'Souvenir' Opens at Diamond Head Theatre

Diamond Head Theatre proudly presents the Hawaii premiere of Souvenir, opening on Friday, January 30, 2009. A fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins by Stephen Temperley, Souvenir is a unique and special story of two people finding friendship.

Although the characters and situations are fictional, Souvenir is inspired by the real-life collaboration between pianist Cosme McMoon and soprano Florence Foster Jenkins. Jenkins was a wealthy dowager who perceived herself to be a great soprano when in fact she couldn’t carry a tune. Still, she had so much confidence and love of what she was doing, crowds found her kind of irresistible. Souvenir finds her pianist McMoon some two decades after Jenkins’ death, performing in a Greenwich Village piano bar and reminiscing.

Souvenir, directed by John Rampage, features Stephanie Smart as Florence Foster Jenkins and Laurence Paxton as Cosme McMoon. The show will run from January 30-February 15, 2009 with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. are on February 7 and February 14. Single tickets are priced from $12 to $42, with discounts available for children under 18, full-time students, seniors 62 and older, and active-duty military. Call 733-0274 to charge-by-phone or purchase tickets online.

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