Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CROT'S The Mikado

Cedar Rapids – This June music and fun meet under the night sky for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado, directed by Brian Clay Luedloff, performed by CR Opera Young Artists and conducted by John Hollins on the Lawn at Brucemore, June 19, 20 & 21, 7:30PM. Tickets $20 (discounts available for advance purchase) and available by calling 319-362-7375 or at http://www.brucemore.org/. Brucemore is located at 2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Mikado is an affiliated event of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival.

The Mikado is sponsored by CRST, Giacoletto Foundation, Great America Financial Services, Rockwell Collins, Myron & Esther Wilson with additional support from ACT, Inc.; Alliant Energy Foundation; and Margaret Haupt.

A silly, whimsical story of love and politics, the central character, Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (emperor) of Japan, is trying to escape an arranged marriage by disguising himself as a travelling musician and leaving home. During his travels he falls in love with a girl named Yum-Yum who is, to his dismay, engaged to be married. As Nanki-Poo pursues Yum-Yum, hijinks ensue.

The Mikado, a comic opera in two acts by Arthur Sullivan (music) and W.S. Gilbert (libretto), opened on March 14, 1885 at the Savoy Theatre in London. The opera was so popular that by the end of that year over 150 companies in Europe and America were producing the show. By setting the opera in Japan it allowed Gilbert to comment on British politics and institutions more freely. Today The Mikado is still one of the most widely loved and performed operas and can still be considered a relevant satire.

One of only twenty-six National Trust historic sites in the United States, the Brucemore Mansion is a museum and a community cultural center. The Mikado will be performed on the lush lawn of the gorgeous Brucemore grounds. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, picnics and beverages of their choice to enjoy during the show.

Source: CROT Press Release

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