The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts written in the 19th century by the famous collaborators W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It has all the typical features of its genre: a pair of seemingly star-crossed lovers who triumph in the end; a powerful leader who takes delight in seeing his irrational laws carried out; an older lady, both disappointed and vengeful; and a collection of sidekicks, all supported by a chorus of lovely ladies and natty noblemen. A satire of English society in its day, the story is set to lush music and in an exotic – if not fictional – land, making it as entertaining to listen to as it is to watch.
This production began rehearsals in early January and will open on April 5. It’s directed by Alison Schamberger, musically directed by Spencer Bach, choreographed by Dawn Ewen, stage managed by Al Zylstra, and stars:
Thomas Lamont as Nanki- Poo
Russell Cripps as Ko-Ko
Jonathan Ichikawa as Pooh-Bah
Andrew Sammons as Pish-Tush
Eric Biskupski as The Mikado
Laura Luongo as Yum-Yum
Vanessa Coley-Donohue as Pitti-Sing
Jennifer Moran as Peep-Bo
Cathy Wilmot as Katisha
The men’s chorus: Joseph Byrtus, Bon Dos Remedios, Richard Hobson, Scott MacGrath, Jesse Inocalla, Attila Mityok
The women’s chorus: Keara Barnes, Cho Wang, Kaylene Chan, Jennifer Carr-Zingle
This classic comic opera has been a crowd-pleaser since 1885, and is on stage here April 5 to May 3, Thursdays through Saturdays, with two Sunday matinees on April 13 and 27.
Tickets are $35 for adults or $30 for students and seniors. And every Thursday you can get a special price of 2 tickets for only $50! Get your tickets through the box office, 604-266-7191 or atEventbrite.ca.