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Performers in Shiki Theatre Company's "Theater of the Heart"
Pay a Courtesy Visit to the Head Office in Shinagawa


Since fiscal 2013, in line with its CSR Action Guidelines and its commitments to "create a more harmonious society" and "inspire the future," the MHI Group has supported the Shiki Theatre Company's "Kokoro no Gekijo" (Theater of the Heart) musical productions aimed at cultivating a richness of spirit among children of the next generation across Japan. Group employees, as well as their family members, regularly assist as volunteers at the troupe's performances near their workplaces.

On October 31, two members of the Shiki Theatre Company, Yu Kobayashi and Akari Sorada, paid a courtesy call to MHI's Head Office in Shinagawa, Tokyo. Mr. Kobayashi and Ms. Sorada are performers in "Children of the Storm," one of the troupe's musical offerings of fiscal 2017.

"Children of the Storm" is an original Shiki Theatre Company musical based on two children's stories: Ivan Southall's Hills End and Henry Winterfeld's Trouble at Timpetill. The theme of "Children of the Storm" is "learning important life-lessons through adventure." Through the arduous experiences of the children who help each other in the storm, the musical makes the audience realize the importance of friendship and how wonderful it is to set to a task with hope and courage.

The visit by Mr. Kobayashi and Ms. Sorada was a precious opportunity. Whereas normally our contact with actors is limited to seeing them perform on the stage, on this occasion we were able to meet them and hear in person their passion for "Children of the Storm" and anecdotes about their visits around Japan to perform the show.

Mr. Kobayashi and Ms. Sorada also presented us with a large publicity board for "Children of the Storm" autographed by all of the performers. The board is now on display in the M's Square showroom on the second floor of the Head Office Building. We hope you will stop by and see it when you are nearby.

[Shiki Theatre Company website:]

Yu Kobayashi and Akari Sorada present the 'Children of the Storm' publicity board.
Yu Kobayashi and Akari Sorada present the
"Children of the Storm" publicity board.
The autographed board is now on display at M's Square.
The autographed board is now on display at M's Square.

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