In her interview with Zakzak, Takarazuka actress Saou Kurama talks about her theater life, in particular her parents— both of whom were Shakespearean actors! (Hence the 沙央 in her name, a play on the Japanese 沙翁 for “Shakespeare.”)
During the time of Yukigumi’s “Romeo & Juliette,” her father was incredibly ill, slowly losing his fight against cancer. He refused to die before seeing his daughter act in one of Shakespeare’s plays, and by some miraculous power, he brought himself to the theater in Tokyo to see her perform.
It was a dream to see his daughter acting Shakespeare, especially a role like the Nurse. He was more pleased than anyone.
"If I had not played the Nurse, I would not be the person I am today."