Disney’s MOANA JR
The Hurrah Players are once again thrilled to be one of the first companies to perform a new Disney Jr. show onstage with the support of Disney Theatrical Productions. Disney’s Moana JR. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”
This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.
Celebrating the rich stories of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. The same respect and attention to detail used to develop the film was carried forward in the creation of this stage adaptation and our director and choreographer has worked to study Polynesian storytelling culture to bring to this production.
Hurrah is thrilled to have two talented students performing the role of Moana for this performance, Elana Rose Lapetina & Amelia Howard. Amelia can be seen in Black Girl Magic: A Tribute to African American Women Past & Present, Hurrah’s February 2020 original production. Elana is a member of Pharrell Williams Gospel choir and has performed with them around the country and can be seen on their upcoming Netflix special.