Tabor Arts to present ‘Patience’ operetta comedy

Tabor Arts will present its spring opera performance at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Rehearsal Hall in the Wohl­ge­muth Music Education Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Titled “Patience,” the operetta was written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in 1881.

“I’ve acted in a play before, and I have sung in choirs and ensembles,” said Camden Cox, a sophomore at Tabor. “Deciding to participate in the opera and putting the two together in ‘Patience’ has been one of my best decisions in a while. I guarantee you will laugh many times throughout our performance.”

Originally a satire on the 19th century European movement that focused on aesthetic values, Tabor College Opera’s production has updated the show to poke fun at contemporary American culture, replacing “Aesthetics” with “Hip­sters.”

“Since its inception in the spring of 2016, Tabor College Opera has been growing steadily, both in student involvement and audience,” said Jen Stephenson, director of vocal studies at Tabor.

“We’re so excited to present ‘Patience’ this semester, which marks our first full length production. The students have been working hard, and it shows—the show is hilarious.”

Like all 14 Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, this two-act work blends spoken dialogue with musical numbers to tell its story.

While audiences may be more familiar with either “The Pirates of Penzance” or “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “Patience” is one of the famous duo’s most beloved works.