Who am I? Tila (derived from Matlida, pronounced Tiylah). She's a young girl, 16ish, who is best friends with Sieglinde. The English say it means "Good" while the Germanic meaning is " Powerful Batter." Some sites attribute it to Polish or Danish origin. In Finnish, Tila translates to "Space." Guessing by her dancing in the beginning of act one, I'd say she's slightly enamored of Hans, the Goat Boy.
A simpler time: The show takes place in 1932 Germany: This great article interviewed a couple who were born in Germany in 1925.
The mom-and-pop stores survived because they would give you credit," he said. "They had a notebook and would keep track of who owed what. A loaf of bread cost 10 cents, and small pies sold for a quarter. A quart of ice cream cost 35 cents.
"No one stole from anyone. Grocery stores didn't lock their doors."
Gene recalled that "if someone was sick, no matter how poor you were, you would send something over to them."From the director about the region: Located in a romantic, mysterious and unique region, the lake is surrounded by an imposing mountain landscape. Walking through mountain passes below high rocky summits, we discover beautiful valleys, waterfalls, gorges and rivers.
Here's a clip from the beginning of the movie, although slightly different from the script.
Ticket info here.
Photos from: Bavarian Country Singers, Tias, Everything about Germany, Get Balance, Digiscraping, Playstation, BJD