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The Mikado with some modern twists is doubly hilarious
The very first performance of The Mikado was at the Savoy in London in 1885. You might think the story would not be relevant today, but the production I watched performed by the talented actors from Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney, was interspersed with contemporary references, which was doubly hilarious.
Performances are on now at North Sydney Shore School, and this production is suitable for families. In fact, this operetta is great for anyone who enjoys a theatrical spectacular with lots of laughs. The fabulous costumes are full of colour and Japanese elegance, adding to the spectacular feel of the show.
The costumes, the set, the voices all came together to make this production vibrant, fast-paced and very watchable. Directed by Dean Sinclair, along with musical direction by Rod Mounjed and choreography by Sarah Pearce, everyone on stage embraced the quirky characters with hilarious results.
The costumes were spectacular. Photo credit Ron Bullions
This G&S operetta, set in the fictional town of Titipu, is the story of Nanki-Poo, played by Jareth Norman, who falls in love with Yum-Yum, played by Anne-Louise Harris. Nanki-Poo is the son of The Mikado of Japan, played by Tobias Page, who disguises himself as a lowly travelling minstrel to be with his beloved Yum-Yum. Unfortunately, she is to be married to Ko-Ko her guardian, played by Dean Sinclair.
Nanki-Poo's woes become entangled with Ko-Ko, who is the Lord High Executioner; Pish-Tush, played by Andrew Pennycuick, who is a Noble Lord and Pooh-Bah, played by Joshua Knight, who is the Lord High Everything Else (this makes sense when you watch the play). Joshua plays this character with uproarious results, the audience couldn't help but laugh out loud.
Then, when Katisha, played by Megan Chalmers, who was to marry Nanki-Poo turns up in Titipu looking for him, she is devastated to find he loves another.
This perplexing conundrum is played in two satirical and hilarious Acts, with the actors all clearly enjoying themselves. Being a send-up of Victorian-era British bureaucracy, the added contemporary lines, some of which are politically based, were apt. Especially when Ko-Ko reads out his list of possible executions of people who won't be missed. The laughs came thick and fast from the audience during this scene.
Grab your family and your friends for a fun night of community theatre full of talented GSOS actors, they really do give their all. This production is professional and slick, you won't be disappointed. The Mikado has a limited season and I'm delighted to have watched the opening night, it was a great way to spend a Friday night of light-hearted entertainment.