by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione
Performance Run Commitment: March 28 – April 7, 2019
Performance venue: Hawaii Theatre
When: CASTING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
Guest Musical Director
About the show
One family’s extraordinary experience suffering the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II creates familial turmoil in a troubling time of a nation at war. Young Sam Kimura enlists in the army to prove his family’s loyalty, while his sister, Kei, joins the draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their divisiveness threatens to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are relived and a new perspective is gained, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and experience the redemptive power of love.
The story was inspired by the true-life experiences of George Takei (Ensign Sulu in the original ‘Star Trek’ television show) who was interned in a detainment camp at the age of 5 with his family.
Allegiance was presented on Broadway in the 2015-16 Season. It enjoyed a limited run revival in Los Angeles in 2018.
Allegiance is a musical drama which is performed by a cast of 9 men and 6 women. Some performers play multiple roles.
The following roles have the following vocal ranges.
Kei: high belt with ability to switch easily to head voice.
Young Sammy and Frankie: tenor with easy top to A4.
Tatsuo: strong baritone.
Band Singer: easy F4
Ojii Chan- to C4
This production by Manoa Valley Theatre will be a professional, non-union show.
The following roles are in the show. CASTING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY.
SAM KIMURA – Asian male, elderly, a WWII hero. Also plays OJII-CHAN, his grandfather.
KEI KIMURA – Asian female, 20s-30s, Sam’s sister
SAMMY KIMURA – Asian male, 20s-30s, the young memory of Sam
TATSUO KIMURA – Asian male, 50s, a farmer, father to Sammy and Kei, son of Ojii-San
MIKE MASAOKA – Asian male, 30s-40s, National Secretary of the Japanese American Citizens League
FRANKIE SUZUKI – Asian male, 20s-30s, an activist
HANNAH CAMPBELL – Caucasian female, 20s-30s, an Army nurse
ASIAN MALE – DR. HIDEO TANAKA, an Issei doctor; BEN MASAOKA, brother of MIKE; JOHNNY GOTO
ASIAN FEMALE – MRS. NATSUMI TANAKA, a picture-bride wife
ASIAN MALE – MR. MASATO MARUYAMA, an Issei farmer
ASIAN FEMALE – MRS. KAORI MARUYAMA, his picture-bride wife; SANSEI WOMAN
ASIAN MALE – TOM MARUYAMA, their college-age son
ASIAN FEMALE – PEGGY MARUYAMA, their college-age daughter
ASIAN FEMALE – NAN GOTO, his Nisei wife
CAUCASIAN MALE – PRIVATE EVANS; Recruiting Officer; MP
Additional doubling will be assigned after casting.
Rehearsals: January 28 – March 27, 2019
Performance run commitment: March 28 – April 7, 2019
Up to 14 performances will be held over the 11 day run, including up to 4 double-performance days
Evening curtains are at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2pm.
All performances will be held at Hawaii Theatre.
Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street, and other spaces as required. The rehearsal schedule will generally be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. A unique schedule will be crafted once casting and actor availability is known for possible rehearsing outside of the above hours. Cast members will receive an honorarium for participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.
Please note: MVT will be aspiring to Broadway artistic standards for this production, and seeks performers who will make the commitment to that goal. Rehearsal attendance and home study are very important.
About The Directors
Paul Mitri (Guest Director) has worked on more than 175 productions as an actor, director, playwright, fight choreographer, dance choreographer, videographer and producer. He is the Head of Acting and a Professor of Theatre at UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and recently served as chair of the department. He is also artistic director of ATWS Theatre Company, and received multiple Po‘okela awards for acting and directing. His past MVT directing includes Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, The Elephant Man, RENT, Spring Awakening and The Full Monty.
Kip Wilborn (Guest Musical Director) has appeared as a leading tenor with opera companies and symphonies around the world, and has also enjoyed success in both film and Musical Theatre. He previously directed MVT’s production of Closer Than Ever and musical directed its It Shoulda Been You and Boys On Broadway. Kip performed lead roles in the Hal Prince productions of Showboat and Phantom of the Opera. In Honolulu, he appeared as Jean Valjean in the PTW production of Les Misérables, in the title role in HOT’s production of I Pagliacci, the title role in Chaminade University’s Sweeney Todd, and Don José in HOT’s Carmen, among others.
Christine Yasunaga (Guest Choreographer) has danced on Broadway in the Original Cast of The Lion King, The King & I, the pre-Broadway production of Flower Drum Song and Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular. She has a B.A. in Dance from UCLA and is currently choreographing the newest Waikiki show, “Waikiki’s Rockin’ Reception”, as well as, “The Dukes of Surf”. She has received six Po’okela Awards for her choreography at DHT.
For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or email@example.com.