Jan. 19, 2011
Ticket sales are now under way for Opera AACC’s comic performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious classic operetta, “The Mikado.”
Sung in English, the show running Jan. 28-Feb. 5 at the Anne Arundel Community College Pascal Center for Performing Arts features a talented cast: Michael Begley (Columbia) as The Mikado or emperor of Japan; David Hancock (Annapolis) as Pooh-Bah, one of the lords; Kristina Tardif Banks (Annapolis), an AACC alumna, as Yum-Yum, a ward of the Lord High Executioner of Titipu; and Dyana Neal (Baltimore), an on-air personality for Baltimore classical music station WBJC-91.5 FM, as Pitti-Sing, also a ward of the Lord High Executioner.
When the Mikado decrees that flirting is a crime punishable by death, troubles abounds with so many in love in the town of Titipu. The next person on the list to be executed is appointed by the town to the role of Lord High Executioner; this presents a dilemma because he would have to execute himself and suicide is a criminal offense.
Opera AACC is under the artistic direction of Douglas Brandt Byerly (Towson), AACC performing arts department chair. Music is by the AACC Symphony Orchestra under his direction. The stage director is Jennifer Blades of Catonsville.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4; 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. All seats are reserved. The 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 matinee is sponsored by Save the Coconuts, with half of the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness. The audience also can buy a chance to win a smart car.
Annapolis artist Rebecca Snure, a silk painter and silk scarf designer will display Mikado-inspired silk art and paintings in the adjoining Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery during the run of the show.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $12 for AACC employees, students, seniors over age 60, organized groups of 10 or more and $5 for those with a valid AACC student ID card. Students enrolled in two or more Developmental Education courses get in free by showing the box office a copy of their spring 2011 course schedule.
Make reservations by phone or e-mail at 410-777-2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org or in person during walk-up box office hours. Call ahead; open hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and weekends when the box office is open for events. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations.