After months of hard work by the script-writing team, musical practice has officially begun!
We are proud to announce that this year’s musical is...
TokuSING: Tokushima’s Got Talent!
TokuSing is based on Illumination’s Sing, the hit animated movie about a group of anthropomorphic animals competing in a singing contest. It’s a moving story about courage and friendship, and our talented cast and crew is very excited to share our take on the movie!
We had our first script reading on November 25. Everyone really got into their role, and it was a great opportunity for the cast and crew to ask questions and make suggestions to the script-writing team.
We will be taking a one-month break for winter vacation, but we’ll start back up in January, until our first performance in March.
Look out for cast and crew introductions COMING SOON!
徳シング：Tokushima's Got Talent！！
The weather is cold, the school gym is colder… it can only mean one thing: AJET Musical rehearsals! Our musical for 2017 is (drum roll)… Rapunzel on Mt. Tsurugi! We’re so excited to put our own special Tokushima take on this classic German fairy tale. We hope that children and adults of all ages can enjoy learning English through this unique event.
We held auditions in October and with the script finalized we had our first rehearsal last weekend. Despite the cold and some cast members having jet lag, everyone worked really hard to practise singing, dancing, and even stage combat.
We’ll be rehearsing continuously for the next two months, so please check back to see what we're up to!
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Another year of the Tokushima AJET Musical has come to an end. For me, eight months of hard work and preparations went by so quickly. As they say, "Time flies when you're having fun." From the bottom of my heart, I hope that everyone involved in the production and performance of this musical had fun: cast and crew, the six accommodating venues we performed at, and you-- our audiences here in Tokushima. Your support and love for this project is what keeps this tradition alive.
As this year's director and lead scriptwriter, it was my goal to give Tokushima a fun opportunity to practice English and to learn about a story from another country. It was always a joy for me to watch the audience from behind the curtain. I smiled when you smiled. I laughed when you laughed. Most importantly, when you applauded us so warmly at the end of every show, I was truly happy. I hope you'll see us again next year!
Now, just like the Muses tell stories about big, strong heroes... Sing in me, O Muses, a song of thanks to my strong, tireless, talented, creative, wonderful cast and crew!
To the crew, backstage volunteers, and staff volunteers, thank you so much for your hard work. You were the backbone of this production, and we could truly transform each venue due to your hard work and dedication. From set pieces and props, to lights and sound tech, you all gave this show the magic it needed. You took Hercules to the far reaches of Iya Valley, you showed us a glimpse of heaven, and you even brought a hydra to life. You're all true heroes, and as Phil says, "There's nothing you can't do!"
To the musical committee and producers, thank you for your constant support. Thank you to Jen and Till, our producers at TOPIA. Your work behind the scenes was crucial to our success. To my close friend and assistant director Jaymie, thank you for your endless support and your vast array of skills. The Tokushima AJET Musical was lucky to have someone as driven and as talented as you for three whole years.
And finally, to the cast-- new faces and veterans alike-- thank you for your enthusiasm and passion for this show. For three months, you gave up so much time to practice lines, songs, and dances, despite your busy lives during the week. It was always a pleasure to work with you and watch you perform. You took the words of a script and gave it life. If there's anything I learned from you all, I learned that dreams do come true. You made my dream of bringing Hercules to Tokushima a reality, and I don't have enough words to thank you for it. Be proud of your hard work and the places you've made for yourselves in this beloved tradition of English musicals in Tokushima.
As the last chapter of "Hercules: Awa Hero" closes, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this show. So many people have told me how challenging it must have been to direct the musical this year. In all honesty, it would have been an incredible challenge to face if I had been on my own. But I was never alone; I always had a team of inspired, talented peers standing with me. As I recall these past eight months, I realize how incredibly lucky I was to have had such a supportive cast and crew to work with. Your smiles always made me smile, in spite of any difficulties. It was my pleasure to direct such amazing people.
Thank you for Going the Distance with me.
So I'm gonna shout it from the mountaintops: thank you all so much! You're all my heroes!
With endless love, respect, and admiration,
Director, 2016 Tokushima AJET Musical