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Friday, July 16, 2010

Beauty comes to Shiki's new theatrical space


Staff writer

The Shiki Theatre: Natsu echoed with the sound of applause as a specially selected audience was treated to a preview performance of "Beauty and the Beast."

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Tale as old as time: "Beauty and the Beast" is performed at the Shiki Theatre Company's new performance space, Natsu. GEKIDAN SHIKI

With brilliant lighting and buoyant rhythms, the beauty and her beast returned to the stage in Japan 15 years after their first performance. But the Shiki Theatre Company's real star was its new theater, translated as Shiki Theater: Summer.

The summer theater offers more accessibility and comfort by increasing seats for visitors in wheelchairs and providing special rooms for families with young children who may cry during the show.

Children who are too small to watch the performance from the adult-size chairs can also borrow cushions to sit on.

The Shiki Theatre Company's "Beauty and the Beast" is a harmonized mix of its actors' explosive dynamic musical performances and visually appealing stage design.

The company chose this particular show as it appeals to both children and adults.

"When considering the first performance choice, we opted for 'Beauty and the Beast' because that was the drama most demanded by our customers," said Nobutsugu Uchida, a Shiki Theatre Company spokesman.

"Beauty and the Beast" will be performed until Nov. 30 at Shiki Theatre: Natsu in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward. Tickets cost ¥3,000-¥9,800. For more information and schedules, call (03) 5776-6730 or visit www.shiki.gr.jp (English available)


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