Kanagawa Musical Summit (Part 2)


Kohoku Ward Musical

Junichiro (left) and Hiroshi Ueda (right), who are the creators and directors of the Kohoku Ward musical. Junichiro (left) and Hiroshi Ueda (right) [/ caption] who are the creators and directors of the Kohoku Ward musical.

–It was impressive that the website was listed from "community-based" to "community transmission".

Mr. Ueda: If people who want to do it in that area get together and perform, it will be like a one-time "presentation" and there are places where we cannot expect to improve the level. Instead, by disseminating information on the subject of the region and showing that creative activities are being continued here, the attitude of trying to make it better than before is born.
In the Kohoku Ward musical, there is no upper age limit for those who are in the 4th grade of elementary school or above, and in the past, there are people who appeared in wheelchairs and people with hearing disabilities. Anyone who "moves", to be exact, "moves" can participate.
Junichiro-san was directed in 2005 to create the current system, but there are people who remember that there is a Kohoku Ward musical in their hometown and are looking forward to each performance. Customers who come because they are glad they went to see them, and they will contact the secretariat as soon as the reservation for the performance starts. For many years, the same person has created and directed,I think this is the result of the idea of "dissemination to the community".

–The customers are gathering for entertainment, not for the inner circle.

Mr. Ueda: First-class people are involved in the choreography and music staff. Professional actors and actors' eggs are also participating on the stage. From my point of view, the play is close to tennis, and even if we have a bad meeting with each other, it doesn't last long and it doesn't go well. However, if you rally with a good person, the ball will be put out in a place where it is easy to return, so you can improve quickly. Therefore, the Kohoku Ward musical is open to professionals as well.

One act of "At Autumn Leaves Sakagami" One act of "At Autumn Leaves Sakagami" [/ caption]

–What is the appeal of professionals who want to participate?

Mr. Ueda: Actually, I belong to a theater company, and I'm a professional person. To put it in an extreme way in the professional world, there is also a very business-like aspect where you only have to establish the person you meet at each site and the scene you are in charge of. But here, I will prepare for half a year, do basic training for the first 3 months, and practice the script in the next 3 months. Long timeBecause it is applied, individual communication can be taken properly. If you are a professional, even if you are a nice person, you can do it if you are told that you are a married couple, but amateurs can not do it because it is embarrassing. We will build from such a base.
Another thing that attracts professionals is that everyone is desperately doing it. The director, Junichiro, is also doing it with the attitude of "following this far" instead of "it's okay so far", and has set high and high goals. The members are crying, clenching their teeth and biting, "Please try again."
It's really wonderful that everyone who worked hard like that smiles when the performance is over. And I'm surprised to see the inexperienced members grow up interestingly. It's also a reflection of myself.

One act of "At Autumn Leaves Sakagami" One act of "At Autumn Leaves Sakagami" [/ caption]

–How do you balance the two themes of working locally and establishing it as entertainment?

Junichiro: What do you think of a civic musical? I don't want to call an extension of a school festival as a citizen musical, as long as I can do it without overdoing it. I think theater is not for ourselves, but for our customers. It is wrong to use theater only as a material for community exchange. MusicIf you're doing a play, I think it's a characteristic of the Kohoku Ward musical that you make it with the audience in mind, no matter who the participants are.
We also have professionals. By interacting with professional amateurs like sports, amateurs can experience professional skills, and acting together will lead to the future of theater. Professional baseball players usually don't play baseball with amateurs, but we're happy with it. That will create the audience, actors, and behind-the-scenes 10 to 20 years from now, and it will become the future.

–Please give a message to those who are interested in performing in musicals.

Junichiro: It's about making an effort. It may be a selfish era, but the people who participate here will do their best to do a good play in order to please the customers. When you get over it, a reasoned rigor will surely lead to your own growth and will lead not only to the stage but also to the school and the company.

Mr. Ueda: The entrance is wide open, so I would like you to participate first and feel the importance of continuing. Some people retire after six months of training, but all those who have overcome it are gaining confidence and growing. First of all, I want you to go out and get involved until the end of the production.

The two of them had a gentle smile in the harsh words of trying desperately for the customers. The stage is a digest version that collects famous songs from the successive works of Kohoku Ward musicals, and performed dignified performances such as directing with the audience seats as a part of the stage and high-level singing.

Yaei High School ART LiVE

Yaei High School Yukino Tozawa (center) Himeharu Tokunaga (right) Professor Fujishima (left) Yaei High School Yukino Tozawa (center) Kiharu Tokunaga (right) Professor Fujishima (left) [/ caption]

–Please tell us what ART LiVE is.

Tokunaga: It's a performance of a volunteer group since 2001, and it's not a club activity. At school, it is an "event" frame. Since it is not a club activity, you are free to participate in any performance, and you can participate even in the middle. Up to the 2nd grade is a break, and the 3rd grade is retired.

Tozawa: ARTLiVE seems to be in the field of multimedia art performance. It is a performance that combines CG and music with theater, and because of ARTLiVE's unique points, it also has the role of a "model" who walks and turns according to the song.

Mr. Tokunaga: The content is completely different depending on the generation, and there are years when there are no lines and only singing and dancing, and conversely, there are years when it is put together as a play, and there are various ways of expressing it. We are an intermediate generation of our seniors so far, with a mixture of theater, CG, and songs, and we make the script, actor assignment, sound, lighting, and music by ourselves, from a little BGM to songwriting. increase.

–I have a saxophone earlierI saw some people, but what kind of charge are they in charge of?

Tozawa: I'm a stage manager and a make-up manager.

Tokunaga: I've always played a song-centered role called vocals. This time I am also writing a script.

–What is the reason why students can play so many different roles?

Mr. Tozawa: After all, the vertical support of "dai" is strong, and I can meet seniors who have graduated from high school, and there is also a song called "ART LiVE" that has been passed down from my predecessor, and I am connected to my seniors through that. After that, I also have to cooperate with the teachers in their activities, so ARTLiVE has a great connection with people, isn't it?

Tokunaga: I think it's stronger than the athletic club.

Mr. Tozawa: When a senior in the 5th grade who is a college student comes, he says, "Oh! It's a legendary senior who is singing in that video!"

One act of "Beyond the curtain" One act of "Beyond the curtain" [/ capsetting]

–What is the role of the teacher?

Professor Fujishima: We introduce people who need it so that students can shape what they want to do, and manage their money. Yaei High School has only specialized departments, and both Mr. Tozawa and Mr. Tokunaga belong to the art department, and there are four other departments such as the art department's music department, international department, and science and mathematics department. It is difficult to adjust the schedule. The schedules of each department are different and busy, and everyone is working hard even though it is difficult to get together. It would be easier if I did it myself, and I would like to do it myself, but I want to do more than that, so I encourage students to run it alone.

Mr. Tozawa: There are people who perform, people who promote on posters and DVDs, people who play sounds and operate equipment, people who make costumes, people who make makeup, various people, ARTLiVE is small. I think it's like a company. There are many departments, and there are people who put them together, and I strongly feel that they all come together to form a single stage. When I don't understand it well from the standpoint of making it, the teacher objectively supports me.
Even though I am an art major, if I input things that I am not specialized in, such as singing and dancing, it may be output to art works, and I think that experience is important.

Tokunaga: I have a feeling that I can find something like my own expression, and I don't realize that I just study in my usual major. Since I can have seniors in different majors and departments, it's difficult to express in words.


–This work "Beyond the curtain"

Mr. Tozawa: At ARTLiVE, it is a tradition to use social issues as the back theme. This stage is also a work that indirectly takes up the right of collective self-defense. While discussing what is happening on our own, we are writing the script while thinking about what role to symbolize so as not to express it directly. It may not be a normal script making. I think that the theme that is hit is very important because it is between high school students.

Tokunaga: Of course, the feeling that I want you to enjoy the stage is the best, but I also want the viewers to think a little. In the questionnaire, there are customers who read the message I wanted to convey and wrote that they were moved, and I am very happy to see such things.

It was performed while projecting a video on the wall behind the stage, and it was a unique stage with a composition that made me feel a mysterious and hidden message and a production where the band went up on the stage. This time, the 60-minute script was edited for 30 minutes, so it is a content that you would like to see in the whole story. It's an original work that doesn't fit into the musical frame, and I was surprised that I was doing this kind of thing at a prefectural high school.

The performances of 4 groups, 30 minutes each, passed in a blink of an eye, and it was a day that left a lasting impression of wanting to see more of each. At the end of the summitGovernor Kuroiwa greeted him and said that there are various historical citizen musicals in the prefecture, and that he wants to create a place where citizen musicals that tend to be completed in the area can be known more widely.

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