Spring 1990: 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: Gordon Bastian
Music Director: John Gabriele
Producer: Julia Ferreira


The Lady Angela
Holly Cull
The Lady Saphir
Carolyn Cook
The Lady Ella
Marcy Long
The Lady Jane
Barbara A. Dick
Patience, A Dairy Maid
Nancy Terepka
Colonel Calverley
Bill Hammond
Major Murgatroyd
Jimmie B Lobaugh
The Duke of Dunstable
David Raymond
The Duke of Dunstable
Brad Gundlach
Reginald Bunthorne, A Fleshly Poet
Byron Wilmot
Archibald Grosvenor, An Idyllic Poet
Ted Benedict
Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor
Rick LaDue


Terry Benedict, Beth Bennett, Fran Carlisi-Paxson, Don Cavanagh, Christine Dettman, Peter Dunbar, John A. Ejaife, Alan Evans, Julia Ferreira, Brad Gundlach, Debi Hirsch, Mary Carol Maloney, Molly Moore, David Schafer, Bob Weeks


House Managers
Mary Lynne Conti, Anne Virgil, Peter L. Zavon, Mary Zwierzynski-Slack
Set Designers
Bodie McCaffrey, Brian Smith
Costume Manager
Brian Smith
Lighting Designers
David Smith, Buck Stein, Scot Zaffora-Reeder
Carolyn Cook

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