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Gekidan Chocolate Cake with Banda.La.Konchan

“Across the line” (tentative name or title)

January 17 (Sun.), 2016

[All seats reserved]

Playwright: Takeshi Furukawa
Stage direction: Yusuke Hisawa
CAST: Keiko Toda, Shoko Takada, Kensho Ono, Nana Seino,
Shinji Asai, Atsushi Okamoto, Yuki Nishio,
Keisuke Yanaka, Satoru Jitsunashi, Yoshimasa Kondo

A joint performance of a new work by the Gekidan Chocolate Cake, popular amongst audiences for its tough, muscular style, and the dramatic unit Banda.La.Konchan, led by the actor Yoshimasa Kondo.

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Art Tower Mito

“The Little Prince”

December 12 (Sat.), 2015, to December 13 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Original work: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French, 1900-44)
Script, stage direction: Go Aoki
Composer, musical direction: Yasuhiro Kasamatsu
Choreography: Shigehiro Ide
Actors: Natsumi Kon, Kanata Irei, et al.

Three stalwart artists—a director, a composer and a choreographer—have collaborated to turn Saint-Exupéry’s immortal classic, “The Little Prince,” into a quality musical play. The project has been designed so as to use just basic stage props, making it adaptable to any theatrical conditions and thus easily enabling public performances elsewhere, the eventual goal being to make Mito a “transmission base” of culture.

Introduction to Traditional Performance Art: Kyogen

“Yorozu Kyogen Mito Performance + Appreciation Lecture”

November 15 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Actors: Man Nomura, Manzo Nomura, et al.

This fall, an appreciation lecture of kyogen will be given at ACM Theatre along with the staging of two kyogen works, so as to deepen people’s knowledge and enjoyment of the genre. Featured on the stage will be the Living National Treasure Man Nomura (b. 1930) and his son Manzo Nomura IX (b. 1965), giving a not-to-be-missed joint performance.

ACM Family Theatre

“Rudolph to Ippaiattena (Rudolph and Lotsathings)”

October 31 (Sat.), 2015, to November 8 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Playwright: Takeshi Furukawa
Stage direction: Yusuke Hisawa
Actors: Keiko Toda, Shoko Takada, Kensho Ono, Satoru Jitsunashi, Yoshimasa Kondo, Gekidan Chocolate Cake, etc.

A joint performance of a new work by the dramatic troupe Gekidan Chocolate Cake, popular amongst audiences for its tough, muscular style, and the dramatic unit Banda.La.Konchan, led by the actor Yoshimasa Kondo (b. 1961). The cast is rounded out by such established actors as Keiko Toda (b. 1957), Satoru Jitsunashi (b. 1964) and Shoko Takada (b. 1967), along with the younger actor Kensho Ono (b. 1989).

The World of Takeharu Kunimoto

“Mito Komon Manyuki III”

Introduction to Traditional Performance Art: Rokyoku

October 17 (Sat.), 2015  

[All seats reserved]

Rokyoku (Naniwabushi) is a traditional Japanese style of narrative singing with accompaniment on a shamisen. Over a three-year period, Takeharu Kunimoto (b. 1960) has been busy creating an original rokyoku work specifically for ACM Theatre, entitled the “Mito Komon Manyuki (Mito Komon Travel Sketches)” series; this year represents the third and final installment of the work. Old people and young people alike ought to be highly entertained by the upcoming performance.

Future Support Project, Vol. 6


Street Dance x ACM THEATRE

September 27 (Sun.), 2015, to September 27 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Vol. 6 of the Future Support Project focuses on street dance, with some of the best street dancers in the country—who happen to make Ibaraki their base—congregating at the ACM Theatre on a Sunday in September to give awesome performances underscored by their brilliant technique. Everyone who attends is bound to appreciate the attraction of street dancing.

Introduction to Traditional Performance Art: Rakugo

Solo Performance by Karoku Yanagiya

September 13 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

A solo performance by the “prince” of the rakugo world, Karoku Yanagiya (b. 1971). This will be his third time to perform a solo show at Mito. His shows always sell out.

47th Mito City Arts Festival

Theater Festival

August 21 (Fri.), 2015, to August 30 (Sun.), 2015

[Free Seating]Admission varies depending on each performance.

Over a period of two weeks, various dance and dramatic troupes from Mito City put on performances that highlight their unique personalities and individual idiosyncrasies.

Performers:Dance troupe "Umareru", Professional Foul, Ibaraki University Drama Research Group, Drama Office'99, Kimitojacuzzi, Drama troupe OH-NENS, Kaze no Machi, etc.


“To the Future: Linking Memories”

August 2 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Stage direction: Ritsuo Toshima
Musical direction, performance: Keiko Fukazawa
Performers: Tomomi Ito (ballet, dance), Yasuomi Akimoto (ballet, dance), Chiaki Mitsumori (song), Ryo Shiotani (reading), Yusuke Kobayashi (reading)

Staged precisely 70 years from the date of the aerial bombing of Mito in World War II, this play looks back on the events of that day, linking the memories of the bombing and prayers for peace with the future. Especially worth watching will be the performances by two young artists from Mito, the ballerina Tomomi Ito and the musical actress Chiaki Mitsumori. Ito will be giving her debut performance in Japan of the dance with which she won the special prize at the 2014 Ekaterina Maximova Arabesque Russian Open Ballet Competition.


“Black Rain: Yasuko in Hiroshima on August 6”

July 25 (Sat.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Original work: Masuji Ibuse (1898-1993)
Stage script: Hiroshi Sasabe
Stage direction: Ikumi Tanno
Actor: Tomoko Naraoka

A dramatization of the Japanese classic “Black Rain: Yasuko in Hiroshima on August 6,” written by the late Masuji Ibuse, who depicted the persistence and travails of the Japanese spirit amidst the unparalleled tragedy of the experience of the atomic bomb. Tomoko Naraoka (b. 1929) narrates the work as it is performed.

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