“MANZANAR: Story of an American Family” chronicles the events in the life of 12 year old Margaret Shimada and her family as their life is shattered due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the escalation of World War II.  All hopes and dreams are put on hold when the father is taken away as a spy and the rest of the Shimada family is interned in the Manzanar relocation camp in the high desert of California.



Loosely based on the experiences and recollections of Mieko Taguchi (mother of Dan Taguchi, the music collaborator) this musical shows the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.






“You’ve taken a challenging subject and have fashioned it into a compelling and original show. Throughout, the dialogue, book writing and structure are very good. I like the fact it took a while for Pearl Harbor to happen. When you got to it, because you spend time with this happy family, it landed for me in a way I didn’t anticipate. It was a gutsy choice that paid off for you. The music is very interesting and successful throughout. The blend of the pentatonic scale with American chords, its kind of Japanese but it’s kind of American. It was very successful!”

Stephen Schwartz 

(Wicked, Godspell, Pippin)DreamWorks/ASCAP Workshop in Los Angeles 

February 10, 2012