Fall 2003: Patience


Um... What did he just say?

Patience was Gilbert's attempt at mocking what was happening around him — the Aesthetic Movement. The movement was drawing a lot of attention at the time, and was a ripe and easy 'meaningless' target for his satire. In some ways this strictly contemporary theme makes Patience the most dated of all Gilbert & Sullivan's works.

At first glance, Patience can appear to be somewhat unapproachable — the flowery, slightly archaic language, the posturing, the poetry... The Aesthetic Movement is not as well understood as other periods in British history to Americans. It could very easily be isolating to a modern audience if they aren't students of history.

But look past the facade — what this show is really doing is mocking fads.

Substitute our poets with contestants on Survivor, American Idol, Joe Millionaire or any other current reality TV show designed to pick a 'winner'. Then doesn't what is happening on stage seem very familiar? Oh sure, the details might be different, but the attitudes aren't.

And can't you just see our Love-Sick Maidens following every release from the Backstreet Boys — until the latest *NSYNC CD comes out? Use any fad from any time period — Frank Sinatra and the bobbysoxers, Elvis, the Beetles, Duran Duran; the Rubik's Cube, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Dungeons and Dragons, the Hula Hoop; speaking the latest language, be it Valley Girl or Flower Child; dressing like Madonna, Marilyn Monroe or Marilyn Manson, Davy Crocket's coon-skin hats — and suddenly this play becomes very understandable. Everyone has at one point in their lives wanted to be part of the latest fad — no matter how 'silly' the outsiders might think it is.

The Aesthetic Movement was an actual time period in London, which Gilbert satirized with glee. But the aesthetics also influenced new ideas in art, music and architecture, to an extent that the ideas were transcended beyond London and any one physical place. Our Patience uses all those universal themes to transcend any physical place as well. The details of the show are as much about art and music as they are anything else.

Director: Jad Jordan
Assistant Director: Sean Taylor
Music Director: Robert Johnson
Producers: Amanda Lobaugh, Patti Anne Montrois
Designers: Lynette Blake, Kathy Moore


The Lady Angela
Amanda Lobaugh
The Lady Ella
Alison Champion
The Lady Saphir
Patti Anne Montrois
The Lady Jane
Sarajane Fondiller
Patience, A Dairy Maid
Holly Thérèse Corcoran
Major Murgatroyd
Stuart Beck
The Colonel
Ted Benedict
The Duke of Dunstable
Joel Hume
Reginald Bunthorne, A Fleshly Poet
Bill Hammond
Archibald Grosvenor, An Idyllic Poet
Edward Medina-Torres
Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor
Scot Zaffora-Reeder


Christina Arden, Terry Badger, Mary Bailey, Terry Benedict, Ethan DePuy, Penny Fram, Rebekah Fram, Stephen Gullo, Stacy Homola, Amanda Kish, Kim McDonald, Kathy Moore, David Odgers, Jennifer Odgers, Maureen Odgers, Suzanne Rath, Tania Ring, Laurel Schneiderman, Fred Scipione, Brad Slivinski, Jared Steinmiller, Sean Taylor


House Manager
Suzanne Bell
Kim McDonald
Set Designer
Patti Anne Montrois
Set Construction
Tracy Burdick
Costume Manager
Paula Gullo
Lighting Designer
Mike Molongoski

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