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The Mikado – Audition
December 8 @ 8:00 am - December 9 @ 5:00 pm
Audition Contact: Roger Starbuck
Audition Venue: G&S Hall, cnr Lemana Rd and Ravenswood Court, Nollamara
Audition Date(s): 8. 9 December
Audition Time(s): by appointment
Prepare and bring music for at least one piece, preferably in English. It need not be from the Mikado, or even Gilbert and Sullivan
Principals and chorus
Show: The Mikado
Author: Gilbert and Sillivan
Venue: Dolphin Theatre, UWA
Theatre Company: Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Show Dates: 2-11 May, 2019
Director: Paul Treasure
MD: Georg Corall
The Mikado is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on 14 March 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second-longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time.Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera.
The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially popular with amateur and school productions. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.
Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.