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Act I Stages THE MIKADO 8/7-8/22 At The Darkhorse Theatre

Act I will stage its production of The Mikado on August 7th through the 22nd at the Darkhorse Theatre located at 1410 Charlotte Ave. The cast features Whitney Rose Cone as Yum-Yum, James Rudolph as Ko-Ko, Daniel Sadler as Nanki-Po, and under the direction of Bob Fish, production director.

The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on March 14, 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 show opens in the town of Titipu where the chorus of nobles are joined by Nanki-Poo, disguised as a second trombone, who is looking for Yum-Yum, the ward of Ko-Ko. A noble lord named Pish-Tush asks what Nanki-Poo's business is with Yum-Yum, and learns that the minstrel had seen the girl a year ago when he was a member of the town band, and they had fallen in love. But Yum-Yum was betrothed to her guardian Ko-Ko, 'a cheap tailor.' However on learning that Ko-Ko was condemned to death for flirting, the minstrel has hurried back to try to claim Yum-Yum. Unfortunately on his return he finds that far from being dead, Ko-Ko has in fact been let out on bail, and appointed Lord High Executioner. There is worse to come as Pooh-Bah, who holds every major office of state, informs Nanki-Poo that Yum-Yum and Ko-Ko are to be married that very day.

Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirize 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. The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.

ACT I will also hold it's 3rd annual Wine Tasting on the first Sunday of The Mikado, August 9th, at 6:00pm at the Darkhorse Theatre. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 615-726-2881

One of Nashville's oldest community theater groups, ACT I (Artists' Cooperative Theatre) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, classic, and modern to Middle Tennessee audiences. Now in its 20th Anniversary Season, ACT I has presented performances of over 50 of the world's greatest plays. ACT I continually receives high praise from critics and audience members alike, and its productions and performers are recipients of multiple prizes and awards. ACT I performs in the intimate Darkhorse Theatre, a space which offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Kids enjoy free admission! High School and younger students will be admitted free of charge to Wednesday, Thursday evening performances and Sunday matinees. The public can enjoy two for one on Tuesday & Wednesday performances only.

Tickets: $15 for Adults & $12 for Seniors
Times: Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm (1st weekend)
Wednesday through Saturday 7:30pm (2nd & 3rd weekends)

For more information visit www.act1online.com or call (615) 726-2281 for reservations.

 


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