Since nothing has been posted in the comm in a while, I'm cross-posting this translation.
A little back-story on this one. This is an article from the December 1966 issue of GRAPH
, featuring an interview with six of the remaining eight members of the 44th class (1957). One of those members is Matsumoto Yuri
, who is still a member of Senka today. At the time, she was a member of Snow Troupe, as was Hayama Michiko
, who also went on to join Senka, and remained a member until 1996 when she retired and became vice-principal of TMS. There were also three members of Star Troupe: Kamiji Chizuru
(retired in '74), Nazuki Hitomi
(retired in '76) and Kokonoe Sakiko
(retired in '69), as well as one member of Flower Troupe: Miwa Hisayuri
† (retired in '67). Miwa Hisayuri had several lead roles at the time, in Star Troupe and Flower Troupe. Because the two members of Moon Troupe were absent, and considering the author's introduction, the interview itself probably took place on or around October 27th.(†) Most Japanese online sources list her name as splitting "Miwahisa" and "Yuri," but throughout the article her name is written as "Miwa," and I can't imagine they would drop half her name like that. So I'm going to break with tradition and write it Miwa Hisayuri.
Their Troupes May be Separate, But Their Hearts are One
Participants: Miwa Hisayuri (Flower), Hayama Michiko (Snow), Matsumoto Yuri (Snow), Kamiji Chizuru (Star), Kokonoe Sakiko (Star), Nazuki Hitomi (Star)
● From their hatsubutai, the members of this class were said to be both lovely and--more importantly--studious and serious. Their steady footprints remain in various places as they work hard on the stage. Flower Troupe is on the verge of their Tokyo Theater performance, the opening night for Star Troupe's November performance is close, and Snow Troupe had a flawless closing night for their month-long performance today. Members of these three troupes found time in their hectic schedule to come have a talk with us. We'll call them the "Best Six."( Read more...Collapse )