LIHUE — Christmas is Jason Hoyle’s favorite time of the year.
It’s also why he’s delighted to be directing the musical, “Scrooge,” which he says “is a great example of how we each need to examine ourselves and transform into the people we all should be.”
For the past several months, about 30 children and adults from across Kauai have been rehearsing for Scrooge with the Kauai Unites Theater, a new organization between churches and community organizations to bring together artists of all ages.
Performances are scheduled tonight through Sunday at Aloha Church.
“This has been an amazing experience meeting and working with this wonderful cast,” said Hoyle, children’s director at Aloha Church. “I love watching an idea blossom. And this bigger than I ever expected.”
Assisting Hoyle are music director Grace Galiza and musical assistant Sierra Gore.
“The energy of the cast is electric and it’s awesome to see these kids get their start in community theater,” Gore said.
Scrooge is based on the classic by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol.” The musical is written by composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse (of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Doctor Doolittle.”) The Kauai cast is doing a shorter version of the original Broadway version.
Hoyle will also be playing Scrooge and will be accompanied by Chasen Medina as Bob Cratchit, Eliana Pimentel as Mrs. Cratchit, Tristan Williams as Tiny Tim, Kawena Ventura as Kathy Cratchit and Kaiwailele Ventura as Martha Cratchit, and Jillian Badua as Jillian Cratchit. Vonn Ramos plays Tom Jenkins.
“This is one of the best musicals for this time of year,” says Kahu Rennie Mau, pastor of Koolau Huiia Church, Anahola. “I’ve produced and directed this musical many times since 1970 and it’s fantastic. Jason Hoyle is fantastic with the cast and people will be blessed attending the musical.”
Pastor Rocky Sasaki of Kauai Island Ministries said Scrooge has provided the means for actors from different churches to participate in a production together.
“This celebrates diversity and unity in the body of Christ,” he said. “I encourage everyone to support this wonderful musical.”
The play is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
Performances are 7 tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Aloha Church is at 4534 Uahi Road in Lihue off Kaumualii Highway.