Huntington University Theatre Company presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s 'The Mikado'

Huntington, Ind.—There’s nothing like American actors singing in British dialects while wearing kimonos and traditional Kabuki makeup to tickle your funny bone and satisfy your craving for comic opera.

Huntington University Theatre Company is excited to finish its main stage season with Gillbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” The show will be performed six times in the Studio Theatre located in the lower level of the Merillat Centre for the Performing Arts at Huntington University April 15-17 and April 23-24. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 17.

Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for HU students and $9 for HU faculty/staff.

For reservations, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

You will not want to miss this wildly popular operetta from the British duo who wrote “The Pirates of Penzance” and “H.M.S Pinafore.” No comic opera could hold the stage without a romantic pair of lovers, beautiful music with soaring melodies, lavish costumes, a fantastical setting and outlandish characters involved in twisting plots. “The Mikado” is no exception! It will leave you humming and laughing to the very end.

Huntington University senior Matthias Austin and sophomore Sarah Yanovitch play the roles of the destined lovers, Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum. Prince Nanki-Poo has fled the court of his father, the Mikado, to escape an arranged marriage. Disguised as a wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo travels to Titipu, where he falls in love with the scrumptious Yum-Yum, the Lord High Executioner’s intended wife.

“The Mikado” is directed by Jay Duffer and choreographed by Melissa Duffer. Joni Killian is the music director.

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 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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