Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, Pitti-Sing at Mary Baldwin

February 2, 2006

Mary Baldwin University Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s light operaThe MikadoFebruary 10-12 and 15-19.

Queen Victoria, upon seeingThe Mikadofor the first time, declared that she found the plot ‘rather silly’ and she may be quite right. Some may feel he operetta is silly, but it contains some of the most beautiful music Arthur Sullivan ever wrote.

Alice Piepenburg, who played Rapunzel in Mary Baldwin’s production ofInto the Woodslast spring, stars as the lovely Yum-Yum who is ‘far from shy.’ Playing the part of her lover Nanki-Poo is Ben Houseknecht, a familiar face to audiences of the Mary Baldwin, Oak Grove, and Waynesboro Players stages.

Stevens Garlick plays the humane Mikado, Laura Flanagan is majestic as the ‘teeny weeny bit bloodthirsty’ Katisha, Michael Vayvada is Pish-Tush, Kent Zimmerman acts as Pooh-Bah who wears many hats, and Bob Wright tackles the role of Ko-Ko. Shae Armstrong and Laura Bouchard, as Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo respectively, round out the central cast.

Lively choruses of schoolgirls and gentleman of Imperial Japan include Terrace Althouse, Bronson Anderson, Katie Ashe, Sarah Benkendorf, Dick Coleman, Rachel Ellenberger, Heidi Grumelot, Ariel Howard, Sam Koogler, Mike Lafferty, Frankie Lynch, Stephanie Makowski, Rod Owen, Ron Shelton, Mack Swift, Jessica Taylor, Stuart Thompson, Kenneth Whipple, and Sedonia Williams.

The public is invited Wednesday-Saturday, February 10-11 and 15-18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. at the college’s Fletcher Collins Theatre. Given the popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, early reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or reserved by credit card by calling (540) 887-7189 during regular box office hours.