Haru RanRan and the Warabiza Theatre

By ggt131 (from : ) on Dec. 13, 2016

By ggt131 (from : ) on Dec. 13, 2016

After the tour at Tazawako Beer factory, we settled down into the seats of the Warabiza theater to see Haru-RanRan, an original play telling the story of Wazaki Haru. Haru was an eccentric women's suffrage activist in the early 1900s who is known for creating the worlds first Geisha school. This isnt to say that there werent places where women were taught how to be Geisha, but Haru taught the ladies how to live as women. The play was about two hours with a intermission in between, so we got to the whole story about Wazaki Haru. I was amazed at the quality of the play: it was a very intimate theater, maybe sitting 300-400 people, but the performances were so genuine, you definitely felt what the emotions the actors were trying to portray. I won't spoil too much (you'll have to go and see it for yourself), but at the end there is a scene where the whole back drop is a cherry tree with blossoms falling!

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p_20161119_160728After the performance, we took a backstage tour to see how everything went down! I can't give away everything, because that would ruin the magic, but one of the biggest things that surprised was the stage mechanism. The middle area actually rotates to give the sense of walking and running in certain scenes. You may think that its a mechanically thing based off of precise timing, but there are actually two people under the stage that pull the stage around in a circle based on the cues from the music! The last part of the tour was the explanation about the tree. It's not a real tree, but all of the cherry blossoms are hand crafted by the crew members! Just thinking about how long that probably took just blows my mind!

 

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