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December 06, 2005

The Play's the Thing

Saturday's carried a feature on former JET and university English teacher Gart Westerhout, who runs a musical theater troupe in a small village in Ishikawa Prefecture. Osugi Musical Theater is based in mountain village of just 75 people, but has 40 members and has been a big success, even receiving recognition from the national government for its regional revitalization activities. Westerhaut, born in the Netherlands and raised in the US, came to Japan on the JET Program in 1987 and taught English for several years at Komatsu College. He is currently an associate professor of early childhood education at Kinjo College in Hakusan.
Tiny village hosts big-hearted troupe
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