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PAG scores a hit with ‘The Mikado’

“The Mikado” is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most tuneful, appealing and fun comic operas. And the Performing Arts Guild (PAG), the local children’s theater group, is currently performing that musical masterpiece in a most charming manner. Complete with fine performances, wonderful costumes and great makeup, this is a “Mikado” to enjoy.

Take your kids and grandkids to see this fun performance. Not only will they be well-introduced to the magic of Gilbert and Sullivan, but they will be enchanted by the group of talented and engaging young actors strutting their stuff across the stage. All of the participants are between the ages of 6 and 19, some with a lot of previous stage experience and others performing for the first time. Is there anything as cute as newly minted young actors, dressed in costume and makeup, blushing and moving appealingly on stage?

The talent of a number of the actors will pleasantly surprise you. When Emma Farabee and Sierra Dallugge sing their respective solos, their voices and presentations are excellent and mature beyond their ages. In fact, the singing of all of the individual and group numbers is very pleasing, well-accompanied on the piano by musical director, Beverly Marks.



The excellent costumes, designed by Sharon Olson, and the amazing makeup by Tonya Farabee distinguished this production from lesser “Mikados.” And watching all of the young actors showing off their chops in those costumes and makeup is a real treat.

PAG is directed by Paulette Rudolph, with artistic direction by Mila Johansen, and has been a force for children’s theater in this area since 1981, having produced 91 shows during that period of time. A number of the child actors in PAG have continued to perform in their adult years.




Take your youngsters, or go by yourself, for a fun and enjoyable theater experience. “The Mikado” plays at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley through March 14.

Hindi Greenberg is a Gilbert & Sullivan aficionado and, having seen almost all of G&S’s work, her favorite production is still “The Mikado.”


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