21 May 2008
Showcasing Cast Members of The Mikado
Staged in Japanese Costumes and Setting
The complicated plot of The Mikado centers
on what happens when a fictional Emperor of Japan decrees that flirting
is punishable by death. After a series of deceptions and
misunderstandings no one dies and everything is resolved. The
Mikado's Japanese setting and costumes masked the fact that it
was a parody of British customs and pretensions.
The Mikado is best known for its wit and British
humor, which poke fun at social conventions, the law and romance of the
late 19th century. The plot twists and turns around the romance of young
royal love, interfered with by prominent Noble citizens of an older,
less desirable nature.
One of the most important features of The Mikado production
costumes. Colorful Japanese costuming,
gigantic silk fans and authentic Japanese parasols will take you on a journey
to a Japan
of long ago.
The magnificent gold-embroidered robe and petticoat of the Mikado was
a faithful replica of the ancient official costume of the Japanese
monarch; the strange-looking curled bag at the top of his head was
intended to enclose the pig-tail. Cast members playing the part of
Japanese ladies generally walk, run or dance in tiny steps with toes
turned in, as gracefully as possible while spreading and snapping their
fans displaying either wrath, delight, or homage, often just
to giggle behind it--expressing their every emotion by the evolutions of the
The Jacksonville Opera Theatre's production of The Mikado opens in the
in Pell City,
Alabama on Friday-Saturday, May 23rd-24th at 7:00
p.m. The Mikado” then travels
back to JSU’s campus, where performances will run Thursday – Saturday, May
29th-31st at 7:30 p.m. in the Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center. Sunday’s matinee on June 1st will
begin at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for the
performances may be purchased by calling the
box office at 205-338-1974 or visiting the website at www.pellcitycenter.com. Tickets for the JSU performances may be
purchased by calling 256-782-5876.
more information on “The Mikado”, please check our website out at http://music.jsu.edu/OPERA/
following scenes of The Mikado highlight the following talented cast
members while showcasing their Japanese costumes: Haley Arrington, of
Glencoe, AL appearing as Yum-Yum; Estefania Cuevas, of Wellborn, AL
cast as Pitti-Sing; Ellie Mellen, of
Jacksonville, AL playing the role of Peep-Bo; and Matt Headley,
of Oxford, AL appearing as the Mikado.
|Cast member Matt Headley makes his appearance as
Pooh-Ba and is portrayed as a corrupt official. In one passage, he exclaims he was born "sneering and is a
particularly haughty and exclusive person of pre-Adamite ancestral descent." He also discloses he "retails state secrets at
a low figure."
Cast members display their costumes designed as colorful Japanese kimonos while spinning their traditional parasols.
Shown here (from left to right) are Ellie Mellen playing the role of Peep-Bo, Haley Arrington appearing as
Yum-Yum, and Estefania Cuevas appearing as Pitti-Sing.
Cast members pictured here (clockwise) playing leading roles are Jarrod Lee,
center, appearing as the Mikado; Haley Arrington appearing as
Yum-Yum, Estefania Cuevas appearing as Pitti-Sing and
Ellie Mellen playing the role of Peep-Bo.
Please Join us at the Theatre!!
Source: Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
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