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Spring 2017: Patience

Performances

May 12, 2017, 8 p.m. | May 13, 2017, 8 p.m. | May 14, 2017, 2 p.m. | May 19, 2017, 8 p.m. | May 20, 2017, 8 p.m. | May 21, 2017, 2 p.m.

All performances held at Salem United Church of Christ.

Notes

Brian Smith - 1996:

"Patience... the Beat Goes On

"In mocking the fadism of an artistic movement rather than the art itself, Gilbert achieved a satiric concept universal in its implications." It is this statement made by Peter Kline (former member of OMP) in his book Gilbert and Sullivan Production, that guides this fourth OMP production of Patience.

I have been involved in various capacities with OMP since 1981. As OMP approaches its 20th Anniversary, and this fourth production of Patience, I begin to look at each of the shows quite a bit differently than I did back in 1981. With each exposure to anything theatrical, be it by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, or Gilbert and Sullivan, you discover a few things that you hadn't noticed before. In Patience, adoration, affection, and fads all come into play. These parts are evident from the start, but I wanted to examine them a little differently. I began to look at idols, and their adoring fans. My first though was Frank Sinatra and the bobbysoxers, but since poetry, not music was at the artistic heart of Patience, my thoughts turned to Beat poetry of Alan Ginsberg, and to his seminal work "HOWL", one of the works that defined the "Beat" generation. (I also wonder if Bunthorne's "Oh, Hollow, Hollow, Hollow" inspired Ginsberg?) Having found my "artistic movement" I was ready to begin work on this production. Changing the setting of Patience is not a new and original idea. The D'Oyly Carte Company in the 1970's placed a revival in the mid-60's more "Flower Power" than "Beat." In the "Beat" setting, all that make Patience in it's Aesthetic togs: poets, adoring fans who don't understand but blindly follow, jealously, and of course love both the craving for, and unselfishness of love, are all present and accounted for. With all of the essential elements intact it was time for all of us to have fun remembering (those of vintage years) or discovering (those who weren't even born yet!) that fabulous era in 20th Century known as the "Beat".

I invite you to discover Patience with us, to enjoy and delight in one of my personal favorites of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, a work that is "universal in its implications.""


Director: Brian Smith
Music Director: Alex Kuczynski
Producers: Julia Ferreira, Amanda Lobaugh, Edward Medina-Torres, Albert Young Jr.


Cast

Reginald Bunthorne, A Fleshly Poet
Albert Young Jr.
Archibald Grosvenor, An Idyllic Poet
Edward Medina-Torres
The Lady Jane
Kimberly McConnell
The Lady Saphir
Jordu Kelly-Sutliff
The Lady Ella
Laurel Schneiderman
The Colonel
Bill Hammond
The Major
Michael Peterson
The Duke of Dunstable
Joe L. Cornish
Patience, A Dairy Maid
Laura Woodruff
The Lady Angela
Rachel Jones

Chorus

Barbara A. Dick, James Eckert, Audrone Gecas, Gail Harmston, George Harmston, mary Jedynak, Ellen Karnisky, Don Kelley, Schuyler Kelley, Tamara Kelley, Rebecca Kingman, Amanda Kish, Amanda Lobaugh, Patti Anne Montrois, Martin Schneiderman, Wayne Vander Byl, Bob Weeks, Clara Weinert, Devon Woodward


Crew

Set Designer
Albert Young Jr.
Off-Monroe Players, Inc.
P.O. Box 18722
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 232–5570

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