Sunday, April 23, 2017
“Fi-Fi of the Toy Shop” at the Sandusky Theatre
On April 21 and April 22, 1915, the play “Fi-Fi of the Toy Shop” was performed at the Sandusky Theatre in downtown Sandusky, then at the southwest corner of Jackson and Water Streets.
The cast was made up of all local residents, primarily young women and girls. (Unfortunately, some of the characterizations reflected prejudices that were acceptable at the time.) The production was directed by H.S. Munsey. The theme of the play involved the daughter of a toy maker who is cast into a magic sleep by the sandman. Miss Ada Gundlach played the role of a retired fairy. Miss Catherine Winters played “Bo Peep” and sang several musical numbers. A chorus of over one hundred singers joined in the chorus of the song “The Honey Bee’s Honey Moon.”
An article in the April 23, 1915 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that both performances of “Fi-Fi of the Toy Shop” were quite successful. After expenses were paid, one half of the proceeds were to go to the Sandusky High School choir. The advertisement below appeared in the April 19, 1915 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.