A scene from the television production of "Cox and Box," which will be performed by members of the First Coast Opera in St. Augustine.

Cox and Box and Penelope Ann's Revenge

May 4, 2021 through May 9, 2021 | Times Will Vary at Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

Two short operas, the first "Cox and Box," by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) and the second "Penelope Ann's Revenge," a sequel, will be produced by First Coast Opera.

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  • During the first week of Romanza Festivale, First Coast Opera will present two short operas, one a classic written by Arthur Sullivan and the other a sequel, written by Curtis Tucker, and book by Nelson Sheeley. These performances will take place on May 4, 2021 through May 8, 2021, at 7:30 p.m with two matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 and Sunday, May 9, 2021.

    The one-act opera, "Cox and Box" has often opened for performances of some of the shorter Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The plot involves two men, Cox and Box, who share the same apartment without being aware of it. One works at night and the other during the day and that works well for the landlord — until he's caught. This is Sullivan's first comedic opera, and hilarity ensues involving lost siblings, bacon, and a jilted fiancé.

    That jilted fiancé, Penelope Ann, returns in the sequel which is set 10 years later. Written by Curtis Tucker, First Coast Opera Artistic Director, with the book written by Nelson Sheeley, this comic opera adds the landlord's wife and a wealthy widow into the mix.

    The cast are Tyler Putnam, Curtis Tucker, Jason Whitfield, Sarah Nordin, and Catherine Ortega Spitzer. 

    Admission: $30.00 for adults and $10.00 for Students. To purchase tickets, go here.

    When:  7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 through Saturday, May 8, 2021. Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021 and Sunday, May 9, 2021.

    Where:  Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Heritage Center, 102 Martin Luther King Avenue, St. Augustine.

    This event is part of the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts, an annual festival consisting of two weeks of historical, cultural and creative events celebrating all things St. Augustine. From May 1 to 15, 2021, the nation’s oldest city will be jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, art exhibits and much more. To find out more about the full two weeks of events, visit here.

    For details on Romanza Festivale — its goals, sponsors and organizers, visit the Romanza website here.

    Note: The cover photo was taken from a television performance of "Cox and Box." 


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