The UL Opera Theater in collaboration with the UL Wind Ensemble will present the operetta The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30PM, Friday, April 15 at 7:30PM and Saturday, April 16 at 2:00PM.

There will also be an educational performance on Friday morning, April 15 for school children. The performances will take place in Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall on the UL campus.

The Mikado, or, The Town of Titipu is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, is considered to be their finest work. It opened on March 14, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances. Before the end of 1885 it is estimated that in Europe and America at least 150 companies were producing the opera.  The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera.  It has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.

The operetta is set in Japan which allowed Gilbert to freely satirise British politics and institutions. 

Synopsis:  Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, leaves home disguised as a musician in order to escape a distasteful marriage.  In Titipu he meets the beautiful Yum-Yum, and they fall in love. Nanki-Poo desperately wants to marry Yum-Yum, but her guardian Ko-Ko-- the Lord High Executioner-- is also in love with her.  Enter Katisha, Nanki-Poo's jilted bride, who arrives in the company of the Mikado.

As in all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, the situation is comic and many plot twists and turns occur during the evening. The show is suitable for all ages.

The show is being directed by Shawn Roy and conducted by Dr. William Hochkeppel with 24 members of the Wind Ensemble. Sets are by Duncan Thistlethwaite, Lighting Design by Ken Harrelson, Choregraphy is by Kenneth Jenkins and Costumes are being provided by Malabar Costume Rental in Canada.

Tickets are available at the door only and are $10 for the general public and free for UL students, faculty, staff and members of the UL Opera Guild. For more information about the performances, call the School of Music and Performing Arts at 337-482-6012 or visit arts.louisiana.edu.
 


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