Often considered the most-performed musical theater piece in history! The Mikado comes to the historic stage of the Earlville Opera House this August 8, 9 and 10. The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu is a ROMANTIC MUSICAL COMEDY in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It’s about the son of the Mikado of Japan, who has fallen for a girl who is engaged to her guardian. He hides his true identity to follow the girl to Titipu and gets caught up in a topsy turvy political intrigue that borders on the ridiculous.
HERE ARE THE DIRECTORS:
Director Chris Bord
Chris recently directed the musical I Love You Because, in February 2014. He’s incredibly proud of this Mikado cast – break a leg!
Music Director John Krause
John has participated in hundreds of musical productions over the years, including many G&S pieces. By day, he teaches music at Herkimer Central Schools.
Stage Manager Sarah Bord
Sarah recently stage managed A Dancer’s Journey for MV Ballet, and hopes to become a professional stage manager. She thanks her theater family for their support.
HERE’S THE CAST...
The Mikado of Japan Craig Risser
Craig has sung the chorus of 39 operas, most recently L’Elisir d’amore with West Bay Opera in Palo Alto CA, 8 principal roles in G&S operettas and 17 years with Schola Cantorum.
Nanki-Poo, His Son, disguised as a wandering minstrel and in love with Yum-Yum Ben Stovall
Ben is a rising sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, majoring in chemistry and minoring in musical performance. This is his first G&S production and he is very excited.
Ko-Ko,The Lord High Executioner of Titipu Steve Scheinman
Steve is a perennial EOH Savoyard since 1985. He’s been the Lord Chancellor, the Captain of the Pinafore, the Duke of Plaza-Toro, and the Major-General (twice!), among others.
Pooh-Bah, Lord High Everything Else Thom Capozzella
Thom has performed in Ruddigore (Robin/Ruthvern) and The Mikado (Pish-Tush) in addition to directing and/or acting in many other shows in CNY.
Pish-Tush, A Noble Lord Buff Lingo
Past G&S performances for Buff include The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Trial by Jury, Ruddigore, and The Gondoliers.
Yum-Yum, A Ward of Ko-Ko, also engaged to Ko-Ko Janet Engle
Janet Engle is from Clinton. She was recently in I Love You Because and Tommy, and is honored to be joining the history of performances at EOH!
Pitti-Sing, A Ward of Ko-Ko Sarah Hasegawa
Sarah’s past EOH credits include Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance and Casilda in The Gondoliers.
Peep-Bo, A Ward of Ko-Ko Heather Bagnall
Heather has been a part of the EOH G&S performances since 1990 as both cast member & costume designer. Thank you to the wonderful cast!
Katisha, An elderly lady, in love with Nanki-Poo Lisa Jones
Lisa is a soprano who performs in the Utica/Rome area. She is excited to portray Katisha in her first EOH production. Thanks for the opportunity!
Chorus: Maid Miranda Riley
Miranda is an EOH veteran with many G&S operettas in her resume. She is a student at Clinton HS, where she also performs.
Chorus: Nobleman Joe Caruso
After 12 years, Joe returned to the stage (Utica) last fall for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Our Town.
Chorus: Nobleman Robert Christman
Normally, Robert mostly performs in front of college psychology students. This is his first time on a non-academic stage!
Chorus: Nobleman Nick Williams
Nick is a frequent performer on area stages. Most recently, he appeared in the musical 9 to 5 for Rome Capitol Summerstage.
Chorus: Nobleman Griffin Bagnall-Shenkel
Griffin has sung in 12 shows & sings in the Hamilton College Masterworks Choral. Has participated in EOH G&S productions since he was 5. He is a high school freshman.
Chorus: Nobleman Tyler Bagnall-Shenkel
Tyler began singing for the EOH G&S productions when he was 5, sings with the Hamilton College Masterworks Choral, and has sung in 9 shows. Tyler is in 7th grade.
Chorus: Nobleman Joseph Bagnall
Joseph Bagnall is in 6th grade and is making his stage debut. Joe plays trumpet in school and is having a great time with the Mikado.