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Folks Operetta

“a production bursting with enthusiasm, joy, and a lot of silliness. There are lots of laughs and lots of love, all distributed throughout a work full of beautiful songs and a wide variety of dance styles. You’ll be humming your way home with a spring in your step
- Hyde Park Herald


“Director Amy Hutchison and five ( ! ) choreographers keep the staging invigorating."

- Windy City Times

Skillfully directing this production is Amy Hutchison, who has significant experience in opera, operetta and musical theatre"




Music by Paul Abrahám; original libretto by Alfred Grünwald & Fritz Löhner-Beda, new English adaptation by Gerald Frantzen & Hersh Glagov
The American premiere of Paul Abrahám’s zesty jazz musical, THE FLOWER OF HAWAII, with Maestro Anthony Baresse conducting a 19-piece orchestra. Tinged with American jazz and Hawaiian guitar, Abrahám’s captivating score invokes the spirit of the golden age of Hollywood musicals.  Inspired by the remarkable story of Princess Ka’iulani, THE FLOWER OF HAWAII takes aim at American colonialism and sexism with comic panache, star-crossed lovers and fabulous song and dance.  
Laia, a Hawaiian princess, must choose between the American naval officer who adores her and the Hawaiian prince she promised to wed as a child.  Meanwhile, no less than three other couples untangle their own love stories before everyone arrives at "happily ever after" with the spirit of Aloha. 

              Conductor    Anthony Barrese

        Choreography    August Tye
                                     Reesie Davis
                                     David Acevedo

                                     Ysaye McKeever

                                     Trent Oldham

         Scene Design    Eleanor Kahn

    Costume Design    Patti Roeder

      Lighting Design    Eric Watkins 

   Properties Design    Kayla Kroot

                        Cast    Marisa Buchheit  
                                    Rodell Rosel
                                    Trent Oldham 

                                    Angela Yu
                                    William Roberts

                                    Teaira Burge

                                    Nick Pulikowski

                                    Joachim Luis

                                    Jerry Miller

                                    Rose Guccione

                                    Benjamin Burney                                              Ysaye McKeever

                                    Ivory Leonard

                                    Jordan Beyeler

                                    Clara Imon Pedtke

                                    Sarah Ruth Mikulski

                                    Athena  Kopulos

                                    Elena Avila                                                          Benjamin Kawsky

                                    Julian Lee-Zacheis                                            Cydney Washington

                                    Olivia Rose Cruz

                                    Henry  Gillman






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