2008 -- acting 2 + directing class
(c)2004 *


Mikado for classes



Monologue Study: 1 101 * 2 comedy * 3 drama *

2009 : Caligari as opera?


Mikado Notes

playing comedy...
Act I and Act II to use in 200x Aesthetics class (final exam project)

Fall 2001 course

Act One

Enter Ko-Ko.

KO. (looking after Yum-Yum). There she goes! To think how entirely my future happiness is wrapped up in that little parcel! Really, it hardly seems worth while! Oh, matrimony!-- (Enter Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush.) Now then, what is it? Can't you see I'm soliloquizing? You have interrupted an apostrophe, sir!

PISH. I am the bearer of a letter from his Majesty the Mikado.

KO. (taking it from him reverentially). A letter from the Mikado! What in the world can he have to say to me? (Reads letter.) Ah, here it is at last! I thought it would come sooner or later! The Mikado is struck by the fact that no executions have taken place in Titipu for a year, and decrees that unless somebody is beheaded within one month the post of Lord High Executioner shall be abolished, and the city reduced to the rank of a village!

PISH. But that will involve us all in irretrievable ruin!

KO. Yes. There is no help for it, I shall have to execute somebody at once. The only question is, who shall it be?

POOH. Well, it seems unkind to say so, but as you're already under sentence of death for flirting, everything seems to point to you.

KO. To me? What are you talking about? I can't execute myself.

POOH. Why not?

KO. Why not? Because, in the first place, self decapitation is an extremely difficult, not to say dangerous, thing to attempt; and, in the second, it's suicide, and suicide is a capital offence.

POOH. That is so, no doubt.

PISH. We might reserve that point.

POOH. True, it could be argued six months hence, before the full Court.

KO. Besides, I don't see how a man can cut off his own head.

POOH. A man might try.

PISH. Even if you only succeeded in cutting it half off, that would be something.

POOH. It would be taken as an earnest of your desire to comply with the Imperial will.

KO. No. Pardon me, but there I am adamant. As official Headsman, my reputation is at stake, and I can't consent to embark on a professional operation unless I see my way to a successful result.

POOH. This professional conscientiousness is highly creditable to you, but it places us in a very awkward position.

KO. My good sir, the awkwardness of your position is grace itself compared with that of a man engaged in the act of cutting off his own head.

PISH. I am afraid that, unless you can obtain a substitute ----

KO. A substitute? Oh, certainly--nothing easier. (To Pooh-Bah.) Pooh-Bah, I appoint you Lord High Substitute.

POOH. I should be delighted. Such an appointment would realize my fondest dreams. But no, at any sacrifice, I must set bounds to my insatiable ambition!

[ scenes in acting classes ]

From http://condor.stcloudstate.edu/~scogdill/mikado/index.html

The premier site is, of course, the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, curated by Jim Farron (http://diamond.idbsu.edu/GaS/GaS.html). This excellent, long-standing, frequently updated site contains many valuable resources, including text and sound files of the operas, biographical essays, discographies, a photo gallery, and so on.

An excellent discography can be found at Marc Shepherd's A Gilbert and Sullivan Discography, which includes a great deal of valuable, thorough, annotated, and evaluative information about films and videos as well (http://www.cris.com/~oakapple/gasdisc/mik.htm).

Britannica Online has articles about all the major players in the story of The Mikado, including Gilbert, Sullivan, D'Oyly Carte, and so on.

[ http://www.stcloudstate.edu/~scogdill/mikado/netresources.html ]