Aloha Theater will present “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical,” this year’s teen show, opening June 2 and running through June 18.
Based on the Disney Channel Original Movies of the same name, this musical is a fun take on the classic Disney characters you know and love (or love to hate). Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, home to its most infamous villains, the teenage children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil have never ventured off the island, until now. When the four troublemakers are sent to attend high school along with the children of beloved Disney heroes, they have a tough choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ evil footsteps or learn to be good?
This production is directed by Amelia Thorne, with vocal direction by Wendy Buzby and choreography by Christian Aragon. It features performances by a host of wonderful young artists. As the four troublemakers from the Isle of the Lost, we have Anna Lei Leuenberger as Mal, Capri Kapule as Evie, Elizabeth Greedy as Jay, and Parker Van Velsor as Carlos. Playing her famous parents are Isabella Bowen as Maleficent, Stevie Muensterman as Grimhilde, Tyrus Kapule as Jafar, and Maya Anderson as Cruella de Vil. Their “good” counterparts are played by Maya Shoosmith as Ben, Leila Gay as Chad, Mikayla Winkler as Audrey, Kai Hollinger as Doug, Scarlette Burnham as Jane, Tyra Iaela as the Fairy Godmother, Lilkoi Canas as Queen Belle, Shardae Frias as Snow. White, Ash Millr as Maurice, Aiko Bear as the trainer, and Tyrus Kapule as the Beast King. The ensemble features Cecile Palmgren, Aysha Pham, Aiyana Martinez, Eliana Gay, Chayton Martinez, Emmalani Foster, Hayden Kapule-Hams, and Kam Leuenberger in various roles.
The set was designed by director Amelia Thorne with Victor Lugo as lead builder and Rebecca Gottesman as scenic painter. Sound is designed and operated by Nu’u Crouch, lighting designed and operated by Hal Snyder, both under the tutelage of Jeff Rowand. Costumes are designed and created by Nicole Burnham, hair and makeup are designed by Brooke Aragon, Anna Payesko is the props teacher, and Debbie Goetz is the rehearsal piano player.
This production is appropriate for all ages. “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” features loud amplified music and bright, flashing lights. The show lasts about 90 minutes without intermission. “Descendants” will be presented over three weekends, from June 2 to 18. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase in the theater. Tickets are available at alohatheatre.com.