The Maui OnStage production of the racy musical THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS played its final show on August 2, 2009 to an enthusiastic full house. The production, which was presented at the Historic Iao Theater, played 12 performances spanning four weekends. The production caused a little of a stir amongst the Maui community because of its title, but the cast and crew proved that there was "nothing dirty going on." Executive Director for Maui Onstage, Alexis Dascoulias, described the experience as a true example of what makes Community Theater so great. The cast included fifty four local and new to Maui actors. They were led by director Kristi Scott, musical director Steven Dascoulias, and special guest choreographer, from Maine, Alden Caple.
THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS tells the true story of the infamous bordello known as the Chicken Ranch. Frequented by law officials, politicians, football players, and others, the Chicken Ranch, led by Miss Mona Stangley, was a thriving business. With a strict set of rules, an array of girls from all over the country flocked to Miss Mona's to earn some money. However, Houston newsman Melvin P. Thorpe exposed its existence and eventually became successful in closing the Chicken Ranch. "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" originally opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theater on June 19, 1978. In 1982 a feature film based on the musical was made featuring Dolly Parton.
Maui OnStage, located in the Historic Iao Theatre on the island of Maui, Hawaii, is a non-profit theatre organization producing 4-5 plays and musicals each year. Maui OnStage has the distinction of being one of the longest consistently running theater companies in the United States. What began in 1930 with a handful of volunteers with deep visionary roots has flourished into an important cornerstone of the cultural landscape of the island. With a mission to provide quality performing arts experiences and stewardship of the historic venue, Maui OnStage is the community's affordable and accessible place for self expression, exploration and enjoyment of the arts. .Maui OnStage welcomes all members of the community to become involved in their productions ranging from amateurs to seasoned professionals. Alexis Dascoulias serves as the Executive Director of Maui OnStage with Steven Dascoulias as Production and Facilities Manager and Kristi Scott as Artistic Director.
Ute Finch, Lee Garrow, Max Reid, and Paul Janes-Brown as the Governor of Texas
Before the Raid
Micheal Pulliam as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd and Natalie Raynes as Miss Mona Stangley
Aggie Boys Sean Coad, Perry McCall, James Natividad, Jesse Chin, Rueben Carrion, and Daniel D'Egnuff with Max Reid
Aggie Boys with Max Reid as Senator Charles Wingwoah
Miles Kelsey and Rueben Carrion as Aggie Boys
Watchdogs Lawrence Losch, Penny Wakida, Allen Cohen, Christie Ellison, and Jason Schwartz with Lee Garrow
Chorus with Lee Garrow as Melvin P. Thorpe
Sharleen Lagattuta, Julie Kawamura, Laruen Olsen, Laruen Burgess, Brooke Sepulveda, and Aleisha Robb as Miss Mona's Girls
Sharleen Lagattuta as Linda Lou