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January 25, 2002

MIKADO BRINGS BLEND OF COMEDY AND MUSIC TO VITERBO STAGE IN SPECIAL PERFORMANCE ON FEB. 12

LA CROSSE, Wis.- Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous operetta The Mikado is coming to Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The story of The Mikado revolves around a young fellow named Nanki-Poo, who has banished himself from the little town of Titipu.  It seems he has fallen in love with a beautiful young lady named Yum-Yum.  Unfortunately, Yum-Yum is engaged to marry her guardian, the tailor Ko-Ko.  However, when Nanki-Poo hears that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for a capital crime, he hastily returns to Titipu, only to learn that Ko-Ko has not only been granted a reprieve, but has been promoted to the post of Lord High Executioner. Nanki-Poo is preparing to hang himself in despair when a decree arrives from the Mikado warning that Titipu is overdue for an execution.  Ko-Ko devises a clever plan.  But will Yum-Yum ever marry Nanki-Poo?

The Mikado was originally staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885.  This special presentation is produced by Opera a la Carte, which was founded in 1970 by Gilbert and Sullivan Specialist Richard Sheldon.  The company has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame and is known for the authentic style of its productions, the outstanding caliber of its artists and high production standards.

Tickets are $25/19.  To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 796-3100 or explore the Viterbo School of Fine Arts.

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