Relive the backstage drama of the opera in A Topsy Turvy Mikado at the Hobby Center

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Director Alistair Donkin leads a rehearsal for A Topsy Turvy Mikado | Photo courtesy of Gilbert Sullivan Society of Houston

Witness the highs and lows of creating a comic opera classic in Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston’s international debut of A Topsy Turvy Mikado at the Hobby Center on select dates from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Presented by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, A Topsy Turvy Mikado gives a fresh perspective on a comic opera classic with a behind-the-scenes retelling that amounts to an inventive play within a play experience.

A Topsy Turvy Mikado centers around the final rehearsals of the Victorian-era comic opera, The Mikado, from English operatic collaborators Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. The popular songs, quick-witted dialogue, ridiculous plotlines, and memorable characters of The Mikado are given new life as A Topsy Turvy Mikado also brings the actors behind the characters into the spotlight, as well as the combustible stress of a looming opening night.

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A Topsy Turvy Twist

Guided by Alistair Donkin, the long-standing Artistic Director of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, A Topsy Turvy Mikado implements newly uncovered details that shed light on the working relationship of Sullivan and Gilbert, as well as the efforts of Gilbert to prepare the actors for their roles in the fast-approaching premiere of The Mikado in 1885.

Utilizing historical records, hilarious behind-the-scenes stories, and a re-examining of the premiere night libretto, Donkin has crafted an opera that fans of the original can find authentic and yet be surprised by the added touches and unique perspective of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

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Conductor Viswa Subbaraman | Photo courtesy of Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

About The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston (HG&S) is a non-profit, volunteer-based theater company dedicated to preserving and sharing the delightful legacy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operas since 1952. The primary and constant goal of the Society is to provide top-notch live-theater productions, in the true spirit of family entertainment, at a price that families can afford.

HG&S caters to youth in the industry and has awarded over 100 scholarships to vocal performance and theatre tech students and provides a bank of tickets to less-privileged children in the Houston area. HG&S participated in the inaugural seasons of both Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1966 and Wortham Theater Center in 1987 and has established itself as the oldest continuously operating opera company in Houston.

A Topsy Turvy Mikado presented by The Gilbert & Gullivan Society of Houston

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