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February 17
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Dialogues of the Carmelites in Broadway DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES
Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall
ACT I. In Paris, April 1789, the first rumblings of the French Revolution are starting to shake the Old Regime. In his library, the Marquis de la Force talks worriedly with his son, the Chevalier, about Blanche, his nervous, impressionable daughter, who is unable to overcome her fear of life. Blanche suddenly appears, frightened by rioting peasants who surrounded her carriage on the way home. Soon after retiring, Blanche returns, terrified by a shadow when a footman lit candles in her room. She blurts out to her father that she wishes to become a nun. Several weeks later, in the receiving room of the Carmelite convent at Compiegne, Blanche speaks with Mme. de Croissy, the mother superior, who warns her against illusions about the heroism of a religious life. Blanche, accepted by the order, discusses death with another young nun, Sister Constance, as they sort groceries. Blanche scolds Constance for her seemingly immature cheerfulness. Constance says she has always felt she would die young, adding she is sure she and Blanche will die together. On her deathbed, Mme. de Croissy charges Mother Marie with Blanche's spiritual development. The young novice is present when, in her final delirium, the mother superior confesses great confusion and fear in her hour of death. I ACT II. In the convent chapel that night, the mother superior lies in state, with Blanche and Constance standing watch. As Constance goes to fetch their replacements, Blanche is overcome by fear. She starts to leave as Mother Marie arrives. Seeing that the girl is genuinely afraid, Mother Marie tries to reassure her. Constance explains to Blanche that the mother superior's hard death did not suit her and must have been meant for someone else, who one day will find death surprisingly simple. In the chapter room, the nuns are gathered for the ceremony of obedience to the new prioress, Mme. Lidoine. The Chevalier visits Blanche before escaping, urging her to leave the convent: their father is afraid for her. Blanche refuses, explaining that her highest duty is to the convent that has changed her life. In the sacristy, the Chaplain, forbidden to perform his clerical duties, celebrates his last Mass. As he goes out, the sisters discuss the epidemic of fear that has left France unable to defend its priests. This gives Mother Marie the idea of the Carmelites' offering their lives to the cause, but Mme. Lidoine reminds her one cannot choose to be a martyr. The Chaplain returns, saying his departure was blocked; he escapes by another route as the mob knocks at the main entrance. Seeing Blanche desolate, Mother Jeanne hands her a figurine of the Christ Child as a keepsake, but in her nervousness Blanche drops and breaks it. ACT III. As the nuns prepare to leave their devastated convent, Mother Marie addresses them in the absence of Mme. Lidoine. She proposes they all take the vow of martyrdom, which must be unanimous. A secret vote reveals one dissenter. Constance claims it was hers, asking permission to change it. She kneels with Blanche to take the vow. Back in the library of the Marquis de la Force, Blanche is working as a servant for revolutionaries who have taken over the mansion. She is found by Mother Marie, who says it is time to rejoin the other sisters. Blanche confesses she is still dogged by fear: her father was guillotined the week before. Mother Marie gives her an address, telling her to report there within twenty-four hours. In a street near the Bastille, Blanche learns from an old woman from Compiegne that the nuns have been arrested. In a cell in the Conciergerie prison, Mme. Lidoine tells the Carmelites she will join in their vow of martyrdom - made during her absence. Constance says she has dreamt of Blanche's return. A jailer reads the death sentence pronounced earlier by the Revolutionary Tribunal. The Chaplain meets with Mother Marie and tells her the nuns have been condemned. Though she desperately wants to join them, the Chaplain reminds her she cannot make a martyr of herself: that is for God to choose. In the Place de la Revolution, the Carmelites march to the guillotine, chanting the Salve Regina. Beginning with the mother superior, each is led up to death, as their numbers and their voices are cut off one at a time. Finally, only Constance remains. On her way to the scaffold, she sees Blanche step from the crowd, take up the chant and follow her.
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With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean flavored score, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. is a feast for the heart, mind, and soul. The highlyoriginal and theatrical Caribbean adaptationof the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony nominationsfor its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. In almostnon-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasantgirl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the otherside of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical godswho rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her loveagainst the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.Equally effective regardless of its cast size, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. features minimal--though colorful--sets and costumes that capture the imagination of the audience. Creative movement is also part of the show's style, calling upon performers to portray trees, wild animals and even a fierce rainstorm. Its catchy, contemporary, and Caribbean-flavored score by theTony« Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIMEand the animated film Anastasia) includes tender ballads and rousingcelebratory numbers for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
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Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.ANNIE JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle schools where students may be maturing at different rates. The cast size and age range of the parts are flexible and the bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.
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Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice. In years to come, we are sure that hundreds of productions by schools and theatres throughout the world will make this stage adaptation of the American classic novel a classic musical theatre treasure in its own right.
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Honolulu Theatre For Youth
TenneyTheatre: - adapt: HTY Company ; dir: Eric Johnson.
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Honolulu Theatre For Youth
TenneyTheatre: - Lee Cataluna; dir: Alvin Chan.
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Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, VIOLETfollows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young womanaccidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist cancure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy NorthCarolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young blacksoldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it meansto be an outsider. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the '90s, VIOLETastounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score by Jeanine Tesori, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by Brian Crawleythat are not afraid to deal with important, sensitive issues. Itssimple set and modest cast and orchestra requirements adjust to anyscale production. VIOLET features a strong ensemble cast with bravura roles for the two leads.
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