The Mikado marks 30 years for Surrey theatre group
Tickets are available now for the Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society's 30th anniversary production, The Mikado, running May 9-19 at a new venue, White Rock's Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.
One of B.C.'s most recognized tenors, Mark Donnelly – well-known as 'Mr O Canada' for his anthem singing at Canucks games – trades his microphone for a kimono as he plays the title role of the imperious Mikado of Japan to his own son Sean's performance as "wandering minstrel" Nanki-Poo.
A strong cast of popular G & S players includes James Walker as Ko-Ko, the Mikado's Lord High Executioner; Adam Olgui as the pompous Pooh-Bah; Rebekkah MacEwan as Yum-Yum, Tamara Wilhelm as Pitti-Sing, Samantha Anddrews as Peep-Bo and mezzo Jacquollyne Keath as Nanki-Poo's "slightly bloodthirsty" would-be fiance, Katisha.
Don't let the Japanese costumes fool you – W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan's witty 1885 operetta, much like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, is, at heart, a thinly-disguised satire of Victorian England's manners and mores.
Produced by Kate Bethell (director of the recent White Rock Players Club pantomime Robinson Crusoe), the show's artistic director is well-known actor/musician Dann Wilhelm, while music direction is by Herbert Tsang and choreography by the ever-creative and reliable Carol Seitz.
Evening performances are Wednesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. with a 2:30 matinee May 13.
To reserve tickets, call 604-536-7535, or visit www.whiterockplayers.ca