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Players to present ‘The Mikado’

September 6, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Adorned in bright-colored costumes and bringing their biggest voices, the Calumet Players present "The Mikado" at the Calumet Theatre.

"It's a comedy written in the late 1800s by Gilbert and Sullivan," said Director Debra Bruch.

The show, featuring the Calumet Players dressed in traditional Japanese clothing before a vastly colorful backdrop, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, 14 and 15.

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Members of the Calumet Players rehearse for “The Mikado” Tuesday evening at the Calumet Theatre. “The Mikado,”?which is a Gilbert and Sullivan comedy opera set in the town of Titipu, will be performed at the Calumet Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, 14 and 15. The play will be directed by Debra Bruch.

The comedy is the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera and is set in the town of Titipu. The show opens with big voices.

"I worked this show before about 30 years ago and I loved it," Bruch, an associate professor of theatre at Michigan Technological University, said.

The show has more music than a musical and features Japanese nobles and centers around Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, who fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. He disguises himself as a traveling musician and meets and falls in love with another, Yum-Yum.

The cast includes Ralph Horvath, Erin Aubin, Mike Aubin, Ernest Mooney, Dan Maki, Audrey Knuuttila, Shalina Gupta, Maddie Kim, Sara Perfetti, Dennis Racine, Anna Daavettila, Kaeti Birondo, Rachel Gerbig, Briana Foreman, Lillia Szilagyi, Heidi Knuuttila, Nancy Kauppila, Harry Horton, Kay Hoganson, Marian McKellar and crew members.

The orchestra includes Cathie Wichman, Marjory Johnston, Deb Zei, Jan List, Mary Margaret Wagner, Mark Dice, Ryan Crotty, Lani Pointer, Elizabeth Kauppila, Katie Riutta, Mike Adler, Charles Sallie, Rebecca Bender, Molly Ruth, Chuck Young, Emily Fisher and Henry Ashburn and is under the direction of Tom Maksimchuk.



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