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St. Lawrence College students to perform The Mikado in original Stratford production costumes

2012-11-12

BROCKVILLE, ON – Students in the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre – Performance program will give pieces of Canadian music theatre history new life in their performance of The Mikado at the Brockville Arts Centre from December 6 to 9.

The majority of students performing in The Mikado will wear the original costumes worn by the cast of the Stratford Festival’s 1982 production of The Mikado, which was also filmed and released on video by CBC. The Music Theatre – Performance students have been eagerly researching the actor or actress who wore it, discovering that many went on find great success in their careers. The costumes were then used in productions of The Mikado in Europe, including a run in the West End in London, as well as a production at the National Arts Centre.

The costumes were secured by Jayne Christopher, Head of Wardrobe at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and purchased by Welcome Wood Productions from the National Arts Centre. The silk costumes are in mint condition. The students will be rehearsing in the original costumes at the Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Production Facility for two days to get a feel for the costumes, which are more elaborate than anything they have worn before in previous theatre productions. Jayne Christopher will tailor each costume to fit the students wearing them. Some of the original set pieces from the Stratford Festival’s production of The Mikado will also be used.

“What we have are costumes designed by Susan Benson, a very famous Canadian costume designer, for the Stratford Festival’s production of The Mikado. The costumes are absolutely amazing. They have been embroidered, painted and dyed by hand,” said Jayne Christopher, Head of Wardrobe at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. “It is unheard of that college students would be wearing this caliber of costumes. We’re so lucky.”

The Mikado is a comic show in two acts with book and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan, one of their fourteen collaborations. Originally staged at the Savoy Theatre in London on March 14, 1885, The Mikado is the most frequently performed piece of music theatre in the world today and has been in constant production for the last 125 years. There is no question that this is due to its humorous writing and infectious music. Truly, this is one that the entire family will enjoy.

There will be four performances of The Mikado at the Brockville Arts Centre:
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices are $37 for adults and $26.50 for students. Special group rates are available. Please call the Brockville Arts Centre box office at 613-342-7122 for tickets.

The 2012/2013 St. Lawrence College Stage Season sponsor is the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation. The media sponsors are 104.9 JR FM and the Recorder & Times.

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About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,700 full-time students from Canada, and from more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition, revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovative programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Denise Wing
Communications Officer
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St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261
dwing@sl.on.ca