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Jacksonville Opera Theatre presents a Classic Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado

05/10/2013


What – “The Mikado” (operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan)
Who – Jacksonville Opera Theatre of Jacksonville State University (JOT)
When – June 7 & 8 – 7:30pm curtain; June 8 & 9 – 2:30pm curtain (2 shows on Saturday)
Where – Wallace Hall of Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Alabama
Cost – Students - $12; Adults - $20 Purchase tickets online at www.jacksonvilleopera.org or Call for tickets-Wallace Hall Ticket Center–256-543-ARTS
 
Jacksonville Opera Theatre presents a Classic Gilbert and Sullivan!
 
One of the beauties of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is the topical humor and the ability to contemporarily update references that W.S. Gilbert wrote into the libretto.  With that in mind, don’t be surprised when Ko-Ko, The Lord High Executioner of the town of Titipu, the fictional Japanese setting of “The Mikado”, starts singing that the “cretins from the Music Department” and the advisor to President Meehan are on his list of future executions.
 
The references in this production by JOT don’t stop there.  We’re treated to a chorus of car companies – Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda and the like – and mentions of Snooki, text messaging, teenagers with pierced faces and of course, the Tea party.  Anachronisms abound in Gilbert and Sullivan’s romance about a wandering minstrel who falls for a little maid from school, who is desired by said Lord High Executioner.
 
Come join us for an evening of side-splitting humor with a Japanese flair!

CAST LIST

 

The Mikado of Japan – Jarrod Lee- Washington, DC (guest artist/JSU alumnus)

Nanki Poo – Aaron Martin- Adger, Alabama

Ko-Ko – Daniel Machen – Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Pooh-Bah – David Lawshe –Birmingham, Alabama

Pish-Tush – Macon, Prickett – Alexandria, Alabama

Yum-Yum – Rebekah James – Delta, Alabama

               - Debra Mantua – Rockville, Maryland

Piti-Sing - Jessica Lister – Southside, Alabama

Peep-Bo – Scott Johnson – Gadsden, Alabama

Katisha – Amber Quillen – Alexandria, Alabama

            - Meg Griffin – Carrollton, Georgia

Go-To – Justin Lockridge – Heflin, Alabama

Sumo Wrestlers – Kaitlyn Graves – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

-       Ellen Abney – Tallapoosa, Georgia

*The parts of Yum-Yum and Katisha are double cast

 

Chorus

 

Ellen Abney – Tallapoosa, Georgia

Ashley Boyd – Weaver, Alabama

Brianna Garrett – Huntsville, Alabama

Caelan Goss – Piedmont, Alabama

Kaitlyn Graves – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Meg Griffin – Carrollton, Georgia

Rebekah James – Delta, Alabama

Scott Johnson – Gadsden, Alabama

David Lawshe – Birmingham, Alabama

Noya Levy – Washington, DC

Jessica Lister – Southside, Alabama

Justin Lockridge – Heflin, Alabama

Debra Mantua – Rockville, Maryland

Aaron Martin – Adger, Alabama

Daniel Machen – Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Caylen McCall – Oxford, Alabama

Dylan McCombs – Morris, Alabama

Matthew Palmer - Alabama

Macon Prickett – Alexandria, Alabama

Amber Quillin – Alexandria, Alabama

Marissia Simmons – Anniston, Alabama

Aaron Smith – Wellborn, Alabama

Lacy Taylor – Rome, Georgia

Justin Westley – Jacksonville, Alabama

Kevin Ward – Tallassee, Alabama 

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