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Mikado Programs

Mikado Programs

In 2014, I had the oppor­tu­nity to sing one of the lead roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Mikado, a highly improb­a­bly satire about a tan­gled mess of love and pol­i­tics in 19th-century Japan. I also got to design the set — my first time work­ing on the­ater design — and the pro­grams, which you see here.

Each of the char­ac­ters on the cover of the pro­gram rep­re­sents a cred­ited char­ac­ter in the operetta: the three little maids from school, the blood­thirsty old maid Katisha, the Mikado him­self (emperor of Japan), incog­nito prince Nanki-Poo, the Lord High Executioner of Titipu Ko-Ko (my char­ac­ter), Lord High Everything Else Pooh-Bah, and noble­man Pish-Tush.

This was a fun project because I was invested in it in so many ways, and because I got to do both illus­tra­tion and type layout. I love being able to tackle both tech­ni­cal and aes­thetic projects at the same time.


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