Pacific Opera Project to Present ‘Trouble in Tahiti’

By Francisco Salazar

Pacific Opera Project has announced its next installment of revolutionary, pandemic-safe productions with Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti.”

The work will be performed live outdoors at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. The four, socially-distanced performances will be held on April 24 and 25, 2021 and audiences will be able to picnic and enjoy a bottle of wine in their pods, safely distanced from others and nestled between the historic homes and buildings at Heritage Square.

The cast will include Megan Potter as Dinah, Andrew Potter as Sam, Robert Norman as Boy 1, Ryan Reithmeier as Boy 2, and Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt as Girl 1. Pacific Opera Project Artistic Director Josh Shaw will produce and direct with musical direction by Kyle Naig and costumes by Maggie Green.

In a statement, Pacific Opera Project Artistic Director Josh Shaw said, “Trouble in Tahiti is one of my personal favorites and with its manageable cast size, length, and subject matter, it has been on my mind since the beginning of the pandemic. Its themes are sure to hit home with audiences now, as much or more than they ever have. And I’m so excited to work with Heritage Square Museum, a venue I’ve had in mind for years now. It’s one of those hidden LA gems, right in our own backyard in Highland Park. I hope this will be the first of many productions there.”

The news comes as the Pacific Opera Project is set to stream a production of “COVID Fan Tutte.”