Denny Miyasato (Writer, Composer, Producer)
Blinds of Love (Denny Miyasato): 1984
One Size Fits All (Denny Miyasato): 1989
Season's Change (Edgewater): 2003
Show Me (Edgewater): 2005
Mello Yello (Edgewater): 2008
Denny says that writing music is a natural process with melodies and lyrics that are created through experiences within the scope on one's lifetime. Therefore, being infatuated with Princess Ka'iulani's beauty at an early age, coupled with reading the book, "The Betrayal of Lili'uokalani" in 2001, little vignettes started to appear in his head and in 2006 with his laptop the first words of the story, "A Timeless Princess" were written. Over the next 12 years essential script, music and name changes occurred that evolved into today's production.
The events that happened in 1893 can never be altered, but what happens today can change because of 1893. The Queen's message should not be stifled any longer. Through her intellect and compassion, the Queen saved tens of thousands of lives by standing down against the resistance. Generations would have been lost had she stood up, but now those who are standing will spread her message, "The Queen stood down in order for all to stand" is a statement that touches all walks of life and Denny hopes through this musical, her message will resonate throughout the world.
Michael Ng (Director)
Michael Ng is an award-winning actor/director with a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Last seen as The King of Siam in I'm A Bright Kid Foundation's The King and I, he has worked professionally as an actor both in Hawai'i and on the mainland. Credits include Nickelodeon's iCarly, Big Time Rush, FOX's Dollhouse, CBS' Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, ABC's Last Resort, and Cameron Crowe's Aloha. As a filmmaker, Michael wrote, produced, and directed Peace by Piece which premiered at the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival. He is currently on the teaching staff at the Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center where he had previously helmed the live stage productions of Grease, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Once On This Island, In The Heights, Hairspray, and Mamma Mia!. Michael also directed Manoa Valley Theatre's 2018 production of Lisa Matsumoto's musical comedy, The Princess and the Iso Peanut.
Woody Pak (Arranger)
An award-winning, innovative composer, Woody creates music for film, commercials and pop music as well as theater and concert performances. He draws from an array of influences and tells musical stories while combining different genres, from rock and metal to hip hop and jazz to classical and sounds from around the world. Woody is a graduate of MIT and the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Seoul, Korea where he is a Professor of Applied Music at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.
Darcie Yoshinaga (Musical Director)
Darcie Yoshinaga started her musical theatre endeavors playing in the pit orchestra for Ronald Bright productions at Castle High School. Most recently, she music directed Diamond Head Theatre’s (DHT) production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”, and has been assistant musical director for Rent at Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT); Pippin, On the Town, Shrek and Les Miserables at Castle High School (CPAC); and In The Heights, Hairspray and Mamma Mia at Kaimuki High School (KHSPAC).
In addition to being the rehearsal pianist and playing in the pit orchestras for these productions, she has also played in the pit orchestras for Avenue Q (2011 and 2019) and Next to Normal at MVT; Altar Boyz, Titanic the Musical, Xanadu, The Goodbye Girl, Legally Blonde, Shrek, and Mamma Mia at DHT, Cinderella, Once On This Island and In The Heights for KHSPAC; Footloose and The Addams Family for CPAC; Grease and Once on This Island at Farrington High School; Blood Brothers and First Date at Chaminade; and Gridiron 2017 for the Society of Professional Journalists.