Ticket feature: ENMU hosting performances of ‘The Mikado’

Courtesy photo “The Mikado” is being performed at Eastern New Mexico University tonight through Sunday.

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Performances of the Japanese love story “The Mikado” begin today at Eastern New Mexico University.

A love triangle between Japanese exchange students on spring break in Texas, the Gilbert and Sullivan play “The Mikado” tells the story of Yum-Yum, the daughter of a Japanese oil magnate and her love Nanki-Poo, a music-theory professor who is also the Mikado’s — or Japanese emperor’s — runaway son.

Yum-Yum has been betrothed by her father to Ko-Ko, the lord high executioner, who is struggling with difficulty doing his job.

The story centers on the pending visit of the Mikado, who is coming to witness Ko-Ko perform an execution.

Performed by a large cast with members coming from as far as Albuquerque and Los Alamos, music professor Jean Ornellas says the cast played a strong role in contributing ideas to the production with the collaboration of the theater department in creating the costumes.

Along with the updated style of the show, she said some of the new features include country-line dancing and rap.

Shows will take place at 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. show Sunday in the Buchanan Hall of the music building.

Tickets, available at the Music Building Box Office, are $7, $6 for seniors, $5 for high school students and $4 for ENMU students with ID.

Information: 562-2377.

Fast facts

What: “The Mikado”

When: 7 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Buchanan Hall, ENMU

Tickets: $7, $6 for seniors, $5 for high school students, $4 for ENMU students

Information: 562-2377.