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By philo - 7 March 2009 24

Canberra Philharmonic Society’s new production of The Mikado left the opening night audience spellbound! With outstanding performances from the talented cast, some of the most amazing voices in Canberra, wonderful choreography, a remarkable live orchestra, beautiful costumes and astonishing lighting and effects, The Mikado is absolutely guaranteed to give you an extraordinary night out! Audience members were in hysterics over the updated lyrics – where no one is safe – everyone from Big Brother to Peter Costello got a mention.  This is a show that truly appeals to all ages. Limited run – only until 21st March. Book your tickets now at or 624 PHILO (74456). (No hidden booking fees or extra charges). Don’t miss this truly remarkable production!

Canberra Philharmonic Society

Proudly Presents

The Mikado

Thursday 5th March til Saturday 21st March, 2009

This hilarious comic opera delighted audiences when excerpts were performed at last week’s

Bushfire Appeal Concert at the Canberra Theatre!

The premier musical theatre company that first brought Gilbert & Sullivan to Canberra Audiences over fifty years ago returns to its roots in this lively, traditional (but updated!) version of the best loved G&S show. With some of Canberra’s finest voices, fan-work to dazzle and amaze and stunning costumes this is one show every G&S lover will not want to miss. A stellar line up of local performers star in this production – including perennial G&S favourite, Peter Dark as “Pooh-Bah”, Jo McGrail-Bateup as “Ko-Ko”, Ken Goodge as “Pish-Tush” and even the Philo President himself who plays “The Mikado”. Two brilliant newcomers to Philo – Grant Pegg and Robyn Collins star as the love birds Nanki-Poo & Yum-Yum. Judith Colquhoun as Pitti Sing and Erika Tolano as Peep-Bo, along with Robyn, make up the Three Little Maids and Miriam Miley-Read is in her element as Katisha. The Mikado is blessed with a very talented supporting cast and ensemble, which includes many current and past ANU School of Music students. With such well known songs as Three Little Maids From School Are We, A Wand’ring Minstrel I, Mi-ya Sa-ma and of course Willow, Tit-Willow the audience are promised a night of fun, wholesome entertainment. The Mikado, directed by Barbara Denham, with Musical Director Andrea Clifford and Choreographer Emma Tattam, plays from 5 to 21 March at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa.For more information and to purchase tickets online – visit or alternatively phone 624PHILO (74456) Erindale Theatre, McBryde Cres, Wanniassa.

Thurs 5th – Sat 7th March at 8pm. Thurs 12th – Sat 14th March at 8pm. Wed 18th – Sat 21st March at 8pm.

Matinees Sat 14th & 21st March at 2pm &

introducing a Special Seniors Matinee Wed 11th March at 11am in the lead-up to Seniors Week.

 Ticket prices range from $28-$45  

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Granny 9:40 pm 11 Mar 09

It kind of works though. The astroturfers have definitely increased my interest in the thing.

And in some ways it’s better than having an event posted up and sit around commentless until it disappears into archival oblivion.

el 8:56 pm 11 Mar 09

Vanilla Bean:

Sound familiar? On a totally unrelated subject, it’s amazing that 9 people signed up to this site in the past 4 days JUST to comment favourably on the production in question on this thread.

Juggler Of Death 7:53 pm 11 Mar 09

I went to see the Mikado on Saturday as a school friend was part of the fantastic chorus (Nathan Fernandez) and I have to say, it was one of the best productions I have ever seen. Stand outs in the cast include Jo McGrail-Bateup as Ko-Ko, the lord high executioner of Titipu, Peter Dark as Pooh-Bah, The lord high everything else, Miriam Miley-Read as the rather tall (yet evil!) Katisha, the president of Philo himself, Michael Moore as the Mikado. And who could forget the wonderful Grant Pegg and Robyn Collins as Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum respectively. The entire night was full of great actors and singers and the show was definitely worth every cent. Philo has done a great job keeping the essence of Gilbert and Sullivan whilst modernising the script and song lyrics for a more enjoyable viewing. Overall, fantastic show, great singers, great actors and awesome show!

Vanilla Bean 5:00 pm 11 Mar 09

Um….what is astroturfing? And I think you mean “Bowling for Nanki-Poo” 😉

I saw the show on Saturday night and I loved it. It’s funny, it’s bright, it has hunky guys with no shirts on and the cast was great. I thought it was impressive that the company managed to get so many really impressive singers (classically trained opera singers?) in one cast. Plus I thought the choreography with fans was neat. The costumes were lovely, especially the schoolgirls in pink and Katisha looked fabulous. I think that when things are so gloomy everywhere it’s nice to be able to go out and lose yourself for a few hours in something bright and glitzy that makes you laugh. Also, even with the updated lyrics, it makes you realise that even back then Gilbert & Sullivan were right on the ticket when they poked fun at politics and the British upper class.

I say go see it…

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