Aaaand, we’re back with more quiz show goodness! This time we are super excited that we managed to get a lot of the crew together, so please join Anna, Carly, Elin, Jen, Kitty, and Julie and play along at home.
Apologies, there were a lot of technical difficulties, which means that although we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already. There are also a lot of rough bits in the podcast quality, but we’re so excited that we got everyone together, we hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.
So, bring your A-Game! Then tell us how you did in the comments below. 😀
A round table episode with a bunch of the fans who came to see World of Dreams in Seattle, recorded live at the after party. Along with Carly, Jen, and Heidi, a special appearance of Erin’s voice! Also many thanks to Al, Amelia, Connie, Gen, Karin, Maizy, Megan, Rachel and everyone for sharing their many experiences over the weekend.
If you missed our video interview with the OGs who performed in the show, check it out here.
Lots of photos and videos were taken over the course of the weekend. If you have any you’d like to share, please link them in the comments below!
(Also, Jen apologizes for being really, really tipsy. This would explain why she said “Cornell” instead of “Cornish” during that one anecdote. Everyone else is lovely and eloquent, though, so don’t miss out!)
We have a VERY special video episode for you! This December, four Takarazuka OGs—Mariho Erina, Ayaka Rei, Shiho Nanami, and Tama Mayura—will be performing World of Dreams, a lecture and concert introducing American audiences to the world of Takarazuka, at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle! In advance of this performance, the Takarazuka Fan Podcast interviewed the actresses about their time in Takarazuka, their thoughts about performing overseas, and more!
We’re so excited to be able to bring you this exclusive interview, and if you have any questions or Seattle area recommendations for the actresses, be sure to leave them in the comments!
Special thanks to the entire podcast team plus Chems for chipping in with the translation/subtitling, and to Sakiko for organizing the interview.
World of Dreams will be taking place on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. For more information visit the Facebook page.
Note: To save on server space, we are moving our video podcasts to YouTube. Unfortunately, this means they will no longer show up in the podcast feed.
Glossary: Otokoyaku: Actresses who play male roles Musumeyaku: Actresses who play female roles Onnayaku: Also female role players, but typically more mature roles Shinjin Kouen: “Newcomer performances,” special performances held for each Grand Theater production that feature young stars who have been in the company for 7 years or less. Nihonmono: Traditional Japanese productions OG: Literally “old girl,” referring to actresses who have retired from Takarazuka. Obi: The sash worn with a kimono.
shinjin kouen / shinko: Every performance shown at the Takarazuka Grand Theater / Tokyo Takarazuka Theater has one night when the junior stars of the troupe (ken 7 and under) perform in the lead roles. It provides the junior stars with valuable stage experience and public exposure.
We mentioned Shion Yuu being ill or injured. Research on Wikipedia says that what happened was that she injured her Achilles tendon during rehearsals for Ephemeral Love. She was out for that entire Grand Theater run and the following national tour, but after rehabilitation came back for the Tokyo run.
Wikipedia also confirms that Kouju Tatsuki’s nickname (Taatan/Tartan) is from her real name (Takako).
Also, about flowers from Leonie Rae Stickland’s Gender Gymnastics book (keep in mind this was from before the company stopped this):
“In addition to its function as a source of enjoyment for Revue enthusiasts of either gender, Takarazuka fandom fulfills an important economic role which benefits the Revue itself, its parent company, Hankyu, and many other enterprises of various sizes. Fans purchase theater and train tickets; Revue-related merchandise such as fan magazines, related books, Compact-and Digital Versatile Disks; and other miscellaneous goods bearing Takarazuka logos. They probably also patronize Hankyu’s department stores and hotels around Japan, where Hankyu’s link with Takarazuka is made obvious by the prominent display of posters and panels bearing pictures of Revue stars. In central Takarazuka, and to a lesser extent in Tokyo’s Yurakucho, adjacent to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre, many bars, restaurants, florists, other retail stores and service outlets look to fans for much of their custom. The horticulture industry, for which Takarazuka itself is one of the three biggest producing areas in the country, also profits greatly from fans’ purchase of cut or potted flowers to present to their favorite stars, to the extent that fans’ purchases allegedly influence the national wholesale price.”