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You Too Can Become a Kabuki Star!

Kabuki Theater Tokyo

One kabuki actor has created a school where anyone can join and, after six months of weekly training, take the stage for a proper performance. Of course, in this case, the performers will be your fellow students. But even if none of you are professionals, at least you’ll all look stunning!

In addition to six months of training, the performance will see students donning custom-made wigs, actual kabuki costumes, and the beautiful makeup kabuki actors are known for.

You’ll be able to choose whatever role you want to play...

...but you’ll also be paying based on the role you select.

Of course, we suppose anyone could just offer six months of weekly lessons, but potential students can rest easy knowing they’ll be instructed by Shijurou Tachibana, a kabuki actor with extensive teaching experience.

Everything from the lessons to the cost for the costumes (and wigs) is included in packages offered through Kabuki Taro. Packages range from ¥100,000 (about US$923) to ¥1,300,000 (roughly $12,000), with price varying depending on what role you’re looking to play. You’ll have to contact Kabuki Taro directly to find out how much exactly.

Training is set to start in July 2016 and run until February 2017, when the actual performance is to be held. There are two different plays potential students can sign up for—Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami and Aoto Zoshi Hana no Nishiki-e. Practices for the former will be on Fridays, and Saturdays for the latter.

Obviously, you’ll need to be both dedicated and fairly fluent in Japanese if you want to participate. There are no restrictions based on age, gender or acting experience, so if you have the time and the money, this could be a great way to spend your weekends for six months!

To learn more, head over to Kabuki Taro’s website.

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