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A Little Leading Actor

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The author's husband and son were performers of nagauta music, a long epic song performed as the background music of the kabuki. They sometimes appeared on the stage of a kabuki performance and the author often went to the theatre. The audience in the theatre called the actors by their hereditary stage titles. The child actors were given an important part, and she had a great admiration for them. The child actors performed on the big stage of the Kabuki-za theatre at an early age together with adult actors. They sometimes played a difficult role like that of Sankichi. As a matter of fact, the grandchild of the author made his debut on the stage at the age of three as the third successor of a nagauta music performer. When she went out of the Kabuki-za theatre, she was greeted by the setting sun shining dazzlingly.

Keywords: child actor; hereditary stage title; kabuki-za theatre; long epic song; nagauta music



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