The Catholic University of America

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Musical Theatre Program

- presents -

The Music Theater Research Project’s Production of

Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!

A Musical Comedy in Two Acts
Originally Presented by the
Princeton University
Triangle Club

Music by
D.D. Griffin ‘15
A.L. Booth ‘15
P.B. Dickey ‘17

Book and Lyrics by
F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘17

January 30 & 31, 1998 at 8:00 PM
January 31 & February 1, 1998 at 2:00 PM
Ward Recital Hall

Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!

The Characters

BILL TRACY, alias His Excellency Juan Castille, Prime Minister of Monaco Shannon Steed COLONEL POMPINE, of the Monacan army David Brouwer LIEUT. ARCHIBALD CHOLMONDELEY, on leave David Tapper FERNANDO DEL MONTI, former Prime Minister, now a bandit chief Rolando-Michael Sanz GUISEPPE, his lieutenant David Bauckham DR. BLOSSOM, a smooth quack Joseph Gallager LENTONA, manager of the Hotel Della Palma Michael Kenny A WAITER Peter Sanderson-Kilchenstein CELESTE, a dancer Matthew Vilord MRS. BOVINE, her mother Richard Najuch CLOVER BLOSSOM, the Doctor’s daughter William Dunbar Dicks DULCETTE, Lentona’s niece Charles Hagerty SADY HANKS, alias Fi-Fi Gormilley, manicure lady at the hotel Matthew Luft LADIES AND MEN OF THE CHORUS Frank Delany Peter Sanderson-Kilchenstein Edward Schnecker Keith Tittermary

STAGE DIRECTOR Ellwood Annaheim MUSIC DIRECTOR Maureen Codelka REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE PIANIST Nicolas Catravas CHOREOGRAPHY Alicia Manns COSTUMES AND WIGS Richard Batistelli LIGHTING DESIGN Marcia Newbill STAGE MANAGER Robyn Fallow ASST. STAGE MANAGER Michelle Sullivan SET DESIGN (based on a design by Michael Kay) Matthew Vilord MAKE-UP AND HAIR CREW Tracy Olivera (Lisa Datovech, Amy Ehnstrom, Shevaun Kastl, Katie Schickert, and Danielle Treuberg) COSTUME CREW Katie Hartke (Becky Cormier & Susan Dixon) LIGHTBOARD OPERATOR Monica Glockner SET CREW Ann Marie Schubert (Elizabeth Gouse, Elizabeth Intza, Matthew Vilord, and David Tapper)

The Musical Numbers
Book and Lyrics by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Music by 1Dudley D. Griffin, 2Paul Dickey, 3W.M. Spencer, and 4Alfred L. Booth


Opening Chorus1 
Archie and Chorus

Gentlemen Bandits We2
Del Monti and Bandits

A Slave to Modern Improvements2,3 

In her Eyes1 
Archie and Celeste

What the Manicure Lady Knows3 
Sady and Mrs. Bovine

Goodnight and Goodbye4 
Archie and Celeste

Round and Round2 
Sady, Tracy, Archie, and Celeste

Chatter Song1 
Del Monti, Mrs. Bovine, and Sady

Principals and Chorus


Rose of the Night1 
Archie and Chorus


In the Dark1 
Del Monti, Guiseppe, Dulcette, and Mrs Bovine

Love and Eugenics1 
Clover and Celeste

Del Monti, Guiseppe, Lentona, and Waiter

Monte Carlo Dance1 

Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi2 
Principals and Chorus

Underneath the Monte Carlo Moon2 
Archie and Celeste

Principals and Chorus

SCENE - The Courtyard Café of the Hotel Della Parma, Monte Carlo

TIME - The Present (1914)

Act I: Afternoon

Act II: Evening of the same day

The Musical Theater Research Project is a presentation of the Music Theater Program at The Catholic University of America's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. MTRP was developed to heighten research in the performing arts through public performances of landmark musical comedies and operettas from America's past. Through this project, the Musical Theater Program presents important musical theater pieces that are rarely afforded productions today. Students involved in MTRP are given the opportunity to study the history and performance practices of America's music theater past through the program's strong emphasis on music, research, and style. In 1996 we presented our first production, the 1899 hit musical comedy "Florodora." The following year we presented the 1902 musical comedy "The Prince of Pilsen" by Frank Pixley and Gustav Luders. Future productions under consideration are "The Black Crook," Victor Herbert's "Miss Dolly Dollars," Reginald De Koven's "Robin Hood," and Edward Rice's "Evangeline."

Notes on the Princeton University Triangle Club

The Triangle Club evolved from the Princeton College Dramatic Association, which changed its name to Triangle Club in 1893, ten years after its founding. To provide a home for the Triangle Club--its early performances were staged in University Hall's dining room--Booth Tarkington 1893 initiated a campaign that raised funds for a small building erected in 1895. For more than a quarter of a century the modest structure, which was called the Casino, served as a home for club rehearsals and local performances, as a place for dances, tennis, and bowling, and as an armory for a local company of the National Guard. After the Casino burned down in January 1924, it was rebuilt in 1930 and named the Thomas N. McCarter Theater.

The Triangle Club was often the launching pad for many well-known theatrical personalities. Best known among them were Joshua Logan '31, James Stewart '32, and Jose Ferrer '33. Myron McCormick '31, was a comic hit in Logan's "South Pacific," and Clark Gesner '60, was the author of the popular off-Broadway musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

With the advent of coeducation in 1969, the Triangle Club was able to assign to women the female roles formerly taken by men. In the chorus lines, however, the club on occasion managed to enjoy the best of the old and new worlds by having men portray women.

What Triangle has meant to generations of undergraduates was summed up by Joshua Logan in the foreword to its history, The Long Kickline by Donald Marsden '64, which the club's Board of Trustees brought out in 1968: ". . . The Triangle Club, smiling like a basketful of cats, lives on as though it had nine-times-nine lives. It is the Great Vitrine for youth, the Bulletin Board for young ideas, the proving ground for talent that still is permitted to fumble; it is a place to sing, to do pratfalls, to thumb one's nose at authority, to test the last liberties of adolescence, to taste the true wine of being an American."

Based on notes by George S. Stephenson

The Musical Theater Research Project acknowledges the assistance of The Summer Opera Theater Company, Elaine R. Walter, general manager.

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