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  1. Need an artist!

    Hi gang! Hope this is the right forum for this, if not, if whoever is in charge of these things would move it to the right spot, that'd be fine. I'm Joe Vecchio, author of the musical romantic comedy The Hotel Ichiban, based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga/anime series Maison Ikkoku. We're gearing up to our second fundraising event and I need an artist who can draw in an anime style for posters, flyers, business cards, and other promotional events. You will be compensated, but sadly no cash up front, you'll get a piece of what we earn through the fundraiser. If you want more information you can email me here. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you! -Joe Vecchio Author, The Hotel Ichiban
  2. For reasons far too boring to announce here, I am sorry to say that a performance of Maison Ikkoku: The Musical will not be possible at this year's Anime Central, even as a read-through. My apologies to those who worked so hard to put together the schedule. -Joe Vecchio
  3. I'm proud to announce that "Maison Ikkoku: The Musical" is set for late Saturday evening (the 17th) in panel room 6. I will be holding auditions soon for those who want to act in the play as well as other supporting roles behind the scenes. I will be at the meeting this Saturday with more details if anyone wants to talk to me. For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Maison Ikkoku", it is a series by the legendary Rumiko Takahashi, who you may know as the creator of "Ranma 1/2" and "Inuyasha". It's a romantic situation comedy dealing with the adventures of a group of people living in a seedy boarding house in Tokyo. You can find many videos of it on YouTube. The play will be produced professionally under another name, but Anime Central is hosting the world premiere performance. Auditions will be held as soon as possible and anyone who wants to be a part of it needs to make a commitment to do rehearsals. Two months is a very short time to put this thing together, so it will take some intense work, but it will be well worth it. And anyone who appears may be asked to be in the play when it is performed professionally. Anyone who wants more information can email me at joeve321@yahoo.com. Looking forward to hearing from you! -Joe Vecchio author, "Maison Ikkoku: The Musical"
  4. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    I'm not entirely sure this is the proper place for this, so I'm putting it here. Moderators, if you want to move it to the more correct place on the forum, please do. A few of you know that I have been in the process of writing a musical based on the manga/anime series "Maison Ikkoku" by the legendary artist Rumiko Takahashi ("Urursei Yatsura", "Ranma 1/2" "Inuyasha" among others). There was a read-through of Act 1 last year at Anime Central (you can see it ). "Maison Ikkoku" is my personal favorite anime show, and the story means a lot to me personally, as I identify with both leads: young "ronin" Godai who strove for years to win the heart of the woman he loved, and the manager of teh boarding house that's the title of the series, Kyoko, a very young widow, who lost the one she loved and is still coping with that loss. It is, in my not so humble opinion, a great love story that lends itself well to a classic American musical. The musical that takes its inspiration from many of the great, classical musicals like "West Side Story", "Fiddler On The Roof", and "My Fair Lady", and it's those classic styles I am looking most to emulate. In production it most resembles the minimalist style of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". It's designed to be performed by small theater groups with a low budget. it's my goal to have a full-fleged production nlt fall of this year. For those of you who don't know me, I've been an anime fan for close to thirty years. I helped start two anime clubs (Rising Sun C/FO and the Japanese Animation Club of Orlando) and one anime convention (Anime Weekend Atlanta). This will be my third year on staff at ACen, having worked in the Green Room and this year as a handler. I work staff because I still enjoy going to conventions, as long as I have something to do. Anyway, to the point: I'm proud to announce that the play is now ready to go into the production phase, which means (gasp!) fundraising! I need money to pay those helping me compose/arrange the music, to rent a theater, to pay the actors and for publicity. I'm hoping to raise at least $1,000. To help start off, I created a project with Kickstarter where you can donate as little as $1, and as much as you like. Everyone who donates will get something, even a 1$ donation will get your name listed in the Playbill as a contributor. You can also get original posters, ringtones or answering machine messages from the characters, or a CD of the soundtrack when it's complete. There are even tickets available for other Chicago plays! The project will be open for the next thirty days. This is your opportunity to be a part of anime/theater history: the first ever full-fledged musical based on an anime show!
  5. Anime And Other Avatars

    Thanks, I will definitely link to those sites on my site.
  6. Anime And Other Avatars

    One of the things I like to do in my spare time is create animated GIF files. But it's no fun creating them if you can't share them! So I created a website just for that. These are almost all 100x100 pixels, perfect to use here for avatars. You can save them to your computer or just link to them. The homepage for the site is here, just click on the Anime link, which apparently won't work here for some reason. I also have avatars for toons, misc, and NSFW. -Joe PS - here's an example: Enjoy!
  7. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    I want to thank everyone who came to the panel, and I especially want to thank the actors for participating: Mary J. Harris (Kyoko), Lucas Schuneman (Yotsuya), Megan Tabaque (Akemi), and Nick Santrizos (Godai). I also want to thank Vicki Quade for her help setting up rehearsals. I hope to have this play in full production by next year. I also want to thank the tech staff for helping get the extra mike cables to the mixer! Video of the panel is online: Thanks again to ACen for hosting this event!
  8. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    Second rehearsal went well tonight, with Megan Tabaque joining in. The revised script worked well. Posters are printed, final preparations for the read-through have begun. To all my performers, I say, Ganbatte ne! See you at the show!
  9. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    One week away from showtime. The panel schedule has been updated, but the time and location remains the same. All the actors are ready and everything is a go. I'm looking forward to sharing this musical with you all!
  10. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    Well apparently the Rapture will be taking place on the 21st, but I think the performance will have finished before it happens.
  11. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    Today's rehearsal went very well, with Vicki Quade, Lucas Schuneman, and Mary Harris attending. We did a read-through of Act One and an over view of Acts Two and Three. Changes were discussed and will be worked on. The dialogue read very well, and of course Yotsuya's lines (as read by Lucas) got the best reactions. One more rehearsal will be scheduled before the performance on Saturday. I was going to take video of the performance but I decided against it, but I will post pictures very soon. Less than a month to go!
  12. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    First rehearsal for the read-through is tonight, I will be taking pictures and posting them. I know it's a long time between posts but obviously I have been busy getting things organized. We have four songs recorded karaoke-style and I hope to have five complete songs by show time. Stay tuned to the FB page for updates. -Joe
  13. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    Now that some of the details have been confirmed, I can officially announce the cast of Maison Ikkoku: The Musical for the read-through performance at Anime Central 2011. I am very proud to have each and every one of them be a part of this presentation: (In Alphabetical Order) Mary J. Harris as Kyoko Otonashi* Born and raised in Chicago, Mary is a performer and vocalist in Mary Harris Jazz, a jazz duo featuring a swingy take on traditional Standards, Bossa and Pop tunes. Vicki Quade as Mrs. Ichinose Ms. Quade is the creator (and occasional performer) of one of Chicago's longest-running plays (almost 20 years!), Late Night Catechism, which is currently running at Chicago's Royal George Theater. Vicki has also written and performed in other nun-based plays such as Mother Superior's Ho-Ho-Holy Night, Sunday School Cinema and Bible Bingo. Ms. Quade also has performed and directed productions for A Reasonable Facsimile Theater Company. Lucas Schuneman as Yusaku Godai Lucas, the "Voice-Acting Ninja" will also be appearing on the panel So You Want To Be A Voice Actor. He is a voice actor best known for his role as Haarhus (and several other characters) in Kalypso Media's Disciples III: Renaissance. He also played many roles in The Action Bible. Megan Tabaque as Akemi Roppongi and Ibuki Yagami Megan is an experienced Chicago actress who has appeared in shows like El Muerte del Maestro, All Pigs Are Dogs, Future Anxiety and Cuckoo’s Nest. She is currently appearing in the Infusion Theatre Company's performance of Qui Nguyen's Soul Samurai. and Joe Vecchio as Mr. Yotsuya (and also the narrator) Joe is the author of this play and not too bad a performer in his own right. He's been a member of organized anime fandom since 1985, when he was a Vice-President of the Rising Sun chapter of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization, President of the Japanese Animation Club of Orlando, and one of the con chairs of Anime Weekend Atlanta. Featured Songs: My Life (Kyoko) Have A Beer! (Ensemble) Mitaka (Syun Mitaka) (Ibuki and friends)Extraordinary People (Yotsuya and Ensemble) Original music by Joe Vecchio and KJ McElrath *As this is a read-through, actors will be playing several roles On behalf of the cast of Maison Ikkoku: The Musical, I hope you can all attend what I expect to be a unique experience for anime conventions!
  14. ACen FINAL Schedule ** UPDATED **

    I would have preferred a later starting time for "Maison Ikkoku: The Musical", 10am seems a bit early for a performance. A Starting time of 2 or 3 pm would have been preferable, making it like a matinee. I have no issues with the Signature II room...
  15. Maison Ikkoku: The Musical

    The schedule is out, and the musical is slated for 10am-12noon on Saturday, in the Signature II room at the Doubletree Hotel, across the street from the convention center. I will post info on the performers soon! -Joe UPDATE: I am petitioning the panel programmers to move the starting time back to 2 or 3 pm in Saturday. I will keep everyone posted.