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“Kanagawa Short Drama Award 2023” will be held on March 25th and 26th

3月25・26日、「かながわ短編演劇アワード2023」開催

The theater and play competition “Kanagawa Short Drama Award 2023” was held at the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater Large Studio on March 25th (Saturday) and 26th (Sunday), 2020, and the grand prize was decided from among the performances. To do.
The top two organizations that won the right to perform at the ``22nd Century Flying Frame Selection Competition'' (prefecture high school selection competition), which can be called the preliminary round held in January of this year, will participate in the ``Kanagawa Short Drama Award 2023''.
This time, we asked the members of "Prefectural Zama Sogo High School Drama Club" and "Magical Girl JINDAIS☆ (Kanagawa University Affiliated High School Drama Club)" who were selected as the top two groups about their enthusiasm for the award.

[Prefectural Zama Sogo High School Drama Club] 22nd Century Flying Frame / Scheduled to be performed on March 25th
We spoke with three club members, Ms. Uchida (playing the daughter role), Ms. Sato (playing the mother role), and the drama club advisor.

-Please tell us your motivation for applying to the competition and how you felt when you were selected as one of the top two organizations.

In late November, our advisor asked the two of us if we would like to participate in a competition. I remember feeling very fulfilled and happy as an actor.
I had to withdraw from last year's tournament due to the coronavirus, but the situation has calmed down a bit this year, and I felt hopeful that I might be able to participate, so I decided to give it a try.
I was very happy when I was selected as one of the top two groups! I felt lucky.
I feel that the ``direction that involved the judges and audience,'' which is rare in high school plays, was appreciated.

22nd Century Flight Selection Tournament Award Ceremony

- Please tell us about the contents of the performance (performance) and the highlights.

We will be performing the comedy work ``I Can't Study Because You're Getting in the Way.''
The characters are a mother and a daughter. In the room of a normal, serious daughter who doesn't want to be interrupted while studying for entrance exams, her mother, who has a strong desire for her daughter's attention and is also funny and a bit unique, suddenly enters the room and does whatever she can to disrupt her studying. The stage setting is such that the audience is watching the interaction between mother and daughter from behind a wall.
I think the point is that it interestingly depicts the contrasting personalities of a mother and daughter.
The highlight of the show is, of course, the ``play that involves the audience,'' which is not often used in high school plays, and which received positive reviews from the judges!
As I perform, I grasp the characteristics of the audience and get them involved, so I'd be happy if they could enjoy it together.

[Left] Akane Uchida [Right] Ayane Sato


-Please tell us if you had any difficulties during practice.

It was difficult to complete my first comedy work in a short preparation period of about three weeks.
I was told that I could act freely, so I tried out various movements.
Since we had so much freedom, it was very difficult for us to think about each and every move we could make to get the audience's reaction.
The lines were revised every time we practiced, and we continued to do so until the day of the preliminaries, and it was a lot of fun to take on the challenge of creating new productions.
I think we were able to grow little by little as actors by overcoming difficult things while thinking about them on our own.

-Finally, please express your enthusiasm for the main event and give a message to the attendees.

We want to do our best to perform while having fun so that the audience can enjoy themselves to the fullest!
And I have a request to the audience who watched it. We would appreciate your cooperation in completing the survey.
We don't usually have many opportunities to receive evaluations of the performances of high school students, so we would be very happy if you could give us your opinions for the purpose of studying.
A questionnaire will be handed out when you enter the venue, so please feel free to give us your opinions.

[Magical Girl JINDAIS☆ (Kanagawa University High School Drama Club)] 22nd Century Flight Frame / Scheduled to be performed on March 26th

We spoke with the manager, Matsumoto-san (playing Seiichi), club members Waguri-san (Maho), and Kubota-san (black cat Gu).

-Please tell us your motivation for applying to the competition and how you felt when you were selected as one of the top two organizations.

At the Flying Frame Selection Competition held in 2020, our senior members of the drama club were selected for the grand prize, but due to the coronavirus pandemic at the time, the performance at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater was not possible.
Recently, the world situation has calmed down, and I thought it might be possible to perform at KAAT, which was not possible at the time, so I decided to take on the hopes of my seniors and take on the competition.
When we were selected as one of the top groups to receive guidance from the judges before the main event, we were filled with a sense of surprise that I had never felt before.
I think that the fact that all the club members were smiling and smiling during practice led to a sense of unity in our performance, which led to our performance being appreciated.
The seniors were also very happy to have been selected for the top group. I am very happy and looking forward to performing this play at KAAT!

Everyone from Magical Girl JINDAIS☆ (Kanagawa University High School Drama Club)

Please tell us about the contents of the performance (performance) and the highlights.

It's called ``Magical Interactions,'' and the script was written by our drama club coach, who is also an alumnus of ours.
A slapstick love comedy about Maho, a magician, set in his apartment.
Seiichi, a young man who has just moved in, finds out that he is a wizard... From there, the story unfolds one after another with unique characters.
I would like you to pay attention to the fact that 16 characters are played by 8 people.
The highlight of the work is the interaction between Maho and the apartment residents. The story moves quickly and at a good tempo, but I think you'll find the relationships between the characters interesting in every way.
Also, Maho's emotions are most clearly expressed in the climax. I hope the audience can empathize with it as well.

-Please tell us if you had any difficulties during practice.

Special coaching by Tomoya Kiriyama as a bonus for winning the 22nd Century Flight Frame selection.

The practice time until the actual performance was short, about one month.
In doing so, it was difficult to empathize with non-human characters such as the wizard and the cat, and to think about their movements and gestures.
Also, since it was my first time trying comedy, it took me a while to get used to the unique sense of speed, and I felt it was difficult to balance the normal scenes with the silly/tsukkomi scenes.
Although it was difficult, the members were able to practice happily while being close to their seniors and juniors, and they were able to grow significantly by receiving opinions from a professional perspective from coaches who belong to the theater company, so we were able to renew the appeal of our drama club. This was a good opportunity to check it out.

A sunny stage that we reached after overcoming the coronavirus pandemic. Please come to the venue to see the joy of performing in front of a large audience, and the lively scenes of high school students enjoying their roles to the fullest.

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