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Takarazuka Dance Festival '88 / Spring Again / Forever! Takarazuka




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English Title: Takarazuka Dance Festival '88 / Spring Again / Forever! Takarazuka
Japanese Title: 宝塚をどり讃歌'88 / 春ふたたび / フォーエバー!タカラヅカ
Romanized Title: Takarazuka Odori Sanka '88 / Haru Futatabi / Fooebaa! Takarazuka

Troupe: Flower
Year: 1988
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 9/30 - 11/8
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 10/18

Takarazuka Dance Festival '88:

Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Music By: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru
Choreography Hanayagi Yoshijirou, Nishizaki Mayumi, Fujima Eiken
Conductor: Nomura Youji

Spring Again:

Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Music By: Terada Takio
Choreography Hanayagi Juraku
Conductor: Nomura Youji

Forever! Takarazuka:

Author/Director: Ohara Hirotoshi
Music By: Yoshizaki Kenji, Hashimoto Kazuaki
Choreography Yamada Taku, Hayama Kiyomi, Sha Tamae, Minami Roger
Conductor: Okada Yoshiki
Shinjin Kouen Director:

Cast

Spring Again
RoleCast
Fujiwara MichitadaAsaka Jun
YasuAsazuki Mario
YogoMaya Miki
YonoKozue Manami
KinoHana Youko
SaemonTakara Junko
KatsuraKitakouji Miho
SaburoujiAnju Mira
SantaMitsuya Nao
HeirokuKaji Issei
GosakuYuuma Natsuki
Singing Village WomanMineoka Nachi
RetainersKouju Tatsuki
Oomai Kaori
Shibuki Jun
Kurenai Kasumi
Village MenMinami Kairi, Kagami Chitose, Ooki Hiroto, Yukikaze Rei, Takatsuki Shou, Kurokawa Miyuki, Takaragi Meri, Shione Makoto, Tachibana Sae, Ooshio Masumi, Aika Mire, Makoto Tsubasa, Hyou Yuuka, Shou Tsukasa
Village WomenSakuragi Seiko, Aikaze Hikaru, Midori Akie, Asou Yumi, Natsume Kana, Shino Yuka, Kusanome Moyu, Kyou Maiko, Kousaka Chiaki, Sumireno Aika, Yumeno Chikoto, Mika Sanami, Kirihara Shouko, Moemi Serika, Asakaze Yuki, Oogi Chihiro

Senka (Takarazuka Dance Festival '88): Matsumoto Yuri, Jou Hiroe
Other Cast: Takara Junko, Kitakouji Miho, Ooura Mizuki, Tsukioka Chikage, Isono Chihiro, Asaka Jun, Segawa Kae, Ryou Mio, Hibiki Mito, Miori Yumino, Hoshimura Reo, Sayo Akari, Anju Mira, Kozue Manami, Mineoka Nachi, Yuuki Kokoro, Maya Miki, Kaji Issei, Mitsuya Nao, Minami Kairi, Sakuragi Seiko, Kagami Chitose, Ooki Hiroto, Yukikaze Rei, Yuuma Natsuki, Aikaze Hikaru, Midori Akie, Takatsuki Shou, Kurokawa Miyuki, Asou Yumi, Shino Yuka, Natsume Kana, Takaragi Meri, Kusanome Moyu, Kyou Maiko, Shione Makoto, Hana Youko, Ooshio Masumi, Sumireno Aika, Aika Mire, Makoto Tsubasa, Mika Sanami, Hyou Yuuka, Tachibana Sae, Yumeno Chikoto, Kousaka Chiaki, Moemi Serika, Shibuki Jun, Kouju Tatsuki, Kirihara Shouko, Kurenai Kasumi, Oogi Chihiro, Oomai Kaori, Asakaze Yuki, Shou Tsukasa, Sazanami Ai, Takumi Hibiki, Hiroki Sachi, Yukino Marie, Natsushiro Rei, Shizuki Asato, Ootomo Reika, Hama Shioka, Morotori Ai, Michi Akari, Shiraho Mari, Kazu Hiroki, Morina Miharu, Shiraki Ayaka, Shiokaze Kou, Sagano Yuri, Asaki Yui, Hatsukaze Midori, Himiya Reiko, Sagano Yuri, Futaba Karen, Kizuki Ayumu, Shihou Akeno

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Takarazuka Dance Festival '88


Scenes 1-2 The Takarazuka March

The entire troupe dances wearing the costumes of Japan.

Maple boy S ~ Ooura Mizuki, Asaka Jun
Maple beauty S ~ Hibiki Mito, Matsumoto Yuri


Scene 3-4 Tsuki, Yuki and Hana (Moon, Snow and Flower)

A song in praise of Japan's wonderful scenery.

Singer ~ Ooura Mizuki
Ceremony girl ~ Michi Akari


Scene 5 An Ancient Fantasy

A court princess dances to Yokyoku, a Noh song. In the center many dancers costumed up of the Nara era appear to unfurl a dance over the whole stage.

An Ancient Man ~ Ooura Mizuki
An Ancient Woman ~ Hibiki Mito
Princess ~ Asaka Jun


Scene 6 Japan, the Beautiful

Three boys sing a song of Japan's scenes.

Boys ~ Segawa Kae, Anju Mira, Maya Miki


Scenes 7 A Snowscape

A beautiful woman dances in the snow to a blind woman's song.

Dancer ~ Matsumoto Yuri
Shamisen-player ~ Jou Hiroe


Scenes 9-10 Flowers

Songs and dances of the flower of Japan--the cherry blossom. Carefree youths and sweet beauties in the pleasurable contemplation of a shower of cherry blossom petals.

Dancer (cherry blossom) ~ Ooura Mizuki




Spring Again



In the province of "Izumo". Towards the end of spring. Here is a village named Sonono-Nagahama not far from the mouth of the Ibigawa river.

At the news that Michitada Fujiwara, the lord of the manor, is going to make a visit of his inspection to the village, the villagers decide to introduce some Japanese dances to the visiting lord in the way of welcoming him, and the villagers repeatedly practice their dances day in and day out. The fact is that Michitada, the lord, is respected by the villagers as a gentle and merciful lord.

In due course of time, Michitada comes along to the village. The villagers try to unfurl the dances which they have vigorously practiced. Lo! Michitada, however, declines to look at the Japanese dances intended for him and he expresses his ardent desire to hear around view "the song and dance" called "Yaegaki" by all means which has been transmitted from olden times.

Unfortunately, however, there is none in the village at the time who knows this time-honored song and dance, because those who know this particular dance are deceased. The village master and others concerned in welcoming Michitada, the lord, are greatly embarrassed at the request of the lord, and are at a loss to know how to overcome this unexpected incident. At the depth of their predicament, an old beggar woman named Yasu, one of the villagers, who, from some time unknown, has lived in the shabby water mill cottage located at the outskirt of the village, reveals that she knows "the song and dance" which the visiting lord is so anxious to have a look at.

Yasu, the aged begger woman, is called out to sing and dance, a piece which has caused a great deal of trouble to the villagers. When the song and dance named "Yaegaki" is all over, the Lord inquires the beggar woman of her past career. In truth, Michitada is anxiously looking for his real mother, with whom he parted while he was still a baby.

The old beggar goes on narrating, "it was almost twenty years ago that the great Ibigawa inundation devastated this district, and most of the villagers who were scarcely survived from the death caused by this disastrous flood starved to death. I, in my desparate struggle to make my child remain alive, handed over my boy child to a person acting as another's tool, who came from Miyako, the metropolis, for the safeguard." Judging from what this shabby woman says, Michitada, the lord, convinces himself that this very woman must be none else but his real mother. At this moment, however, Yasu, the aged woman, is strong in her insistence that she dare not show herself in the presence of Michitada, the lord. Accordingly, Michitada is unavoidably obliged to leave the place after leaving a bundle for the pitiful woman.

Shortly, the aged woman unwraps the bundle to find not a small amount of money and the empty bag of an amulet which the aged mother let Michitada carryon his person when he was still a child to her great surprise and amazement.

The bell telling the hour of evening sadly dies on the air. The old woman who breaks down crying and abandons herself to grief is about to leave the village. At this juncture, Michitada comes running back to this aged mother crying, "Dear mother! Dear mother! Dear mother!" The mother and her son united together after their separation for scores of years are choked with tears. The petals of the cherry blossoms flatter on them. The two persons, mother and son, continue to dance of "Yaegaki" under the falling petals of the cherry flowers.



Forever! Takarazuka


Scenes 1-3 Prologue

The opening of the TAKARAZUKA REVUE will be the following... The etoile's song, the star with the cane and hat, who will sing and dance with many dancers, entitled "Takarazuka is Forever."

Star (gentleman) ~ Ooura Mizuki
Etoile (singer) ~ Hibiki Mito
Beauty dancer ~ Maya Miki


Scenes 4-6 Flower Fantasy

While an officer sings, "I'll string along with you," the other officers and girls will dance gracefully. Afterwords three couples will dance passionately entitled, "I only have eyes for you."

Officer (Singer) ~ Asaka Jun
Girl (Dancer) ~ Kozue Manami
Girl (Singer) ~ Takara Junko
Officers (Dancers) ~ Segawa Kae, Anju Mira, Maya Miki
Flower dancers ~ Hibiki Mito, Miori Yumino, Shino Yuka


Scenes 7-8 Saturday Night

A boy sings, "Saturday night is the loneliest night in the week". He and his friends steal a present for his lover from a passerby. They laugh and dance on the corner of the street.

Boy ~ Ooura Mizuki
Boys (Dancers) ~ Asaka Jun, Segawa Kae, Anju Mira, Maya Miki


Scenes 9-10 Young and Beautiful

Pretty girls sing "Keep young and beautiful."

Girl ~ Hibiki Mito

The stage is full of gorgeous decorations. A gentleman sings and dances, "You stepped out of a dream." As soon as the music starts, a big compact opens and the beauty girls with pink feather fans appear out of it. The gentleman sings "The lady is a tramp" with the dancing girls."

Gentleman ~ Ooura Mizuki


Scenes 11-13 Piano Fantasy

A young man and two couples riding bicyles sing, "Play simple melody."

Young man ~ Asaka Jun

When the curtains open a pianist plays and sings "Shaking the blues away" dancing with seven key-dancers.

Pianist ~ Ooura Mizuki
Key dancers (Black) ~ Hibiki Mito, Tsukioka Chikage Miori Yumino, Natsume Kana, Shino Yuka
Key dancers (White) ~ Segawa Kae, Anju Mira, Isono Chihiro, Maya Miki, Kagami Chitose, Oki Hiroto, Yuma Natsuki


Scenes 14-16 Finale

Gorgeous curtains open one after another as the stars of the show parade down the staircase.

One lady sings and other ladies dance with the song, "The words are in my heart."

Lady (Singer) ~ Mineoka Nachi
Ladies (Dancers) ~ Hana Youko, Kousaka Chiaki

A couple sings "In the cool, cool, cool of the evening" with other four couples and they all dance to the tune.

Gentleman (Singer) ~ Asaka Jun
Lady (Singer) ~ Hibiki Mito

The star appears on the staircase and sings "Something's gotta give."

Star ~ Ooura Mizuki

After the etoile sings "Takarazuka is Forever", all members line up.

Gentleman ~ Ooura Mizuki
Lady ~ Hibiki Mito
Etoile ~ Mineoka Nachi

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