Last modified: Thu Jul 11 18:56:42 GMT+0900 1996
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Fantasy Theater for Children
- Musical Shows With Life-size, Life-like dolls -
The headquarters of Kappa-za is located near the skirts of
the hill where the great PL Peace Tower stands, a monument to human
being's desire for peace. When Kappa-za started as a life-size
puppet theater 25 years ago, it consisted of six members; today, we
have 121 members in our acting troupe. We began with classic
fairytales and Japanese folktales, producing plays in cooperation with
corporations with a goal to render services to society. In 1990, we
began to produce and perform the "Kappa Niji Densetsu" series
of original plays, to be produced annually.
As expressed in the saying, "Tales told to children change the
world," stories have a great impact on people during their youth. We
hope that the present generation of children, who will support the
21st century, will grow as straight and tall as popular trees, and the
wish to nourish pure, light, peaceful hearts. The theme in all of our
various productions has always been "love."
The Biggest Children's Theater in Japan
Kappa-za has a network throughout the country (Japan).
We have 700 life-size puppets (worn like costumes) with movable eyes
and mouths, rod puppets and hand puppets, and 1500 separate costumes.
We have performed 5 times overseas, and in 1994, we had 450
productions, traveled to 200 different elementary schools, performed
700 times at amusement parks, and have been graced with the attendance
of over 250,000 people in total. On the stage prop and setting front,
we are working on research and development of such projects as 4-meter
(13 ft) tall jumbo puppets, radio-controlled flying bird puppets, LCD
viewscreens. We also have begun to produce videos. There is no real
ceiling to progress in the world of theater. All of us, in one unit,
will continue to aim for better performances everyday.