Dolly Dingle Light Opera

Dolly Dingle Light Opera "Erminie" Printable Paper Dolls

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Dolly Dingle Takes Up Light Opera “Erminie”

 Dolly Dingle and friends perform the greatest of all comic operas!

Grace Drayton’s cartoon characters brought joy to many children and their families in the 20th century and now, almost a hundred years later, her drawings are still popular today. Grace and her sisters grew up in Philadelphia. She was a prolific and accomplished artist, belonging to the most prestigious artist circles. She was actively drawing from 1904 until her death in 1936. She is most famous for designing the Campbell’s Kids and Dolly Dingle, although she painted in oils and was a student of Robert Henri.

Erminie is a comic light opera based on mistaken identities. Dolly Dingle plays Erminie who is betrothed to a nobleman. Unfortunately, Erminie is in love with her father’s secretary, Eugene, a match her father would never accept. The nobleman, Ernest, Vicomte de Brissac is not happy either, as he is in love with Eugene’s sister, Cerise Marcel, rather than Erminie. Through a series of amazing events occasioned by the thief, Cadeaux, Erminie and Eugene become a couple while Ernest and Cerise also are able to marry. A good, happy time is had by all players along with that of the audience.

The action in Erminie occurs in two acts composed by Edward Jakobowski. In the 17thc., light-hearted musical plays began to replace heavy, somber operas.

Included in this 4 page PDF of four color paper dolls are:

  • Dolly Dingle Doll as the young Erminie, with corkscrew curls and a blue headband, wearing a white slip with a roses and blue ribbon trim, white stockings and black strapped Mary Jane shoes
  • Dolly’s Erminie costume of an 18thc. gold bodice with blue trim and white lace over a drapery parted opening of the skirt to reveal an underskirt.
  • Dolly’s Erminie Bonnet, yellow straw with a pink rose and blue ribbon ruching
  • Dolly’s pink rose nosegay bouquet with lace and blue ribbon
  • Eugene Doll in a white shirt, green knee britches, white socks and silver buckle shoes.
  • Cadeaux, a thief, cutout with his dandy 18thc. finery of a purple waistcoat with gold trim brocade vest and red knee britches with white socks and silver buckled shoes.

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