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Chou-Saishi's Choice / The Flash!




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English Title: Chou-Saishi's Choice / The Flash!
Japanese Title: 春の風を君に / ザ・フラッシュ!
Romanized Title: Haru no Kaze o Kimi ni/ Za Furasshu!

Troupe: Hanagumi
Year: 1991
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/1 - 2/12; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 4/3 - 4/29
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/22; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 4/16

Chou-Saishi's Choice:

Author/Director: Oozeki Hiromasa
Music Composed/Adapted By: Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Odakane Bonpei, Kuratomi Shinichi
Choreography: Kawakami Goro, Shou Sumire
Conductor (Grand Theater): Odakane Bonpei, Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): Kitazawa Tatsuo
Shinjin Kouen Director:

The Flash!:

Author/Director: Ohara Hirotoshi
Music Composed/Adapted By: Yoshizaki Kenji, Terada Takio, Takahashi Kuni
Choreography: Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire, Linda Haberman, Ritsu Tomomi
Conductor (Grand Theater): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo): Izawa Ichirou

Cast

RoleCastShinjin Kouen Cast
Chou-SaishiOoura Mizuki Aika Mire
Higyoku (The Koujunki's young mistress)Hibiki Mito Shiraki Ayaka (Grand Theater)
Morina Miharu (Tokyo)
Hiko (Revolutionary)Asaka Jun Kouju Tatsuki (Grand Theater)
Takaragi Meri (Tokyo)
Rin-Sokujo (Minister)Misa Noeru Tachibana Sae
Xun (socialite)Isono Chihiro Takumi Hibiki
Robertson (English trader)Anju Mira Makoto Tsubasa
Zuiran (Singer)Kozue Manami Moemi Serika
Ryudou (Clerk at Koujunki)Maya Miki Shiokaze Kou
The English Secretary of TradeKaji Issei Oomai Kaori
Wang (socialite)Kagami Chitose Hiroki Sachi
Gao (socialite)Takatsuki Shou
Houou (young lady)Shino Yuka
Reijou (young lady)Natsume Kana
Shudou (Hiko's follower)Takaragi Meri Shibuki Jun
Gyokuhou (Ryudou's lover)Hana Youko Morina Miharu (Grand Theater)
Tsukikage Hitomi (Tokyo)
Raiou (Hiko's follower)Aika Mire Shizuki Asato
Mouso (Hiko's follower)Makoto Tsubasa Iori Naoka
Principal An (President of the Wen Hai school)Tachibana Sae -
Shukou (Ching's sister)Kousaka Chiaki Yumeno Chikoto
Hyoudou (Ryudou's Subordinate)Shibuki Jun -
Ching-Chousei (Rich opium trader)Kouju Tatsuki Natsushiro Rei
Gyokuga (young lady)Kirihara Shouko
Ensei (Hiko's follower)Takumi Hibiki Kizuki Ayumu
Enjaku (Hiko's follower)Natsushiro Rei Shiki Kaoru
Zuo (socialite)Shizuki Asato
Koujou (young lady)Morina Miharu
Wu (socialite)Hatsukaze Midori
Shuudou (Ryudou's Subordinate)Iori Naoka -

Other Cast: Kitakouji Miho, Mineoka Nachi, Kurokawa Miyuki, Hyou Yuuka, Moemi Serika, Oogi Chihiro, Asakaze Yuki, Shou Tsukasa, Yukino Marie, Ootomo Reika, Hama Shioka, Morotori Ai, Shiraho Mari, Sagano Yuri, Asaki Yui, Himiya Reiko, Sagano Yuri, Futaba Karen, Shihou Akeno, Aya Hiromi, Misaki Suzuna, Masono Arisu, Akiyoshi Akane, Iori Naoka, Ibuki Kazu, Mizuki Ai, Maio Tsubasa

Grand Theater only: Shiraki Ayaka

Tokyo only: Tsukikage Hitomi, Mayuka Reo, Ezaki Rise, Mariai Hitomi, Sachimi Anna, Yuuya Naho, Chinami Yuu, Kazato Yuma, Kochou Asuka, Sagami Rei, Ai Miyabi, Asakura Aoi, Otoki Mika

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Chou-Saishi's Choice


The story takes place in a small port town in China sometime in the 1840s.

Chou-Saishi is returning to his hometown after having successfully completed the Kakyo, the examination required to become a public official. Born a genius to parents who could not afford to provide their son with an expensive education, Chou-Saishi received his education with the help of Ryu, a wealthy man who ran the Koujunki trading company. Ryu had felt that Chou had shown great promise as a youth, and the faith he had put in the boy was not undeserved; Chou had received the highest score on the difficult final examination against rough odds: for every student who passed the exam, two thousand failed. Twenty years have passed since Chou began his education, and Ryu, having died years earlier in prison, missed the triumphant homecoming.

Ching-Chousei, an old friend of Chou's and a rich opium trader in town, holds a banquet to celebrate Chou's success. Ching's sister, Shukou, is very attracted to Chou. Chou, secretly in love with Ryu's daughter, cannot return her feelings. Chou has not seen his love, Higyoku, in years, since her father's death. Ryu had been cheated out of Koujunki by fellow traders and was able to leave his daughter very little when he died. Higyoku has been running a small shop, also named Koujunki although it is not part of the company, with the help of Robertson, a British trader who is in love with her.

After the banquet, Chou goes in search of Higyoku. He finds her in her small shop and ends their years of separation. Their love has remained strong, and, after several months, they are married.

Meanwhile, another of Chou's old friends, a revolutionary called Hiko, or "The Flying Tiger", has arrived in the port town while wandering from town to town leading a group of poor. Once home, Hiko, formerly Hang-Chousei, begins searching for Zuiran, the woman he loves. Hiko discovers that Zuiran has been taken into an opium den and rescues her from her sad life.

Chou-Saishi is appointed secretary to Rin-Sokujo, a great and powerful minister. Rin-Sokujo, under the orders of the Emperor, prepares to confiscate all opium owned by English traders. Realizing that this policy will bring about a struggle between China and Britain, Rin-Sokujo orders Chou to organize a volunteer army composed of the people in his district. Chou enlists the cooperation of Hiko and Ryudou, a clerk at Koujunki.

The English Secretary of Trade requests the aid of an expeditionary force from his home government. In spite of Chou's efforts to avoid battle, the fighting begins. The volunteer army, led by Chou, fights with spirit. Chou is killed in battle after letting his army take refuge in fortress. His last wish is for peace in his hometown.



The Flash!


Scenes 1-3 Prologue

The star of the show sings the theme song on the white
big top hat while the cast is coming on the stage one
after another. And then all the cast dances a kick-line.

The Star ~ Ooura Mizuki
Lady ~ Hibiki Mito
Gentlemen ~ Asaka Jun, Anju Mira, Maya Miki



Scenes 4-5 The Masquerade

One night at a masquerade a lad in disguise is attracted by a beautiful lady. But is the end he is enticed by her maid instead. And the lad and the maid enjoy dancing all night.

Lad ~ Asaka Jun
Maid ~ Hibiki Mito
Lady ~ Kozue Manami
Singer ~ Mineoka Nachi


Scene 6 Four Boys


Four boys in straw hats sing cheerfully.

Boys ~ Aika Mire, Makoto Tsubasa, Natsushiro Rei, Shiokaze Kou



Scene 7 Dancing to Benny Goodman

Choreographer ~ Linda Haberman

A principal dancer dances energetically to Benny Goodman's music leading his dancers.

Principal Dancer ~ Ooura Mizuki
Dancer (woman) ~ Hibiki Mito
Dancers (men) ~ Anju Mira, Maya Miki


Scenes 8-11 Flowers and the Shoujou

Chrysanthemums are in full flower. While the Shoujou sings in front of a large red cup, the chrysanthemum spirits dance gratefully.

Shoujou (Singer) ~ Ooura Mizuki
Shoujou (Dancer) ~ Asaka Jun, Anju Mira, Maya Miki
Chrysanthemum Spirit (Dancer) ~ Hibiki Mito, Kousaka Chiaki, Hana Youko
Chrysanthemum Spirit (Singer) ~ Kozue Manami


Scenes 12-14 A Satin Doll

Choreographer ~ Linda Haberman

On the street in Harlem, a guy saves an attractive doll who is wooed by a hoodlum. He fell in love with her and asked her to go into a night club. They are dancing happily. But the hoodlum broke into them and a quarrel between the guy and the hoodlum arose. The hoodlum fired a revolver at the guy but his shot hit the doll. The guy laments for her death.

Guy ~ Ooura Mizuki
Doll ~ Anju Mira
Hoodlum ~ Asaka Jun


Scenes 15-18 Finale

The entire cast joins in a colorful grand promenade.

Singer 1 ~ Asaka Jun
Singer 2 ~ Anju Mira
Singer 3 ~ Maya Miki
Special Singer ~ Ooura Mizuki
Dancing Lady ~ Hibiki Mito, Kousaka Chiaki, Hana Youko
Dancing Guy ~ Anju Mira, Maya Miki
Gentleman ~ Ooura Mizuki, Asaka Jun
Lady ~ Hibiki Mito

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