Our audience this year has been superb. It was our pleasure to perform for such enthusiastic and supportive people. The preparation process—though long and arduous—is made instantly worth it by the smiles and laughter of the people who see our play. Thank you all for cheering us on and thank you for your generous support of our project. You are the reason we do what we do. Please come see us again in 2016!
Thank you also to all of our sponsors, without whom our show would not be possible: to the Ishii Town International Exchange Association, the Kitajima International Friendship Association (KIFA), Tokushima Bank, Awa Bank, the Tokushima International Association (TIA), and Takaaki Ishimoto of the Tokushima City Office—we are greatly indebted to you. And to the staff at all of our venues for 2015: Ishii Chuo Kouminkan, Anan City Joho Bunka Center, Yonden Plaza Tokushima, Kitajima Town Library, Yoshinogawa City Amenity Center, and Wakimachi Theater Odeonza.
And of course, as director my heart is full of love for those that have worked by my side for 7 months to bring this show to life: the cast and crew. We came together as volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, and experiences, and I am proud to have witnessed absolutely everyone grow into their roles and elevate text on a page to something truly unique and spectacular.
To those of you for whom this was your first theatrical experience: Thank you for your raw talent, your enthusiasm, and your trust. Even as adults in a volunteer production, it takes confidence, flexibility, and a sense of humor to get on stage. I genuinely hope you have enjoyed your time and found out a little bit more about yourself by trying on someone else’s shoes. You have been unceremoniously thrown into the water and have learned to swim. I hope you continue to perform in the future (and perform again with us!).
To the stage performance veterans: Thank you for lending us your knowledge and skills. Each show is a new challenge, and I was happy to see you meeting that challenge with excitement and creativity. I have been able to learn a lot from you throughout the process and have broadened my own craft as a result of our cooperation. For that I am truly thankful. I hope that this project has been fulfilling to you as an artist, and I hope you’ll lend us your strength again in the future.
To the tireless crew, support staff, and community volunteers: The nature of your role means you seldom get the praise you deserve—so thank you. A thousand times Thank You. The audience may not be able to see the work you do, but your efforts off-stage make everything we do on stage possible. The work you did was above and beyond, and I hope you’re proud of what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve helped us all to achieve.
I have often heard that the director’s most vital role is in bringing the right people together—that the best way to direct is to surround yourself with good people and put yourself in the mindset to say “yes.” I can say without a doubt that all of you were exactly the right people, and that if I have done anything at all for this production, it was simply to say “yes” to your many wonderful ideas and to encourage your bright enthusiasm. This success belongs to you, and I am simply honored to be the friend and fan that has cheered you on to reaching it.
It has been quite the journey. Thank you to everyone for coming along with us. Until next time!
With warm wishes,
Director, 2015 Tokushima AJET Musical
“Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest