The Little Mermaid / Hama-Chidori
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English Title: The Little Mermaid / Hama-Chidori
Japanese Title: 人魚姫 / 浜千鳥
Romanized Title: Ningyo Hime / Hamachidori
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 7/31 - 8/25
Shinjin Kouen Performances: n/a
The Little Mermaid:
Based On: Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"
Author/Director: Takagi Shirou
Composer: Nakamoto Kiyozumi
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Agata Youji
Conductor (Takarazuka): Totoki Kazuo
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Adaptation/Director: Watanabe Takeo
Author/Sub-Director: Ako Takeshi
Composer: Takahashi Ren, Tsutsumi Gorou, Kawasaki Tsuneo
Choreographer: Watanabe Takeo, Takagi Shouji, Suzuki Takeshi, Mutsumi Chiga
Conductor (Takarazuka): Mizoguchi Takashi
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
The Little Mermaid
|Mermaid Princess Louise
|Head Lady in Waiting
|Meme the Mermaid
|Lulu the Mermaid
|Denzaemon, local governor
|Makato, young man
|Mun, a girl
|Koheita, a retainer
Other Cast: Mutsumi Chiga, Miyama Etsu, Mikuni Aya, Sazanami Rika, Konoe Anzu, Fujisono Satomi, Kei Hanayo, Miha Kazusa, Kino Kazuyo, Take Miharu, Suzuka Teruko, Nagare Sayuru, Ai Erina, Asuka Miyako, Azusa Chiyoko, Hananose Kasumi, Ashiwara Mika, Satsuki Jun, Ritsu Tomomi, Hiiro Maki, Tsukibue Mayumi, Uehara Mari, Nazuru Kayo, Hoshi Rimiko, Shinjou Mayumi, Shiomi Rika, Okazuki Yoshito, Hyuuga Aoi, Ougi Harumi, Yuka Miyuki, Ichijou Hikaru, Yoshibue Mitsuru, Morikage Katsura, Rii Rii, Miya Kaoru, Oka Sayuri, Hoshi Subaru, Shima Yuri, Takara Junko, Komakusa Ayumi, Sai Gyokuren, Izumi Mari, Uryuu Minako, Miki Hiromi, Shino Uyuki, Yuuki Kanae, Satomi Akira, Kijou Tomoka, Natsuki Masa, Nanaumi Mihoko, Taka Hiroki
Ken-1: Takaoka Keiko, etc.
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
The Little Mermaid
An emotional and sentimental work, which reminds us of nostalgic memories from younger days.
Venturing above the sea for the first time, the mermaid princess rescues a prince who had been cast adrift in the sea by a fierce storm. She falls in love with him and wants to see him again. What will she have to do to go to the human world...?
Tarou, a young man of Okinoerabu-jima Island in the Ryukyus, was in service of the Royal Court at Shuri.
It so happened that one day, Tarou saw a poor plover being assaulted by an eagle on the beach of the sea. He saved the helpless little bird out of the imminent risk and set it free toward the sky.
Soon, Tarou grew anxious about his aged father left alone in his native Island. He begged the Queen of the Ryukyus for leave so that he may return to his home island to meet his lone father. For him, it was quite a long time since he left Okinoerabu-jima Island where he had been born.
When he came back to the island, he found his father being taken care of by a pretty young girl called Chiju. He did not know who she was and where she had come from.
No sooner had Tarou set his eyes on the girl, he felt that he took fancy of the pretty girl. Taro asked her about the whereabouts of her family and other matters but she was reluctant to reveal anything about herself and her family.
In the meantime, on the villagers' holiday picnic, Tarou saw Chiju all unexpectedly who was struck by a thunderbolt and was unconscious. Seeing her in this condition, Tarou could know that Chiju nothing but a plover in disguise. This knowledge, however, did not bring about any change in his affection towards Chiju, the pretty girl.
Then, came along the day of fete for villagers, when they should send in their annual tribute to the officials sent from the Shimazu Clan which ruled the islands.
Now an evil local governor was also in love with Chiju and he threatened her and Tarou by saying that he would take away with him for the reason that Tarou's household was too poor to pay the land tax allotted to it, thereby presenting a good excuse for the malicious magistrate to take hold of her by way of a ransom.
When the official threatened to take the poor girl forcibly away unless he paid the tax, Tarou could not obey him but he resisted.
His disobedience drove the official to an uncontrollable rage. The local magistrate drew his sword ready to kill Tarou.
At the very last moment when Tarou was about to be killed, Chiju threw herself under the drawn sword.
This was not enough to assuage the official, who was now mad with anger. He insisted that Tarou be killed then and there.
Then lo! there appeared in the sky a huge crowd of plovers literally blackening the moonlit sky, flying with a terrifying sound of the birds' fluttering wings, to assault the magistrate and his followers.
The officials had to meet with their swords drawn. But the attack of the plovers was so ferocious; soon many of the officials were seen shedding blood from their eyes pecked by the sharp bills of the birds.
Soon, it was seen that one official after another, thus rendered helpless, fell into the waves of the sea beyond the precipitous cliff.
Tarou was left alone on the beach.
He picked up the dead plovers, one, which he embraced gently and tenderly. It was calm again on the beach, --as if nothing had happened. The sea expanded silently under the moonlight.
- Final performance for Shima Miho, Wakashiro Hikari, Nagare Sayuru, Ougi Harumi, Hyuuga Aoi, Yoshibue Mitsuru, and ken-1 Takaoka Keiko.
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