LAKELAND, Fla., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Florida Southern College’s Festival of Fine Arts is bringing one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous operas to campus.

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fla. (PRNewsfoto/Florida Southern College)

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fla. (PRNewsfoto/Florida Southern College)

Patience (Bunthorne’s Bride) will be performed one-time only at 7:30 p.m. on March 19 at Branscomb Auditorium.

FSC students will perform the production under the direction of Florida Southern Opera Theatre Director Professor Mark Thomsen, while the music will be performed under the direction of Florida Southern Associate Professor of Music Dr. Martha Placeres.

Patience is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and ’80s in England, part of the 19th-century European movement that emphasized aesthetic values over moral or social themes in literature, fine arts, the decorative arts, and interior design. Called ars gratia artis, or “Art for Art’s Sake,” the movement valued its ideals of beauty above any pragmatic concerns.

Patience tells the story of a chaotic love triangle between moody, handsome poet Reginald Bunthorne, who is in love with the title character, a simple milkmaid named Patience, who is in love with her childhood sweetheart, Archibald Grosvenor, also a poet.

Tickets for the performance cost $8 for adults, $4 for children and are free to Florida Southern faculty, staff and students with their school ID. The event is open to the public.

For tickets, call the Branscomb Auditorium box office at 863-680-4296, or visit https://www.flsouthern.edu/campus-life/arts-centers/festival-of-fine-arts/home.aspx for more information.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in the state. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning, and boasts 30 NCAA Division II National Championships. Florida Southern is ranked at #8 among the “Best Regional Universities in the South” by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 “Best Colleges” guide and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2022 Best 387 Colleges guide and the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022.” The 2021-2022 Colleges of Distinction guidebook praises Florida Southern’s AACSB accredited Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise alongside the College’s School of Education and its Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Poets & Quants, U.S. News & World Report, and The Princeton Review further laud the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise and the Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences as foremost programs in the nation for business and nursing education. Home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, FSC has appeared on The Princeton Review’s top 20 “Most Beautiful Campus” national listing for 12 consecutive years. Connect with Florida Southern College.



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