Summer Youth Program

The Mikado

by Gilbert and Sulllivan

The Mikado will be directed by Louis Dall’Ava, veteran performer with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Musically directed by Robin Frank.
The Mikado is perhaps the best known of the Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations and was their last smash hit. This comical musical is set in Japan, but it lampoons the British civil service, class structure, and bureaucratic red tape.
Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor of Titipu, having been condemned to death for flirting, is reprieved and raised to the exalted rank of Lord High Executioner. When Nanki-Poo arrives in the town, fleeing to escape the attention of an elderly lady named Katisha, he falls madly in love with Yum-Yum, the ward of Ko-Ko. Unfortunately, as Yum-Yum is betrothed to her guardian, their case seems a hopeless one.
A letter arrives from the Mikado announcing that someone must be beheaded within the month and Ko-Ko racks his brains to think of a suitable victim. Nanki-Poo, overcome with grief at his inability to marry Yum-Yum, agrees to be beheaded in a month on condition that he is permitted to marry Yum-Yum at once. However, this argument is seriously flawed, for it is discovered that when a married man is beheaded his wife must be buried alive. In the midst of this dilemma, the Mikado arrives and Ko-Ko pretends that he has beheaded NankiPoo. He is somewhat taken aback when he then learns that Nanki-Poo is the Mikado’s son and that his punishment, along with that of his collaborators, will be a slow and lingering death! A solution is found just in the nick of time …
June 21 and June 22

Participants ages 13-21

Performances: June 21 & 22

  Auditions April 27, 2019 at The Wang Opera Center.
Contact Robin Frank at rfrank@operanaples.org to schedule an audition.

Opera Naples’ Summer Youth program will take place 10am-5pm, Monday through Friday between June 10 and June 21, 2019. Performances will be June 21 and 22.   All activities are held at The Wang Opera Center.  The focus of the program is to rehearse and perform the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado.  Additionally, participants participate in workshops including vocal techniques, acting, yoga, movement, etc.   The cost for the program is $250.   Scholarships are available to those with financial need.