CAST LIST FOR The Mikado, Autumn 2007

Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado of Japan, has fled his father's court to escape Katisha, a rather unattractive lady who intends to marry him. Disguised as a minstrel, he falls in love with Yum-Yum in the town of Titipu. But his love seems hopeless. Yum-Yum is engaged to marry Ko-Ko, her guardian and the Lord High Executioner.

The Mikado is struck by the fact that no executions have taken place in Titipu for over a year and decrees that unless someone is beheaded within one month, the Lord High Executioner shall be abolished. Ko-Ko must find someone to execute or lose his position. He believes his problem solved when he stumbles upon Nanki-Poo about to perform "the happy dispatch". Nanki-Poo agrees that Ko-Ko may behead him at the end of the month on condition that Ko-Ko permits him to marry Yum-Yum until then.

As Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum prepare for their wedding, Ko-Ko bursts in with the news that wives of decapitated gentlemen are buried alive. Yum-Yum naturally becomes reluctant to marry so Nanki-Poo tells Ko-Ko that he might just as well be executed that very day. As Ko-Ko recoils from the thought of actually killing someone, the arrival of the Mikado is announced. In desperation, Ko-Ko tells Nanki-Poo to take Yum-Yum and never come back. He then conspires with Pooh-Bah, who holds all the official positions in Titipu except Executioner, and with Pitti-Sing, Yum-Yum's sister, to swear that Nanki-Poo has been duly executed.

But the Mikado announces to Ko-Ko that he is in search of his son, just as Katisha reads Nanki-Poo's name on the "death certificate". Ko-Ko, Pitti-Sing, and Pooh-Bah cringe in horror when the Mikado coolly informs them that they have killed the Heir Apparent and the punishment for that is a slow and painful death.

Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti Sing realize that their only hope is to resurrect Nanki-Poo. He, however, refuses to return for fear of Katisha's wrath. In order to appease Katisha, Ko-Ko feigns undying love for her and persuades her to marry him. Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum then reappear to the joy of everyone except Katisha, who is momentarily perturbed until she realizes that she has "a very good bargain" in her new husband, Ko-Ko. General rejoicing prevails.

The Mikado graphic


    Nanki-Poo - Ross Druker
    The Mikado - Mike Dutka
    Ko-Ko - Ray Murphy
    Pooh-Bah - Sam Griffin
    Pish-Tush - Wayne Punshon
    Yum-Yum - Stephanie Rose
    Pitti-Sing - Mary Punshon
    Peep-Bo - Sharon Sigal
    Katisha - Jennifer Cole
    Townspeople of Titipu
    School Girls
    Sheila Bell
    Jessica Brownell
    Kathie Bullano
    Arnza Chamberlain
    Diane Davis
    Melanie Dougherty
    Gillian Greenbaum
    Valerie Hoffman
    Joy Pedrick
    Diane Runkel
    Sally Sapega
    Rande Saxe
    Erin Traverso
    Chris Verduin
    Cathy Wakefield
    Jen Williams
    Julie Zaffarano
    Bruce Conley
    Tom Dodds
    Jim Duey
    Bill Hendrix
    Phil Hoffman
    Jack McEwen
    Howard Polesky
    Joel Realberg
    Dave Zaffarano