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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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