Mikado marks mile­stone

Central Leader - - News - By Michelle Cooke

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.

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