Casting for the upcoming COC production of Die Fledermaus, to be directed by Christopher Alden, was announced back in February with one notable exception. There has been no word on who will take the speaking role of the drunken gaoler Frosch in Act 3. This part is usually played as a buffoon by a second rate comedian(1) so Toronto mayor Rob Ford would seem an obvious choice. Unfortunately it’s a speaking part so that rules him out. Now, apparently, we can expect a ‘crisis of capitalism’ Fledermaus but I’m not sure that leaves me any the wiser.
So who will play Frosch? Arthur Kaptainis has the necessary second rate comedian qualifications. Don Cherry would be box office. Margaret Atwood loves the opera and would be suitably Aldenesque as a choice. Justin Trudeau needs the publicity. Zhang Huang deserves a second chance and one could get some more mileage out of his donkey. Speculation, the wilder the better, is encouraged.
(1)This makes for real horror in German productions. Second rate German comedians ranking right up there with second rate Irish cooks.