A Classic Theatre and First Coast Opera are joining forces to present a delightful double bill of two short operas entitled “Cox and Box”. Act 1 is a presentation of a classic musical farce with music by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame and book by F.C. Burnard. The plot concerns two men – James John Cox who works all day and John James Box who works all night. Due to their schedules, their landlord, unknown to either of the men, rents the same room to each of them. This arrangement works perfectly, that is, until Box is given the day off.
Making its World Premiere is the second act called “Penelope Ann’s Revenge” with music by First Coast Opera Artistic Director, Curtis Tucker and book by Nelson Sheeley. This sequel, written in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan, furthers the adventures of the two gentlemen renters, throwing in the mix, the Landlord’s wife and a wealthy widow.
There will be seven performances: May 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm. There will be matinee productions on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 at 2 pm. The venue is the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center.