Gomen ne~ It’s already more than 2 months after the shows. I think nobody will want to read this anymore, but still I’ll be thick-skinned and continue my longwinded-ness here, so that I can read back in future :) Btw, Part 1 can be found here, and the Food & Goods here.
PART 2 – YOSHITSUNE
Lights out. Loud “BANG”! Takki as Yoritomo appears from the hanamichi trap door. Curtain opens, and Shanao (Takki’s double was on the bridge) & Benkei were on the stage, just as they were before the interval.
Yoritomo started talking, while the bridge in the background splits into 2, and the crew pushes Shanao & Benkei backstage… Then in the middle of the stage, Yoshitomo (Yoshitsune’s and Yoritomo’s father) appears bit by bit. Pieces of armour joins together to form his armour and headgear. Maybe they were controlled by strings (like puppets) from upstairs? It’s hard to describe, but somehow this Yoshitomo’s armour was pieced together, and he “stood up” and started “walking”.
Yoshitsune, Yoritomo & Yoshitomo
I remember Yoritomo walking to the stage to talk to his father, then the entire place blacked out for about 2 seconds. During the first show, when it blacked out, I guessed that a swap was done. (During the 2nd and 3rd show, I can see a figure running backstage when this happened^^). When light came back on, we see Yoritomo kneel/squatting down to his father… His father talked to him for a while (Yoshitomo’s voice is also by Takki ^_^) then asked “Where’s Yoshitsune?”. Then Takki as Yoshitsune came running in from the hanamichi, calling “Chichi-ue! Chichi-ue!”!! I think Ribi was quite shocked coz I heard some reaction from her hehe~~ but even so, it was still quite amazing how fast he changed from Yoritomo’s to Yoshitsune’s costumes coz they were quite different!
The white horse looks real, and its head can move hehe.. Yoshitsune mounted the horse, and they moved off the stage on the left. There were people in black pushing the horse which was on rollers I think, but as the ground was filled with mist (dry ice), I can’t really see them at first. I was still wondering if the horse was real xD
Then Yoshitsune walks out and sees many injured man… Then Takki changed to Yoritomo. His voice is different when he acts as Yoritomo – it’s much deeper and powerful! When he’s Yoshitsune, his voice is like in the drama’s, more yasashi~~ :) I’m not sure how to describe this set. It’s like Yoritomo’s house, and there are figures behind him (supposedly his advisors?). They will move occasionally “on their own”. But they were actually controlled by men in black. I didn’t see any of the men but Snuffles saw from the 2nd floor.
Although there might be heads blocking when you sit on the first floor, you really do not see much of the “trick” behind the magic ne. I realised, coz from fancams (usually taken from 2nd floor), you can see more clearly what’s going on behind the scenes! hee~~ (in Part 1, during Chuushingura, Takki spit water upwards, and when you’re sitting on the first floor, you can’t see the guy passing him the water! but it’s clear from the 2nd floor~! Ahhh.. I want a DVD for this!! Pls go request, people! GO!!)
Sorry for digressing… Back to the show :)
Saburo appears among the audience, and he was chased by some baddies (who ran in from the hanamichi, giving us a shock coz they were shouting quite loudly lol). Yoshitsune helped Saburo by directing the baddies in the wrong direction.
Saburo was about to leave when Yoshitsune asked for his name. Then, Saburo went up the stage and hugged Yoshitsune (one leg wrapped around Takki ^_^). Benkei (the jealous #1 kerai) pushed Saburo away… That kinda started the adlib parts, which are really hilarious!! ^_^ The curtains will close, and Yoshitsune, Benkei & Saburo will stand outside it, near the audience. There’ll be just a source of light on our left, shining onto the curtains. You can see their shadows against the curtains. Takki was standing on our left, nearest to the light source.