photo - Robert Bruce, second from left, channels a Gilbert & Sullivan pose with the cast of "The Mikado" at the British Tea fundraiser. Clockwise from left, Amy Maples, Peter Tuff, Todd Teske, Pablo Romero, Solveig Olsen, Valerie Nicolosi, Karin Wilcox and pianist Ann Brink. 040917 Photo by Linda Navarro
Robert Bruce, second from left, channels a Gilbert & Sullivan pose with the cast of "The Mikado" at the British Tea fundraiser. Clockwise from left, Amy Maples, Peter Tuff, Todd Teske, Pablo Romero, Solveig Olsen, Valerie Nicolosi, Karin Wilcox and pianist Ann Brink. 040917 Photo by Linda Navarro 

A topsy turvy Sunday afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas and a British tea with Earl Grey and quite proper scones with clotted cream and lemon curd was one of the opening acts leading to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies' upcoming production of "The Mikado."

Her Majesty's ship the Pinafore set sail and the fellows camped it up to "A policeman's lot is not a happy one" as Mikado cast members acted out songs to commentary by G&S historian Robert Bruce.

Bringing laughter to tea sippers were Amy Maples, Solveig Olsen, Valerie Nicolosi, Karin Wilcox, Pablo Romero, Tod Teske, Peter Tuff and Bruce.

Pikes Peak Opera League members visited with music-loving guests during the "G & S & T Revue" benefit April 9 at Pinery at the Hill, where tea tables were centered with colorful teapots, gifts from students to the Opera Theatre's Artistic Director Martile Rowland.

It was all to set the scene for "The Mikado" and the hilariously satirical world of Nanki-Poo, Yum-Yum and Ko-Ko. Performances are May 13-14 in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, Armstrong Hall, Colorado College, with tickets $25-40 at operatheatreoftherockies.org

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