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Post Posted:: May 18th, 2016, 11:21 pm 

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The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert (1836 - 1911).


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In the town of Titipu, flirting is punishable by death on the command of the Mikado himself! But what happens when the Lord High Executioner is himself condemned to die? And what secret does the wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo hide, that the Mikado and his entire entourage come to witness his execution? <br><br>"The Mikado" premiered in 1885, when it broke all records for the longest-running musical. It remains arguably the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Occasionally described as "English ladies with knitting needles in their hair", Gilbert disguised his criticism of British politics by the (ostensibly) Japanese setting. The universal themes of love and death have kept this opera in constant production for over 125 years. This is a spoken "poetic" version of the libretto written by W. S. Gilbert, where a full cast of voices brings the sparkling wit of Gilbert to the fore, and will enhance understanding and appreciation of this comic light opera. (Beth Thomas)




    This will be a "poetic" reading with NO SINGING (it's too difficult to coordinate). Gender correct casting please. If you are in a chorus role, please listen to my "template" before recording. You don't have to match exactly, but it's helpful to the editor if the pace and timing isn't too wildly different! The template will also include some pronunciations of the Japanese - if you find more, please ask! (I speak Japanese.)

    This project is in need of an editor!



    1. Is there a deadline?
      We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it'll go back to the pool. There's no shame in this; we're all volunteers and things happen.Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.

    2. How to claim a part, and "how it all works" here
      To find a section to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are "up for grabs." Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you would like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
    3. New to recording?
      Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
    4. Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/808/808-h/808-h.htm#link2H_4_0013
    5. Please claim roles (the numbers in the first column below)! Please note: All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. When you submit your recording, you will be placing your recording in the public domain as well.

      If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.



      Please don't download or listen to files belonging to projects in process (unless you are the BC or PL). Our servers are not set up to handle the greater volume of traffic. Please wait until the project has been completed. Thanks!



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      Genres for the project: Dramatic Readings; Culture & Heritage

      Keywords that describe the book: Gilbert and Sullivan, operetta, light opera, savoy opera

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    6. BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430

      Set your recording software to:
      Channels: 1 (Mono)
      Bit Rate: 128 kbps
      Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

      Submit one file per act.
    7. Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
      [Role], read by [your name].

      If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: Act [#] of W. S. Gilbert , by The Mikado . This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.

      At the end: End of Act [#].

      Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
    8. AFTER recording
      Save files as 128 kbps MP3
      mikado_role_#.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the act number.



      Transfer of files (completed recordings) Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file. Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
      • Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
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        (If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
      • You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: Annise
      • When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
      • If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.


      Any questions?
      Please post below
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Post Posted:: May 18th, 2016, 11:25 pm 
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I'll set this up - back soon

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Post Posted:: May 18th, 2016, 11:49 pm 

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Cast List:

Yum-Yum - the main girl (soprano) a ward of Ko-Ko, in love with Nanki-Poo, the wandering minstrel.
Pitti-Sing - another ward of Ko-Ko, schemes to help Yum-Yum marry Nanki-Poo.
Peep-Bo - another ward of Ko-Ko, rather sarcastic.
Katisha "Ka-ti-SHAA" - an elderly lady of the Mikado's court, engaged to marry the son of the Mikado (wherever he is) but only because she loves power, not because she loves him.

Nanki-Poo - a wandering minstrel, in love with Yum-Yum, the only son of the Mikado (in disguise).
Ko-Ko - an ex-tailor, now the Lord High Executioner, also in love with Yum-Yum.
Pooh-Bah - a sycophant of the Lord High Executioner's court, a "particularly haughty and exclusive person".
Pish-Tush - another nobleman of Titipu.
The Mikado - the Emperor of Japan, searching for his missing heir.

There will also be 2 each chorus maidens and chorus gentlemen, and a narrator.

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Books: Child of the Moat European Fairy Tales Christ's Parables Holy Spirit
Plays: Parson's Wedding The Mikado
FULL: Jo's Boys Little Men W&D Teacup Club Martyr 2nd Mrs Tanqueray


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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 12:08 am 
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do you have a need for a DPL ?

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 12:08 am 

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No, this will be complicated so it's better if I DPL it myself. I know how it's supposed to sound!

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 12:13 am 
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I'll add you as DPL then. I usually wait here for a couple of days before moving to readers wanted to see who drops by , is that alright by you ?

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 12:16 am 

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Yes please - I've messaged the people who took part in "Iolanthe" and invited them to look in the Launch Pad for this new production, so I hope we are still here when they look! :shock:

Kristingj is editing, so could you please add her for MW access as well?

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 12:31 am 

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Don't wish to be too eager, but this seems a very interesting project and I'd love to be a part of it! Since I'm a young man who has some singing experience as a tenor (though I know no singing is involved here), I think the role of Nanki-Poo would be the one most suited to me. Unless you have someone else in mind, could I take a stab at him? :)

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 12:54 am 

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Please, stab away! :lol:

I'll update the MW in a minute, I'm on my phone right now.

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 1:32 am 

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I'd love to read Pooh Bah, please.

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Post Posted:: May 19th, 2016, 1:58 am 

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Thanks Peter! You're in! :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: May 20th, 2016, 3:01 am 

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Elizabeth,

I've started recording the wonderfully pompous Pooh Bah (whose name makes me think of A.A. Milne! "Hush, Hush - Nobody cares: Christopher Robin has fallen downstairs.").

Could you post your template for the choruses, please?

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Post Posted:: May 20th, 2016, 6:26 am 

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Hi Peter, you're so quick! Tomorrow morning I should be able to post them - I've had a long day at work and it's nearly midnight here now...

Also, just FYI, I've been listening to your recording of "Alice in Wonderland" and it is fabulous! I love the voices! I hope you did "Looking Glass" as well! :9:

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Post Posted:: May 20th, 2016, 6:46 am 

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Thanks, Elizabeth.

I did enjoy recording Alice; I think my favourite character was the Cheshire Cat. One of the advantages of Alice over other novels is that the voices can be caricatures, rather than serious efforts to create different personality voices. I tend to read only short stories now, which only have a few characters to be differentiated by voice .... it's much too much like hard work making different voices. Even in Alice, I don't think I separated the King and Queen of Hearts enough.

Making up tunes and singing the songs was fun.

Although I've done a few chapters of Through the Looking Glass, and did the White Knight in the DR of it, I'd never thought of reading it as a solo. I might have a go when I finish my current, rather dull, mathematical/philosophical one.

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Post Posted:: May 20th, 2016, 11:35 am 

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May I have Peep-Bo please? When you said that Katisha is said 'Katishar', did you mean in the Australian (Not American) pronunciation of 'r'? I speak a little bit of Japanese, so are you saying that you just say the last 'a' like a normal Japanese 'a'?

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