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Two British Farce Operettas on stage May 4-9 during Romanza Festivale
May 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm$10 – $30
First Coast Opera and A Classic Theatre are collaborating to bring northeast Florida audiences an exciting new production which includes a world premiere! The two companies will present seven performances of Cox and Box and Penelope Ann’s Revenge, two British farce operettas, during the Romanza Festivale of the Arts in May. Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 4-8; and 2 p.m. May 8-9 at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Tickets can be purchased online at www.aclassictheatre.org/tickets
Composed by Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, Cox and Box is a Victorian farce in which two gentlemen unknowingly rent and live in the same apartment. When the landlord’s ruse is uncovered, Mr. Cox and Mr. Box discover that they share other things, including a past fiancée, Penelope Ann.
The story continues, ten years later, in Penelope Ann’s Revenge, a sequel by First Coast Opera Artistic Director Curtis Tucker and Nelson Sheeley, receiving its world premiere. In the new operetta, Penelope Ann returns to put the two men in their proper places. Apparent conflict turns to happy ending with a few topsy-turvyt wists throughout.
The cast consists of Tyler Putnam as Cox, Curtis Tucker as Box, Jason Whitfield as Bouncer, Sarah Nordin as Lydia and Catherine Ortega Spitzer as Penelope. Tickets $30 for adults, and are available at at www.aclassictheatrelorg/tickets. The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center is located at 102 MLK Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084.
This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the FloridaCouncil on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Seating is safely socially distanced, with a limited number of tickets available in advance for each performance. Face coverings are required.
IF YOU GO
When: 7:30 p.m. May 4-8; 2 p.m. matinee on May 8-9
Where: The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center is located at 102 MLK Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Tickets: $30 for adults; $10 for students. Tickets are available at www.aclassictheatre.org/tickets