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Winter Storm ~ Death in St. Petersburg~ / Hyper Stage!




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English Title: Winter Storm ~Death in St. Petersburg~ / Hyper Stage!
Japanese Title: 冬の嵐、ペテルブルクに死す / ハイパー・ステージ!
Romanized Title: Fuyu no Arashi / Haipaa Suteeji !

Troupe: Hanagumi
Year: 1994
Performances: Takarazuka, 9/30 - 11/7
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka, 10/14

Winter Storm:

Based On: Pushkin's The Queen of Spades
Author / Director: Oota Tetsunori
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji, Miyahara Tooru
Choreography: Akiko Kanda
Shinjin Kouen Director: Oota Tetsunori

Hyper Stage!:

Author/Director: Ishida Masaya
Music: Takahashi Kuni, Nishimura Kouji
Choreography: Ai Erina, Nakagawa Kumi

Cast

RoleCastShinjin Kouen Cast
Herman Mayer (an ambitious young man)Anju Mira Hatsukaze Midori
Lizaveta Ivanovna (Lisa, the countess's adopted daughter)Morina Miharu Chihiro Reika
Prince Andre Yeletsky (Lisa's fiance)Maya Miki Iori Naoka
Count Pavel St. Germain (Grand Marshal of the Imperial Army)Ritsu Tomomi Yuuya Naho
KaliostroMisa Noeru Kazato Yuma
Princess Dahlia PetrovnaIchihara Kei Otoki Mika
Duchesse NastashaMachikaze Kana Nagisa Aki
TaribisAmachi Hikari Kaori Yutaka
Countess Anna FedothovinaMitsuki Ayu Sachimi Anna
Michael (captain in the Imperial Army)Kaikyou Hiroki Asazono Miki
Natalia (daughter of a baron)Shino Yuka Asaki Yui
Colonel Zamyotov (aide-de-camp of the Imperial Army)Takaragi Meri Shiki Kaoru
Count Paul Tomsky (lieutenant in the Imperial Army)Aika Mire Kizuki Ayumu
Surin (lieutenant in the Imperial Army)Shibuki Jun Haruno Sumire
Olga (Lisa's tutor)Moemi Serika Ayana Mai
Chekalinsky (head of a Moscow casino)Natsushiro Rei Otowa Ryou
Tatiana (daughter of a prince)Nagisa Aki Minami Shizuka
Princess Pauline (Natalia's sister, Tomsky's fiancee)Tsukikage Hitomi Ootori Rei

Other Cast: Kokonoe Haruka, Yumeno Chikoto, Shou Tsukasa, Takumi Hibiki, Ootomo Reika, Morotori Ai, Hama Shioka, Shiraho Mari, Natsushiro Rei, Futaba Karen, Himiya Reiko, Mizuki Ai, Aya Hiromi, Mayuka Reo, Yuuya Naho, Sachimi Anna, Chinami Yuu, Sagami Rei, Asakura Aoi, Ai Miyabi, Suzukake Miyuki, Haruno Sumire, Masaoka Nao, Sakuragi Emi, Yuuka Eri, Asami Hikaru, Nanase Kai, Minami Shizuka, Futaba Miki, Sena Jun, Mao Natsuki, Utahana Yumi, Eri Chiaki, Kikuho Rina, Hiro Miyoshi, Mutsuki Mao, Amano Yuka, Mizuhono Seika, Asahina Kei, Ayukawa Natsuki, Kouno Marika, Masaki Kazusa, Saki Nozomi, Muko Ayumi

80th Class - Group B (Takarazuka): Narumi Jun, Anri Michiru, Kuji Akari, Momoka Sari, Asazumi Kei, Tamaki Kaho, Haruka Ikki, Asama Moyu, Hayase Ayu, Sugata Kou, Hishou Yuu, Yuuki Mayu, Natsuho Akira

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Winter Storm ~Death in Saint Petersburg~


The story opens in Paris in the early years of the 19th century. Herman Mayer, a poor Russian poet, is selling books of his poetry on the street in the falling snow. Khariovstrof and Tarbis, two mysterious-looking men, approach Herman and tell the poet that if he wants to live the rest of his life in luxury, they can help him. Just at that moment, some ruffians attack a nearby man. Herman rushes to the rescue. The man he saved is Andre, a Russian aristocrat. In the crowd that runs to the report of a gun Herman finds an old school friend he hasn't seen for years, Michael. Herman makes up his mind to go home to Saint Petersburg.

With Andre's help Herman becomes a second lieutenant in the Imperial Russian Army. On one fine summer day Herman meets Andre's fiance, Lisa. Herman falls in love with Lisa at first sight. Herman wants to be loyal to the man who has helped him but he can not forget Lisa.

Lisa is the stepdaughter of Countess Fedothovina. Herman hears a rumor that the Countess knows a gambling secret called "The Three Cards" which is a certain winning technique. Herman loves gambling but he has never had any money to play so he just watches. He is fascinated by the rumor but his interest in Lisa is pure. He writes a love letter to her. Lisa is confused by this unexpected attention. Herman spends so much time waiting and watching outside the Countess's home that people start to talk. Lisa replies to Herman's letter and begs him not to write again.

Herman refuses to give up. He writes Lisa to meet him at the Cafe Mariana. Lisa decides it is best to meet Herman to convince him to forget about her. But by coincidence Andre sees Lisa and follows her to the cafe. He had heard the rumors but he had not believed them until now. Much to her own surprise Lisa is deeply moved by Herman's confession of love. After she leaves the cafe Andre, who is outraged by the double betrayal, challenges Herman to a duel. The Grand Marshal of the Imperial Army refuses to allow the fight. Andre is furious and breaks off his engagement to Lisa.

Lisa is now in love with Herman. She writes Herman and tells him of a chance to meet. Herman secretly comes to meet Lisa. But the Countess comes home much earlier than expected. Herman runs into the Countess's room and hides. Herman realizes that he has a golden opportunity to learn the secret of "The Three Cards". He jumps out of hiding and demands that the Countess tell him the secret. The Countess dies of shock and fright. When Lisa finds out what caused her step-mather's death she assumes that from the very beginning Herman was only interested in the gambling secret not her. Herman protests his love is true but Lisa is overcome with grief and broken-hearted.

After the Countess's funeral, Lisa's tutor, Olga, brings Herman a letter. Lisa wants to know how Herman feels about her. She asks him to come to the Winter Canal by twelve midnight tonight. Herman tells Olga that he will be there.

On his way to meet Lisa Herman sees the ghost of the Countess in a church. The Countess tells Herman that if he will promise to marry Lisa she will tell him the secret of the cards. When Herman hears the secret he is so excited he forgets all about the time. Olga arrives with the sad news that Lisa jumped into the canal and killed herself.

After Lisa's death both Andre and Herman spend some time in seclusion away from Moscow. Andre has decided to leave Saint Petersburg which is now full of painful memories and go to America to start a new life.

The two men meet at the opening of a new casino by the most famous card dealer in all of Moscow. Herman gambles for the first time in his life. With the secret of "The Three Cards" he wins and wins and wins. Finally, Herman bets all his winnings against Andre.

Herman is sure the key card is an Ace but to his great shock it is the Queen of Spades. Herman sees the ghost of the Countess laughing at him. Herman falls. His pistol goes off accidentally and Herman is killed.

Khariovstrof and Tarbis feel sorry for poor foolish Herman. He almost got the life of luxury they had promised him that wintry day long ago in Paris. The wicked pair set off to find someone new to help.



Hyper Stage!


Takarazuka's Flower Troupe presents a unique performance, a Dance Variety Show, to begin the celebration of The 100th Anniversary of the Takarazuka Revue.

Scenes 1-2 Hyper Submarine

A submarine glides into port. The crew releases all their long pent-up energy in a dance to celebrate their safe return to dry land.

Submarine Man ~ Anju Mira
Singing of Military ~ Maya Miki


Scenes 3-4 The Road Battle

Dancers at a gas station build up a high sense of rivalry. The natural outlet for all this energy is at a race track.

Lover (Man) ~ Maya Miki
Lover (Woman) ~ Nagisa Aki
Racer S ~ Maya Miki


Scenes 5-6 A Tunnel of Ghosts

A new tunnel is opened on a modern Japanese highway. The tunnel was built through a graveyard. Angry at being disturbed the ghosts become Vampires. The Vampires get set for revenge as they dance to a Japanese rock and roll beat.

Samurai S ~ Anju Mira


Scenes 7-9 Jungle

A couple drive their jeep along a foggy road. The fog is so heavy they get lost and have to stop until the fog clears. They find themselves in an ancient jungle surrounded by animals enjoying themselves at a jungle carnival.

Jungle King ~ Anju Mira
Lover (Woman) ~ Morina Miharu
Snake ~ Kaikyou Hiroki
Lover (Man) ~ Aika Mire
Zebra ~ Shibuki Jun


Scenes 10-12 St. Elmo's Fire

A young man rushes into an amusement park at night. He is late for a date and his girlfriend, tired of waiting, is riding on the pirate ship. When the youth catches up to her he discovers that his girlfriend has been captured by the wax doll pirates. He has to fight to win her back.

Young Man ~ Maya Miki
Young Woman ~ Morina Miharu


Scenes 13-14 Harbor Land

Young boys and girls dance in a grown-up atmosphere on a pier under the night sky.

Man ~ Anju Mira
Girl ~ Takumi Hibiki


Scenes 15-16 Finale

Sailor girls form a thrilling chorus line and dance to the stirring chords of the finale music. The show closes with Takarazuka's traditional glamorous promenade on the grand staircase.

Gigolo S ~ Anju Mira
Singer (Man) ~ Maya Miki
Etoile ~ Morina Miharu

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