Book by Lisa Matsumoto
Music and Lyrics by Roslyn Catracchia
Conceived by Lisa Matsumoto
Orchestrations by David Kauahikaua
Performance Run Commitment: July 5 – 29, 2018
When: Monday, May 7, 7pm
Tuesday, May 8, 7pm
Where: Manoa Valley Theatre
Guest Musical Director
Katherine L. Jones
About the show
The Princess and the Iso Peanut is a musical adaptation of the familiar fairy tale The Princess and the Pea with a multi-cultural twist, telling the tale of a traditional fairy tale princess who falls in love with a Hawaiian local Japanese prince. Cultures collide when the formal, traditional, storybook kingdom of Allyria encounters the contemporary, gregarious Hawaiian-Japanese local Yamamoto kingdom. Throw in a boisterous, fun-loving band of pirates and the outrageous adventure begins.
All performers should prepare a selection of a song (a verse and a chorus) no longer than 1 minute that shows vocal range and character. Please provide sheet music in your own key with music properly marked. An accompanist will be provided. Performers should also prepare a joke or a short comedic monologue, preferably using dialect of character auditioning for and wear appropriate shoes/clothes for the dance audition. Reading the script in advance is recommended. Minimum age to audition is 16.
Cast of Characters
All roles are available. Some roles will be doubled.
THE YAMAMOTO KINGDOM – Pidgin Speaking Roles
Prince Yoshi: Local Japanese prince who wants more out of life than material wealth.
Queen Yumiko: Yoshi’s overbearing and overprotective mother who wants only the best for her son.
King Yuichi: Yoshi’s father, doesn’t say much, strong and silent type.
Nathan: Servant to Yoshi’s family, not a very hard worker, laid-back and wisecracking.
Russell: Servant to Yoshi’s family, good-natured, well-meaning, but not very bright.
Janice: Servant to Yoshi’s family, diligent, helpful, takes charge in tending to the castle needs.
Uncle Masa: Yoshi’s wealthy uncle, Yumiko’s easygoing, happy-go-lucky older brother.
Prince Chah Ming Won: A Chinese version of Prince Charming, well-trained in martial arts.
Cinderella: Sweet, often scattered, in a rush and always losing her glass slipper. Non-Pidgin speaking.
Yamamoto Royal Singers: A trio of royal singing servants who assist Queen Yumiko in narrating the story.
Yamamoto Ensemble: Hawaiian local royal guests, servants and visiting princesses.
THE ALLYRIAN KINGDOM – Non-Pidgin Speaking Roles
Princess Alexis: Traditional fairy tale princess, strong-willed, determined to live her own life.
Queen Alana: Alexis’ mother who mistakenly thinks she knows what’s best for Alexis.
King Alexander: Alexis’ father, unlike his wife, tries not to meddle in his daughter’s affairs.
Isabel: Alexis’ spunky hand maiden and devoted and loyal confidant. Speaks with a Scottish accent.
King Alfred: Queen Alana’s father, meddles in Alana’s affairs but a supportive grandfather to Alexis.
Prince Phillip: Traditional fairy tale prince, handsome, self-absorbed, shallow and vain.
Queen Guinevere: From King Arthur’s court, Alexis’ childhood friend.
Princess Jeanette: Sister of Jacqueline, pretty yet superficial princess, envious of Alexis.
Princess Jacqueline: A carbon copy of her sister, Jeanette.
Lancelot: A knight in King Arthur’s court who secretly pines for Queen Guinevere.
Allyrian Royal Singers: A trio of royal singing servants who assist Queen Alana in narrating the story.
Allyrian Ensemble: Royal guests, servants, Allyrian Navy and traditional fairy tale characters.
THE MERRY ROBERT PIRATE CREW – Non-Pidgin Speaking Roles
Peter the Pirate: Leader of the pirates, he is the flamboyant and larger-than-life Captain of The Merry Robert.
One-Eyed Jack: Peter’s second-in-command who runs a tight ship. Hard around the edges, a true pirate at heart.
Cassie: Feisty and spunky head wench. Speaks with a Cockney accent.
Helmsman: Outspoken Scottish pirate assigned to the helm.
Tiny: A large, brute-of-a-pirate with a soft spot for his family.
Pirates and Wenches: Peter’s merry crew, under their tough exterior they have hearts of gold.
May 14 – July 3, 2018
Performance run commitment:
regular run: July 5-22
possible extension: July 26-29
16 performances maximum
curtain times: Thur, Fri & Sat – 7:30pm, Sun – 4pm
call time: 90 minutes prior to performances
Performances will be held at Kaimuki High School Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street. The rehearsal schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.
Please note: participating in a Manoa Valley Theatre production is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. As determined by the director, specific rehearsal schedules have some flexibility depending on cast conflicts, holidays, vacations, and work schedules. Actors will only be called to rehearsals when needed. Because of the ensemble nature of the show, however, we will need everyone at most rehearsals.
About The Directors
Michael Ng (Guest Director) holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Last seen as The King of Siam in I’m A Bright Kid Foundation’s The King and I, he has worked professionally as an actor both in Hawaii and on the mainland. He is currently on the teaching staff at the Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center where he has directed Grease, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Once On This Island, In The Heights, and Hairspray. Michael also wrote, produced, and directed Peace by Piece, a film which premiered at the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival. He is making his MVT directorial debut with this assignment.
Jenny Shiroma (Guest Musical Director) studied piano with Julie Jordan at Juilliard. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Hawaii. She has been the pianist as well as musical director for many productions in Hawaii as well as NYC including Renewal and Sex on Trial, which were both performed in the Times Square Arts Center. Her recent MVT production work includes The Full Monty and Fun Home.
Katherine L. Jones (Guest Choreographer) received her dance training at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy, where she was also an instructor. In national competitions, her tap, jazz and musical theatre-style choreography has won first and second places in the United States Performing Arts Competition and the Spotlight Dance Competition and is a seven-time Po’okela award recipient. Since 1996, Katherine has performed in and been a guest choreographer for countless community theatre musicals and performances in Hawaii at ACT, MVT, PACK, HPU, UHM, BYU, Iolani School, Saint Andrews Priory School, Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis School. She has choreographed often for MVT, most recently for Fun Home.
Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.
For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or email@example.com.
Auditions for MVT’s 2018-19 Season
Audition dates will be announced soon. Watch the website for information.