2006 – Hot Mikado

ARC’s 2006 production, Hot Mikado, was the adaptation of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic, The Mikado, marking ARC’s 11th musical production. With a brand new Artistic Team and an emphasis on a youthful energetic production, this show proved to be a very exciting production.


“Hot Mikado”. East meets West head-on in this hilarious 1940’s-style updating of the perennial Gilbert and Sullivan classic. With the music transmuted into blues, Cab Calloway swing, hot gospel, scorching torch songs and ‘Three Little Maids’ turned into an Andrew Sisters’ show-stopper, this zoot-suited, tap-dancing colourful show is certain to provide the ideal evening out for the whole family.

Performance season

The performance season ran over two weeks and featured 6 performances:

  • Friday 23rd June at 8pm
  • Saturday 24th June at 8pm
  • Thursday 29th June at 8pm
  • Friday 30th June at 8pm
  • Saturday 1st July at 2pm (matinee) & 8pm

The production played at the Banyule Theatre, Buckingham Drive, Heidelberg.

Producers (ARC Committee)

President Adrian Ventura
Vice President Seb Dworkin
Treasurer Vickie Zarifopoulos
Secretary Meaghan Kominiarski
General Caroline DalfonsoStuart FordJohn McTiernan
Melissa Ventura

Artistic Team

Director James Cook
Assistant Director Drew Cipollone
Musical Director Malcolm Fawcett
Co-Choreographers Tanya Mamo
Aminee Majid
Rehearsal Pianist Daniel Puckey


Ko Ko Stuart Ford
Nanki-Pooh Nick Kong
Yum Yum Lauren Seymour
Poo-Bah Luciano Parissi
Pish Tush Brian Dixon
Pitti Sing Ruth Bishop
Peep Bo Kate Spruce
The Mikado Nick Durbridge
Katisha Michelle Crupi
Ensemble Jasmine DareDace Kapsis
Mara Kapsis
Meaghan Kominiarski
Laura Riati
Michaela Ryan
Joanne Warrener
Julian Campobasso
Andrew Jameson
Brad Mathieson
Brad Reader
Jimmy Rietmeyer
Adrian Ventura

Production Team

Co. Stage Managers Jessica BroadbentSarah Glover
Lighting & Sound Daniel Crawford
Lighting Assistant Marty Accari
Sam Robb
Shaila Figgs
Sound Assistant Tim Norton
Costumes Sar Ruddenklau
Graphic Design Ozlem Kesik
Set Design Damien Calvert
Set Design Assistant Afrodite
Set Construction Damien Calvert
Andrew JamesonAndrew Steel
Properties Marijke Davey
Front of House Lisa Athans
Publicity Hang Trinh
Amelia van Lint
Make-up Courtney Mathieson
Make-up Assistant Michael Paul
Ticket Secretaries Amelia van List
Sara Lacey

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