A Musical by Paul Gordon (Music and Lyrics)
and John Caird (Book, Director)
Daddy Long Legs is based on the 1912 novel of the same name by Jean Webster. Set in turn-of-the-century New England, the musical tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott and her mysterious benefactor who agrees to send her to college, who she dubs "Daddy Long Legs" after seeing his elongated shadow. Under the conditions of her benefactor, Jerusha sends him a letter once a month, describing her new-found experiences with life outside the orphanage.
Daddy Long Legs
A Musical by Paul Gordon (Music and Lyrics) and John Caird (Book, Director)
directed by Linda Johnson
music directed by Jenny Shiroma
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Linda Johnson (Director) developed and implemented the Mid-Pacific School of the Arts, an intensive pre-professional conservatory training program in the arts, at Mid-Pacific Institute. She held the position of director of the arts school for 15 years. In addition to teaching acting, she is the department head for the theatre/musical theatre department of the School of the Arts. A former member of the Cleveland Ballet and the Ames Tap/Jazz Company in NYC, Linda has an M.A. in Theatre Arts Education from New York University. She completed an eight-year internship at the famed Uta Hagen/Herbert Bergdorf Acting Studio in NYC and participated in a summer intensive theatre program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her previous MVT directing work includes Over The Tavern, A Tuna Christmas and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Linda received a Po‘okela award for directing MVT’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in 2000. She was also a Po‘okela nominee for directing MVT’s Proof.
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: Beehive at DHT, Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q, Fun Home, The Full Monty and 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 Hawai’i. Jenny has also music directed DHT’s summer program for the past 10 years.