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The term "Jack-in-the-box"

The term Jack-in-the-box usually refers to a toy consisting of a box containing a figure on a spring which pops up when the lid is opened. The term has been used in various metaphoric and other ways, often to refer to a particular person or as a title of a musical, literary or theatrical work, in this case sometimes spelled Jack in the Box.

Below are some South African examples

Jack in the Box - the musical/operetta

This is a full-length musical play for children by Betty Misheiker (1919-2015)

Also described as an operetta in some sources.

The original text

The performance text of the piece was published in two volumes by DALRO (Dramatic, Artistic, and Literary Rights Organisation), the piece's music and lyrics in 1972 and the libretto in 1973.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa




Betty Misheiker. 1972. Jack in the Box. Music and lyrics. DALRO (Dramatic, Artistic, and Literary Rights Organisation).

Betty Misheiker. 1973. Jack in the Box. Libretto. DALRO (Dramatic, Artistic, and Literary Rights Organisation).

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