|Team Crescent Incorporated
The member of Team Crescent are actors ,artists and authors who wish to create and perform socially meaningful stage drama .
Their main theme are such things as prevention of war or international hatred and eventual realization of world peace.
As their stage activities are not based on commercialism, they will play in any rural area where people seldom have chance to see live performance of stage drama. Contribution to the human society through their stage performance is the basic philosophy of Team Crescent
|About the Drama “The Sweets and a War Orphan”
In the year around 1940, the hero Shigeru has repeatedly tried to escape from the orphanage and finally is caught by the policeman Tohyama as he has tried to steal a piece of bread from the pan shop. But, Tohyama is a very kind person and gives Shigeru a very sweet pan cake. As he has been so hungry at the moment, this sweet taste is so good and becomes unforgettable for the rest of his life.
He is eventually sent to the reformatory for the boys and meets a very strict militaristic instructor Hibino who often punishes him very hard. But at the same place he meets a very graceful teacher Miss Tominaga who teaches him a song "The sweets and a girl".
Singing this song is an only hope at the moment of dark war time days....
One day, an old woman visits the institution and adopts him as her legal son. At the moment of departure, Miss Tominaga says to him, "If there are no sweets at present war time, you yourself should try to become a piece of sweet cake and encourage other people to feel sweet and fine..."
Living with the old woman, he finds the purpose of the adoption is nothing but to use him as a labor force and make money only for her. Eventually he gets away from her house...
A few more months and days passing, the War finally ends with total defeat. And shortage of food and necessities attacks. In the atmost confusion, Shigeru meets an orphan Kiyohiko at the underground road in Ueno Station. Behind his indomitable character as a war orphan, Shigeru takes clearly notice of the sad, dark and very hardly wounded view of the victim of the warfare.
Later, he finds quite a few lunatic militarists during the war, without any mental dilemma, turning out to the peace seeker and the democrats. He does not care who they are, but he himself must definitely become a man who is able to distinguish between truth and falsehood...
Thus reaching adulthood, Shigeru finally discovers the true taste of sweet in the cake appears only in the kindness and warm heartedness to the other people and the cake becomes the symbol of "peace"...
(Cast;12 Supporting Staff;7 Total;19 Performance time;120min.)
|Poem by Shigeru Nishimura
There was the mountain as he was there
There was the river as he was there
As he was there, there were forests and woods too
But now he has gone from these sceneries and appears only in my memory
As he appears only in my memory, I must live and let him live in my mind
Overcoming my sorrow and tears I must live for him!
(This Poem appears several times in the drama)
Shigeru Nishimura the Author
Born in 1925, lost his mother at the age of 6 and father at 9、thus became an orphan and eventual wanderer.
After the War, he works as an instructor in an orphanage. Then changing jobs many times, decides to be an author focusing the war orphans. Among many of his works, the most famous one is "The Sweets and a War Orphan" (Rironsha Publishing Company). In 1976, this work was selected as the most recommendable book for the youths by the ministry of education. Immediately after the publication, it was dramatized on TV by famous movie director Keisuke Kinoshita. In 2011, this was again dramatized on screen. International Exchange Fund sponsored this movie and has been shown more than 40 countries in the world.
Kyo Kijima Scenario writer, Verse writer, Director
Born in 1949,famous for the director of "Barefoot Gen" based on the work of Keiji Nakazawa who wrote, by his real experience, about the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb. This stage work was played not only all over the cities of Japan but also in New York, Seoul, Warsaw, Auschwitz etc…
Miho Katayama Producer of Team Crescent ,also manager as well as actress
Born in 1968, Chief director of Team Crescent.