“Then let the throng our joy advance,
With laughing song and merry dance!”

—The Full Company
The Mikado
The Mikado

Poster design by Tom McGregor and Mary Olson

“May all good fortune prosper you,
May you have health and riches too,
May you succeed in all you do!
Long life to you – till then!”

—The Full Company
The Mikado
The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s Fortieth Anniversary Production of

The Mikado

March 15 to April 7, 2019

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is pleased to announce that it will present The Mikado, from March 15 to April 7, 2019.

This production will be directed by Rick Shiomi and will present his adaptation of the original version of The Mikado.

In this re-imagined version of The Mikado, flirting is still declared a crime and punishable by death.  Yet, there is a lot of flirting going on in the town of Ti-Tea-Pu, in the land of England.  In anticipation of the arrival of the monarch, The Mikado, a tailor has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must behead someone before his majesty arrives.  The tailor himself is involved in a love triangle and attempts to set up his rival, Franki Poo, before he loses his own head.  It’s all the fun and games of Gilbert and Sullivan, with a modern twist.

In describing his vision for his retelling of this classic operetta, Rick Shiomi says, “Our re-imagined production of The Mikado will deconstruct the unfortunate stereotypes while still retaining the humor and classic music; getting at the heart of the universal human experience through the lens of our diverse contemporary American culture.”

Rick Shiomi’s editorial in which he discusses his previous mounting of this production can be found here.

The cast for this production of The Mikado includes:

      His Majesty the Mikado:   Doug Freeman
      Tum Tum:                        Margaret Matejcek
      Franki Poo:                      Anthony Rohr
      Patti Sing:                       Sarah Mehle
      Co Co:                            Tyus Beeson
      Bow Peep:                      Blanka Melbostad
      Pooh Bah:                       Alex Kolyszko
      Katy Shaw:                     Lara Trujillo
      Chris Tush:                     Wally Benbenek

Chorus of Ladies and Gentlemen of the Court, Schoolgirls, Guards and Servants:

      Tom Berg                        James Brooks
      Axl Dahl                          Kelly Danger
      Laini Devin                      Jeff Erickson
      Philip Eschweiler             Emily Garst
      Clyde Gerber                  Alex Gerchak
      Mary Gregory                  Stephen Hage
      Steven Halloin                Jonah Heuer
      Shawn Holt                     Anna Maher
      Wendy Matsutani             Luke McKenty
      Maddie Olsem                 John Orbison
      Eric Pasternack               Gabe Salmon
      Sarah Shervey                 Rhea Sullivan
      Mariella Warren               Lydia Wildes

The performances will be at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis.

Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 pm.  The Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm.  For a more detailed performance calendar, visit our tickets page.

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Two excellent internet resources for information about The Mikado

Wikipedia – The Mikado

The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive – The Mikado