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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2010

Thieves steal life's work of composer

by Suzanne Roig
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Roslyn Catracchia

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Thieves stole two computers containing the life's work of local songwriter Roslyn Catracchia yesterday, including the score to a musical slated to open in 12 days.

A witness told police she saw two men, one carrying a stuffed pillow case, leaving Catracchia's Nenue Street home in 'Āina Haina at 9 a.m.

The men drove off in an old blue car, the witness said.

Catracchia's computers, her back-up drive and her jewelry were taken.

Without the computers, Catracchia said she will have to recreate her life's work, including that done on playwright Lisa Matsumoto's "Princess and the Iso Peanut," which opens at Hawai'i Theatre on April 9.

Catracchia is urging anyone who may have witnessed the theft to call police.

A friend is offering a $200 reward.

Catracchia, a professional composer, has two Hōkū-nominated CDs, "The Wishing Tree" and "Stepping Stones." She released her third CD of original songs, "On This Journey" in 2003.

"There are 40 musicals worth of songs on those computers," Catracchia said. "That's my life's work. All I need is the information on those computers."

The song data for the "Princess and the Iso Peanut," which first debuted at the Diamond Head Theatre in 1999, includes voice cues and other technical information that will take weeks to recreate, she said.

Other scores include Matsumoto's "On Dragonfly Wings" and "Once Upon One Time Triology," a show scheduled to be staged this summer.

The musicals are already written it's the song cues and other recording parts that Catracchia wants back.

This is the second time her home has been burglarized, Catracchia said.

The first one was three months ago and mostly jewelry was taken.