June 7 - 17, 2012

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin proudly presented Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride as our 2012 Grand Production. Nine performances, June 7-17, entertained enthusiastic audiences in the new Brentwood Christian School Performing Arts Center.

Thanks to all the performers, crew, the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra, sponsors, volunteers, Society members, and terrific audiences for making this year's show such a wonderfully funny and entertaining production.

Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr., and Music Director Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, along with Production Manager Bill Hatcher, created a warm, colorful, musical, and heartwarming show.

Patience is the sixth operatic collaboration of fourteen by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It was first performed in London in 1881, and was an immediate hit with audiences. Our last performance of this wonderful classic was in 1999.

Patience, a hilarious and touching comic opera, satirizes the "aesthetic craze" of the 1870's and '80s, when the output of poets, composers, painters and designers of all kinds was indeed prolific but whose followers and admirers, some argued, were empty and self-indulgent.

Patience has some of Gilbert’s finest comedy and Sullivan’s most captivating tunes, adding up to a masterwork fully equal to their very best. It has wit, charm, poetry . . . and a delightfully complicated love triangle.

On September 24th the B. Iden Payne Awards Council announced that our 2012 Grand Summer Production of Patience has received 3 nominations in the Musical Theatre category; Outstanding Production, Arthur DiBianca for Outstanding Lead Actor, and Janette Jones for Outstanding Featured Actress. Congratulations to Janette and Arthur as well as the entire cast, crew, and orchestra for this tremendous honor and recognition.


Austin American-Statesman
Austin Chronicle


KMFA 89.5 Radio Interview
Press release

Production Team

Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
Artistic Director

Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Music Director

Bill Hatcher
Production Manager

Monica Kurtz
Stage Manager

Ann Marie Gordon
Set Designer

Jennifer Rogers
Lighting Designer

Pam Fowler
Costumes & Make-up Designer


Robert L. Schneider
Colonel Calverley

Donald Bayne
Major Murgatroyd

Wayne J. Davis
Lieut., the Duke of Dunstable

Arthur DiBianca
Reginald Bunthorne

Holton Johnson
Archibald Grosvenor

Russell Gregory
Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor

Patricia Combs
The Lady Angela

Kate Clark
The Lady Saphir

Daytha A. Hulion
The Lady Ella

Janette Jones
The Lady Jane

Meredith Ruduski


Alice Ames

Daniel Brookshire

Andy Fleming

David Fontenot

Leann R. Fryer

Robert L. Frost

Jasmine Haghighatian

Rosa Harris

Zendel Y. Hernandez

John Hooker

Mark Long

Karlyn McCutchan

Jennifer McKenna

Jay Michael

Joshua T. Miller

Spencer Reichman

Rachael Shaw

Mario Silva

Abigail T. Stokley

Brittany Trinité

Jennifer Tullis

Jay Young

Previous Grand Productions

The Mikado – 2011

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The Yeomen of the Guard – 2010

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Iolanthe – 2009

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