JOURNEY OF THE DRUM A TAIKO FABLE

Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102


"Journey of the Drum came to me as a modern way to look at how taiko might have been used in mythic old Japan.  Playing taiko was a way to communicate with the gods, to influence nature, and drive away evil spirits and enemies. And as a play for youth, I hope Journey of the Drum inspires young people to know that there are great adventures ahead of them and taking their own journeys, with courage and good will, can teach them important lessons about themselves and the world around them. " -Rick Shiomi, Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts-



THE CAST
Warlord, Yoko
Blessing Aghayedo
Tanaka
Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin
Oka, Sugiyama
Chesa Greene
Aunt
Emily Hampe
Fujita, Soldier Chorus
Jarrett Kleitz
Uncle, Watada
Ahmed Mossa
Aki, Mizuno
Rakem New
Nobuo
Roberto Padua
Sameco
Maxine Paris
Kenjiro, Sea God
Eric Sharp
Ito, Soldier, Matsui
Gao Nou Vang
Masa
Jovanta Williams
Sato, Soldier Chorus, Villager
Rachel Xiong
Isamu
Wang Xiong

* denotes member of Actors Equity
PRODUCTION STAFF
Director
Maria Kelly
Stage Manager
Jessica Buelow
Taiko Coach
R.A. Shiomi
Set and Lighting Designer
Erik Paulson
Costume Designer
Darcy Zeppernick
Properties Designer
Brooke Nelson

* denotes member of Actors Equity