Engeki Joshibu (演劇女子部; Women's Theater Club), also known as Gekijyo (劇女), is a Hello! Project acting club created at the end of 2013. The first production by Engeki Joshibu took place in March 2014.
Like Takarazuka, its productions include an all female cast playing roles of either gender. Historically, Engeki Joshibu has had members from all current Hello! Project groups as well as some Hello! Project OG members and girls solely a part of Engeki Joshibu through audition. Since Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa, productions have also included actresses unaffiliated with UP-FRONT GROUP in their casts, such as former Takarasiennes.
Sudo Maasa of Berryz Koubou was appointed as playing manager of the acting club in March of 2015. She has appeared in eight productions since becoming playing manager, and has also directed one of them.
Featured Members[edit | edit source]
- Engeki Joshibu
- Morning Musume '20
- Tsubaki Factory
- Other UP-FRONT GROUP Talent
- Engeki Joshibu
- From Morning Musume
- Berryz Koubou
- From ANGERME
- From Juice=Juice
- Country Girls
- Kobushi Factory
- From Tsubaki Factory
- From Hello Pro Kenshuusei
Musicals[edit | edit source]
Dates indicate the day of the first showing and the day of the final showing.
- [2014.03.14 - 2014.03.23] Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan
- [2014.05.12 - 2014.05.16] Musical Sengoku Jieitai
- [2014.06.05 - 2014.06.21] LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-
- [2014.10.04 - 2014.10.13] SMILE FANTASY!
- [2014.11.19 - 2014.11.24] Musical Koisuru Hello Kitty
- [2015.03.26 - 2015.04.05] Week End Survivor
- [2015.06.18 - 2015.06.28] TRIANGLE
- [2015.10.08 - 2015.10.18] Thank You Very Berry
- [2016.03.25 - 2016.04.03] Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!
- [2016.06.11 - 2016.06.26] Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
- [2016.10.01 - 2016.10.10] MODE
- [2016.11.03 - 2016.11.20] Nega Poji Poji
- [2017.06.02 - 2017.06.11] Pharaoh no Haka
- [2017.10.05 - 2017.10.15] Yumemiru Television
- [2017.10.26 - 2017.11.12] Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan (revival)
- [2017.11.27 - 2017.12.03] Ichimai no Ticket ~Beatles ga Yattekuru!~
- [2018.06.01 - 2018.06.17] Pharaoh no Haka ~Hebi Ou Sneferu~
- [2018.09.28 - 2018.10.08] Time Repeat ~Towa ni Kimi wo Omou~
- [2018.11.19 - 2018.12.09] Attack No.1
- [2019.04.19 - 2019.04.29] Fushigi no Kuni no Alice Tachi
- [2019.06.06 - 2019.06.23] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Gaiden ~Tasogare no Kamen~
- [2019.11.14 - 2019.11.24] Reborn ~13nin no Tamashii wa Kami-sama no Yume wo Miru~
- [2020.10.09 - 2020.10.18] Arabeyooooonds Nights
- [2021.04.16 - 2021.04.25] Nemureru Mori no Biyo
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The acting club was announced on the opening day of Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~.
- Since its formation, Engeki Joshibu has only performed musicals.
- The "Engeki Joshibu Project Auditions" were held in 2014 to bring in girls to the club that were not involved in Hello! Project. Those that passed would be cast in SMILE FANTASY!. BS-TBS producer Tamon Niwa Andrew welcomed anyone who could sing, dance, or act as well as those without experience.
- Tsugunaga Momoko was the only member of Berryz Koubou and Country Girls to have not starred in an Engeki Joshibu musical.
- Since Engeki Joshibu was founded, ℃-ute was the only group to have never starred in an Engeki Joshibu musical.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- ^ ^ Before Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa, Ikuta Erina and Iikubo Haruna had never starred in an Engeki Joshibu musical and had only contributed VTR roles in TRIANGLE.
- ^ Formerly known as S/mileage.
- ^ Both Murota Mizuki and Sasaki Rikako participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to joining ANGERME. As of August 2015, all 3rd generation members participated in a special LILIUM reunion production as part of the BS-TBS Kaikyoku 15 Shuunen Tokubetsu Kikaku COOL JAPAN ~DOU~.
- ^ Yamaki Risa participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member prior to joining Country Girls.
- ^ ^ ^ Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi and Nomura Minami have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to their unit announcement on January 2, 2015.
- ^ ^ Ogata Risa and Yamagishi Riko have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to their unit announcement on April 29, 2015.
- ^ Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to joining Morning Musume.
- ^ Kawamura Ayano has participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member prior to joining ANGERME.
- ^ ^ ^ Morito Chisaki, Yanagawa Nanami, and Funaki Musubu have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Country Girls members before joining their new main groups in June 2017.
- ^ As of December 2017, Kudo has graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, but remains with UP-FRONT GROUP which makes it unknown if she will continue performing on stage with the club.
- ^ Inaba Manaka participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as a Country Girls member before joining Juice=Juice in June 2018.
References[edit | edit source]
- "【演劇女子部プロジェクト】オーディション開催" (in Japanese). Gekidan Project. 2014-05-31.