Patience (GSVLOC 2012)

9 Mar 2012 to 1 Apr 2012

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is pleased to present Patience, for four weekends, from March 9th through April 1st of 2012. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. (except for Sunday, March 11, which is at 1:00). The performances are at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis. A review of the show by Ron Hubbard (“Very Light Opera’s ‘Patience’ makes for frothy fun”) appeared in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press on Monday, March 12, 2012. This production of Patience is directed by: Bob Neu, Stage Director: Photo and Biography Marina Liadova, Music Director: Photo and Biography The cast for this production of Patience includes: Reginald Bunthorne Michael Burton Archibald Grosvenor Peter Middlecamp Colonel Calverley Bill Marshall Major Murgatroyd Waldyn Benbenek Lieutenant, The Duke of Dunstable Jim Ahrens Mr. Bunthorne’s Solicitor Tom Berg Patience Sarah Wind Richens The Lady Angela Julia Knoll The Lady Saphir Beth King The Lady Ella Ashley Stockwell The Lady Jane Sarah Gibson Chorus of Lovesick Maidens Christine Anderson Mary Mescher Benbenek Cory Bianco Kristen Bond Willow Bousu Mary Gregory Ruthanne Heyward Shawn Holt Holly MacDonald Kara Schrapp Rhea Sullivan Amanda Weis Holly Windle Chorus of Officers of Dragoon Guards Kurt Bender Tom Berg Jim Brooks L. Peter Erickson Clyde Gerber Stephen Hage Dean Laurance John Orbison Wendell Peck Richard Rames Anthony Rohr Aaron Rolloff Patience opens with all the well-born young ladies in the local village, rapturously caught up in aestheticism, and in love with two aesthetic poets. The poets, however, 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 young ladies’ military suitors don’t see the point to aestheticism, 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. Patience satirizes the “aesthetic craze” of the 1870s 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 in its day. The operetta remains relevant as it can be understood to satirize the adherents to any and all fads! Two excellent internet resources for information about Patience: Wikipedia – Patience (Opera) The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive – Patience Poster Illustration: The Bower Meadow, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1871-72

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