#7) The Controversy:
Written in 1885, The Mikado was set in the fictional town of Titipu, Japan, and cashed in upon the English craze for all thing “oriental”. The show was written to poke fun at English society, but the stereotypes of Japanese culture are now prompting protests at performances all over the United States.
The Board of Directors at ELPs were concerned about the backlash surrounding the Mikado and gave specific instruction to the director that the production must take the controversy into account. Did they succeed? Can ELPs “save” the Mikado from itself? Come join us May 30, 31, June 4, 6, 7 to find out!
#6) The Witty Dialog:
From the Mikado –
- “My right elbow has a fascination that few can resist.”
- “I know [the punishment] is something humorous, but lingering, with either boiling oil or melted lead. Come, come, don’t fret ‘I’m not a bit angry.”
- “I am an acquired taste. Only the educated palate can appreciate me. I was educating his palate when he left me.”
#5) The Sparkling Music:
Arthur Sullivan’s music is charming, innovative, and catchy and was so good that they made him a Knight of the Realm.
Like this guy.
And even this guy.
Sullivan and his partner W.S. Gilbert also invented the “Patter Song”, where the lyrics are sung at machine-gun speed. These songs are routinely performed, even today. Which means you may already know a few G&S songs and not even realize it. Ever heard this one?
Which leads us to reason number 4.
#4) Cultural References:
Get in on the joke. Songs in The Mikado have been referenced in Broadway shows, films, comedy routines, albums and television; including The Simpsons, The Muppets, The Producers and many other shows starting with “The”.
#3) It’s Live:
True Story: The last time one of our members performed the Mikado, they were accidentally locked in their dressing room; making them miss their entrance and forcing the rest of the cast to ad lib while the crew bust down the door with a hammer. Anything can happen when it’s LIVE!
#2) It’s Social:
Hit the town! Our beautiful theater is a perfect venue for a unique date or a fun night out with friends and family. Enjoy socializing during intermission with your fellow theater goers and bidding at the silent auction, and then meet the cast after the show. Go ahead and get those refreshments, you’ve got plenty of dough thanks to the free parking!
#1) It’s not REALLY Opera:
In operas, the actors sing all of their lines, even when they are “talking” to one another. “Operetta”s (little operas), like The Mikado, are a mixture of songs, dance, and spoken dialog. You can see the seeds of modern musicals within this genre. This isn’t a 5-hour “grand” opera where the fat lady drones on and on in German; it’s a light, witty show with hum-able tunes. And the best part is… it’s in English!
But if you want to impress your friends and co-workers with how cultured you are by telling them that you went to “the opera”, we won’t tell. CLICK HERE to get your tickets now!