Charity Show: Red Shoes and Raichos

When I began blogging, I discribed mysef as a theatre girl amongst other things…never thought I’d actually address that aspect of myself in a blog post….yet here I am.

I probably shouldnt be saying this, but when I first hopped onboard this project, I didnt think it was going to happen for real. I thought it was a nice idea, but that there was no way we’d execute it with all the Japanese paperwork while holding on to our ALT jobs.

I just wondered: Who on earth is gonna commit to something like this???

Yet, amazingly, each step happened. It was undeniably PAINFUL, but it happened. Somewhere along the road, I took on the Japanese paperwork including communicating with the sponsors, venue and potential charity. It’s nerve wrecking work I tell you…

I cannot express how exhausted this project has made in the past couple of months. Of course, I took it on myself, and really, I have no regrets about doing this at all. But boy does it drain the life force out of you.

SOOO about the SHOW:
Red Shoes and Raichos (Wizard of Oz in Toyama) was a charity show in English. Loosely based on the Wizard of Oz we likened Toyama to Oz, a foreign land with many oddities and challenges. Just like Dorothy, we all feel the need to belong in this newly adopted home.

I particularly liked having to dramatise some everyday challenges that we ALTs face upon arriving in Toyama. Sometimes, something as small as sorting the garbage or having a communication can really get a person down in the dumps. You’d probably brush it off usually, but being alone in a foreign country (possibly for the first time in your life) can do things to you.

Just like the magic of OZ though, Toyama’s charm and nature seeps it’s way into our hearts eventually…which was done amazingly well with multimedia. I had huge huge reservations about multimedia use….but it turned out really really well.

At the end of it all, I was incredibly pleased with how many audience members turned up for the show. Considering the number of clashes this show faced, I was so so worried that we’d have an empty theatre…but that didn’t happen and as I ushered people to their seats (yea, i took that job too), I felt so much more optimistic than I had in weeks. And, the people who turned up weren’t just foreigners, we also had a good number of Japanese people in attendence. It was very very hearwarming.

As the show progressed, as the audience members laughed at the jokes….I felt so incredibly touched and relieved and just overall happy. It had worked out in the end.

So yea, we’re now waiting to decide on a charity…and I’m just glad that I’ve been able to give back to the society that’s been taking care of me for the past year. 🙂

Peace.

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