The Mikado Brings Music and Comedy to Thanksgiving Weekend
When the curtain opened on the Thanksgiving Fine Arts Series production of The Mikado, the audience was transported to ancient Japan—or at least to Gilbert and Sullivan’s British, comedic version of Japan.
Directed by performing arts faculty Stephen Burke and performed by PCC faculty, staff, and students, The Mikado told the story of Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum’s pursuit of love as they flee forced engagements and even execution. Through Gilbert and Sullivan’s trademark storyline of absurd characters, forbidden love, hilarious plot twists, and happy endings, The Mikado brought the crowd to roaring laughter.
With exquisitely designed sets and costumes, the audience experienced colorful kimonos, cherry blossom trees in full bloom, pagodas, and a pond with floating origami swans. They also enjoyed memorable songs including the hilarious “I’ve Got a Little List,” modified to include some campus-specific humor.
With an unforgettably comedic story, colorful characters, and catchy songs, The Mikado ranks high on PCC’s list of favorite Fine Arts performances.