The Happy Prince / Ukare Jizo / Under the Southern Cross
Picture Credit: English pamphlet / Caithion
English Title: The Happy Prince / Ukare Jizo / Under the Southern Cross
Japanese Title: 幸福の王子 / 浮かれ地蔵 / 南十字星は耀く
Romanized Title: Koufuku no Ouji / Ukare Jizou / Minami Juujisei wa Kagayaku
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 7/1 - 7/30
The Happy Prince:
Author/Director: Takasaki Kunisuke
Composer: Tsutsumi Gorou
Choreographer: Izuguchi Setsuko
Author/Director: Hanayagi Heinosuke
Composer: Yamane Hisao
Under the Southern Cross:
Author/Director: Utsumi Shigenori
Composer: Yamane Hisao, Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru
Choreographer: Yasumoto Shinji, Tamada Yuuzou, Watanabe Takeo
Available on DVD: No
The Happy Prince
|Match Peddler||Wakamizu Kumiko|
|Kohama (Mrs. Takarazaemon)||Kiyokawa Hayami|
Under the Southern Cross
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
(From the original English program/flier, with corrections for grammar.)
The Happy Prince
Winter is near at hand; the swallows have all gone to their southern homes except one stray sparrow who happens to pass a night at the foot of the golden statue of the Happy Prince in the public square.
The statue is for a prince who led the happiest life in the world while he was living, and whose benevolent soul comes back nightly to his own image. Every night he watched the wretched lives of poor townsmen from the pedestal. He would like to relieve them if only he could do more.
Now he knows that his heart's desire will be satisfied. He asks the swallow to take his golden crown set with diamonds and to give it to an unfortunate composer who has been suffering from dire poverty. At first the swallow hesitates, thinking of the tardiness of her migration, but she cannot long resist the sincerity of the Prince.
On the following night the swallow visits a widow dress-maker with the Prince's present of a ruby brooch. In this way she goes on with her errands till Christmas comes.
By this time the statue of the Prince has been stripped of everything except the eyes made of sapphire. He asks the swallow to take the last treasure of his and give it to an orphan girl peddling matches. Coming back from her last errand, the swallow throws herself into the arms of the eyeless statue of the Happy Prince and breathes her last in perfect peace of mind.
Tsukataro, a servant of Takarazaemon, a wealthy gentleman, comes up to Kyoto to buy an image of Jizo (i.e. a guardian deity of children) for his master. He goes along the city streets calling noisily, after the fashion of firewood hucksters, for a maker of Buddhist idols.
At last he lights upon an impostor, Hyogo by name, who gives him a promise to bring to his master's house an image of Jizo.
Hyogo takes his son Kenichi to the gentleman's house. He tries to make his son look like a fine image of Jizo and to deceive them. But his whole scheme fails after all; the sacred image proves to be unable to stand the temptation of a dainty repast.
Under the Southern Cross
The premiere of Howard and his troupe at the theater in Rio de Janeiro turned out to be a great success. Especially the trio, the singer Linda and comedians Jim and Ted, were wonderful.
Raleigh, one of the famous showmen of New York, chanced to see the show, and recognized the trio's ability. He proposed to them to sign a contract with him to appear on a first-class stage in New York after the tour through South America.
At first the owne of the theater, Peron, objects against Raleigh's proposal, but in the end he is moved by Raleigh's enthusiasm and accepts it. Raleigh doesn't care much for Howard, but Linda insists that she won't sign the contract if Howard is omitted, for she loves Howard secretly.
When they are going to start the tour, she manages to have Howard get on the train and join the new troupe.
Gonzales, a userer in Rio, is very angry that Jim and Ted started without paying their debts. His daughter, Fanta, is very sad, as she has secretly been in love with Howard. Gonzales feels sorry for her affection and cheers her up by telling her that he will make every possible effort in his power to assist her to win her love.
Raleigh and his troupe come round to Lima in Peru via Buenos Aires. Gonzales takes his daughter with him and pursues Jim and Ted to collect his money.
Howard suspects that Raleigh has begun to love Linda, so he resolves to leave the company. Just then Gonzales meets with Howard and asks him to marry his daughter Fanta, who has long been in love with him.
Howard makes up his mind and he tells Linda that he is going to quit the troupe to get married to Fanta.
Later in New York, Linda comes across Howard and Fanta, who are now reduced to poverty. She persuades them to come to the theater to see her on the stage.
At the theater, when the show is nearing its end, it is announced that the show cannot be kept on because the star singer has suddenly been taken ill. At this juncture Linda seeks out Howard among the audience and asks him to take the place of the star singer. He complies with the request at last and goes up to the stage to sing his favorite song "In Memory of the Days in Brazil".
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