ABOUT THE SHOW
On Dragonfly Wings opens on a stormy night above the world of Crystal Pond. Dora, a majestic and beautiful dragonfly mother, lovingly releases her only remaining egg into the water, being reassured by her friend Carmine, the Caribbean frog, that they will be reunited one day. From above, she is able to watch over her daughter, Daisy, a curious and dream-filled waterbug. Daisy may be small, but her dreams certainly exceed her stature. Along with her little foster brother Simon the snail, she anxiously awaits the arrival of the Tadpole Ballet. Nothing this amazing has ever happened in Crystal Pond. Many are frustrated with Daisy and her big dreams, including her foster sister Tara, and the gossiping guppies, led by Ginger. When the inhabitants of Crystal Pond learn that the owner, Mr. Leech is planning on turning the pond into a dump, Daisy takes it upon herself to do what she can to rescue the pond. Throughout her wild dreams, her mother continues to be a source of support and love from above. Daisy believes Crystal Pond is something special and so she uses her imagination to try and bring in visitors and, ultimately, revenue.
In the middle of her battle to save Crystal Pond, she enters a battle of her own. Unfortunately, this is one battle she is unable to overcome and goes through...the change. She is forced to leave her brother, family and friends and journey to the unknown world above. She is sad and feels useless being so far away from her family. She wants to return, but her mother explains it is impossible to physically be there. But as Daisy had learned before, all she needs to do is...close her eyes, quiet her mind and listen with her heart. She is able to convey to Simon that the dreams she was never able to see come true lies within him and he needs to have the courage to see them become a reality.
There are so many memorable characters in this beautiful story of listening to your heart, following your dreams and the importance of never giving up. A great family show, it teaches lessons for the young and young at heart. Please journey with us to Crystal Pond.
Book by Lisa Matsumoto
Music and Lyrics by Roslyn Catracchia
Conceived by Lisa Matsumoto
Orchestrations by David Kauahikaua
Inspired by the Children's Picture Book "Wailana the Waterbug"
Created for the Alana Dung Research Foundation
Story by Greg Barrett & Jane Hopkins
Adapted by Lisa Matsumoto
Illustrated by Michael Furuya
Script (C) 2001, 2003, 2007 by Lisa Matsumoto
Music & Lyrics (C) 2001, 2003, 2007 by Roslyn Catracchia
All rights reserved.
THE INSPIRATION FOR THE SHOW
"Little Alana Dung was in the bud of life when leukemia took her from this earth. Yet the impact and awareness she generated continues through the work of her family and friends through the Alana Dung Research Foundation. "Wailana the Waterbug," the book that inspired On Dragonfly Wings was a project of the foundation, a burgeoning non-profit organization that exists solely to foster miracles. Proceeds from the book are donated for clinical studies and research aimed at improving the quality of life for sick children, improving their treatment and eventually preventing disease."
"In many ways, "Wailana the Waterbug" is Alana's story. It's the story of any child taken from us; immense grief tempered by the joy of knowing a spirit received the wings of eternity. Alana's battle with leukemia and her family's resolve to save her is legend in Hawai'i. In a staggering show of aloha, 30, 788 people attempted to help by joining the Hawai'i Bone Marrow Donor Registry."
"Following a successful bone marrow transplant, and later a relapse, Alana passed away as she drifted in and out of sleep on October 14, 1997. She was three and a half years old; her life a blink in time. A slight smile graced her face. She appeared at peace. At her funeral, the story of how a waterbug is transformed into a dragonfly flying free into the freshness of another world, helped to lift the mood that was so heavy from the loss."
"That day, Alana's uncle Alvin Chung told friends and family that Alana had taught her family three very important lessons: appreciate the beauty of each day, embrace the love of family and friends, and believe in the power of prayer. It was with that spirit that "Wailana the Waterbug" was conceived and has now transformed into On Dragonfly Wings."
"Over a decade later, Alana continues to save lives through the bone marrow donor drive she inspired as well as through the research foundation created in her name. She continues to touch the lives of countless more through her inspiring story as a testament to us all, that it doesn't matter how young or small we are, we each can make a profound difference in the world and we continue to impact the lives of those we touch long after we are gone. This is at the heart and soul of On Dragonfly Wings which has fueled and sparked the inspiration in creating the musical."
"On Dragonfly Wings is a tribute to all who have "made the change," with a special dedication to Alana, who will live forever in our hearts and memories as the courageous young girl who fulfilled her destiny of providing a legacy of hope, inspiration and life to others."
Written by Lisa Matsumoto, book writer of On Dragonfly Wings who taught so many of us to fly. She joined Alana in receiving her eternal wings on December 14, 2007. We lift up her spirit and are honored to share this story. For as she said about Alana, Lisa has made a profound difference in in the world and her impact continues on in every life she herself and her works have touched. 'Til Another Day...