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Wada musical comes to town


Based on the true story of Jurijo Wada, a musical about his life will make its premier U.S. performance in Seward.

“The Samurai Musher: the Story of Jujiro Wada” is based on the story of Jujiro Wada told through letters he wrote from Alaska to his mother in Japan at the turn of the 20th century.

Wada was revered by many in Alaska and the Yukon Territory as a dog-musher and businessman, and his adventures in Alaska influenced the establishment of the state. He discovered gold mines throughout Alaska, helped establish the trading post that was to become Fairbanks, and even was part of the group from Seward who marked the Iditarod Trail that became the path of the Alaska Railroad to interior Alaska.

“The Samurai Musher” will be performed by the Mikan Ichizawa Playgroup from Ehime, Japan.

Each year the nonprofit Asian Alaskan Cultural Center selects one of the member Asian countries to present a cultural presentation to the Anchorage public and to the Anchorage School District at the 2,000 seat Alaska Performing Arts Center. This year the featured country is Japan.

The Seward performance is at 1 p.m. April 29 at Seward High School. Seating is for students first and the public is welcome to remaining seats. There is no charge, though donations are accepted. A luncheon reception is planned after the performance at the Seward Community Library Museum, followed by a group photo at Mile 0 of the Iditarod Trail.

Other performances are 7 p.m. May 1 at Anchorage Center for Performing Arts; 2 p.m. May 3 at West Valley High School Performing Arts Theater in Fairbanks; and a sister city visitation even on May 1 at Dorothy Page Historical Museum in Wasilla.

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