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Rudolfoletto


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Item Number: 978-1-937721-26-8
Publisher / Author: Jetty House, an Imprint of Peter E. Randall Publisher
ISBN: Rudo
Rudolfoletto 
A Christmas Operetta for Gifted Raindeer 

by:  Douglas Lanphier Wheeler


The origins of Rudolfoletto began with my love of opera,listening to operas on radio, and with my two daughters, Katherine “Meme” Wheeler and Lucille “Lucy” Wheeler Goodrum. A loyal fan of the radio program Saturday Afternoon at the Met, I listened on my car radio to live opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, while I drove around the New Hampshire seacoast. In between acts, the narrator recounted opera plots. Most of these stories struck me as curiously hilarious, however grave the narrator’s tone or how deeply tragic and complex the plots.
 
During Christmas 1982, when Meme and Lucy were fifteen and twelve, I wrote a story for them that developed into Rudolfoletto.  I hoped that they would like the story, though by then they were no longer small children and the story must have seemed odd. I cannot recall if they dared read it aloud, as I requested, but one Christmas years later at a family party—after my daughters had grown up, married, and had their own children —my four empathetic grandchildren; Emma, Helen, Cecily, and Katherine; read the story aloud. I am delighted that the story inspired the première of the operetta at Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Now, with the publication of this book, I can share this Opera Spoofa tale for the Christmas season with readers young and old.

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