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Spring 1995: The Mikado

Notes

The Mikado was born, it is said, when a Japanese ceremonial sword fell off the wall of Gilbert's study while he was pacing around trying to come up with an idea for the next operetta. The sword made him think of a Japanese exhibition that he had recently opened in London and was all the rage, and by the next morning, he had formed a concept and outlined a plot for what was to become one of the most popular operettas of all time.

Our production was inspired by an exhibition as well. Last summer we viewed the Japanese prints at the Memorial Art Gallery. We liked their colorfulness, their flatness, the way the printer's stamps are built right into the picture, and we wanted to incorporate these elements into our set to create a picture-book fairy-tale Japan, the backdrop to a cartoon. Getting practical, we found a book of postcards of Japanese prints, tore out one we liked, and reproduced it on our stage.

Of course, The Mikado is not really about Japan at all, but about Victorian England. Gilbert places his satire in an exotic locale to make it easier to exaggerate. He made no attempt to recreate authentic Japanese culture, and neither do we.

Here then, is our show: a Japanese print come to life, a postcard from a Japan that never was.

Jean Ryon and Joe Washington


Directors: Jean Gordon Ryon, Joseph T. Washington
Music Director: Leanne DeVane
Producers: Amanda Lobaugh, Mary Carol Maloney, Bob Weeks


Cast

The Mikado of Japan
Jimmie B Lobaugh
Nanki-Poo
Scot Zaffora-Reeder
Go-To (a Noble)
Bill Hammond
Pish-Tush
Jim Caffrey
Pooh-Bah
Brian Smith
Ko-Ko
Sandy Foster
Yum-Yum
Kathy Perconti
Peep-Bo
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Pitti-Sing
Amanda Lobaugh
Katisha
Pamela Good

Chorus

Terry Benedict, Lynette Blake, Tracy Burdick, Fran Carlisi-Paxson, Barbara A. Dick, Nancy Galletto, Stephen Gullo, Mary Ann Hanlon, Sally Harmon, Isabele Henry, Jordu Kelly-Sutliff, Christopher Lehman, Jamie Loehr, Angela Maloney, Mary Carol Maloney, Michelle Meminger, Alexander Miltsch, Linda Minier, Patti Anne Montrois, Sam Nelson, David Schafer, Laurel Schneiderman, Jerry Scrivens, Pamela Walker, Bob Weeks, Dale Williams


Crew

House Managers
Ron Herman, Anne Virgil, Byron Wilmot
Props
Bodie McCaffrey
Set Designers
Jim Caffrey, Joseph T. Washington
Costume Managers
Jerry Scrivens, Joseph T. Washington
Lighting Designer
Michele Denber
Makeup
Molly Moore
Program Design
Joseph T. Washington

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