When Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, fails to decapitate citizens of Titipu, whose head gets the axe in this Meiji-era inspired version of The Mikado?
The Stanford Savoyards, founded in 1973, are delighted to announce their 92nd production, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu.
Directors Evan Schaeffer and Rachel Whalon, inspired by the political and cultural events occurring in Japan during 1885, the year The Mikado premiered in London, recreate the feel of the Meiji era - a period when Japanese culture opened itself to foreign influences, including Western ideas and innovations. Respecting Japanese history and tradition, the Directors bring a modern comic sensibility to this signature Gilbert & Sullivan romantic comedy.
The Mikado is the story of Nanki-Poo, the incognito son of the Mikado, as he escapes the unwanted attention of Katisha and eagerly pursues Yum-Yum, the charming ward of the newly promoted Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko. Since Ko-Ko also intends to marry Yum-Yum, opportunity for high jinks and hilarity is born. To remain in the good graces of the Mikado, the town of Titipu must execute someone, but who?
Music Director Joseph Haletky, a Savoyards founder, who has directed and performed with many Bay Area choruses and theater ensembles, as well as world-renowned symphonic choruses, brings 40 years of musical experience to this almost, but not quite, traditional production. The Titipu Community Orchestra is comprised of over 20 Bay Area professional and amateur musicians.
Performances span three consecutive weekends in February, beginning Friday, January 31, 2014. Shows run 2 ½ hours in length and include a 10-minute intermission with snack and beverage concession. Projected supertitles of the lyrics accompany all performances. SPECIAL OFFER For Stanford Students! Be one of the first 20 students to show your ID at the box office before any performance and get into the show for FREE!
The Stanford Savoyards, a student-run community theatre company dedicated to Gilbert & Sullivan, produce two fully-staged and orchestrated operettas in Dinkelspiel Auditorium per season. The Savoyards are known for putting clever spins on the traditional G&S opus, often paying homage to pop culture phenomena such as Bollywood, Firefly and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
$10 students, $15 seniors & Stanford staff/faculty, and $20 general admission. Buy tickets at tickets.stanford.edu or call 650.468.6934 or buy at Dinkelspiel Auditorium box office before the show.