|Director Tony Bump about to strike a blow.|
The Wittiest Execution in Town!...AGAIN
After a very successful initial run and the Heathman Lodge in July, Pacific Stageworks is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan's “The Mikado”, September 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and September 7 and 8 at 2 p.m. Encore performances will be at the Love Street Playhouse (126 Love St., Woodland, Wash.).
“We have the same cast, the same fun, but at a different location,” says Producer, Jennifer Johnson. “The cast had a fabulous time, and the production was very well received by our audiences. We aren’t ready to give it up.”
Director Tony Bump places the performance of “The Mikado” in a modern cocktail party/fundraiser for a local theatre company. Audience members are encouraged to dress in a kimono and sing along with familiar songs such as “Three Little Maids from School,” “Tit Willow,” and “To Sit In Solemn Silence.” Many of the cast members have previously performed at Love Street Playhouse and are looking forward to reuniting with their northern friends.
Kiss and Kill
“The Mikado” is set in the town of Titipu, where the tailor Ko-Ko (Tony Bump of Vancouver) is promoted to Lord High Executioner. His ward, Yum-Yum (Kristen Johnson of Vancouver), whom he plans to marry, has fallen in love with a traveling musician, Nanki-Poo (Will Johnson of Bellingham). Nanki-Poo is, in fact, the Mikado’s son, and has escaped the court to avoid the attentions of an intimidating older noblewoman, Katisha (Jennifer Johnson of Camas). Ko-Ko learns of a decree from the Mikado (David Hicks of Portland) that, unless an execution occurs within a month, the city will be reduced to the rank of a village. Neither the noble lord Pish-Tush (Gary Bock of Vancouver) nor the Lord High Everything Else, Pooh-Bah (IZ Darling of Portland), will volunteer to be executed. Complications occur with the arrival of the Mikado, accompanied by the ever-formidable Katisha.
Additional cast members include Jeanna Reed (Battle Ground), Kathleen Jung (Ridgefield), Ashley Hall (Bellingham), Garry Bastian & Zak Campbell (Vancouver), and Kaylen Ostrom (Camas).
Witty lyrics and brilliantly constructed plot twists make this light-hearted tale of forbidden love, deception, and beheadings a favorite among theatre-goers since 1885.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Audience members wearing a kimono will receive a $1 discount. Tickets may be ordered at www.pacificstageworks.com or 360-213-5174.
Please do not contact Love Street Playhouse with questions.