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Wada musical delights Seward students


Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

The Mikan Ichiza Playgroup from Japan later visited Mile 0 of the Iditarod Trail and met one of the Seavey mushing dogs

A standing room only greeted the American debut of "Chasing the Aurora, The Samurai Musher" at Seward High School last week and it ended with a standing ovation.

Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

"Chasing the Aurora: The Samurai Musher" makes it U.S. premier performance on the Seward High School stage April 29.

The 60 performers and crew from Ehime, Japan performed the musical in honor of Jujiro Wada, a Japanese citizen who settled in Alaska in the late 1880s and became a mushing legend. Wada was known throughout the territory of Alaska and Japan as an adventurer, prospector, guide and trailblazer. A large portion of the Seward to Nome dog team trail was pioneered by Wada.

The abbreviated musical was performed two days later in Anchorage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The cast also performed in Fairbanks on Sunday.

High students were active participants in the musical.

The cast was hosted at the Seward Museum by the Resurrection Bay Historical Society with lunch and a tour.

Much of the history of Wada was researched by 1960s-era Seward school teachers Lee Poleske and Dan Seavey.


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