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22 February 2010 @ 01:47 pm
Bunkasai: The Chiko-chan Cut  

Compared to seeing Yukigumi afterward, this was definitely the high point of my day yesterday. ^__________^

The whole thing was just fascinating from start to finish. The first-year TMS students greeting you in the lobby and selling programs. The way the audience felt mostly like parents and relatives going to see their kids' school play.

And the way those tiny hatchling otokoyaku and musumeyaku showed everyone what they'd learned in two years.

The great thing about bunkasai is that it's truly a recital -- a chance for the students to perform lots of different styles of singing and dancing, the products of all their hard work and training. There's proper operatic singing and proper ballet, etc (well, that is, as proper as a group of teenagers can accomplish). This is the showcase of the fruits of their labors, displaying what all of their lessons were worth. These are the basic skills that they'll take with them to apply to all of the different styles of plays and revues that they'll perform in the future.



Chiko-chan, I've realized, is like a combination of all the facets of My Type. A bright-eyed, beaming face, lots of energy, not outstandingly great in any one area but you don't care because she wins you over with sheer charm.

(I'll start with the low points first XD) Her dancing is sooo funny X3 She tries a little too hard, and doesn't know what to do with her shoulders (and oh my god those shoulder pads XDDD)... But she's so SPRINGY. She jumps soooooo high ♥ ♥ ♥

Say what you will about technically good dancers (I definitely saw some of those) -- I prefer the ones who distract you with a wide-open grin and their bursting over-enthusiasm XD Even if she did stumble twice in the ballet ;_______;

She definitely reminds me of Monchi in the categories of big bright eyes, ridiculous dancing... and then a surprisingly deep otokoyaku voice ^^;; She sang "Hello Takarazuka" in a trio and I am of course totally biased in thinking she sang the best :P Not, as I said, so good she blows you away... but passably decent?

AND THEN HER ACTING. The acting section was approximately 1 hour, a play combining three short stories by O. Henry -- "The Gift of the Magi", "The Last Leaf" and "The Cop and the Anthem". Chiko-chan played THE MAIN CHARACTER in the third story, which wasn't really the "third" story because they were all mixed together and actually she was THE FIRST PERSON ON STAGE. ON A BENCH. COVERED WITH A NEWSPAPER.

/end capslock

She played a homeless man named Soapy who's trying to get himself arrested so that he'll have food and a nice jail cell to sleep in come winter. (Aside: the "tall dark and handsome" otokoyaku that Teffy and some other people took a liking to played his bum friend "Sandy". Who wore that purple and yellow plaid jacket -- actually the whole outfit -- that Don wears in the Broadway Melody section of Singin' in the Rain.) He (Soapy) has acquired a nice mourning coat and pinstriped pants and comes off as a sharp-witted chap whose life just went wrong somewhere along the way.

His various attempts to be arrested all go wrong XDD And Chiko-chan certainly played up the scheming and the mischief-making and the being a little wild and crazy ♥ Her voice perhaps went too high at times, and her crying was a little girlish, but... The point was that she put her heart into it. She has everything ahead of her and time to improve her skills ;)

The awaited "O. Henry twist ending" is that Soapy has an epiphany in front of a church, decides to turn his life around... And then gets arrested for loitering :P But I comforted myself reading the original story and finding that the sentence is only for three months X3

Anyway. I should do a full commentary on the other babies, but I'm not going to do it now.

...Chiko-chan ♥ ♥ ♥ She told me in her letter that she decided to enter the music school after seeing Valencia in the summer of 2007, started taking prep lessons that September... AND GOT IN THE NEXT SPRING. I don't know if she had been learning some kind of dance / music / drama beforehand, but I take this information to mean SHE HAS NATURAL BORN TALENT ;D (That or the "X factor" that they're looking for these days, which is perhaps beaming youthful charm? ♥)

And since she only graduated junior high school, she's worried not only about her English but also her Japanese ability. She says her kanji are strange sometimes XDD

In conclusion, PLEASE LOVE CHIKO-CHAN I cannot wait to find out her stage name and see her hatsubutai and gah I need to make an icon ♥ ♥ ♥
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magenta07 on February 22nd, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
so cute!

I prefer the ones who distract you with a wide-open grin and their bursting over-enthusiasm.

this x INFINITY. yes, training is important. BUT (and this is what i always tell my students/"kouhai"), if you can't perform, then all your talent is wasted. because peoples attention will eventually drift over to those who are well-rounded performers. which is what sounds like happened with you and chiko-can <3.

i can't wait to see her perform!
palais: sara: うれしい!palais on February 22nd, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)

I am fully prepared to. ♥ ♥ ♥ I'm so happy you had this experience! She really sounds like such a precious little gem.
Tellychansailortelevator on February 22nd, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)

And I already love Chiko-chan too! She's just so... squishable! <3
Ms. Brittladybretagne on February 23rd, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
She sounds absolutely ADORABLE, as is to be expected. ♥