“Then let the throng our joy advance, with laughing song and merry dance.”

—The Full Cast
The Mikado

The Mikado – Summer Concert 2013

July 2013

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will present a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, on Saturday July 13th and Sunday, July 14th.

The performances are free and open to the public. There are benches available directly in front of the stage and lots of lawn seating available in the surrounding area. Plan to arrive early to get a good spot as our concerts are one of the most popular events of the summer at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

The Mikado of Japan has decreed that the act of flirting when not married is punishable by death.  Horrified by this prospect, the townsfolk of Titipu appoint Ko-Ko as the Lord High Executioner.  He has been imprisoned for flirting and would be obliged to execute himself before beheading anyone else!  Setting the opera in Japan allowed Gilbert to satirize British politics and institutions more freely by thinly disguising them as Japanese.

  Saturday, July 13th, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, July 14th, 5:30 PM

The Lake Harriet Bandshell Minneapolis, MN

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The cast for this concert production of The Mikado include:

     The Mikado        Christopher Michela
     Nanki Poo           Michael Burton
     Pooh Bah            Waldyn Benbenek
     Pish Tush           Thomas Berg
     Ko Ko                 Zach Garcia

     Yum Yum            Quinn Shadko
     Pitti Sing            Julia Knoll
     Peep Bo              Missy Griffin
     Katisha               Lara Trujillo

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company has collaborated with Jere Lanz and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra for many years in presenting a concert version of one of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

Two excellent internet resources for information about The Mikado:

Wikipedia – The Mikado

The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive – The Mikado

The Mikado – Summer Concert 2013 Show Poster

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“A very good house.  I wish I’d been in time for the performance.”

—The Mikado of Japan
The Mikado