Sunday, January 23, 2011

"The Mikado" tells bizarre and witty love tale

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Gilbert and Sullivan specialist Frederick Reeder put on a wacky spectacle this weekend in the form of the comic opera The Mikado.

The show opened on Saturday night in front of a packed house at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus.

The Mikado is a 19th century British satire set within Japanese culture. It was updated to include modern humor within the traditional musical scores.

Ryan Janik from Festus checked out the operetta. He says it was an entertaining way to spend the evening.

"I​ think that if the number would have been left as they were written in 1865, perhaps we wouldn't have understand as much and the jokes wouldn't have been as funny," Janik says. "I really enjoyed the show. I would definately recommend it anytime anybody can see it."

The "light-opera" is filled with tremendous voices, eccentric humor, and a bizarre turn of events. The tale starts when Nanki-Poo abandons his father's court to escape an arranged marriage. He falls in love and conquers every obstacle, including a ridiculous love triangle.

Ryan Paluckak, KRCU
Photo courtesy of Seidel Artists Management


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