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Event Series Event Series: The Mikado

The Mikado

14 July 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The story of The Mikado revolves around a young fellow named Nanki-Poo who has banished himself from the little town of Titipu. Nanki-Poo, it seems, has fallen in love with a beautiful young lady called Yum-Yum. Unfortunately, Yum-Yum is engaged to be married to her guardian, the tailor Ko-Ko.

However, when Nanki-Poo hears that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for the capital crime of flirting, he hastily returns to Titipu, only to learn that Ko-Ko has not only been granted a reprieve but has been promoted to the post of Lord High Executioner.

Apparently, those in power, wishing to slow down the rash of executions, reason that since Ko-Ko was next in line for execution, he can’t cut off anyone else’s head until he cuts off his own!

The Mikado, however, soon takes notice of the lack of executions in Titipu and decrees that if no executions take place within the time of one month, the city shall be reduced to the status of a village.

Ko-Ko, desperate to avoid cutting off his own head, vows to find a substitute, and as luck would have it, just at that moment, Nanki-Poo wanders onto the stage with a rope determined to take his own life rather than live life without his beloved Yum-Yum.

Ko-Ko immediately seizes on this opportunity and offers the young lad one month of luxurious living at the end of which he would be relatively painlessly decapitated. Nanki-Poo agrees on the condition that he be married to Yum-Yum right away so that he can spend his last month in wedded bliss.

But just as the wedding celebration begins, a law is discovered, much to Yum-Yum’s distress, which decrees that a condemned man’s wife must be buried alive with his corpse!

Written By: Gilbert & Sullivan
Director Nathan Quadrio
MD Monique Warren

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Information night at: TIDC Performing Arts Studio

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Role Name Gender Stage Age Role Information Range
Mikado Male Older Mikado of Japan Bass
Nanki-Poo Male Young His son disguised as a wandering minstrel Tenor
Ko-Ko Male Older The Lord High Executioner of Titipu Baritone
Poo-Bah Male Older Lord High Everything else Baritone
Yum-Yum Female Young A ward of Ko-Ko Soprano
Pitti-Sing Female Young A ward of Ko-Ko Mezzo-Soprano
Peep-Bo Female Young A ward of Ko-Ko Mezzo-Soprano
Katasha Female Older An elderly lady in love with Nanki-Poo Contralto
Chorus of schoolgirls, Nobles, Guards and servants Undefined Varied Varied Any Range



Audition Contact Name Nathan Quadrio
Audition Contact Email the4river@gmail.com

Auditions will be on Sunday 21st July from 8.30 for registration and group auditions, then by appointment after that.

Location for auditions is the Parks Theatres


14 July 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Northern Light Theatre Company
0438 627 713
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