Patience

All of the maidens in the village are besotted with Reginald Bunthorne, a moody and handsome poet, but he has eyes only for the simple milkmaid, Patience. The problem? Bunthorne’s artistic ways are all just an act to attract women to him--he doesn’t even like poetry! Besides, Patience is in love with her childhood sweetheart, who happens to be a real poet named Archibald Grosvenor, but feels she cannot marry him because he is just too perfect. In the meantime, the serious (and decidedly non-poetic) platoon of Heavy Dragoon Guards that were meant to marry the village maidens find themselves dismayed and perplexed by their sudden loss of prospects. One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful shows, Patience is a rollicking satire that pits the straight-laced ideals of the Victorian era against the passions and indulgences of the 1870s Aesthetic Movement, ridiculing each side of the spectrum.

Performance Schedule

Concerts:

Sunday, March 26 at 2pm: Finkelstein Library
Sunday, April 9 at 2pm: New City Library
Sunday, April 30 at 2pm: Suffern Library
Thursday, May 4 at 8pm: Five Star center

Sunday, June 4 at 2pm: Mahwah Library

Full Performances:

Saturday, May 13 at 3pm: Heritage Village
Saturday, May 20 at 7:30pm: Ridgewood United Methodist Church

Sunday, May 21 at 3pm: Ridgewood United Methodist Church
Friday, June 2 at 7:30pm: Fairlawn Community Center

Cast List

Colonel Calverley (an Officer of Dragoon Guards) .............................................................................................................. John B. Holmboe (May 20 & June 2)

Peter O’Malley (May 13 & 21)

Major Murgatroyd (an Officer of Dragoon Guards)  ............................................................................................................... Tim Domini (May 13, 20, & June 2)

Joe Rothstein (May 21)

Lieut. The Duke Of Dunstable (an Officer of Dragoon Guards) ............................................................................................................................. Joseph Mayon

Reginald Bunthorne (a Fleshly Poet) ...................................................................................................................................................................David P. Claypoole

Archibald Grosvenor (an Idyllic Poet) ............................................................................................................................................................ Jonathan Fox Powers

Mr. Bunthorne’s Solicitor ...................................................................................................................................................................................................Mike Wiley

Drummer ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................Catherine Wiley

The Lady Angela (a Rapturous Maiden) ........................................................................................................................................ Randi Kestin (May 20 & June 2)

Eileen Karlson (May 13 & 21)

The Lady Saphir (a Rapturous Maiden) ...................................................................................................................................................................... Veronica Shea

The Lady Ella (a Rapturous Maiden) ............................................................................................................................................................................. Grace Brizek

The Lady Jane (a Rapturous Maiden) .......................................................................................................................................................................... Eileen Mager

Patience (a Dairy Maid) .............................................................................................................................................................. Christine Nevill (May 20 & June 2)

Katie Carey (May 13 & 21)

Rapturous Maidens .............................................................................................................. Joan Barker, Carol Ciancia, Rhonda Cooperstein, Barbara Domini,

Eileen Karlson, Randi Kestin, Jennifer Low, Kathleen Meagher, Judith Weis

Dragoon Guards .............................................................................. Larry Bogert, Bob Bromberg, Tim Domini, John B. Holmboe, Peter O’Malley, John Ryle

Rehearsal Accompanist ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Laura Ravotti

 

Laura Ravotti (Rehearsal Pianist) began in Nashville as a French horn player, then moved to Branson to play for Andy Williams and Wayne Newton. She moved to NY in 2000 and is now a freelance accompanist and church music director. She holds a BFA and an MM, both in piano performance.

 

 

Grace Brizek (Lady Ella) Grace made her opera debut last spring in the chorus of La Gioconda with Verismo Opera Company in Englewood.  She has appeared in over 20 musical theater productions at various local theaters over the past 4 years.  Her favorite roles have included Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof;  Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Jr., and the Young Kangaroo in “Seussical.” In the fall, she will attend the Catholic University of America for Vocal Performance. Grace is thrilled to join the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and wishes her castmates the best of luck!

Katie Carey (Patience May 13 & 21) is an alumni of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University where she received her BM in Vocal Performance. During her time there Katie was actively involved with the choral and opera programs, including performances at Sadler Wells in London and Madison Square Garden, along with singing regularly with the NJSO. As an alumni she has also been invited back and performed as a soloist with the MSU Wind Symphony. Past operatic performances include Evangeline in the Texas premier of Felice at the Opera Breve Vocal Intensive Program, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Die Zauberflöte, Dialogues of the Carmelites and in scenes as Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Juliette (Romeo e Juliette), Regina (Regina), Kate (Kiss Me Kate) . Katie has also been a twice Gold Medalist in the Golden Key Music Festival as well as receiving various awards in the NATS competitions. In reality Katie is not actually a milkmaid but a shift supervisor at Starbucks in Denville and is an avid lover of country music and all furry creatures. 

David P. Claypoole (Bunthorne) of San Juan, PR, returns to us after short absence to reprise the role of Bunthorne which he played with us in 2010. He last appeared with us as KoKo in our 2013 production of The Mikado. His first show with the company was in 1976 as Hercules, the page in The Sorcerer. He returned in 1994 as Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard and in 1995 as Despard in Ruddigore.  David’s other Gilbert & Sullivan credits include the Captain and Boatswain in HMS Pinafore; King Gama, King Hildebrand and Florian in Princess Ida; Counsel in Trial by Jury; the Lieutenant and Sgt. Merrill in Yeoman; the title role in The Mikado, Dr. Daly in Sorcerer and Cox in Cox and Box. Some of his favorite non-G&S credits include Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Buddy in Follies, Amos in Chicago, Pilate in Superstar, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Miles, Senex and Lycus in A Funny Thing…, Lancelot in Camelot, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. David is an accomplished director whose credits include PiratesPinaforeMikadoSouth PacificDamn Yankees and Chess. He is the author of two operettas and a Passion Play.  In real life, he is a father, self-employed executive recruiter, gourmet chef, dog lover and New York Jets fan.

Tim Domini (Major May 13, 20, & June 2) has been singing since his mom put in the church choir in 3rd grade and he has never stopped being in one form of music or another. A member during the early 90s of RGSOC Tim stopped doing shows and went back to choirs until his son got his drivers licence and Tim has been back since 2008. Tim met his wife Barbara when performing in Mikado in 1985 in Connecticut. Tim has sung with, Wellesley Chorale, Troupers Light Opera, Rockland Choral Society, Woodcliff Lake Choraliers and Ridgewood, and the Reform Temple of Rockland Choir.  Tim is also a avid folk song singer and enthusiastic rather than talented guitar player.  

Eileen Karlson White (Lady Angela May 13 & 21) of Teaneck, N.J. joined Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company in 1984 and as played the contralto lead in 12 of the 13 operas (Trial by Jury doesn't have one!). She played several lead in the formative years of NYGASP and has been an alto soloist for performances at the G&S Society of New York.  She has sung with VLOG, the Bronx Opera Company, and Music a la Carte.  She played Lady Thiang in The King and I and Vera in Mame with the Community Theater at Tenafly.  She has performed the roles of the Duchess, Katisha,  Queen of the Fairies, Dame Carruthers, and Lady Jane with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Symphony; and Dame Carruthers, Dame Hannah, and Lady Sangazure with Chorus 802.  She appeared off-off-Broadway in "Where There's a Will" with Random Coconut Productions.

Randi Kestin (Lady Angela May 20 & June 2) has performed the entire Gilbert and Sullivan cannon on stage (including Thespis), and four of the operas (including Patience!) in the orchestra.  Her most recent lead roles with Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan include Kate in Yeomen of the Guard, and Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore.  Other favorite lead roles include: Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Mrs. Partlett and Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer, and Tipseon/ Bacchus in Thespis.

 

Eileen Mager (Lady Jane) has been a proud member of this company for 9 years. Favorite roles include Lady Jane (Patience), Mad Margaret (Ruddigore), Katisha (The Mikado), and Dame Carruthers (Yeomen of the Guard). A former RGSOC Board Member, Eileen created and still runs the company's online store. 

 

 

Mezzo-Soprano, Christine Rauschenbach-Nevill (Patience May 20 & June 2) is a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in vocal performance. Her operatic experience includes the roles of Constance from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, Natatlie in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Medoro from Handel’s OrlandoChristine has been a soloist with the Montclair State University Singers, the New Jersey Conservatory, the Jersey City Fine Arts Association, the Richard Alston Dance Company, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, in works such as Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. Recently, she was the 2nd place winner in the Eastern Regional NATS vocal competition, and went on to be a semi-finalist in the NATS Nationals in Chicago. Christine is currently studying under Dr. Julia Rolwing, and looks forward to graduate studies in vocal performance.

Peter O’Malley (Colonel May 13 & 21) is reprising this role, having also played Grosvenor in other productions.  Other G&S roles include Jack Point (Yeomen); the Pirate King and Major-General Stanley (Pirates); Despard, Robin, and Roderic (Ruddigore); The Lord Chancellor, Strephon, and Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe); and the Mikado, among others.  Non-G&S roles include Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte); El Gallo (The Fantasticks); Emile de Becque (South Pacific); Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd); Tito Merelli (Lend Me a Tenor); Miles Gloriosus ( . . . Forum).  He has also performed in recital and in concerts.

Joe Rothstein (Major May 21) Portraying his 13th role with the Co., Joe has also sung 1st AND 2nd Yeomen in Yeomen of the Guard (in the same  production!), The Usher in Trial By Jury, Dick Deadeye in Pinafore, Old Adam in Ruddigore, Samuel and the Sergeant of Police in Pirates (different productions), John Wellington Wells in Sorcerer, Pish-Tush in Mikado, The Prince of Monte Carlo in Grand Duke Florian in Princess Ida, and Don Alhambra in Gondoliers.  His other stage credits include Oliver! (Mr. Bumble), The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Dussel), Indians (Gunther Hookman/Uncas), Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carasco/The Duke), You Can't Take it With You (Ed Carmichael), Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd (Ensemble), and The Good Doctor (Ensemble).  A former member of the New Jersey Mental Health Players, Joe sings music sacred and profane.

Veronica Shea (Lady Saphir) is an actor and marketer with a wide variety of interests. By day, Veronica is the Marketing & Ticketing Assistant at Primary Stages, where she sometimes convinces people to let her act for our Einhorn School of Performing Arts. A graduate of Northwestern University, some of her favorite roles include Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest and Sister James in Doubt, A Parable. Her passion is new works, and she debuted roles throughout New York City and Chicago – including at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Cherry Lane Theatre. Relatively new in the world of opera, she is lucky enough to have performed Musetta (La Bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and the title role in Alcina. In addition, Veronica is the Founder and Executive Director of Eccentric Theater Company (ETC.), a collection of artists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of a standard theater company. Upcoming roles include Lydia in girl. and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore.

Bob Bromberg (Ensemble) went to Baruch College, have an BA, and an MBA in business. In Theatron at college, acted directed and did publicity. Factory rep over 40 years selling musical instrument to retail music stores. Performed with local groups, Leave to Jane, Good News and Fiddler on the Roof. Directed fiddler. Member of Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co over 30 years. Sing with the Bermuda club performers in the winter in Tamarac, Florida.  

Carol Ciancia (Ensemble) of Oakland, NJ is happy to be part of this fun show. She is a longtime member of the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Co. where she has performed leading roles in all 13 operas. Some of her favorites include: Mabel in Pirates of Penzance; Josephine in HMS Pinafore and the title role in Princess Ida. She has also stage directed several of the operas. Other roles include Valencienne in The Merry Widow; Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls; Marian in The Music Man; Lilliane LaFleur in Nine; Mrs. Peacock in Clue, The Musical; Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Fraulein Scheider in Cabaret. She has also performed many times in children's theater. She enjoys traveling the world with her husband and fellow thespian, Peter O'Malley.

 

Jennifer A. Low (Ensemble) recently retired from her professorship in the English Department at Florida Atlantic University.  She is the author of Manhood and the Duel: Masculinity in Early Modern Drama and Culture (Palgrave-Macmillan 2003) and Dramatic Spaces: Scenography and Spectatorial Perceptions (Routledge 2016).  She sang in the chorus of The Sorcerer in the fall of 2016; prior to that, her Gilbert and Sullivan experience occurred in a grade-school production of The Pirates of Penzance.  Her husband is a member of a garage band called Drööd, and her two daughters have performed in musical productions including Seussical, Nevermore, Mulan, and The Music ManJennifer would like to thank her singing teacher, Eric Balboni, as well as Paul Geidel, music director of the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.

 

Judith (Judy) Weis (Ensemble) has been singing choruses in public for decades. Starting long years ago, she sang regularly in the Village Light Opera Group in NYC, doing mostly G&S, but also operettas and Broadway shows. She also sings with Amore Opera, and has sung with Ridgewood G&S on and off since the 1990s. She sang with the Savoynet Performing Group at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, and Harrogate, England, and has been in all the G&S  shows, including Thespis. She also sings (without costume and staging) with the Choral Society of Grace Church, and the Central City Chorus, both in NYC. In "real life," she is a marine biologist at Rutgers.

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