Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines

Captain Jinks Of The Horse Marines

Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines

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Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines is an opera in three acts by Jack Beeson written in 1975 to a libretto by Sheldon Harnick after the play by Clyde Fitch.

The world premiere was 9/20/1975 at the Kansas City Lyric Theater, Kansas City , Missouri directed and choreographed by Jack Eddleman and conducted by Russell Patterson. It was produced by the Kansas City Lyric Opera Company. A recording of the original cast is available as a 2CD set from Albany Records TROY1149-50.


  • Colonel Mapleson (Basso Cantante)
  • Reporter from THE TIMES (Irish Tenor)
  • Reporter from THE TRIBUNE (Tenor)
  • Reporter from THE SUN (Baritone)
  • Reporter from THE HERALD (Baritone)
  • Reporter from THE CLIPPER (Bass)
  • Sam Van Bleecker (Bass Baritone)
  • Charlles LaMartine (Baritone)
  • Jonathan Jinks (Tenor)
  • Mrs Greenborough (Mrs. Gee) (Contralto and pianist, if possible)
  • Aurelia Trentoni (Lyric coloratura Soprano)
  • “Papa” Belliarti (Lyric Baritone and violinist if possible)
  • Mary ("Annina") (Soprano)
  • Mrs Stonington (Dramatic Soprano)
  • Miss Merriam (deaf mute)
  • Policeman (Buffo Bass)
  • Customs official (Buffo Bass)
  • Mrs Jinks (Jonathan's mother) (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Stage Doorman (role doubled by customs official) (Buffo Bass)
  • Stagehand/scene-painter (role doubled by policeman) (Buffo Bass)
  • Bandmaster, bandsmen (from the orchestra)
  • 3 or 4 dancing couples
  • Stagehands, sailors, stevedores
  • 3 dogs


Jonathan Jinks and his friends Salty Sam and Charlie go to welcome opera star Aurelia Trentoni. Charlie,...
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