The Mikado

The Story
The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on 14 March, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera. The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially popular with amateur and school productions. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirize British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia Limited, and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.

The Cast
Mikado - Michael Ersevim
Pish Tush - Hartley Horn
Pooh Bah - David Schancupp
Koko - Jonathan Jacobson
Nanki-Poo - Tom Ostrowski
Yum Yum - Schauntice Marshall
Pitti Sing - Julie Rumbold
Peep Bo- Rachel Abrams
Katisha - Martha Arnold
Katie Holobinko
Kari Mackey
Rachel Rose
Elaine Saunders
Alexandra van der Hulst
Heather Zygmont
Gentlemen of Japan
Mark Callahan
Andy LaPlante
Harry van der Hulst
Tom Mullaney
April Ackroyd
Rhoda Bannon
Linda Chamberlain
Philip Chapman
Marion Conklin
Jan Corrette
Elizabeth Gunn
Jean Guthrie
Bob Hall
Richard Kelpen
Julie Levine
Joe Light
Carol Mader
Abigail Mulhern
Pamela Pearson
Tema Silk

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