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    The Mikado

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    June 9 - June 19, 2011


    The Mikado

    The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin is proud to present its Summer 2011 Grand Production of "The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu". "The Mikado" has delighted audiences for more than a century and is perhaps the most popular comic opera ever written. This quintessential satire of human nature represents Gilbert and Sullivan at the height of their creative geniuses. The Mikado is filled with masterful Gilbertian lyrics and magnificent Sullivanian musical “hits,” conveyed with orchestral brilliance. Populated with memorable characters and colorfully exotic costumes and sets, The Mikado is wildly funny. Audiences of all ages will be captivated by its hauntingly beautiful tunes and its colorful pageantry.

    The Mikado opened in London on March 14, 1885, and ran for a record-breaking 672 performances at the Savoy Theatre. This comedy about an executioner, while set in Japan, displays wit that is very much British, albeit kimono-clad. Victorian England is the target of Gilbert's satire, thinly disguised as a strange and distant land. The Mikado has had an extensive influence on popular culture, from “Pooh-Bah,” “Tit-Willow," “A Wand’ring Minstrel I” and “Three Little Maids” to the 1999 Mike Leigh film “Topsy-Turvy,” which tells the story of the creation of The Mikado.

    Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returns for his 11th summer with the Society, along with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, enjoying his 15th season as Music Director.

    The cast includes: Holton Johnson (Nanki-Poo), Tamsen Cohagan (Yum-Yum), Russell Gregory (The Mikado), Janette Jones (Katisha), Arthur DiBianca (Ko-Ko), Patricia Combs (Pitti-Sing), Robert L. Schneider (Pooh-Bah), Angela Irving (Peep-Bo), Jay Young (Pish-Tush), and a Chorus of 24 Noblemen and School-Girls.

    A free Opening Night Gala with refreshments follows the Friday, June 10 performance. Special Children's Activities precede the performance on June 12 at 2pm. All performances will have supertitles.

    Usually regarded as Gilbert & Sullivan's masterpiece, The Mikado has been translated into other languages and adapted more than any other of their works. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin will continue its tradition of offering The Mikado that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote, demonstrating why the work has proved so enduring and endearing for 125 years.

    Admission Info:

    Purchase tickets at or call 1-800-494-TIXS
    $20 adults | $15 students over 18 with i.d.
    $5 for 18 and under
    online/phone order fees apply

    Price at the Door
    $25 adults | $20 students over 18 with i.d.
    $8 for 18 and under

    Special Discount - Opening Night June 9th
    $5 Discount - adults & students
    In Advance or At the Door

    Group Sales
    For group sales of 10 or more, contact Michael Meigs
    (512) 420-0888 or

    General Day and Time Info:

    Thursday June 9 - 8pm
    Friday June 10 - 8pm
    Saturday June 11 - 8pm
    Sunday June 12 - 3pm
    Thursday June 16 - 8pm
    Friday June 17 - 8pm
    Saturday June 18 - 3pm
    Saturday June 18 - 8pm
    Sunday June 19 - 8pm

    Phone: 1-800-494-TIXS

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