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Durham Savoyards Open Reframed Mikado at the Carolina Theatre March 29th

Durham, NC – The Durham Savoyards Ltd., local favorites in their 57th season, announce the opening of The Mikado, the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations, on Friday March 29. The production, reframed as a fashion show gone mad, will run through Sunday March 31, with a special invitation preview on Thursday March 28. Join Queen Victoria and her royal entourage at Durham’s historic Carolina Theatre. Performances start at 8 pm Thursday and Friday, 7 pm on Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, and at a discount from cast and crew members.

Arguably the most beloved comic opera ever written, Mikado has delighted audiences since its London premiere in 1885. 134 years later, on the other side of the Atlantic, The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Victorian classic’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Derrick Ivey, Artistic Director and Choreographer, explains his conception: “Embracing the libretto’s reference to a lead character as a “cheap tailor,” we’ll set our scene in the midst of an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables are turned, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage. Combining a contemporary framing device with the idea of an improvised story, we hope to delight die-hard fans as well as to win over the hearts of a new generation. Topsy-turvydom at its finest!”

The cast includes: Stuart Albert, Jim Burnette, Brady DelVecchio, Farren Hilliard, Mary Elisabeth Hirsh, Lauren Hussey, Michael Rowe, Alana Sealey, and Greg Toft, backed up by a chorus of Savoyards and accompanied by the award-winning Durham Savoy Opera Orchestra.

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As the Triangle’s only community-based Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company, the Durham Savoyards have been showcasing the timeless duo (the Saturday Night Live of the Victorian Era) and adding a madcap spin on their satire and music since 1963. Productions have included: Utopia, Ltd., where a South Sea island king protects himself from assassins by becoming a corporation; The Sorcerer as a zombie-fied Downton Abbey; a traditional version of the ever-popular The Pirates of Penzance; a steampunk fairy takeover of the House of Lords in Iolanthe; and Princess Ida as feminist space opera. The family-friendly shows are sure to delight young and old.

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