PAG presents The Mikado
The creative and elaborate set along with the costumes, music and witty humor makes this production of Mikado an unusual display of Japanese art and customs.
Paulette Rudolph directs a cast of 40 young thespians in a production adapted by Mila Johansen suitable for family audiences. The songs are done in Broadway style.
The story of The Mikado is about Nanki-Poo, the son of The Mikado (Emperor of Japan,) who disguises himself as a lowly town musician who travels from town to town seeing the world outside the royal palace. He comes to a small town and becomes immersed in the silly and ridiculous politics created by the memorable characters of Koko and Pooh-Bah. Nanki-Poo falls in love with a beautiful maiden who is beneath his station. She, along with the other intelligent maidens, has just discovered that there is a thing called love and that not all marriages are arranged. The Mikado, arrives on the scene and all chaos ensues. The Mikado is a small, hysterical look at the customs and history of Japanese life.
In the late 1800s, British aristocracy was intrigued and consumed with the mysteries of the orient. Gilbert & Sullivan tapped into this wave of avid interest and have delighted audiences with their classic, The Mikado, for well over a century. Sir William S. Gilbert wrote the witty words and Sir Arthur S. Sullivan created the fantastic memorable melodies and intricate musical score. The creative team was famous for poking fun at the pompous English Aristocracy, especially criticizing and exposing the imperious British political system. In fact the Queen of England refused to Knight Gilbert for some time until, due to popular demand, she finally gave in.
Choreography for The Mikado is by Mila Johansen with musical direction by Beverly Marks. The The Japanese costumes are designed by Sharon Olson.
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