2022-2023 Season

Disney’s Moana JR.

Musical based on the 2007 film, performed on the SYT Mainstage Mar. 3-19, 2023.

Music and Lyrics by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, & Lin-Manuel Miranda
JR. Script Adaptation by Susan Soon He Stanton
JR. Score Adaptation and Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ian Weinberger

About This Production

Disney’s Moana JR. brings the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage with all the beloved songs from the 2016 film 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.” 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.

Director’s Note

From the playbill:

I entered into this project thinking, “It’s a Disney Junior show, this should be easy!” However, I figured out very quickly that I was wrong.

The story of Moana is such an incredible and rich story with amazing and memorable music. (I’ll warn you now that these songs will be stuck in your head for weeks). As a director, I wanted to present a show that had the power and fun that was prevalent in the animated film; however, I also wanted to be sensitive to the Pacific Island cultures that the story represents. This proved to be a bit more challenging than anticipated. The fact that I was surrounded by such an extraordinary production team and so many talented actors is really what has made this show the phenomenal experience that it is.

Prepare yourself for the magical adventure that is Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of Disney’s Moana JR. !

Luke Bader, Director


MoanaBrooklyn Martin
MauiJR Riddle
Gramma TalaIsela Tovar
Chief TuiPreston Cannon
SinaSarina Arbaugh
Pua / EnsembleJessa Garcia
Hei Hei / EnsembleKinlee Adams
TamatoaValerie Winch
Left Claw / EnsembleVanessa Van Atta
Right Claw / EnsembleLillyBelle Lange
Ancestor Chief 1Ava Case
Ancestor Chief 2Allison Eck
Ancestor Chief 3Justis Schneider
Te Fiti / Ka / EnsembleSydney Adams
Ocean Featured DancersLillyBelle Lange
Vanessa Van Atta
Sydney Adams
Valerie Winch
Ava Case
Isela Tovar
EnsembleZeke Wooden
Beckett Buelna
Dan Yeryomenko
Gabby Beeso
Janella Beaver
Mae Goslin
Marlowe Padgett
Vanessa Yazdani
Isabella Hines

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
Director & Projection DesignLuke Bader
Music DirectorHeather Walker
ChoreographerFalin Ossipinsky
Stage ManagerTiffany Huisman
Scenic DesignMike Armstrong
Costume DesignANJ, Inc.
Lighting DesignJosh Hontz
Hair & Makeup DesignVicki Jensen
Sound DesignAnthony Rozzen
Assistant ChoreographerAda Poormon
Dance CaptainSydney Adams
Scenic PaintingKimberly Schneider
Amber Suding
Projection Design AssistanceWade Hawkins
Microphone OperatorAddi Lauder
Sound OperatorGrace D’Astice
Light OperatorOlivia Martinez