Mikado marks milestone
To mark the 40th anniversary of Auckland Grammar School’s Centennial Theatre, this year’s joint production with Epsom Girls Grammar will offer something a little more lighthearted.
Students hope to thrill the audience with The Mikado and its quirky and twisted plot based on a set of crazy Japanese rules.
The play’s main character Yum Yum is set to marry Ko Ko, but her friends the three maids and her lover Nanki Poo have different plans.
Auckland Grammar English teacher and the play’s director Andrea Hellens says she wanted to do an adaptation of the 107-year-old Gilbert and Sullivan play because it is “seen as ridiculously absurd”.
Having recently directed Les Miserables and Cabaret, Mrs Hellens, who has never “done” comedy before, wanted a different challenge.
“I’ve always done more serious stuff,” she says.
“So until you see the audience’s reaction, you don’t know if you’ve got it right.”
There are two casts of main characters, who alternate their roles each night.
Students in prominent roles include Sam Burridge, Johnny Mahon-Heap, Madison Walters and Sarah Venville.
Year 13 student Madison Walters, who plays one of the three maids, says the cast is extremely close.
Although the 16-year-old doesn’t want the show to fin- ish, there is the end of year production to look forward to. The Mikado, Madison says, has been a great show to be involved with.
Although the plot is at times confusing, “the good thing about it is that it is spelt out pretty clearly _ there is a lot of talking to the audience,” she says.
“There is quite a lot of audience participation.”
The play runs until Saturday at Auckland Grammar School’s Centennial Theatre.
To book call 623-5400.
Something different: Auckland Grammar and Epsom Girls Grammar’s show The Mikado is a little more lighthearted than previous years’ productions.