The Legend of Ōeyama / Sky High Sky
Picture Credit: lokai / Tokyo program
English Title: The Legend of Ōeyama / Sky High Sky
Japanese Title: 大江山花伝 / スカイ・ハイ・スカイ
Romanized Title: Ooeyama Kaden / Sky High Sky
Performances: Grand Theater, 2/14 - 3/26; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 6/4 - 6/30
The Legend of Ōeyama:
Based On: the comic series Ooeyama Kaden by Kihara Toshie
Author / Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Composer: Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Hanawaka Haruaki
Conductor (Tokyo): Izawa Ichirou
Sky High Sky:
Director: Kusano Akira
Composer: Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Takai Yoshizumi
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Shuri Misao, Nakura Kayoko, Shunny Parmisano
Conductor (Tokyo): Okada Yoshiki
Available on DVD: No
|Role||Cast||Shinjin Kouen Cast|
|Ibaraki Douji (a half-demon living in Ōeyama, the demon territory)||Taira Michi||Ichiro Maki|
|Watanabe no Tsuna (one of Minamoto no Raikou's four powerful retainers)||Mori Keaki||Kei Kazuka|
|Fujiko / Fujinoha (a princess of the province, now a maidservant of Tsuna)||Kanna Miho||Murasaki Tomo|
|Ise no Shikibu (a court lady being held captive by demons)||Shirogane Akemi|
|Tenryuu (a powerful demon)||Masaki Keiko||Misaki Kou|
|Minamoto no Raikou (receives the order to exterminate the demons)||Katsu Sachiyo||Nazuki Kanade|
|Sennen Sugi (an older demon, Shuten Douji's officer)||Sara Kei||Mayuzumi Reina|
|Haguro (a powerful demon)||Chishiro Kei||Mitsuki Yuu|
|Kochou (Shuten Douji's niece; Ibaraki Douji's confidant)||Hatobue Maki||Akitsu Yutaka|
|Shuten Douji (the chief of Ōeyama)||Hokuto Hikaru||Kodai Mizuki|
|Sado (a powerful demon)||Aoki Ryou (Grand Theater)|
Mafue Hibiki (Tokyo)
|Hotoke (a powerful demon)||Ebira Kaoru||Fuzuki Rei|
|Urabe no Suetake (one of Minamoto's powerful retainers)||Asuka Yuu|| Kazuki Maho (Grand Theater)|
Ayu Yuuki (Tokyo)
|Tachibana Shounagon (a court lady being held captive by demons)||Kachou Itsuki|
|Usui Sadamitsu (one of Minamoto's powerful retainers)||Kamo Senjou||Kazami Reo|
|Hanazono Emon (a court lady being held captive by demons)||Kita Izumi||Mitsuki Ayu|
|Sakata no Kintoki (one of Minamoto's powerful retainers)||Ichiro Maki||Takane Fubuki|
|Young Ibaraki Douji||Kei Kazuka|
|Young Fujiko||Murasaki Tomo|
Other Cast: Yutaka Ayumu, Nanao Tomo, Kotozuki Chiko, Ami Jun, Mafue Hibiki, Aya Tatsumi, Kamishiro Shouko, Nozoe Sayuki, Chigusa Mami, Mihama Juri, Chihiro Ai, Goshiki Arata, Chikoto Kurumi, Saiki Takumi, Kanna Miho, Shirasagi Madoka, Godai Katsura, Hime Marika, Miki Sayaka, Tsukushino Aya, Ichijou Akane, Kakyou Asuka, Kana Chikoto, Kurihara Reiko, Yukihara Chinae, Katsura Asahi, Wakou Hajime, Akari Nami, Natsuo Kaori, Seisa Kiho, Takajou Kanou, Takanashi Jun, Namiji Haruka, Ogishiro Ayano, Asagiri Mai, Tasai Shun, Chiya Akira, Shioji Sayo, Mario Mitsuki, Haruno Wakaba, Ena Kaoru, Yuuzuki Mika, Iraka Maya
Grand Theater only: Aoki Ryou, Akira Miyabi, Kazuki Maho
Tokyo Theater only: Nishina Yuri, Akino Satomi, Marioka Tomomi, Itsumine Aki, Daishou Kaoru, Yuubi Kagari, Yabuki Shou, Tama Madoka, Oujou Miki, Asana Ayumi, Asakage Rui, Aiki Shou
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
A Thousand and One Nights of a Dynasty
The Legend of Ōeyama
(Original English summary from the program is left unchanged except for a minor spelling correction and truncation of the ending.)
This drama is the story of Ibaragidoji who is a well-known Oni or devil in Kabuki tales.
This devil who appears as the villain in Japanese folk tales and legends is 8 feet in height, has a set of horns on his head, sharp tiger-like fangs and a fierce, ruddy face.
In the 990s a group of Oni attack Kyoto from their stronghold on Mount Ōeyama. Shutendoji, the ring leader of the band, robs the houses of Kyoto of food and clothing. The young women fall prey to the Oni bandits.
It is said that two hundred years before the Oni were foreigners from the north who resorted to banditry because they were persecuted by the Japanese people.
The Emperor Ichijo orders his commander, Minamoto-no-Raiko, to capture the Oni and put an end to their raids.
Watanabe-no-Tsuna, one of Raiko's retainers plans to do some advance scouting of the Oni fort on Mount Ōeyama. His maid servant, Fujinoha decides to follow him in order to meet her lover who is none other than Ibarakidoji, Shutendoji's son.
Fifteen years before, Ibaragidoji had been deserted in early infancy by his father and had been brought up by the feudal Lord of Kii Province.
Ibarakidoji fell in love with Fujinoha, the lord's daughter. However at the age of fifteen he was returned to Mount Ōeyama where he was trained as a bandit by his father.
Misfortunes never come alone — especially for young lovers and shortly after they were parted Fujinoha lost her parents in a fire.
On the first night as Tsuna and Fujinoha climb the mountain they are captured by a band of Oni.
Ibaragidoji is astonished to see Fujinoha again after so long, and his heart is full of memories of their time together.
During a banquet Fujinoha secretly pours a sleeping drought into the Oni's sake. When all of the Oni have fallen asleep, Raiko and his retainers rush the fort...
Sky High Sky
Scenes 1 - 3: The Sky and the Sea
Seagulls perform a gorgeous and colorful dance.
Seagull Star - Taira Michi
Seagulls - Mori Keaki, Ichiro Maki, Kanna Miho
Scene 4: The Sky and the Birds
The comic scene of the skylarks.
Penguin (mother) - Shirogane Akemi
Penguin (child) - Ayu Yuuki
Scene 5: The Sky and the Lake
A fantastic dance of waterbirds to the music of Hungarian Dance No.5 by Johannes Brahms.
Waterbird - Mori Keaki
Flamingo A - Nanao Tomo
Scene 6 - 7: The Sky and the Moon
Penguins and Fairies of the Moon perform a comic continental tango.
Penguin A - Chishiro Kei
Moon-fairy A - Ichiro Maki
Singer - Hokuto Hikaru
Scene : The Sky and the Star
Butterflies dance to the show's theme song.
Butterflies - Masaki Keiko and others
Scene : The Sky and the Sun
In their kingdom the birds sing and dance beautifully and joyfully. Then in the evening all the birds fly home to their nests.
Kingbird - Taira Michi
Queenbird - Hatobue Maki
Princebird - Ichiro Maki
Princessbird - Kanna Miho
Knightbird A - Mori Keaki
Grand chamberlain A - Masaki Keiko
Scene : The Sky and the Sunset
The dance of the skylarks.
Skylarks - Saotome Sachi, Mitsuki Ayu and others
Scene : The Sky and the Stars
The fairy tale of seagulls and and a mermaid.
Icarus (seagull) - Taira Michi
Iris (mermaid) - Kanna Miho
Scene : The Sky and the Light (Finale)
Singer - Hokuto Hikaru
Dancer S - Taira Michi
Dancers A - Mori Keaki, Kanna Miho
- The Legend of Ōeyama was performed again in 1988 as a national tour. It was revived in 2009 for Oozora Yuuhi and Nono Sumika's top debut performance.
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