(April 2, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Hurley School of Music Presents "The Mikado" April 4 and 5

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Hurley School of Music Opera Workshop presents "The Mikado" or "The Town of Titipu" by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium in the Hurley School of Music. The productions are free and open to the public.

This jewel of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas concerns Nanki-Poo, who has banished himself to the little town of Titipu because he is hopelessly in love with the beautiful Yum-Yum. Yum-Yum, however, is engaged to her guardian, Ko-Ko. Upon learning that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for the crime of flirting, Nanki-Poo returns to Titipu to claim Yum-Yum's hand.

After an odd turn of events, Ko-Ko has not only been reprieved from his death sentence, but has earned a promotion to the post of Lord High Executioner. With the Mikado of Japan becoming increasingly annoyed at the lack of executions taking place, Ko-Ko makes a deal with Nanki-Poo, allowing Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, as long as he is executed after that month. Complications arise, but ultimately a unique solution if found.

For more information, call 318-869-5235.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.