Patience                                       (This production has closed.)
A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, with orchestra

Music:  Arthur Sullivan
Libretto:  W.S. Gilbert

There’s an English village which has seen its share of fads over the years: from hippie to hipster clothes, from dancing the macarena to the dab, from playing with pet rocks to playing with fidget spinners.  Now there’s a new fad that's all the rage:  aestheticism.   A modern revival of a 19th-century fad, aestheticism prioritizes “art for art's sake,” and its followers wear aesthetic outfits from that era, spouting poetry and carrying around poppies and lilies.    

A regiment of Dragoon Guards has returned to find that their fiancées no longer care for anyone who isn’t aesthetic.  In fact, they have all fallen in love with Bunthorne, an aesthetic poet.   Meanwhile, Bunthorne wants to marry Patience, the one woman in the village who does not care about aestheticism and doesn’t know what love is.   Then a rival aesthetic poet, Grosvenor, comes to the village and declares his love for Patience.  Who will win her love?  Who will end up as Bunthorne’s bride?

Patience was the sixth operatic collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan. It is one of the gems of the G&S canon, with witty lyrics, wonderful music, and a satirical take on fads and the people who follow them for shallow reasons. It ran for a total of 578 performances, which was seven more than the authors’ earlier work, H.M.S. Pinafore, and the second longest run of any work of musical theater up to that time, after the operetta The Chimes of Normandy, our August 2017 Discovery Series presentation.

First performed at the Opera Comique, London, on 23 April 1881, Patience moved to the 1,292-seat Savoy Theatre on 10 October 1881, where it was the first theatrical production in the world to be lit entirely by electric light. Henceforth, the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas would be known as the Savoy Operas, and both fans and performers of Gilbert and Sullivan would come to be known as “Savoyards.”

Performances at the San José City College Theater
  • Sat, March 17, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sun, March 18, 2018, 2 pm
  • Fri, March 23, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sat, March 24, 2018, 2 pm
  • Sun, March 25, 2018, 2 pm
Producer:           Larry Tom
Stage Director:  Doreen Finkelstein
Music Director:  Jeff Yaeger
Vocal Director:  Paul Zawilski


Patience - Kathryn Benedicto
Reginald Bunthorne - Elijah Berry
Archibald Grosvenor - Daniel Galpin
Lady Jane - Linda Kessel Solis
Lady Angela - Katie Francis
Lady Saphir - Brianna Stutzman
Lady Ella - Elizabeth Neff
Colonel Calverley - Brian Chin
Lt. the Duke of Dunstable - Michael Stahl
Major Murgatroyd - Mark Blattel
Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor (walk-on winners):
   Barbie Weissman (March 17-18)
   Ray Burleigh (March 23-25)


Li-Leng Au
Shirley Benson
Bob Crabb
Terri Crabb
Jane Crockford
Elinor Gates
Dimitra Giannakopoulou
Lynne Haynes-Tucker
Laurie Hupman
Brennah Kemmerly
Kathy Kriese
Taylor Landess
Dave Mack
Greg Melton
Cody Moore
Cheryl Passanisi
Firefly Perry
Ruth Reinkymov
John Schmidt
Karli Sharp
Jim Snell
Miles Spielberg
Mindy Tauberg
Jackie Tavarez
Daphne Tran
Karen Tricomo
Kylie Vu
Becky Williams
Dan Zulevic

Patience poster