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Original Broadway Production Produced by
the New York Shakespeare Festival,

Joseph Papp, Producer

& Co-Choreographer
Miles Phillips

Music Director
Jenny Shiroma

Taylor Gruver

Production Manager
Janine Myers

Technical Director
Shell Dalzell

Set Design
Andrew Doan

Lighting Design 
Jonah Bobilin

Sound Designer
Loch Lynch

Prop Design
John Cummings

Hair & Make-up  Design
Lisa Ponce de Leon

Stage Manager
Leigh Marcello Bugarin

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.





Welcome to Mānoa Valley Theatre. We are so glad you have chosen to join us for the third production in our 54th season. Who would have thought that the singer-songwriter who wrote and performed the billboard #1, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” would be encouraged to write a full-length musical for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Rupert Holmes was performing some of his “story songs” at a nightclub and following his performance, he received a note from Gail Merrifield (wife of Joseph Papp), the director of development for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Merrifield was so impressed with his “story songs” that she encouraged him to write a musical for the festival. The seminal experiences that influenced his creation of the musical were from Holmes’ childhood. At age three, he first experienced the theatre. It was a modern “panto” complete with the cross-dressing “best boy” lead character and audience sing-alongs. At age 11, his love for mystery books led him to Dickens unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The Mystery of Edwin Drood premiered at the New York Shakespeare Festival in August 1985 and moved to Broadway with a revised version, where it ran until May 1987. The Roundabout Theatre Company presented the revival production in 2012. That is the version we are presenting at this performance. The musical had 11 Tony Award nominations and won 5, including Best Musical. Holmes, the only Broadway composer to write the book, music, lyrics, and orchestrations for a musical, won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Thank you to all who are current supporters of MVT. You make these performances possible. If you enjoy tonight’s performance and wish to donate to the theatre, you may do so through our website, or by calling 808-988-6131. Enjoy the show! Kip



Chairman, Mr. William Cartwright
Christopher Denton

Mr. Clive Paget as John Jasper

Miguel Cadoy III

Miss Deirdre Peregrine as Rosa Bud

Kim Anderson

Miss Alice Nutting as Edwin Drood

Chelsea Carlisle

Miss Janet Conover as Helena Landless

Alexandria Zinov

Miss Angela Prysock as Princess Puffer

Suzanne Johnson Green

Mr. Victor Grinstead as Neville Landless

Alex Bishop

Cedric Moncrieffe as Reverend Crisparkle

Chris Moylan

Mr. Phillip Bax as Bazzard

David Herman

Nick Cricker Sr. as Durdles

Andrew Baker

Nick Cricker Jr. as Deputy

Jace Furuto

Isabel Yearsley as Wendy

Emily-Kim Maldonado

Violet Balfour as Beatrice

Gina Miyazaki

Gwendolen Pynn as Sarah

Bailey Garton

Florence Gill as Flo

Korynn Grenert

Montague Pruitt as Estella

Natalie Malia Figuracion Borsky

Nicholas Michael as Horace

Sean Kaya

Medford Moss

Issac Liu

James Throttle

Garrett Hols

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Assistant Director

Assistant Sound Designer


Scenic Artist

Technical Assistant


Set Construction


Master Electrician

Lighting Crew


Lightboard Operator

Sound Board Operator

Stage Crew


Follow Spot Operators

Michael Covert

Sarah Velasco

Willie Sabel

Mira Fey


Willie Sabel

Paul Barthel

Andrew Doan


Janine Myers

Louie Bliemeister

Chris Gouveia

Amy Toner Sullivan

Alyssa Reyes

Sarah Velasco

Timothy Manamtam

Cara Sumida

Mia Park

David Heulitt (sub)

Karl Sakamoto (sub)

Valerie Ho

Thomas Bingham

Kenji Shimata

Teresa Steinwandt (sub)

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Don Farmer

Fabienne Flandre-Herold, Script Supervisor

Brandon Miyagi, Still Photography

Chris Patrinos, Kaihonua

Howard Rosen, PSA Production


Kawaiaha'o Church for leasing MVT the beautiful grounds it occupies.

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc for permitting our patrons to park at the Mānoa Marketplace and for support of MVT's education program.

Nathan Sult & Beth Tarter for enhancements to the theatre.

Mahalo to

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Board Member

Adoptive Parents

Ramona Sayre (Head Parent)

Scott Larimer & James Wright

Peter & Karen Ehrman

Barbara Nickerson

Jeff Portnoy

Amy Monk

Karen Mukai

Stacey Katakura


                  Executive Director

      Director of Development 

              Production Manager

                  Technical Director

 Business and Ops Manager

  Production Stage Manager

Costume Supervisor

          Education Coordinator

Kip Wilborn

Kathleen Young

Rob Duval

Mira Fey

Hope Laidlaw

Erich Steinwandt-Gudoy

Lehua Baker

Stephanie Conching

Public Relations and Social Media Director

Kristin Jackson

Assistant House Manager 

Alten Kiakona

Carey Smith

Dalen Wuest

Evening Box Office

Jennifer E. Muehle

Thomas Pang

Bar Staff Jaime Brice

Dan Connell

Ray Sonomura

Tonya Tavorn

Graphic Design

Ikaika Lum


Chairman of the Board


Vice President



Jeffrey  S. Portnoy

David Kennedy

Peter Ehrman

Lori Sun

Bob Taylor

George B. Apter

Norbert M. Buelsing

Hank Chapin III

Blenn Fujimoto

Wendy Goodenow

Tom Ishii Jr.

Stacey Katakura

Melanie Kosaka

Mary Kubota

Scott D. Larimer

William Lindemann

Maleko McDonnell

Matthew Mishna

Amy Monk

Richard Morris

Karen Mukai
Alyson J. Nakamura

Barbara Nickerson

Ramona Sayre

Mark Taylor

Jean Trapido-Rosenthal

Alice Tucker

JD Watumull

Dave Wilson

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CPB Foundation
The Game's Afoot

Ralph Rosenberg Court Reporters

American  T-Shirt Company
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Morgan Stanley
Tick, Tick... Boom!

Sunshine Arbor Care

Dave Wilson & Carolyn Berry-Wilson
The Play That Goes Wrong

Ramona Sayre
The Chinese Lady



LEAD GIFT $15,000+

McInerny Foundation


Hawaii State Community Foundation on Culture and the Arts

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund

Paul Kosasa

Dave Wilson & Carolyn Berry-Wilson


Alexander & Baldwin

The Glenn Cannon Foundation

Robin and Stephen Ching

Peter and Karen Ehrman

Mary Kubota

The Michael J. Marks Foundation

Amy and David Monk

Sarah Richards

Ramona Sayre

Robert And Corrine Taylor

Jennifer Taylor and Paul White

Bob and Lynne Toyofuku

Stephen Ugelow

In honor of Frank and Joyce Vahovich

Miles and Susan Wagner

Paul Weissman

JD and Julie Watumull

Kip Wilborn and Jan Yokota

Ric Wo



George B Apter

Marc Asano

Bivo Biven

Norb and Jill Buelsing

Leonard and Charolette Chow

Richard and Terry Clifton

James and Anne Marie Duca

Foodland Give Aloha

Collin & Susyn Fritz

John Wythe White and Victoria Gail White's Left Wing Right Brain Fund

Dsnny and Suzanne Green

Peter Grossman / Cathy Ching

Mark & Linda Kuklinsky

Scott Larimer and James Wright

Maleko McDonnell

Riki and Karen Morimoto

Michael and Candy Murphy

Alyson Nakamura and Craig Nakanishi

Barbara Nickerson

Jane Sugimura

Glenn & Elizabeth Tango

Alice K. Tucker


In Honor of Jeff Portnoy

Richard and Myrna Cundy

Norman and Carol Young


Tahmi Brodhead

Alison Maldonado & Family

Barbara Cargill

H. Dwight Damon

Neil and Kathy Field

Wendy Goodenow

Tomoko and Dave Hardman

Sylvia Hayashi and Mark Leon

Jillian Moul

Karen Mukai

Kevin Sayre

Earl Shreckengast and Dr. Julia Muller

Lisa A. Tom

Lynette Wageman


Lex and Gerry Alexander

Sandra M. Arashiro

Duane and Frances Gregg Hartmann

James Hasselman

Anne Irons-Palma

Thomas and Sally Ishii

Elvis Kawahara

Hula's Bar and Lei Stand

Bill and Helen Lindeman

Bruce McEwan and Lillian Cunningham

Matthew and Eileen Mishina

David and Amy Monk

Peggy Murphy and Edward Leone

Paul Pancho

Sherri and Leiney Rigg

Marilyn Rowell


Lisa and Leo Amador

John Ballentine

Merle and Werner Beuggert

Karen Boyer and Korynn Grenert

Noel W Bragg

Karin Brown

Chris Budynkiewicz

Elaine ML Chang

In memory of Jeff Sayre

Barbara and Cedric Chong

Thomas Cooper

Sarita Corn, Hawaii's Hearts

Heidi and John Cregor

Sharon M. Crofts

Gwen and Russell Dang

Douglas Davenport and Cathy Song

Mike Durant

Bruse Eckmann

Carol A. Egan

Jeffrey and Elizabeth Grad

Bernadette Gruzinsky

Martha and Duane Hamada

Paticia Hashimoto

Lani Hearn

Cody K. Higaki

Lea Hong

Thomas and Gloria Huber

Lisa Izutsu

Lissa Kam

Randall and Katrena Kennedy

Ann Kobayashi

Janice Konda

Kathleen and Ron Kuhn

Leighton Liu

Bea Lockwood

Jack and Eulalia Luckett

Charles Neal and Maria Felix-Neal

Victoria Marzano

Douglas and Christina Meller

Anne S. and Charles Rod Miller

Paula and Joel Mochida

Norma Murayama

Connie Muse

In Memory of Stuart Roy Yammer

Sharon and Alvin

Ethel Aiko Oda

Judith Olson

Susan and Roy Osada

Kim Parker

Joyce Pavlis

Jeffrey S. Portnoy

David Randell and Rosemary Fazio

Betty Revestir

Karen Roberts

Elizabeth Salva Cruz

Jane Schoonmaker

Robert and Mary Schornstheimer

Eugene and Nancy Shen

Sandra Shiroma

Joey Ann Staggs

Stacia Stroder

Beth Tarter & Nathan Sult

Lori Sun

Mabel and Thomas Suzuki

John B. and Rita Thompson

Rachael Anne Uyeno

Diane Vanderzanden

Lotti Verania

Melinda Walker

Stephen Werbel

Mae Young Designs

Manoa Valley Theatre makes every effort to ensure that all patrons are listed properly and spelled correctly.  If we had made an error, we encourage you to contact the office so that we can correct the listing.

Welcome to the ohana!

Terence Knapp Visiting Artists Endowment Fund



Mahalo to these donors who have included MVT in their estate planning

Estate of Richard Aadland

Timothy L. Archer

Michael Beard

Roger and Felice Brault

Hank Chapin

Estate of Jim Connors

Richard and Myrna Cundy

Don Flaminio

Victoria Gail-White and John Wythe White

Estate of Gaye Glaser

Estate of Gail M. Hudson

Estate of Dorothy Ireland

Estate of Jerome and Jura Landfield

Estate of Roger Long

Dwight T. Martin

Estate of Elaine Martin

Donald E. Morgan

in Memory of Beverly J. Morgan

Richard S. Morris

Estate of Leon J. Munson

In Honor of Eleanor Fisher Pence

Estate of Martin Pence

Jeffrey S. and Sandi Portnoy

Estate of David M. Reed

Michael and Alberta Rosenberg

Clint Schroeder

Alice and Jerry Tucker

Estate of Angeline Walther

Estate of Herbert Walther


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