OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

‘The Mikado’ Opens at OSU

08/01/2008

CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous operettas, “The Mikado,” opens at Oregon State University on Aug. 14.

“The Mikado” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14-16, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 17. The production will take place in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Tickets are $14, $10 for seniors and $7 for students, and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/ and at the University Theatre box-office in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. For ticket information, call 541-737-2784.

“The Mikado” features some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved songs, including “The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring,” “A Wandering Minstrel I,” “Here’s a How de Do,” and Three Little Maids from School.”

According to director Charlotte Headrick, this is the fifth time the play has been produced at OSU since it debuted in 1909. The 1927 production included a tour of Oregon logging camps.

Cast in the production include: Colin Fant as the Mikado, Scott Ingham as KoKo, Tom Bombadil as Pooh Bah, Nickoli Strommer as Pish Tush, Jeff Larkin as Nanki Poo, Abbe Groh as Yum Yum, Emily Thielen as Katisha, Allison Duever and Delaney Deaver as Peep Bo, Megan Sand as Pitti Sing.

Chorus members include Amy Rowles, Allison Duever, Delaney Deaver, Katie Badowski, Jene Jacobson, Maarike Teose, Jillian Bower, Amy Severin, Christine Eagleson, Tim Brassfield, Bryan Bernart, Matt Smith, Junho Chang, Tony DeMeo, Steve Ermer and the director of the OSU marching band, Brad Townsend.

The choreographer for the production is Megan Matthes, assisted by her students Ashley Selvey and Cassie Allen. The scene designer is George Caldwell, the music director is Joseph Prather and the costume designer is Kim Decker. Richard Poppino serves as music consultant.