Director - Barbara Worrall
Musical Director - Michael J Scott
Production Manager - Susanna Henley
Tap Choreographer - Vicki Patheyjohns
Vocal Coach - Hannah Peel
Stage Management - Neil Hampson
Wardrobe - Carmel Middleton & Andrea Jones
Promotion & Marketing - Tim Jones & Roy Green
Poster Design - Tim Jones
Photography - Ian Han Photography & Simon Taylor
The Mikado - Joe Youds
Nanki-Poo - Michael Fletcher
Yum-Yum - Eve Cawley
Piti-Sing - Jennifer Ball
Peep-Bo - Alison Ball
Pish-Tush - Aaron Cawley
Ko-Ko - Sam McCosh
Pooh-Bah - Tim Jones
Katisha - Bredgeen Smyth
Jonathan Wilson, Jon Tither, Neil Silcock, Ron Murphy, Roy Green, Roy Youds
Andrea Jones, Alison Wheeler, Carmel Middleton, Diane Sissons, Helen Miliken, Jane Coulson, Jean Williams, Kate Wurbacher, Lesley Ann Silcock, Lindsay Watkinson, Lorna Goldsmith, Mandy James, Susanna Henley, Valarie Ball, Victoria Lewis, Vicki Patheyjohns
Conductor, Keys2, Sax - Michael J Scott
Piano/Keys1 - Jonathan Clayton
Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax - Jessica Lowe
Trumpet - Joel Cooper
Trombone - Hannah Peel
Bass - Grant Russell
Drums/Percussion - Alex Braathen
Orchestral Management - Emma Royd
Performed at the Brindley Arts Centre & Theatre, Runcorn, Cheshire
on the 29th April - 3rd May 2008.
Based on “The Mikado” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sulivan.
Originally produced at Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C.
Frankie Hewitt, Producing Director
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
Directed by Barbara Worrall and Musical Direction by Michael J Scott
Hot Mikado - Audience Feedback
"WOW SUPERCALLIFRAGULISTICEXPEADILDOTIUS. We have previously been wowed by your productions in Frodsham. But last night you introduced us to the delights of The Brindley. Congrats to all the team for a wonderful production. My wife used to dance in shows, and we were both watching those arms, they were all wonderfully in unison, you were all having fun, all that energy and life. Hope you enjoyed a good party afterwards you deserved it. "
Michael Melville (Frodsham)
"Congratulation to the company on the best production I have ever seen the Zodiac produce. Any future amateur shows in the Brindley this year have a very hard act to follow."
Malcolm Wallace (Runcorn).
"What a wonderful show, from the minute the curtain opened the impact was stunning costumes, singing, music and dancing. This show really worked and was a credit to all involved. Please pass on our congratulations to everyone involved with the show and enjoy the rest of the performances. I am sure you will all have earned a rest after this exhausting week.
We now look forward to enjoying your next performance in November. Each time we come we are sure you cannot better the last performance but you always manage to put on an excellent show and the move to the Brindley has certainly help to achieve this extra success. Thanks for a great evening. "
Mo & Rob Patheyjohns (Warrington)
"Just to say - FANTASTIC. I really enjoyed the show - a great evening's entertainment and so professional. It was so different and such great fun - even more so if you know the original show! There was so much energy on stage and no weak links. Congratulations to everyone!"
Helen Owen (Runcorn)
"Just a quick line to the Society to say how much we enjoyed the show last night – fantastic. I went to the Brindley being sure I wouldn’t enjoy it because G & S, and the Mikado in particular, are favourites of mine not to be messed about (!) However I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Right from the opening note it was terrific. The music was good, the costumes were colourful, the whole cast were obviously enjoying themselves and it was extremely lively.
Everyone deserves to be well pleased with themselves – it was difficult to see where the amateur/professional line was."
Walter Yule (Runcorn)
Hot Mikado - NODA review
For its second production at The Brindley Theatre the Zodiac made a brave choice in selecting Hot Mikado, and what a super job was made of it. It is not one for the G&S purists but an enjoyable foot tapping razzel-dazzle show none the less.
Making his debut with the Zodiac’s, Michael Fletcher, a member of the National Youth Theatre, was in excellent form as Nanki-Poo.
So too was Eve Cawley as Yum-Yum with sisters Jennifer and Alison Ball as the other little girls from school, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo, under the watchful eye of their mother, Valarie, in the chorus.
Sam McCosh, Tim Jones and Aaron Cawley combined well as Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush respectively. Joe Youds tapped his way through the role of the Mikado. The principal line up was completed by Bredgeen Smyth magnificent as Katisha.
The entire cast had the daunting task of adopting a completely different style of vocal technique to cope with the complexities of the score which they all accomplished admirably and were backed by a super on-stage band.
The stage setting was innovative, especially the opening to Act II, ‘Braid the Raven Hair’, done in silhouette, and the costumes were appropriate to the production.
This is a great leap forward by the Zodiac’s, a show that they can look back on with pride and a great sense of achievement, congratulations. (David Parkes)