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Music & Lyrics by Joe Iconis

Book by Joe Tracz

Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini


Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Sakaguchi

Music Directed by Jenny Shiroma

October 14 - 31

Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about "The Squip," a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? Be More Chill is a rocking new sci-fi musical about growing up, high school and what we will do to get what we want.



Andrew Sakaguchi (Director & Choreographer) is happy to return to MVT, having last directed Plaid Tidings, in 2007.  Most recently, he directed Forever Plaid, at DHT.  Other DHT credits include Kinky Boots, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Chess, and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  At MVT, he directed Beehive, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Forever Plaid, Pageant, and The Who’s Tommy.  Mānoa audiences (with long memories) might recall seeing him onstage in Cabaret, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, or Pageant.  Andrew moved back to Hawaii three years ago to teach musical theater at ‘Iolani School.  Prior to that, he was a teaching artist with Jacques d’Amboise’ National Dance Institute in NYC.

Jenny Shiroma (Music Director) earned a B.Ed. in music education from the University of Hawai’i and studied piano at Juilliard with Julie Jordan. Previous music directing credits include: Beehive at DHT, Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q, Fun Home, The Full Monty and Lisa Matsumoto’s The Princess and the Iso Peanut with MVT, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Suessical Jr  with the Secret Theatre in NYC and also Renewal and Sex on Trial at the Times Square Arts Center in NYC. She also has played piano for many auditions, masterclasses and workshop throughout NYC and Hawaiʻi. Jenny has also music directed DHT’s summer program for the past 10 years.


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Due to newly updated COVID protocols, all audience members must be fully vaccinated. We will continue to require masks to be worn at all times in the theatre.


All seating at Manoa Valley Theatre is now assigned. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the showtime to allow for proper check in.


Welcome back to Manoa Valley Theatre, enjoy the show!