Flint’s Kearsley Park Players continue their 2015 Theatre in Our Parks summer theatre festival with a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical comedy The Mikado.
With some of the most enjoyable songs in musical theater, The Mikado tells the story of star-crossed lovers who overcome numerous obstacles to find happiness together. Placed in ancient Japan, the story actually uses its Japanese location to poke fun at English and American society.
The Mikado remains the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan work. It has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.
When The Mikado was first presented in 1885, its London production ran for 672 performances, which was one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that at least 150 theatre companies in Europe and America were producing the musical at the same time.
“Last year the Kearsley Park Players did our first Gilbert & Sullivan musical with a triumphant production of Pirates of Penzance,” stated director Kay Kelly, “That production sold out every performance and many people were turned away at the door so this year we have added Thursday evening performances for both weeks of the run.”
Because of funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation, tickets for all performances are only $5. Many noted local performers are part of the production, including Michael Kelly as the Mikado, Caroline Marie Collins as Yum-Yum, David Lindsay as Ko-Ko, Frank Pitts as Pooh-Bah, Kim Streby as Katisha and Ethan Rodgers as Nanki-Poo.
The Mikado will open on Thursday, August 13 at the Opera House at Crossroads Village at 7:30 pm. Performances at Crossroads Village will continue on Friday, August 14, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. For ticket reservations at the Opera House, please call (810) 736-7100 (ext. 6) during regular business hours (9am to 5pm).
The second weekend, The Mikado moves to the Kearsley Park Pavilion with performances August 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm with the final performance (and the only matinee) on Sunday, August 23 at 3 pm. For ticket reservations at Kearsley Park call (810) 845-4050.
The play is directed by Kay Kelly with musical direction by Nada Radakovich.
The full schedule of performances follows:
August 13 – The Opera House at Crossroads Village – 7:30 PM
August 14 – The Opera House at Crossroads Village – 7:30 PM
August 15 – The Opera House at Crossroads Village – 7:30 PM
August 16 – The Opera House at Crossroads Village – 7:30 PM
August 20 – Kearsley Park Pavilion – 7:30 PM
August 21 – Kearsley Park Pavilion – 7:30 PM
August 22 – Kearsley Park Pavilion – 7:30 PM
August 23 – Kearsley Park Pavilion – 3:00 PM
This performance is part of “2015 Theatre in OUR Parks”, a collaboration between the City of Flint Parks and Recreation Department and Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, funded by a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation.
Join your friends and neighbors all over Genesee County as we celebrate summer in our parks. More information at kearsleyparkplayers.com.
[PHOTO: (front) David Lindsay as Ko-Ko, (center) Ethan Rodgers as Nanki-Poo, Caroline Marie Collins as Yum-Yum, and (back) Michael Kelly as the Mikado.]
Theatre in Our Parks