Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society


Show Week Commitment - w/c 25th May 2020

Prior to this year we have set the show up in the daytime on the Bank holiday Monday, followed by a tech rehearsal in the evening and a dress rehearsal the next day, with Wednesday as an evening off.  For Evita we changed this and there was no cast attendance requirement on the Bank holiday Monday of show week.  

The Tech rehearsal took place on the Tuesday evening, with the dress on Wednesday, and then the shows on Thurs, Fri, Sat.  Cast commitment for show week remained five evenings but was five consecutive evenings.  This worked well and we intend to repeat this approach with The Mikado

Principal Characters

Coming Soon

The Plot/Background

A year before the action of thie show begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, however, was already betrothed to her guardian, and Nanki-Poo left Titipu in despair.


Subs for the 20 weeks will be £90 (just £4.50 per week).

These should be paid in full by 31st Jan or in 2 stages £45 by 31st Jan and the balance by Weds 8th April.  Students in full time education - £25


Did you know?  Typically our staged productions have costs of around £11,000 to present.  As a G&S we save almost £2000, as there are no performance rights to pay compared with Evita/Chess. The show will still have production costs in the region of over £9,000.  To help us ensure we can cover these costs we undertake a number of initiatives:-

Event Sponsor-For the past few years we have been lucky enough to have the support of Bicester Village as official event sponsor, with their logo on posters, tickets & programmes. We hope to do the same for Mikado

Adverts - We need adverts for the programme. Costs & advert sizes: 

Full page  : £80
Half page  : £50

Quarter page : £30


While the first few weeks will focus on music rather than 'production', music rehearsals will be staggered throughout the entire rehearsal run.  As a consequence, and like our choral performances, you should aim to attend a minimum of 75% of the rehearsals to participate in the show, along with some mandatory dates.

We ask all participants to complete an NA ( Not Available) form. Please complete an NA form as soon as possible, not later than 24th December, in order that a rehearsal schedule can be drawn up around everyone's availability.
NB:The NA form also gathers questions about your measurements for costumes so please complete it even if you can make all the rehearsals.  The NA form is your 'commitment' to the production. Please avoid making any changes after submission.
The NA form will be live in due course and will be found by clicking the button at the top of this page.
COSTUME CALL: Our initial costume call is likely to be on a Sunday afternoon early/mid March.  You will need to ensure you are available for this.  We will allocate people a time slot between 2pm & 5pm.  

Unlike our choral performances, by exception and at the discretion of the director(s), you may be able to miss additional rehearsals, but this may mean you are unable to participate in certain scenes.

These will be on Weds 7.30pm-10pm and potentially a few Thursdays, (this could be for chorus and/or principals).


These will be held on Sunday 26th in January.  These are for principal roles only.  There is no formal audition for chorus/company.  If you are new to the society we will ask you to undertake a voice trial to check you're in the right section. 
(Very occasionally, by exception and at the Musical Director's discretion, we reserve the right to ask someone not to sing/perform)  

Principal auditions will be held on this day only. Decisions will be made based on the auditions on that day. 

Performance week:
Mon 25 May-Get in (cast not required) 

Tues 26 May- Tech Rehearsal 

Weds 27 May- Full Dress rehearsal
Thurs 28 May-Sat 30 May - performances