The Anlaby performance of the Mikado
Presented by Anlaby and Co-Opera
in collaboration with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA
Performed on 5th March 2016
It is hard to imagine that in 1885, when the first performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s, The Mikado was first being staged in London, a flock of 60,000 sheep had already been grazing amongst the gum trees on the rolling hills of Anlaby, near Kapunda South Australia for 46 years. These sheep formed the basis of Australia’s oldest mainland Merino stud. In celebration of this amazing feat, Anlaby and Co-Opera in collaboration with The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia present a magical performance of The Mikado.
This one night only event provides a truly unique opportunity to experience this Gilbert & Sullivan classic in the beautiful surrounds of Anlaby. Enjoy a pre-performance picnic dinner box with a glass of wine whilst exploring the extensive grounds or bring a rug to relax on the lawns and soak up the history of one of South Australia’s greatest pastoral properties. A limited number of tables and chairs will also be available in the garden.
After dinner experience the much loved iconic and satirical Gilbert & Sullivan opera staged under the stars in the magnificent surroundings and amazing acoustic of the historic Anlaby stable courtyard.
For well over a century The Mikado has been performed and loved by audiences around the world. It is the most successful of all the pieces written by Gilbert and Sullivan. It was loved from the beginning and continues to be hugely popular today. It has been translated into many languages and is one of the most frequently performed pieces of music theatre in history.
Stuart Oldfield and his team at Handmade Catering will again be working their magic for your dinner.
An undercover performance space is available in case of wet weather.
Date: Saturday 5th March 2016
Time: 5pm for dinner, performance at 7.15pm.
Tickets: Performance with dinner box and a glass of wine $130
Performance only $95
Dress: Elegant Attire
Address: Anlaby, 829 Anlaby Road, Hamilton via Kapunda SA, 5373
Director: Ric Trevaskis
The Mikado: Daniel Smerdon
Nanki-Poo: Ian Andrew & Beau Sandford (share role)
Ko-Ko: Rod Schultz
Pooh-Bah: Eddie Muliau
Pish-Tush: James Moffatt & McIntyre Howie Reeves (share role)
Yum-Yum: Sarah Jane Pattichis & Grace Bawden
Pitti-Sing: ethany Hill
Peep-Bo: Karina Jay
Katisha: Sidonie Henbest
Anlaby was settled in 1839 by Fredrick Dutton and from that time the property grew and prospered. In its heyday, the holding was a staggering 250 square miles.
Built with the colossal fortune that amassed when Fredrick Dutton found copper in the hills of Kapunda, Anlaby was once one of the most famous properties of the nation. The grounds include the main homestead, a manager’s house, manor house, coachman’s and head gardener’s cottages and a variety of other residences, stables, out houses and barns.
Once Kapunda’s best kept secret, Anlaby and its grounds are now open to the public. It presents a unique opportunity to relive an amazing piece of Australian history and learn about the people who had the foresight to pioneer and establish the state of South Australia.
Guided tours of the house, grounds and gardens, which still reflect, in part, the glory of Anlaby’s heyday and the efforts of the 14 gardeners who once tended them, are now available.
Anlaby is the home of the oldest Merino Stud in South Australia. Their wool is now being spun into a unique range of luxurious Anlaby natural woollen products including: throws. scarves, wraps, and bassinet and cot blankets. These are available for purchase on the website anlaby.com.au.
Anlaby is also a historic and romantic setting for special events. It is available for hire for weddings, functions and concerts.
Co-Opera was established in 1990 in South Australia by Brian Chatterton, David Cox and Tessa Bremner. The company aimed to provide opportunity for developing singers, and to provide communities with high quality, accessible and affordable opera performances.
Since then, Co-Opera has been on the road for 25 years and is at the forefront of providing a platform for emerging Australian artists and of delivering quality, affordable opera to regional and remote audiences. It tours annually and has visited every state and territory in Australia as well as having toured numerous times to Singapore, Malaysia, throughout Germany and into Switzerland and Austria. The company’s next European tour is scheduled for 2016.
Co-Opera built its reputation on supporting and promoting Australian talent through its performances of well known works in unusual venues. In the current challenging financial times the company in addition to finding new and unusual venues, is also finding new and unusual ways to fund the work, which it believes to be more important now than ever.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA
Formed in 1937 and still going strong, the Society is one of Adelaide’s longest-lived community theatre groups. From modest beginnings with social evenings and soirees amongst members featuring excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan, the Society’s confidence and aspiration grew and after a three year break commencing in 1943 “due to the serious state of the war” the Society mounted Trial By Jury as its first theatre production. The Society has put on productions every year since. From 1966, generally two a year.
In 1987 the Society started to broaden its repertoire and mounted Die Fledermaus, the first of its non Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Since then its regular program of Gilbert and Sullivan works has been interspersed with others from classic operetta (The Merry Widow) classic musical (Camelot, My Fair Lady), modern musicals (Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar) and, most recently, The Secret Garden, Oliver! and The Sound of Music.
The Society is governed by a Board of Management with representative skills in management and theatre and operates under a rolling three-year strategic plan. Its vision is to be the music theatre company of choice for audiences and performers. It is proud of its ability to create opportunities for young and emerging artists and of a reputation that has seen national and international performers pass through its ranks and return.
The Society is self-funding, entirely voluntary and receives no government funding.