Yuki-hime / Oui Oui Paris
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English Title: Yuki-hime / Oui Oui Paris
Japanese Title: 雪姫 / ウイ・ウイ・パリ
Romanized Title: Yuki-Hime / Ui Ui Pari
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/1 - 1/31; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 3/5 - 3/29
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/16; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 3/13
Author: Shirai Tetsuzou
Director: Shirai Tetsuzou
Composer: Irie Kaoru
Choreographer: Fuijma Ryousuke
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Oui Oui Paris
Author: Takagi Shirou
Director: Takagi Shirou
Composer: Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Nakai Mitsuharu, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Nakano Junji, Takai Yoshizumi, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Yasumoto Shinji, Terada Takeo, Kawakami Gorou, Oka Masami, Sasaki Kazuo
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Available on DVD: No
|Yuki-hime (O-Yuki)||Amatsu Otome||Natsunomiya Chiyoko|
|Yosaku||Akashi Teruko||Amano Obune|
|O-Hana (O-Yuki`s daughter)||Natsu Ayako|
|Goddess of Winter||Uchibuki Misa|
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
As the northern district is about to see the end of the lengthy period of snow bound winter, the villages celebrate the liberation from the icy season with a Snow Festival.
The Festival offers a rare opportunity for village lads and lasses to freely mingle in the rings of community dances and to pick up whomever he or she might choose for the night`s partner.
Now, Yosaku, a hunger was one of the most popular lads of the village. Naturally, village girls were without exception desirous to be united with him. The plight was, alas, that no girl was found agreeable enough by Yosaku.
The last snow of the season was falling thick on the village. In the snow-capped mountain, the Grand God and Goddess of Winter, "Yukihime" (or Princess of Snow), and the Spirits of Winter were dancing the last dance of winter.
Yukihime was always solitary and alone deep in snow.
As the villagers greeting the Snow Festival were happily dancing to the tune of flute and drum, the princess was lured and wanted to dance in the arms of Yosaku, just as village lasses wanted.
The princess, however, was a celestial spirit. It was ordained that, once she understood human sentiment and was enamored by a human being, she would immediately be melted away as snow would under the warm spring sunrays. Knowing this, the Goddess of Winter and the many Spirits of Winter could not help feeling anxiety about the princess.
Now, the princess descended to the village. She called herself O-Yuki (or Miss Snow) and, avowing her affection for Yasaku, would declare that she very much liked to be embraced by him.
Her cold, expressionless face, however, frightened Yosaku. This was unavoidable because she was a total strange to such human feeling as affection, joy, or sorrow.
Frightened, Yosaku went away. Mokusuke and O-Matsu, his wife, happened to pass by as the princess stood there helpless. The aged couple hit upon the idea of taking her as a bride of Chiyowaka, a local millionaire. Her beauty easily moved the man, who, to court her delight, offered piles of of presents. All these, however, could not enthrall her, for he had been attracted to Yosaku.
She waited for Yosaku. She insisted that she would become his bride, she wanted to be loved by him, no matter how short it might be destined to last.
The Goddess of Winter now handed a mirror to the princess as a mascot, which she ordered the latter to ever carry on her person. The mirror would impart a warm blood to her icy-cold heart.
With the mirror on her person, the Princess came to understand joys and maidenly shyness just as humans would. Yosaku, on his part, began tot respond to her with love.
More than seven years elapsed since Yosaku and O-Yuki were united to each other in matrimony. They were living a happy married life. She was no even more beautiful than she had ever been.
Now, it is the time again for the joyful Snow Festival.
O-Hana was an innocent daughter of O-Yuki, but she did not know how to smile, and, in this, she was very much like her mother of years before. She was not liked by village urchins, who would often openly scoff at her.
O-Yuki felt sorry for O-Hana, for she knew that, if she grew up to understand love, she would not escape the same sorrow as she, O-Yuki, herself had experienced. In her commiseration, she gave up her mirror to the poor girl.
A warm heart awakened in O-Hana, who was now a good dancer.
O-Yuki, on the other hand, could not escape her predestined fate of having to melt away under a morning sun. If only she returned to the Grand God and Goddess before dawn, she would be given eternal life.
She could not make up her mind which way to chose, to respond to the far off call of her mother, or the wailing cries of O-Hana her daughter.
Suddenly the morning sun shone out bright. O-Yuki`s body shot out a momentary glitter, and it was the last flowery image of O-Yuki melting away as snow would under the sun.
Oui Oui Paris
Scene 1. Prologue
As the curtain rises to the tune of a glamourous prologue, the grand stage bedecked with many brightly lit candles appears. A male singer sings a theme song while two girls, with feather fans in hand, quietly dance.
Singer Man: Maki Yayoi
Scene 2. Bon Jour, Paris
In the front appears a big water fountain in the background, a model fo the Eiffel Tower lighted with baby bulbs and the Arc de Triumphe. In front of them, there are the staircases. The theme song "Begin" is sung and a man and two girls dance, encircled by sixteen feather fan holding women. The man sings tot he rhythm of Mambo, while six couples of both dance together with sixteen tophatted men. The waltz rhythm flows. Etoile sings and a toe dance begins. Lastly, a grand waltz chorus starts as the fountain begins to shoot up water higher and higher and the entire cast takes part in dance.
Singer Man: Asadori Chiho
Etoile: Kamo Sakura
Solo Dancer (Man): Fujisato Miho
Toe-dancer: Shijou Hideko
Scene 3. Oui, Oui, Oui
In front of a double music curtain, a man sings "Oui, Oui, Oui" while six beauties dance. They are followed by sixtreen top hatted dames dancing. Then, from behind the curtain two men appear who together with the singer, sing "C`est bien, Tres bien."
Singers: Akashi Teruko, Fujisato Miho, Maki Yayoi
Scene 4. Negro Dolls
As the curtain opens, three men, each wearing a flat summer hat, display a tap dance. A dance of summer hats performed by twenty four negro dancers.
Tap Dancers: Matsuno Midori, Konoe Mari, Miyakono Nishiki
Skaters: Kaji Masami, Kaji Hidemi
Scene 5. A Doll`s Box
Toys are displayed all over the stage. The scene begins with a song sung by three big Spanish dolls. While three dancers dance Flamenco, followed by a dance performed by six couples of men and women, semi-men and semi-women, total twenty four.
Toe-dancer (doll): Shijou Hideko
Scene 6. Soldier Dolls
Twenty four soldier dolls dance with the use of xylophones on their backs.
Scene 7. My Paris, Pleasant
Before an open air cafe, painters and poets coming from all corners of the world sing in chorus "My Paris, pleasant."
Japanese boy: Fujisato Miho
French girl: Mayuzumi Hikaru
Scene 8. Oui, oui, monsieur
Before the curtain, a Japanese boy and a French girl sing.
Scene 9. On the Seine
On the banks of the Seine, many men and women sing "Oui, Oui" and dance together.
Scene 10. Let`s Dance
Before a tricolor curtain, women in white dresses and gentlemen in pink and blue sing and dance.
Woman (White): Akashi Teruko
Man (Pink): Asadori Chiho
Man (Blue): Maki Yayoi
Scene 11. Waltz and Bouquet
Before a grand mirror, two and twelve couples of both dance together.
Man (Pink): Uchibuki Misa
Man (Blue): Oki Yukiko
Scene 12. Red and Blue
As a mirror flows, a grand Rococo-style stage appears. Around three couple so f men and women, white dressed men and pink robed women and blue costumed women totally twelve in number dance.
Scene 13. Water Fountain
As the stage turns around again, a grand water fountain decorated with numberless baby bulbs unfolds. A toe dance, then, ushers in a total dance.
Toe-dancer: Shijou Hideko
Scene 14. Foggy Montmartre
A female soothsayer steps on a silver bridge, and, while singing proceeds to practice palmistry. Then a poet appears and recites the history of lovely Paris.
Man: Fujisato MIho
Singer: Asadori Chiho
Soothsayer: Akashi Teruko
Scene 15. Concorde in Fog
In the plaza of Concorde enshrouded in dense fog, a gentleman sings while a couple together with twenty four gentlemen dance.
Gentleman; Uchibuki Misa
Lady: Asagiri Sanae
Singer: Maki Yayoi
Scene 16. From White to Black
To the tune of a beautiful waltz, eight women, each attired in white, grey, dark grey, and black, dance.
Scene 17. Dega
In front of a picture painted by Dega, white dressed girls dance in the role of the character painted in the picture.
Scene 18. Rolansent
The scene turns into a picture done by Rolansent, as grey robed women dance.
Scene 19. Lotreque
The entire staircase i s made into a Lotreque painting. Women in black become the girls in the picture and dance.
Scene 20. French Cancan
The entire cast appear in Scene 16, shirted, dance to a Cancan dance.
Scene 21. Finale A
Before the curtain, four bearded men sing.
Beaded Men; Akashi Teruko, Fujisato Miho, Maki Yayoi, Yoshizuki Akemi
Scene 22. Finale B
A staircase is covered with three colored imitation flowers. Before it, a toe waltz is unfurled, followed by flowerly Bolero and Rocket. With a parade participated in by the entire staff, the curtain falls.
Etoile: Kamo Sakura
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