Maiko (舞妓?) is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geisha after learning how to dance (a kind of Japanese traditional dance), play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto), regardless of their origins. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maiko
Porgy and Bess is the first play I ever remember, from when I was 7/8. My big brother was in it in Bentley high school production. The story itself left a huge impression on me, plus the music. "Summertime an the livin' is eeeeeeasy, fish are jumpin' an the cotton is high-You daddy's rich and you mamma's good lookin', Hush little baby, don't you cry." Awesome. Interesting choice for Livonia in 1958-9?