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After a shaky time of people being unable to make the dates after all, people dropping out, illness, accidents, and family emergencies, the Mikado Weekend finally went ahead. It was splendid in spite of not having enough people for the number of rôles.

We had rehearsals, note-bashing, and divinding up of parts. The final sing-through went very well with the use of hats to denote which rôle one was singing. The Mikado had to double as Pish-tush for three bits and is now known as Pishado. The one-and-only tenor is really a high baritone so he made an excellent Ko-Ko (with a real sword lent by Pishado, who was dressed up in white tie and Masonic regalia for Mikado). Katisha (normally a high soprano, revelling in a very dramatic mezzo-soprano) and Yum-Yum and Ko-Ko shared Nanki-Poo between them, depending on how high it was and with whom he was duetting.

There was even dancing! Ko-Ko and Katisha danced a polka, and Pitti-Sing led some of the chorus in a brief display of footwork.

Accompanist Roy's hands are almost falling off from playing all practices and performance plus the Saturday evening accompaniments of various arias, and then some more today.

For the soirée musicale, French friends brought a couple of chorus songs and canons as well as their performance pieces. Mike did some fabulous comic songs. He and Elizabeth sang a beautifully harmonised Wild Mountain Thyme with extra harmonies supplied by the Anglos. To the bemusement of the French, the Anglo immigrants produced a gleeful Hippopotamus Song. We sang Berkeley Square and Daisy Bell too, and though the rest of the French crowd looked politely puzzled, Cécile's elderly mother was in tears of joy because it brought back memories of surreptitious listening to BBC radio during WWII. Apparently it was a gleam of light during the occupation.

And all agreed there were none like we, and we'll do another in the spring. Iolanthe? Gondoliers? Pirates? (Pitti-Sing is going to teach the police-and-pirate choruses to the tenors and basses of her group, and there is a supply of costumes.)
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