College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

CofC Opera Presents “The Mikado”

Valerie Osborn portraying KatishaThe College of Charleston Opera will entertain audiences of all ages with the outlandish, musical comedy, “The Mikado,” by Gilbert and Sullivan. The performance will open Friday, April 8 and run through Monday, April 11. [more info]

The plot revolves around a series of relationships and odd laws that govern these relationships. Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado (Emperor), arrives in the town of Titipu disguised as a traveling musician, looking to win over Yum-Yum, a beautiful and free-spirited woman he saw a year ago. However, Yum-Yum is betrothed to her guardian Ko-Ko, who has an impending death sentence for flirting. The story continues, adding ridiculous rules and schemes as the characters pursue love and/or survival.

Singers in the College’s Opera Program, directed by noted baritone and professor David Templeton, will perform this wonderful classic set in Japan, accompanied by orchestra professionals conducted by Robert Taylor. The role of Nanki-Poo will be played by John White; Yum-Yum portrayed by Elise Darrow and Kori Miller; Katisha performed by Valerie Osborn, Pooh-Bah played by Nathan Matticks; Ko-Ko played by Jordan Boyd, Peep-Bo performed by Louise Carraway & Ashley Fabian; Pitti-Sing played by Hannah Miller and Katie Farish; Pish-Tush portrayed by Paul Runyan; and the role of the Mikado will be played by a surprise performer!

PRESS: The Post and Courier, Charleston, April 3, 2011, April 11, 2011