SGI Middle School To Present “Moana, Jr.” On Dec. 3-4


Tickets on sale here

The Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School Musical Society will present Disney’s “Moana, Jr.” at SGI High School’s Lyle G. Palmer Auditorium on Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. 

Based on the 2016 film and with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetiaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, the book was adapted by Susan Soon He Stanton with music/orchestrations were adapted and arranged by Ian Weinberger. 

Students surround another student playing Moana during a scene in Moana, Jr.

In the musical, the chief ancestors of Motunui (Anatoly Wochensky, Aubrey Roy, Allison Zemrose) recount this coming-of-age story of more than a thousand years ago that follows the strong-willed Moana (Hannah Fanton) as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Her parents, Chief Tui (Max Brown) and Sina (Meredith Gunsolus) discourage her, however her grandmother, Gramma Tala (Allegra Johnson) sets her on her way. Ever encouraged by her friends Pua (Emma Benz) and Hei Hei (Alexis Beckwith) Moana finds strength to find her path and leave home. Moana and the legendary shapeshifter Maui (Matthew Arrington) embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as they both learn to harness the power that lies within. As they go, they are faced with challenges and encounter the fiercest creature, Tomatoa (Kitty Merwin) in the realm of monsters. 

With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, “Moana Jr.” is sure to bring out the hero within each of us. Celebrating the rich history 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. 

Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at https://springvillegi.ludus.com/14094. Face masks are required in the auditorium. 

Students wave blue flags around while rehearsing for Moana, Jr.