Doomed love focus of Indian Springs opera

SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER

Indian Springs School presents Gilbert & Sullivan&8217;s most popular opera, The Mikado on April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Badham Theater on the Indian Springs&8217; campus.

The Mikado is the tale of Japanese Prince Nanki-Poo (played by Paul Kweon of Korea), who is on the run from an arranged marriage, masquerading as a balladeer.

He falls in love with Yum-Yum (played by Casey Stewart of Birmingham), a woman betrothed to the Lord High Executioner (played by Skip Lazenby of Griffin, Ga.), who has problems of his own &045;&045; his job depends upon at least one execution taking place each month, but he&8217;s without a current prospect for the ax.

Nanki-Poo agrees to be executed if he is allowed to marry Yum-Yum so that he will have a month of romantic bliss, and a comedy of errors ensues.

The role of the Mikado is played by Elliot Bell of Birmingham, Katisha is played by Abby Miller of Birmingham, Pitti-Sing is played by Jane Latham Hodges of Birmingham, Peep-Bo is played by Jennie Fisher of Meridian, Miss., Pooh-Bah is played by Nathan Reveley of Birmingham, and Pish-Tush is played by Montgomery Brown of Birmingham.

ISS Drama Director Jim Ellington, who is in his first year at Indian Springs School, directs the musical and conducts the nine-piece orchestra, made up of students and local professionals.

Indian Springs School is a national leader in co-ed boarding and day education in grades 8-12.

Founded in 1952, the mission of Indian Springs School is to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship.