On Friday evening, the Thomas Aquinas College Choir, under the direction of Daniel J. Grimm (’76), performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado before a packed audience in St Joseph Commons. The production marked the final event of the 2013-2014 St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series.
Starring in the performance were Sean Donnelly (’17) as Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner; Andrew Meluch (’15), as the Mikado, or emperor of Japan; and Jack Grimm (’15) as his son, Nanki-Poo. Other key performances include Sara Smilie as Ko-Ko’s beautiful ward and fiancée, Yum-Yum; Carmel Richard, (’15) as the elderly Katisha; and Benedict Coughlin (’15) as Pooh-Bah, an arrogant Japanese nobleman. Members of the choir filled out the rest of the roles, including the chorus, while student musicians made up the orchestra.