We have lived in Tsukuba for 5 years, and every Christmas fondly remember the special occasions we enjoyed in the U.S. We also dream about how nice it would be to share that with our friends here. In Seattle, where we are from, there are 42 theatre groups that offer Christmas plays. Our favorite tradition was a "Christmas Dessert Theatre" produced by Taproot Theatre company. Not just a drama, it was a warm evening filled with music, laughter, and good conversation with family and friends.
Last Christmas, we invited some friends who are actors with this group to come to Tsukuba and Tokyo. About 370 people in the Tsukuba area from various countries came to see a moving Christmas play and responded enthusiastically. However, the space, finances, parking, etc were very limited and not really adequate for the tour, which included the Tokyo area as well, so we thought it would not be possible to invite them again.
Then, last spring, through an article in the Alien Times english newsletter we found out about an excellent program called "My Plan" sponsored by Kasumi Group. In an effort to enhance the welfare of the community, this program allows individuals or groups to apply for sponsorship for an artistic or educational project. Kasumi Group then selects activities to support with financial backing and also the use of the beautiful Kasumi Center Building. This yearfs programs included a children's forum with a drama about bullying by students and a wonderful Taiko concert performed by mentally handicapped young adults with audience participation as well as other events.
Due to the support of the "My Plan" program, we are pleased to bring to Japan once again the "Christmas Dessert Theatre" featuring three professional actors with Taproot Theatre Company. The tour will include the Tsukuba, Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama areas. Founded in 1976, Taproot is a professional theatre company that serves the public through drama with a message. In the US and Canada they give about 300 performances a year at churches, schools (anti-drug and violence themes), companies, and the Taproot Mainstage Theatre in Seattle. Their Christmas plays are especially popular.
"The Foolish Wise Man" was written by Taproot for this Japan tour with the nonnative speaker in mind and is a show for all ages except very young children. This year, with the help of Kasumi, we are able to include a Victorian chorus group, "the Dickens Carollers", who perform around Japan every December. "Legacy", a women's ensemble from Christian Academy in Japan, an international high school in Tokyo will sing on Sunday.
This event is hosted by Doug and Margaret and Friends for Christmas.
CHRISTMAS SONGS: in English & Japanese
Saturday 12/7, 7-9PM: Dickens Carollers
Sunday 12/8, 2-4 PM: Legacy women's ensemble
PLACE: KASUMI TSUKUBA
CHRISTMAS DRAMA: "The Foolish Wise Man"
CENTER (on Tsuchiura-Gakuen Sen just west of Science Odori)
Summary of play and vocabulary in Japanese
HANDMADE DESSERTS: with live chamber music
RESERVATION REQUIRED: Katayama tel/fax 58-1659
Mothers room: Mothers with babies can see drama, both shows
Childrens room: Sunday only, babysitters provided for ages 1-12.
Children under 4 not admitted to drama
VOLUNTARY DONATION to help cover dessert and babysitting costs:
500 yen/adult, 200 yen/child
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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