loved by Prince So-tru and returns his affection: but he has a rival in the person of Prince So-sli, who seeks the aid of Saucer Eyes, the Wizard Cat, who carries off the Princess to the cave of Inky Night, leaving the Emperor and the Prince So-tru distracted at her strange disappearance.
ACT II
Princess Chrysanthemum, imprisoned in the cave of Inky Night, with the aid of a magic ring summons the fairy Moonbeam, who is about to help her when she drops the ring and cannot find it. Fairy Moonbeam disappears at the loss of the ring and the unhappy Princess is left to bewail her fate. Prince So-tru manages to obtain entrance to the cave and finds the ring, which at once causes Fairy Moonbeam to return and aid him. At this moment, the Emperor arrives with his attendants and takes Saucer Eyes prisoner, bearing him in triumph to his palace.
ACT III
Threatened with torture, Saucer Eyes confesses the complicity of Prince So-sli, who the Emperor orders to instant execution. This is, however, frustrated by the appearance of Princess Chrysanthemum, accompanied by Prince So-tru and Fairy Moonbeam with her band. The Emperor pardons Saucer Eyes and So-sli at the Princess’s request and gives her hand in marriage to Prince So-tru, thus bringing everything to a happy conclusion.

In all three acts, dances, choruses, and solos add to the plot all of the local atmosphere needed to make it sparkle with interest and vibrate with coaxing melodies. “Where did I hear that melody before?” you will ask. “Why, don’t you remember? It was in Princess Chrysanthemum!”


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Cast photo


Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario
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