Columbia College Chicago Musical Theatre Student Praised for Performance in ‘The Mikado’ at American Repertory Theatre

The Hypocrites theatre company’s reimagined production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado received a rave review from the Boston Globe in its engagement at American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The show, which features musical direction by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department musical director Andra Velis Simon and lighting design by Columbia associate professor (and interim Associate Theatre Department chair) Heather Gilbert, was called “as smile-inducing a production as you are likely to see this season” by Globe critic Joel Brown, who singled out Columbia College Musical Theatre major Lauren Vogel for her supporting performance. “Acting standouts were comically craven Matt Kahler as Pooh-Bah of many jobs and Lauren Vogel as nervous Pitti-Sing, who ran her voice into dog-whistle territory for laughs,” wrote Brown. Also in the ensemble of Chicago performers are Columbia College Theatre alumnus Ryan Bourque and  Erik Schroeder, a faculty member in Columbia’s Business & Entrepreneurship Department. The American Repertory Theatre engagement runs March 31-April 5.