I saw the production at West Vancouver Library on Friday April 19th, and we both really enjoyed it. Sam Chung returns as Stephen. The new singers are all good. Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga plays Naomi, Erica Iris plays the 3 roles Mother, Obasan and Mitzie. Henry Chen plays Daddy, Bully, Rough Lock Bill, Trainmaster.
I saw the original production in 2005/06 five times and enjoyed it immensely. West Vancouver Library isn’t the best place to the performance because lighting was not the best, and the performer’s faces were often in shadows. Close to 50 people came to the library for the free performance.
The performances by all singers are strong, and the storyline is strong. Watching the perfomers, we were amazed at both the choreography of the movement on stage, as well as how the small versatile set is used and moved to simulate so many scenes: Powell Street, Living Room, Train, Internment Camp. There were tears in my eyes as I watched the pinnacle scene of the opera. It makes a powerful statement against racism and bullying.
Tickets are still on sale for Tuesday’s April 23 performance.
There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.