Fall 1984: Patience


Patience satirizes the "aesthetic craze" of the 1870's and '80s, when the output of poets, composers, painters and designers of all kinds was indeed prolific — but, some argued, empty and self-indulgent. This artistic movement was so popular, and also so easy to ridicule as a meaningless fad, that it made Patience a big hit. The topical nature of the story may make Patience somewhat less accessible to some modern audiences, and G&S fans tend to have strong feelings one way or the other about Patience.

All the well-born young ladies in the village, rapturously caught up in aestheticism, are in love with two contrasting aesthetic poets — a "fleshy" poet and an "idyllic" poet. But the poets are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry. Patience learns that true love must be completely unselfish--it must wither and sting and burn! The girls' military suitors don't see the point to aesthetics, but they decide to give it a try to win the women's hearts. It is touch and go for awhile, but everyone ends up with a suitable partner, even if it is only a tulip or lily.

Director: Scot Zaffora-Reeder
Music Director: Keith Conrad
Assistant Music Director: Julia Salter
Producers: Maureen Barry, Patti Anne Montrois


Patience, A Dairy Maid
Anne Virgil
Reginald Bunthorne, A Fleshly Poet
John Cieslinski
Archibald Grosvenor, An Idyllic Poet
George Maloney
Colonel Calverley
Michael Bellavia
Major Murgatroyd
Scott Smith
The Duke of Dunstable
Brian Smith
The Lady Angela
Kimberly McConnell
The Lady Saphir
Allyson Pilcher
The Lady Ella
Rebecca Maloney
The Lady Jane
Amy Vail
Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor
Phyllis Hazen


Maureen Barry, Ted Benedict, Terry Benedict, Todd Calvin, Joe L. Cornish, Armand DeCaro, Christine Dettman, Peter Dunbar, Rob Edwardsen, Julia Ferreira, Elise Hill, Christy Jones, Maryanne Lettis, Mary Carol Maloney, Chris Mandery, Miriam Marshall, Patti Anne Montrois, Barbara Muller, Dan Ofsowitz, Wendy Webster, Scot Zaffora-Reeder


Clavier Works
Rob Edwardsen


Maureen Barry, John Cieslinski
Costume Managers
Sarah Freeman, Eileen Smith
Lighting Designer
David Smith
Christine Dettman, Brian Smith
Todd Calvin
Program Design
John Cieslinski, Fred Montrois

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