1945 - 1946

The Mikado

Town of Titipu, Japan

Nanki-Poo has fled from the court of his father, the Mikado of Japan, to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady of the court. Disguised as a musician, he has fallen in love with Yum-Yum; but he has been prevented from marrying her by her guardian, Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry her himself. Ko-Ko, however, was condemned to death for flirting. Nanki-Poo learns that Ko-Ko has, instead, become Lord High Executioner, thus preventing the sentence of decapitation from being carried out and that Ko-Ko is, in fact, going to marry Yum-Yum that very afternoon. Suddenly a letter comes from the Mikado ordering Ko-Ko to execute somebody or lose his position of Lord High Executioner. He is looking for someone to execute when Nanki-Poo appears, bent upon suicide because he cannot marry Yum-Yum. By allowing Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for a month, Ko-Ko persuades Nanki-Poo to be the subject of a public execution when that month is up.

It is then discovered that the law is that when a married man is executed, his wife must be buried alive. To save Yum-Yum from that fate, Nanki-Poo cancels his agreement with Ko-Ko and plans to kill himself at once. However, to solve Ko-Ko’s problem, Nanki-Poo magnanimously offers himself for immediate decapitation, but Ko-Ko is unable to perform the act without some practice. To get out of his difficulties, Ko-Ko has Pooh-Bah make a false affidavit that Nanki-Poo has been executed, and orders Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum to immediately marry and leave the country. When the Mikado arrives, Ko-Ko produces the affidavit and describes the execution, but it transpires that the Mikado’s visit is, in fact, in search of his son. When it emerges that the person supposedly executed is really the Mikado's son, Ko-Ko and his accomplices are sentenced to a grisly fate. The only hope for them is to admit the falsehood of the affidavit and produce Nanki-Poo alive. But, as Nanki-Poo has already married Yum-Yum and so cannot marry Katisha, Katisha will surely insist on his execution. Ko-Ko is forced to solve the problem by marrying Katisha himself, thus allowing Nanki-Poo to safely re-appear.


Producer: Purvis Wood   

Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Cast

Christine McCulloch Allan

Katisha

Egerton Clarke

Pageboy

Esther Henry

Yum-Yum

Gertrude Gerlach

Pitti-Sing

Howard Trueman

Pooh-Bah (Lord High Everything Else)

Isobel Brown

Peep-Bo

J. E. Webb

The Mikado Of Japan

James G. Scott

Ko-Ko

John Owen Thorne

Pish-Tush

Thomas A. Kines

Nanki-Poo

A. E. MacLaurin

Chorus

Amie C. R. Nicol

Chorus

Anita Kipp

Chorus

Audrey O'Neill

Chorus

Audrey Sladen

Chorus

Barbara Watts

Chorus

Bert Thomas

Chorus

Betty Cowan

Chorus

Bill Murray

Chorus

Bill Tierney

Chorus

C. S. Skidmore

Chorus

Cliff Watts

Chorus

Daisy Mae Latimer

Chorus

Dermot Sladen

Chorus

Doreen Burchill

Chorus

Doris Rodger

Chorus

Dot Mattice

Chorus

Elsie M. Parkes

Chorus

Evelyn Mills

Chorus

Geoffrey F. Farrow

Chorus

Giovanni G. Teolis

Chorus

Gwen Nuth

Chorus

Herb Sills

Chorus

Holly LeMarquand

Chorus

Howard Kapinsky

Chorus

Isabel Forward

Chorus

Iva Bridges

Chorus

Ivy G. Smith

Chorus

J. Gilbert Cardinal

Chorus

Jean Halley

Chorus

Jeanne St. Germain

Chorus

Josephine Salesse

Chorus

Kay Mattice

Chorus

Ken Waddell

Chorus

Lorna Rice

Chorus

Lorne Grummish

Chorus

Louise Cameron

Chorus

Madge duPont

Chorus

Margaret Rowles

Chorus

Mary Allen

Chorus

Mary Barrette

Chorus

Mary Forward

Chorus

Mary Jealous

Chorus

Mervyn Pettapiece

Chorus

Mildred M. Ker

Chorus

Monty Montgomery

Chorus

Norman W. Tepley

Chorus

Percy May

Chorus

Phyllis Lugsdin

Chorus

Ralph E. Dale

Chorus

Ralph Guitard

Chorus

Rosalie Sladen

Chorus

Rosemary Maguire

Chorus

Scott Musson

Chorus

Shirley Needham

Chorus

Ted Hothersall

Chorus

Ted Nicholson

Chorus

Theresa Doyle

Chorus

Viola Turgeon

Chorus

W. J. Dyck

Chorus

Walter Tetar

Chorus

William Clarke

Chorus

William McDowall

Chorus

Production

Andree Cunningham

At the Piano

Bob Allan

Workshop

C. D. Sladen

Ticket Sales

Frances O'Malley

Make-up

Frances Oldham

Prompting

Grace Colbourne

Cover Design

Helen Richards

Scenery

J. E. Webb

Costumes

Le Vila Stewart

Properties

Neil O'Donnell

Lighting

Percy May

Chorus Master

Richard Mitchell

At the Piano

Ted Hothersall

Chorus Master

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