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Japanese Kabuki play at Dordt College April 22-24

April 14, 2010

Kabuki

A Kabuki play presented in Japanese theatre tradition will be at Dordt College’s New World Theatre Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, at 7:30 p.m.

Sukeroku: The Flower of Edo is one of the most performed shows of the Kabuki stage. It follows the story of Sukeroku in his quest to find the sword of his father, to win the heart of his love Agemaki, and to finally avenge the murder of his father. The play features dramatic sword fights, tender romantic scenes, and fast paced comedic action.

The play is being directed by Zachary Eggebeen, a senior theatre arts major with an emphasis in acting and directing, from Sheboygan, WI. Sixteen Dordt students play samurai and other roles traditional to this theatrical form, with costuming including kimonos and stylized masklike makeup that covers the actors’ entire faces.

The cast consists of Sukeroku (Justin Meissner, a senior from Poway, CA), Ikyu (Nathan Sparks, a freshman from Luverne, MN), Agemaki (Tara Weigel, a freshman from Elk Point, SD), Shiratama (Rachel Van Essen, a sophomore from Mitchell, ON), Mombei (Adam McDonald, a freshman from Troy, IL), Sembei (Joel Pasma, a freshman from Ripon, CA), Shinbei (Micah Kreykes, a freshman from Sheldon, IA), Manko, (Kaylee Engelsman, a senior from Hudsonville, MI), Courtesans (Anna Vanden Akker, a freshman from Leota, MN; Jordan Edens, a freshman from Kennewick, WA; Lorelle Klos, a freshman from Lynden, WA; and Teresa De Wit, a freshman from Hull, IA), a
Madam and country servant (Penelope Anderson, junior from Hubbard, IA), a child maid (Stephani Fynaardt, sophomore from Pella, IA), and a constable and Samurai (Lucas Teeuwsen, a senior from Saint Catharines, ON).

“The non-realistic style of this production requires bold artistic choices for the director, designer, and actors,” according to April Hubbard, professor of theatre arts at Dordt College.“Prepare to be intrigued and informed as well as entertained.”

Seating for this production will also be traditional Japanese style: the audience will be seated on the floor. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring a pillow or cushion to sit on. A limited number of seats for those unable to sit on the floor will be available, and no folding chairs will be allowed.

There is no charge to attend this event, but reservations are recommended to guarantee admission.

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