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The M1k-A-D-0 production twists 100 year-old classic

The M1k-A-D-0 production twists 100 year-old classic

Published:04 August 2017

Lead vocalists Sophie Power (Pee T-Zing) (left), Lauren Nolly (Yumy Um) and Brooke Conklin (Pee B-O) on scene at the CQCM Theatre during the M1k-A-D-0 rehearsals.

Lights, camera, action … Get ready for the upcoming production of the M1k-A-D-0 set to hit the stage of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea, from Thursday 10 August!

Directed by Peter Cousens - renowned for being the first Australian to play the Phantom (in The Phantom of the Opera) on London’s West End, the production is based on the 1885 classic - The Mikado; presented with a modern-day twist.

“The M1k-A-D-0 will be a revelation. It's a play written over 100 years ago, with a surprising relevance to our time,” Peter said.

“It is an empowering and sexy way to present a storyline from the original set in Japan.

“We are doing this through putting it inside the exotic and alien world of a digital video game.”

As an ambassador for the CQCM, Sydney-based Peter said that CQUni students have “enormous discipline and focus, with genuine kindness and respect for the people they are working with".

Third-year Bachelor of Theatre student and lead vocalist Lauren Nolly is enthusiastic about the production and feels privileged to work with so many talented people right here in Mackay.

“From changing the way we sing to make it more musical rather than Operetta, to the added depth exposed in all the characters; this show is so different to other performances previously,” she said.

“It’s great working with Peter and some of the other inspiring people involved in the production.

“After two-and-a-half weeks of rehearsals, we are so excited to show Mackay how music and character brings a tangled tale of love, murder and betrayal.”

The M1k-A-D-0 is a show not to miss!

Cost is $40 adults; $35 concession; $30 Friends of the Con; $25 students/children; or $115 for a family (two adults and two children).

For details and bookings visit

> The M1k-A-D-0: This Gilbert and Sullivan classic comedy will be presented with a modern-day twist @ CQCM.

Thursday 10 August, 7.30 pm

Friday 11 August, 10.30 am & 7.30 pm

Saturday 12 August, 2 pm & 7.30 pm

Sunday 13 August, 2 pm