Congratulations to West Australian Opera on 50 fabulous years of presenting Opera in WA!
The Mikado – 1988
My first performance with WAO was as a member of the Chorus in Lindy Hume’s 1988 production of The Mikado at His Majesty’s Theatre – I recall tenor, David Hobson, made his singing debut in the role of Nanki-poo in this G&S favourite. Every costume for the Ladies of the Chorus was unique and designed so that each lady had a particular character to play – I thought of my costume as having a Suzie Wong feel although it wasn’t a fitted cheongsam but, instead, fitted blue calf length pants, a ¾ sleeve red and white quilted jacket, long black wig, with a lot of height on top, false eyelashes and long, red fingernails plus red stilettos…it took approximately an hour and a half to do make-up and dress before each performance! I will always remember the Men of the Chorus, dressed in suits and carrying briefcases, being mightily impressive performing Lindy’s ‘one man forwards, one man backwards’ moving line sequence for their stage entrance.