Book and Lyrics adapted by David Bell
Music adapted and arranged by Rob Bowman
Based on “The Mikado” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Aaron Washington
Conducted by Jim Burge
- Sunday, September 8 / 3 pm – 6 pm
- Monday, September 9 / 6:30 pm – 9 pm
- Tuesday, September 10 / 6:30 pm – 9 pm (callbacks)
Rehearsal process will be minimal. All roles are volunteer based.
- Thursday, November 21 / 8 pm
- Friday, November 22 / 8 pm
- Saturday, November 23 / 8 pm
- Sunday, November 24 / 2 pm
ABOUT THE SHOW
MAS Theatre is looking for a diverse, dynamic and energetic cast of performers to bring this HOT production to life. MAS Theatre will be going Speakeasy and telling this story with a live orchestra under the direction of Jim Burge. All actors must be strong singers as well as actors and mover/dancers. WE ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING ALL ETHNICITIES FOR ALL ROLES. This is the coveted Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece “The Mikado” with an adapted jazz score and a 1940s Japanese Speakeasy setting.
Actors should prepare an up-tempo and a ballad with at least one selection being a jazz song, not to exceed three minutes total. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. Background tracks are acceptable.
Video submissions are accepted; however, in-person auditions are highly recommended.
The ages of these characters are adaptable within reason.
Actors of all ages, races, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Ko-Ko: Baritone. Stage age 25-35. Lord High Executioner, given his title the night before he was to be put to death for flirting. He has never killed anything in his life. An all-around “nice guy”. Needs to have impeccable comedic timing and a strong mastery of the stage. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: B3
Nanki-Poo: Tenor. Stage age 20-30. The son of the Mikado. A fresh-faced “rock crooner.” Runs away from his father and the high court and pretends to be a wandering minstrel who plays the trumpet with lots of energy but little finesse. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: C4
Yum-Yum: Soprano. Stage age 18-25. The ward of Titipu’s Lord High Executioner and engaged to marry him. She loves Nanki-Poo. Honest and narcissistic. Needs comedic timing and a lovely soprano voice. Vocal range top: G5, bottom: A3
Katisha: Contralto. Stage age 25+. Nanki-Poo’s spurned and subsequently angry suitor. Femme fatale. Threatens to tell everyone of Nanki-Poo’s real identity to ruin his engagement to Yum-Yum. Vocal range top: D5, bottom: F3
Poo-Bah: Bass. Stage age 25+. Lord High “everything else.” Took over all the offices of State when everyone else quit. Clever, money-hungry and selfish. Ko-Ko’s right-hand man. Vocal range top: F5, bottom: A3
Pitti-Sing: Mezzo-Soprano. Stage age 25-30. Yum-Yum’s sister. Very matter-of-fact. Protective of her sisters, and isn’t afraid to stand up to Katisha. Needs to be an extremely strong vocalist with a very wide vocal range. Vocal range top: A5, bottom: E3
Pish-Tush: Tenor. Stage age 20+. The “coolest” Gentleman of Japan. Thinks himself overly important when doing the Mikado’s bidding. High-strung and rash. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: A3
Peep-Bo: Alto. Stage age 18-25. Yum-Yum’s Sister. Cynical and sarcastic. Has the most attitude of all three sisters. Needs to be very comfortable singing difficult harmonies on her own. Vocal range top: F5, bottom: B3
The Mikado: Baritone. Stage age 35+. The big “cat” of Japan. An ardent stickler for the law, and a ruler who finds humor in every situation even when it is unjust or absurd. Also plays in the ensemble in Act 1. Loves a good show and is quite a showman himself. Vocal range top: A5, bottom: C4
The Gentlemen: 3 Gentlemen of Japan. Wide vocal range. Stage age 20-50. Strong singers and adept dancers. Jazzy and fun.
The Ladies: 3 Ladies of Japan. Wide vocal range. Stage age 20-50. Strong singers and dancers. Sassy and lively.
Hot Mikado is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com