The Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre will present two fun-filled musicals on January 26 and 27 at the Renaissance Theatre. The show will open with “Hot Mikado,” followed by Michael Thomas’ original production, “Marco Polo Jones: The Road to Shanghai”. The productions are directed by Lori Turner.
“Hot Mikado” is a hilarious and “hot” updated version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s perennial classic, “The Mikado.” The production of “Hot Mikado” is set in Japan in the 1940s with a tale where, despite life-or-death stakes, characters find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting. The music includes sounds of jazz, hot gospel, blues, rock, Cab Calloway swing and torch songs.“Marco Polo Jones: The Road to Shanghai” starts in a third rate saloon in Nagasaki. A succession of jilted lovers, (and their gun-toting fathers) confront two boys, Salvatore and Jr Minella. (who are performing under the stage names of Sal & Minella) during a song. The two boys flee into the night, stowing away on a steamer bound for Shanghai. When they overhear that famed explorer Marco Polo Jones has been held up in New Guinea, Sal assumes his identity. What ensues is a comical plot of mistaken identities and misunderstandings, with love conquering all.
Cast members of the two shows include: Hope Abel, Isaac Abel, Zavier Alterio, Jaren Baer, Kadelyn Becker, Abby Bechstein, Hannah Bilheimer, Jolie Booker, Ethan Byrom, Talia Byrom, Momoka Chang, Jennifer Covel, Chloe Dean, Gillian Donley, Isa Donley, Anna Dudgeon, Amy Gardner, Braylon Gardner, Kera Gardner, Gloria Gutchall, Abby Heininger, Carol Heininger, Sarah Heininger, Jamie Howard, Juliana Howard, Gavin Hull, Kylee Kent, McKinnley King, Rebecca Matz, Jackie Metz, Katelynn Miller, Nicole Miller, Addison Nicol, Serenity Owens, Trinity Owens, Jimmy Perry, Jenna Reitler, Olivia Slaubaugh, Claire Stewart, McKenna Stoffer, Alexi Vega, Ariella Waters, Delaney Wilson, Mya Wind, and Hannah Yoak.
Tickets for the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre’s performances are $15 each, general admission, and on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone at (419)522-2726, and online at MansfieldTickets.com. The show is presented as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series, with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council.
Source, Photos: Renaissance Performing Arts Association