Nathan is attending the California Theatre Center’s Summer Theatre Conservatory In Los Altos. John and I are invited to see him in the play, Princess Kaguya. In the production he plays the part of Satoshi, a narrator/guardsman. He speaks clearly and loudly which is a real plus to our old ears. Many of the children speak very quietly or are looking down or facing away from the audience so it is difficult to hear them.
The gist of the play is that a bamboo cutter finds a baby girl in the mountains and takes her home to live with his wife and him. She grows quickly and soon the father is looking for a husband for his daughter, Princess Kaguya. She is not interested in marrying anyone and sends a series of suitors away on impossible tasks that they cannot complete. However, the emperor decides that she will be his wife anyway. At this point, it turns out that Princess Kaguya is actually from the moon and her moon father has decided it is time for her to return to the moon. The emperor mounts an attack to keep her earthside but is no match for the moon people. Princess Kaguya bids everyone a tearful farewell and leaves a group of sad but wiser suitors and family.
Nathan does a super job staying in character and saying his lines. Afterward he poses with the scenery that his class has made, his friends, and family.