It's Summer Operetta Time!
Don't miss both productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience
In this witty and light operetta, G&S have fun satirizing the British aesthetic movement of the late nineteenth century and Oscar Wilde in particular. The aesthetic poet Bunthorne and the idyllic poet Grosvenor have fallen for Patience, the village milkmaid, much to the disappointment of the Lovesick Maidens who are in turn in love with the poets. Their fiances, the Dragoon Guards, aren’t very happy about that.
Having been told that true love must be unselfish, Patience rejects her true love Archibald Grosvenor, who is too perfect. She agrees to love the imperfect Bunthorne, who admits to the audience that his aestheticism is really a sham done for the adoration of the ladies. On the defection of their idol, the Lovesick Maidens return to the Dragoon Guards, but the short-lived reunion lasts only until Grosvenor appears. Only Jane remains true to Bunthorne. When the Colonel, the Major, and the Duke attempt to become aesthetic to win back their ladies, things become even more complicated (and funny).
Cimarron Opera’s mission is to provide aspiring performing artists and creative technicians a forum for their talents and opportunities to gain valuable training and stage experience, while providing cultural enrichment and education to various audiences across the state and beyond.
In the spring of 1975, Thomas Carey and Carol Brice Carey founded the Church Circuit Opera Company, which was renamed Cimarron Circuit Opera Company in 1981. Thomas Carey and Carol Brice Carey were renowned international performers and professors of music at the University of Oklahoma who sought opportunities for aspiring artists to sing on stage. They also hoped to bring superior operative productions to Oklahoma. The artistic spirit of the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company’s founders continue to provide inspiration to succeeding artists and directors.