Die Schauspieldirector (composed when Moart was 29) is divided into half with the performance of Bastien and Bastienne (astonishingly composed when Mozart was only 12) inserted into the middle.
The first half of Schauspieldirector is almost entirely dialogue with some singing at the end and I recommend missing this first time around and commencing with Bastien and continue to the end of Schaulsdirector which includes some very good trios.
This is not a serious evening at the opera, so suspend belief, keep an open mind rather as an adult enjoying a pantomime, and this mixture of singers and excellent puppetry is irresistible.
The performance is engaging provincial, and the singers voices are not particularly well captured, but this is a real case of the whole being considerably greater than the parts.
If you can adjust to the mix of puppets and singers this is a winner, I loved every minute.