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Illustration of Esther, from the play From Orphan to Queen



Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 17, 2018

From Orphan to Queen, the Story of Esther is the Biblical heroine's story of Hadassah, a young Jewish woman who transforms into Queen Esther and, by putting her own life in danger and winning the respect of the king, saves her people from a massacre. This new musical will be performed by the award winning theater company One Way Productions

Award winning theatre company, One Way Productions, returns with Esther, a musical which won an international award (John McGrath Scholarship / Scotland) and three Elly award nominations including best script in 2011. From Orphan to Queen, the Story of Esther, A Musical is an adaptation of the Biblical story. Travel to Ancient Persia and meet Hadassah (Brooke Disney), a young orphan girl who suddenly finds herself in situations she never could have imagined. When the search for a new queen begins, her cousin, Mordecai (Jim Shuler) gives her a new name and a warning not to reveal her kindred. In the palace, Esther gains Habiba’s favor and upon following her advice, is able to capture the King’s heart (Stefan Grimenstein). Once queen, Esther discovers an enemy (Caleb Wilson) within her kingdom. Will she have the courage to face this new challenge? Join us and be inspired by award-winning playwright, Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson’s script, award-winning composer, Lynne Cimorelli’s music, award-winning lighting designer, Luke Rolls, and two-time Elly award actor nominee, Jim Shuler. Also joining OWP is radio personality for 20 years, Bob Nathan (“Dave & Bob” morning show), and current talk-show host from the Fish, Jodie Stevens in roles you don’t want to miss. Production is appropriate for all ages.

One Way Productions first opened its doors in 1993 as a theatre school for children under the direction of Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson, it produced original and published pieces in Burbank, CA until 1997. In 2007, One Way Productions once again opened its doors, but this time providing instruction to home educated students in the Sacramento and surrounding areas. Our first main stage production was John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (adapted for the stage by Ms. Wilson).

In 2008, One Way Productions became a non-profit organization producing its first original musical A High Calling In Camelot (based on The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle); the stage play was written by Ms. Wilson with original music by Lynne Cimorelli. In 2011, One Way Productions produced From Orphan to Queen: The Story of Esther. All eight performances at Three Stages sold out. The production earned three Elly Nominations and Ms. Wilson earned the prestigious John McGrath Scholarship for Theatre Studies which took her to Edinburgh, Scotland for three weeks. This was the first production with a cast of adults and children. Since Esther, One Way Productions continues to grow, many of our shows are completely sold out before opening night. We are so grateful for the continuous encouragement and support of our community.



Event Length

Two hours, including 15 minute intermission

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