The Mikado 2010

July 17, 18, 2010

There were severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings for the evening of Saturday, July 17th.  As the Company sang through Act I of The Mikado, rain began to fall, lightning was streaking across the sky and thunder rumbled in the distance.  At the conclusion of the Act I Finale, Jere Lantz cancelled the rest of the performance, inviting the audience to return on Sunday.  As the audience, orchestra and Company were leaving the Lake Harriet Bandshell, emergency sirens began to sound.  Fortunately, the Company and orchestra were able to return and perform the complete show on Sunday.

The cast for this concert production of The Mikado included:

The Mikado Waldyn Benbenek
Nanki-Poo Eric Mellum
Pooh-Bah Christopher Michela
Pish-Tush James Ahrens
Ko-Ko Matt Dolph
Yum-Yum Betsie Feldcamp
Pitti-Sing Victoria Valencour
Peep-Bo Carmelita Guse
Katisha Lara Trujillo

Women’s Chorus

Mary Mescher Benbenek, Kirsten Bighia, Marlene Doll, Karen Erickson, Mary Gregory , Shawn Holt,  Holly MacDonald, Jo Pasternack Lisa Rawlins, Sue Ann Rawlins, Brianna Sullivan, Rhea Sullivan, Eryn Tvete, Jean Van Heel

Men’s Chorus

Mark Alt, Mike Asmus, Thomas Berg, Mike Brown, Evan Boyce, Peter Erickson, L. Peter Erickson, Jonathon Flory, Stephen Hage, Dean Lawrance, John Orbison, Wendell Peck, David Rawlins, Steve Rawlins, Jim Ryan, Scott Strand, Dankl Werl

Production Coordinator

Waldyn Benbenek

Production Associates

Dean Lawrence, Christopher Michela

Rehearsal Accompanist and Music Coach

Jean Van Heel


Waldyn Benbenek, Lesley Hendrickson, Marina Liadova

The following version of the “I’ve Got a Little List” song was performed by Mather Dolph, as Ko-Ko, at our 2010 Summer Concert performance of The Mikado. It was written by Mather Dolph, with input by Mark Alt.

As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I’ve got a little list–I’ve got a little list
Of some modern-day offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed–who never would be missed!
There’s the youth who keeps his IPOD turned on 7-24.
The folks who use one parking spot, and then a little more.
The crashing bore who thinks his every thought is worth a TWEET.
That self-absorbed ex-Cavalier – we’ll let him feel the “Heat.”
And the nitwit who let out of jail the Libyan terrorist
I don’t think he’ll be missed–I’m sure he’ll not he missed!

And here’s a character with whom we all have had some gripes:
The Wall Street lobbyist. I’ve got him on the list.
And while we’re at it lets add politicians of ALL stripes.
They’d none of ’em be missed–They’d none of ’em be missed.
And those angry TV talking heads who rant like Captain Blye.
Except, of course, the thoughtful ones who think like you and I.
That BP CEO should clean up every oily spot.
But off he goes to England to go sailing on his yacht.
But it really doesn’t matter whom you put upon the list,
For they’d none of ’em be missed–they’d none of ’em be missed!

Additional alternate lyric versions of the “Little List” song can be found on The Mikado page in our Gilbert & Sullivan Revised section of our website.