Fall Play: "The Shining Princess of the Slender Bamboo"
Monday, December 15, 2014 10:15 AM

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The Shining Princess of the Slender Bamboo is a Japanese folktale adapted from one of Japan's oldest tales "Kaguya Hime." Written by Sylvia Ashby & Directed by Danielle Ricci.

From the Director:

I worked with a lot of these talented kids with the Wizard of Oz last year, and I knew I wanted to do something that challenged them. This play seemed to have everything in it - mystery, comedy, love, and action. The actors learned about Japanese culture and words as they worked through the script. I let the cast get creative with their characters as they developed their line delivery and personalities and I was pleasantly surprised at how they took charge and really owned this project. The backstage crew did amazing work by helping to build and paint the scenery. We had dedicated volunteers that worked hours to really make this show special.

These kids are truly talented and hope to see them on the stage throughout their high school years.

Cast

Moon Queen.........................................................Mykenzie Cole

Oji-San (the Bamboo Cutter)................................Graham Kirwin

Oku-San (his wife).......................................Zella Fluegel-Murray

Nakatomi (peasant woman)...................................Eleanor Craig

Yuriko (her young daughter)....................................Zadye Jones

Suzume (her other daughter)....................................Olivia Boyle

Moonbeam (Princess of the August Moon)..........Margret Ritchel

Kuramochi (first suitor)..........................................Oliver Fluegel

Toru (his servant)............................................Victoria Inamagua

Morotaka (second suitor).........................................Tim Streeter

Beppu (his servant)..........................................Cecilia Lazarchic

Ishizukuri (third suitor).......................................Connor Arneson

Sato (his servant)........................Ginger Benson-Nicheallachain

Miji (another servant).............................................Carla Herrera

Uchimaro (a craftsman)......................................James Meldaus

Assistant to Uchimaro..............................................Takari Vance

Wu-Kee (Chinese merchant)................................Aiyana Donley

Tu-Fu (his assistant)..............................................Temel Donley

Tatsu (the Dragon King Head)..............................Isaiah Williams

Dragon Body...........Olivia Boyle, Makyla Hott, Illyssa Inamagua

Emperor Hikaru Kimi.....................................................DC Hood

Takano (Commander of Imperial Guards)............Isaiah Williams

Imperial Guards/Soldiers................Eleanor Craig, Zadye Jones,

                                                        Temel Donley, Takari Vance

Sprites/Moon Maidends................Keyshonna Bell, Olivia Boyle,

                                                  Makayla Hott, Illyssa Inamagua,

                                                        Amae Pierson, Evelyn Quito

Graphic Design: Adam Salazar

Set Construction: Carol Buzelli, Danielle Ricci, Mike Ricci, Abigail Marcano, Nora Garcia

Costume/Properties: Danielle Ricci, Carol Buzelli

Light Tech: Stephen Thao

Sound Tech: Jonah Beck

Crew:  Diamond Davis, Malcolm Edwards, Aurora Foxen-Vigness, Kayla Gravning, Tyler Johnson,

            Andrew Knoth, Zoey Paschka

Special Thanks to: Sherry Nolan, Mike Ricci & NHCC Theatre & Adam Salazar

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