For two nights only, Loyola presents Gruesome Playground Injuries in Mundelein Center‘s Underground Laboratory Theatre on March 28 and 29 at 7:30 PM.
Directed by graduating senior Cody Lyerly, Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries follows two childhood friends over the course of thirty years as they compare the calamities and scars that continue to draw them together.
Tickets for second stage productions sell out quickly, so book your seat today! Contact BoxOffice@luc.edu or call 773.508.8400 for any additional information.
Hot Mikado, Loyola’s next mainstage performance, opens just under a month from today! Adapted by David H. Bell and Robert Bowman from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Hot Mikado is a musical comedy that fuses Eastern influences and Western culture with a big band twist. The plot follows the side-splitting story of Ko-Ko, the reluctant Lord High Executioner, Nanki-Poo, a disguised prince fleeing his arranged marriage, and Yum-Yum, the woman they both love.
Loyola’s cast has been busy learning music and choreography, and is already diving into staging. Follow their progress with the production’s dramaturg posts, then book your seats today! Hot Mikado will run from April 3-13, with performances at 7:30 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2 PM on Sundays in the Newhart Family Theatre.
For additional information, contact BoxOffice@luc.edu or call 773.508.8400.
Konnichiwa and howdy-do from Loyola’s production of Hot Mikado!
My name is Ali, and as the Assistant Director and Dramaturg for this production, I’ll be posting about the show’s happenings for the next few weeks!
Dr. Sarah Gabel, director of Hot Mikado, works with the cast
Directed by DFPA Chairperson Dr. Sarah Gabel, Hot Mikado is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by David H. Bell and orchestrations by Rob Bowman. The musical, based off of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1885 operetta, The Mikado, follows the antics in the Japanese town of Titipu as the citizens navigate a complicated series of romantic pursuits. Their efforts are complicated by threats of beheading under a convoluted and silly set of laws (including a law against flirting) perpetrated by the Mikado – the highest law officer in the land. With the Gilbert and Sullivan base, the musical sets itself in a 1930s/1940s American jazz club and incorporates jazz, gospel, blues and swing (think Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club).
We began music rehearsals a few weeks ago, and we have been taking full advantage of our spring break to dive right into staging and LOTS of fun choreography!
While we’re still in the rehearsal room, we’ll be performing in the Newhart Family Theatre, and the production opens Friday, April 4th. Tickets are between $5 – $20 (depending on where you’d like to sit).
Hope you’re as excited as I am!