Patience 2014

Listen here for a podcast of the live radio interview with Eliza Ridgeway on The Peninsula Report on KZSU. Segment features directors Finkelstein and Anderson and cast members Newman, Squires, and Villar discussing and singing excerpts from the production.


Our Spring show, Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride needed to accomodate an over-flow audience on opening night! Modernized in the signature Stanford Savoyards style, this production directed by Doreen Finkelstein and Greg Anderson, recreated a contemporary English Village caught in science fiction fandom fever! Doctor Who and Star Trek allusions abounded as Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire of Victorian aestheticism met today’s trendy cosplay in this fully staged and orchestrated entertainment that appealed to both traditional Gilbert & Sullivan fans, as well as followers of either science fiction series. Fans enjoyed the updated lyrics and the costuming inspired by the multiple incarnations of Star Trek and Doctor Who.

Patience, Bunthorne and Lady Jane
Patience, Bunthorne & Lady Jane
Photos by Ritobrata Sur
Reginald Bunthorne, an ardent Star Trek fan, is worshipped by all the young ladies who have become Star Trek fans to gain his attention. That is to say, all except for the one he most wants, Patience. The local army regiment returns home on leave to find that even their own fiancees are infatuated with Bunthorne and cosplay dressing in Star Trek garb! A rival science fiction fan, Archibald Grosvenor, who adheres to the Doctor Who series, arrives in town and complications mount when he, too, falls in love with Patience. Who will win the heart of Patience–the Trekkie or the Whovian?

Performance Dates:
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8pm

Cast List

Johnny Villar as Reginald Bunthorne (comic tenor)
Carmello Tringali as Archibald Grosvenor (lyric baritone)
Diane Squires as Patience (soprano)
Elizabeth Corson as Lady Angela (mezzo-soprano)
Kathryn Benedicto as Lady Saphir (soprano)
Katia Hayati as Lady Ella (soprano)
Joanne Newman as Lady Jane (contralto)
Jeff Lampert as Colonel Calverley (bass-baritone)
Brian Chin as Major Murgatroyd (baritone)
Jonathan Tilley as the Duke of Dunstable (tenor)
Gavrielle Lent as Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor

Chorus of Fandom Geek Maidens and Dragoon Guards (not pictured)

Fandom Trekkie Maidens
Fandom Trekkie Maidens
Photos by Ritobrata Sur

Astrid Aksnes, Sharon Beltracchi, John Boyle, Nancy Christiansen, Solveig Dyrseth, Matthew Ewer, Charles Kang, Bill Laubenheimer, Gavrielle Lent, Dave Mack, Nathan Mack, Jennifer Medeiros, Edward Park, Nina Perry, David Skurnick, Barbara Sonner-Weissman, Sabrina Sonner, Cee-Sing Wong, and Allison Zenke.

Production Staff

Heather Baumrucker, Producer
Doreen Finkelstein, Stage Director
Greg Anderson, Vocal/Music Director
Juliet Peck, Choreographer/Makeup Designer
Joshua McLaughlin, Technical Director/Set & Lighting Designer
Jean Doten, Stage Manager
Jane Crockford, Assistant Stage Manager
Lisa Lowe, Costume Committee Lead
Sharon Beltracchi, Prop Designer
Karin Raab, Publicity Manager
Jennifer Medeiros, Graphic Designer
Joseph Farrell, House Manager
Rustin Crandall, Box Office Manager

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