Zoe Tashjian, in the role of Te Fiti, surrounded by the Moana Jr. cast
Topangaâ€™s next generation of stars shone brightly in a spectacular performance of Moana Jr. at Topanga Elementary Charter School (TECS).
Local theater arts organization FOCUSfish produced the dazzling musical, their 15th show at TECS, with many of the audience calling it the best elementary school production they had ever seen.
Kristy Beauvais, the showâ€™s producer, director, and executive director of FOCUSfish, said, â€śJust three days prior to opening night, I thought I was done with directing these school musical. Quite frankly, it looked like a mess and I was panicked.
â€śBut then the costumes came in, the boat started sailing, the theatrical lights came on, and the audience showed up. Children need an audience. All three shows blew me away. Our young actors listened and took every direction to heart. Even though I donâ€™t always know that they are listening, they always do. Bravo, Moana Jr. 2023!â€ť
The show was packed with warmth, humor, and beautiful traditional Polynesian costumes and choreography. Among the stars were Maya Rzhanova in the title role of Moana, Wolf Momoa as the mighty demigod Maui, and Leelah Ball as the ruthless crab Tamatoa.