Jackson, MS— The Mississippi Opera continues its 71st season ON Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm with Gilbert & Sullivan’s perennially popular THE MIKADO at Duling Hall in Jackson’s historic Fondren district.
THE MIKADO, or The Town of Titipu, is a hilarious musical comedy by the great British comedic team Gilbert and Sullivan. It premiered in 1885 at the famous Savoy Theatre in London and originally ran for almost 700 performances. Since then thousands of opera and musical theatre companies around the world have presented annual performances of this timeless classic. It has been translated into multiple languages and is one of the most frequently performed musical theatre pieces in history.
The comedy remains fresh and relevant today because the exotic setting in Japan allows productions worldwide to poke fun at local politicians and institutions by disguising them as Japanese. “We’ll be having some local and national political fun with our version as well,” noted Mississippi Opera Artistic Director Jay Dean.
Renowned director, author and designer Rob Mulholland directs THE MIKADO which features guest artists Taylor Hightower as The Mikado, Paul Houghtaling as Ko-Ko, Mandy Spivak as Yum-Yum, Nicholas Perna as Nanki-Poo, Greg Wascoe as Poo-Bah, Kevin Lozano as Pish-Tush, Katie Buckner as Pitti-Sing, Kelly Snyder as Peep-Bo, Meredith Johnson as Katisha.
The Production also features twenty members of the wonderful Mississippi Opera Chorus.