2007-2008

WPI Students to Perform Comic Opera ‘The Mikado’


VOX, the music theatre production company at WPI, and the university’s Department of Humanities and Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera masterpiece The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-15 at WPI's Alden Memorial. Tickets will be available at the door ($15 general and $10 students), but may be reserved by e-mailing mikado-tickets@wpi.edu.

Tickets on Sale for Sept. 13-15 Shows at WPI’s Alden Memorial

What

VOX, the music theatre production company at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the university's Department of Humanities and Arts, will present Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera masterpiece The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu). WPI's production will be directed by Kristy Chambrelli and produced by John F. Delorey, WPI's director of choral music; and Thomas Collins (MIS '01), a WPI staff member who is also part of the cast.

With music written by Arthur Sullivan and words by W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado tells the convoluted tale of the inhabitants of Titipu, all looking for love and trying to escape the Lord High Executioner. The most popular and enduring of all the Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations, The Mikado, which first opened in 1885, is a fierce and biting commentary on the social order in Britain. WPI's fully staged and costumed production will feature music direction by Delorey and Douglas Weeks, WPI's administrator of applied music. James Haupt, a 2005 graduate of WPI, will serve as the full student orchestra's conductor.

Tickets will be available at the door ($15 general and $10 students), but may be reserved by e-mailing mikado-tickets@wpi.edu.

Who

Approximately 150 WPI students and community members will participate in this opera in various capacities: acting, singing, orchestral music performance, and set design and production.

When

Thursday through Saturday, September 13-15, 2007
7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alden Memorial
Worcester, Mass.

September 12, 2007

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu