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Aloha Performing Arts Company Presents ‘Once on this Island, Jr.’

Aloha Performing Arts Company Presents ‘Once on this Island, Jr.’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Twenty eight kids between the ages of 5 and 18 will burst onto the Aloha Theatre stage Friday night, June 23,  the opening night of Aloha Performing Arts Company's "Once on this Island, Jr." This Caribbean-flavored musical, set in the French Antilles, is a bittersweet tale of love, loss, and inner strength, written by Lynne Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  It is based on the 1985 children's book by Rosa Guy.  The show will play for two weekends, through July 2, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. 

Kira Kane appears as the leading character, Ti Moune, a poor but feisty young island girl.  She falls in love with a rich boy, Daniel, played by Lawrence "Rama" Barrett.  Daniel's bride-to-be, Andrea, is played by Leilani Penaloza.  His father is played by Justyn Toyama, and Ti Moune's parents are played by Tabitha Robbins and Mia Nguyen.  The Storytellers are portrayed by Violet Wisniewski, Maximus Wisniewski, Rachel Beth, Alexa Somonson, and Emma-Lee Jones.  Island gods are played by Rosalisha Barrett, Seth Kirbow, Mahina Farmer, and Cameron Cornforth. Appearing as guards, gates, gossipers, villagers, animals, and various forces of nature are Nala Huihui, Jared "Raka" Barrett, Lanz Vitales, Noelani Loughery-Kawailoa, Stephanie Jimenez Castaneda, Taira Aoki, Kayla Robertson, Ruby Mandini, Tyra Iaela, Angelina Jones, Anela Jones, Eden Silva, and Ella Brough. 

Tiffany Kutsunai is director, Wendy Buzby is vocal director, and Binti Bailey is choreographer. Designers include Carol Conner and Mike Durand, costumes; Gerald Lucena, set and props; Miss Genevieve, hair and makeup; Justyn Toyama and Nicole Gour, lighting; and Miguel Montez, sound.  Operators are Alyssa Greenwell, lighting, and Karl Martin, sound.  Stage manager is Yasir Bey, house manager is Jeannie Kutsunai, concessions manager is Normetta Muir, and box office managers are Kerry Matsumoto and Sharyn Toyama. 

Admission to "Once on this Island Jr." is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and young adults between 18 and 25, and $5 for children under 18.  Tickets are available online at AlohaTheatre.com, by phone Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and at the theatre box office beginning one hour before curtain time.  For tickets or more information, call 322-9924.  

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