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Fall 2017: The Mikado

Performances

Nov. 10, 2017, 8 p.m. | Nov. 11, 2017, 8 p.m. | Nov. 12, 2017, 2 p.m. | Nov. 17, 2017, 8 p.m. | Nov. 18, 2017, 8 p.m. | Nov. 19, 2017, 2 p.m.

All performances held at Salem United Church of Christ.

Notes

In this special Rochester-themed production of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best known works, director Wayne Vander Byl has set the action in “Thisland,” and subtitled it: The Town of Rochacha.

In modern dress, against a backdrop of lilacs and the Rochester skyline, the classic tale of proud officials, many-hatted bureaucrats, and love (sometimes misplaced or unwanted!) is carried out. Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado but disguised as a wandering minstrel, is on the run to escape the clutches of Katisha, a truly frightening “daughter-in-law elect.” Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum, but Ko-Ko, Yum-Yum’s guardian, wants to marry her himself. Unfortunately, first he may have to cut his own head off.

The myriad twists and turns continue in true Gilbertian fashion up to a final crisis, overseen by the mighty Mikado. Will Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum, now married, be allowed to live? What about the three conspirators, charged with "compassing the death of the Heir Apparent"? Not to mention calming the rage of the fearsome Katisha! It’s all up to Ko-Ko to somehow resolve this exceedingly tangled knot.


Director: Wayne Vander Byl
Music Director: Alex Kuczynski
Producers: Schuyler Kelley, Amanda Lobaugh, Albert Young Jr.


Cast

Yum-Yum
Alison Wahl
The Mikado of Japan
Matt Berry
Nanki-Poo
James Eckert
Ko-Ko
Albert Young Jr.
Pooh-Bah (Lord High Everything Else)
Schuyler Kelley
Pish-Tush
Edward Medina-Torres
Pitti-Sing
Amanda DeBruin
Katisha
Christa Perz
Peep-Bo
Ericka Hopkins

Chorus

Terry Benedict, Liz Burke, Barbara A. Dick, Don Kelley, Marshall Kelley, Tamara Kelley, Jordu Kelly-Sutliff, Rebecca Kingman, Larry Kiser, Sean Maher, Andrea Olivier, Charles Palella, David Raymond, Richard Riggs, Laurel Schneiderman, Martin Schneiderman, Mamie Smith, Cady Walker, Bob Weeks, Clara Weinert, Velta Zadins

Orchestra

Bass
Bruce Goldman
Clarinet
Andrew Berger, Stephen Lurie
Flute
Debbie Dean, Donna Mero
Keyboard
Alex Kuczynski
Oboe
Kathleen Holt
Percussion
Steven L. Smith
Trumpet
John Engstrom, Leslie MacDonald

Crew

Set Designer
Wayne Vander Byl
Set Construction
Albert Young Jr.
Costume Manager
Anne Vander Byl
Costume Construction
Suzanne Bell, Penny Fram, Ben Hale, Clara Weinert
Lighting Designer
David Odgers

View The Mikado Photos on Flickr

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