January 27, 2001 at the Jubilee Theatre (Harbourfront) in Summerside
February 1/2/3, 2001 on the Main Stage, Confederation Centre in Charlottetown
Written by: W.S. Gilbert (libretto) and Arthur Sullivan (music)
Director: Terry Pratt
Music Director: Owen Aylward
Producer: Bunty Albert
Stage Manager: Wallena Higgins
This has been one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. It has enduring popularity all over the world. It is full of catchy ditties such as “I’ve got a little list” (of persons who won’t be missed), love ballads and grand choruses.
Set in the town of Titipu, a cartoonish presentation of ancient Japan, it was actually designed to satirize British politics and institutions, and Director Terry Pratt followed the tradition of poking fun at current PEI and Canadian subjects … as well as adding fun novelties such as actor entrances on skateboards and scooters.
The main plot thread is the love of Nanki-Poo, the disguised son of the emperor (The Mikado), and the pretty maid Yum-Yum, who is the ward of the Lord High Executioner. The problem is that she is betrothed to him (Ko-Ko), and Nanki-Poo is the official intended of Katisha, a grim old spinster. The Mikado has ordered that Titipu must have a beheading, and that triggers all sorts of complications and twists … leading to a happy, albeit implausible, ending for all.
Nanki-Poo: Darren Bryenton
The Mikado: Brian Ethridge
Yum-Yum: Claire Caseley Smith
Ko-Ko: Ben Kinder
Pish-Tush: René Hurtubise
Pooh-Bah: Brodie McRae
Pitti-Sing: Lisa Carmody
Peep-Bo: Tawnya MacKinnon
Katisha: Julian Elzinga ... and others