October 2, 2021 – October 17, 2021 all-day

Family Weekend Performance Dates: October 2-3, 2021
School Day Matinee Dates: October 1-6, 2021
Streaming Dates: October 8-15, 2021 

Lucas loves his sushi lunch that his mom packs him every day for school. What he doesn’t love is his classmates’ constant questions about how “weird” it is. So now he’s faced with a difficult choice: bring sandwiches from now on to avoid attention, or eat what he wants and get stares and questions. With help from a magical cat guardian and an ancestor from the spirit world, Lucas learns to embrace his family history and proves to everyone that to be brave is to be yourself. Mixing the Japanese word for soy sauce and the elementary school “show and tell” activity, Shoyu Tell is an LCT World Premiere all about good food, best friends, and celebrating the differences that make you YOU. 

By Sam Hamashima 

Best enjoyed by ages 5 and up 

Location: The LCT Main Stage

Length of Show: Approximately 1 hour 

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Public Streaming Info

48-hour passes available between October 8-10 and October 15-17.
Public passes run from Friday at 5:00pm – Sunday at 5:00pm

Stream video from LCT’s recent production of the show right from the comfort of your own home! After purchasing a streaming pass, you will receive a video link and password that will be valid for the time period you choose. During that time period, you can watch the show as many times as you like!

Streaming passes are available for $15.00, $25.00, $50.00, and $75.00. We ask that you please consider how many people will be watching the stream when you select your pass amount.

Purchase Oct. 8-10 Streaming Pass  Purchase Oct. 15-17 Streaming Pass

School Streaming Info

Weekly passes available between October 12 and December 17
School passes run from all day Monday through Friday at 4:00pm

Shoyu Tell is recommended for – Kindergarten – 5th grade
Curricular Connections – Assimilation, Friendship, Courage, Asian Culture

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Things to Know Before the Show

Read the Playbill Educational Play Guide

About LCT’s Production of Shoyu Tell 

Shoyu Tell is a show with professional actors in the cast, the type of show that typically performs at LCT and also at regional theatres we partner with across Kentucky. This year, in light of the continuing COVID19 pandemic, we have replaced traveling to different cities with filming the show and making it available for young people and families everywhere through our streaming performances!

About our Video Streaming Process

We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to watch our world premiere production of Shoyu Tell online! If you purchased a public streaming pass, your password will be valid during the weekend you chose from 5:00pm on Friday until 5:00pm on Sunday. If you purchased a school streaming pass, your password will be valid during the week you chose, all day Monday until 4:00pm on Friday. During that time period, you can watch the show as many times as you would like!

Remember, the video link and passwords can be found in your confirmation email. If you do not receive your confirmation email within one hour of purchase, please check your spam filter. If you experience technical difficulties, feel free to email Kathryn at khenriques@lctonstage.org. Thank you!

About Shoyu Tell 

Shoyu Tell by Sam Hamashima is a brand-new production premiering at LCT this season! The story follows Lucas, a Japanese American boy, through his first two days at a new school. At first, Lucas is worried when a classmate makes fun of the sushi he brings for lunch, but through a little bit of magic and learning more about his family’s history, Lucas finds the courage to be fully himself and share his differences proudly with the rest of his class at Show and Tell. 

There is some mild, elementary-school-style language in the beginning of the play when Gary, one of Lucas’s new classmates, is mean to him and makes fun of his lunch. Gary calls Lucas a “loser” and his lunch “gross” and “stinky.” Lucas and his new friend Paula respond by agreeing that Gary was “being a butt,” which then becomes their insult of choice when talking about anyone being mean, so “butt” gets repeated several times. 

Following this bullying episode, Lucas decides that he wants to blend in and not bring any attention to himself or his family’s culture. He asks his mom to pack him sandwiches from now on. Just when all seems hopeless, Lucas is whisked away to a magical world where he gets to learn important lessons, including fighting the embodiment of Fear video-game style with giant chopsticks and learning more about the importance of his family’s traditions. During this time, Lucas learns about the forced internment of Japanese and Japanese American citizens during World War II. It is told in age-appropriate format that resembles a “once upon a time” story using shadow puppets.  

This play is a great way to spark conversations about learning from each other’s differences, especially as it pertains to different cultures. Lucas’s classmates are taught about Lucas’s Japanese traditions, which are quite different from what they experience every day. Throughout the production, Luna discusses how people fail to understand and disapprove. It is a great way to instruct a positive way to prepare for moments when we interact with someone who is different from us and how to be brave in sharing our differences with others. Luna also explains how hurt feelings can motivate reactions, words, and future fear. This production also covers the value of family traditions and how they impact who we are.  

We love this story because it is a beautiful celebration of the differences that make us US and that make you YOU. It is also a really funny play, with jokes throughout that will keep you giggling through the entire story. We love this story because it is full of spunky, kind, and hilarious characters that aren’t so different from you and me. And we love this story because it helps us realize the everyday beauty of the world we live in and how magic is all around us.