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Kahilu Theatre Presents the Broadway Musical – 13 the Musical

Saturday, June 17, at 7 pm, and Sunday, June 18, at 4 pm, Kahilu Theatre presents 13 the Musical with the Kahilu Youth Troupe.

Using the Kahilu Youth Troupe’s youngest rising stars, Director Beth Dunnington directs this hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it. 13 the Musical is about fitting in and standing out. Recognized for featuring the only all-teenage cast ever to hit Broadway, 13 the Musical has a powerful rock score and searingly honest high energy story.

13 the Musical is directed by Beth Dunnington (assistant director Sean Dunnington) with musical direction by NYC’s Phil Kadet, choreography by Amanda Trusty (assistant choreographer Noelani Anderson), costumes by Leilani Bostock, tech by Waimea Music, and vocal coaching by HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. Kahilu Theatre enjoys artistic collaboration with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in this production.

The cast of eighteen, in alphabetical order, includes Grace Bostock, Tyler Bryson, Colby Camero, Stacee Firestone, Lucky Friend, Rose Friend, Eric Gee, Caitlyn Hooley, Ryan Hooley, Benito Mercier, Mako Satoh, Makana Shimizu, Cameron Supplee, Melissa Lynn Threlfall, Grace Todd, AriaMarie Tyau, Ethan Tyau, and Alianna West.

Doors open at 6 pm for the performance on Saturday, June 17, at 7 pm, and at 3 pm for the performance on Sunday, June 18 at 4 pm. There will be snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

13 the Musical follows the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Godspell, and Grease, all directed by 13 the Musical Director Beth Dunnington, as the fourth annual Kahilu Youth Musical in two decades.

Tickets are $38 / $28 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9 am to 1 pm.

This Kahilu Production is made possible by generous sponsorship by Kate Bell & Tom Blackburn, Tim Bostock & Melanie Holt, and Duncan F. Dempster.

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. 13 is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Kahilu Theatre Offering Summer Performing Arts Camps

Kahilu Theatre will offer three performing arts summer camps for Hawai‘i Island youth this summer. The camps are Let’s Dance (June 19 – June 30), Adventures in Polynesia (July 3 – July 15), and KPAW (July 17 – July 28).

Let’s Dance! (Summer Dance Camp)

Directed by KPAC Director, Angel Prince, Let’s Dance! teaches technique and choreography classes in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Jazz. The camp also includes daily Pilates and Yoga classes as foundational strength and flexibility training. There are additional courses in Acting, Anatomy, Choreography and Improvisation, Stage Makeup, and Salsa.

Let’s Dance! runs from June 19 through June 30 and concludes with a student performance for the community on Friday, June 30 at 5 pm. It is open to students ages 7 to 16.

Adventures in Polynesia

Adventures in Polynesia, directed by Kalena Ohilo, is inspired by the motion picture Moana and focuses on Acrobatics, Tumbling, Vaulting and Aerial Silks. The camp is infused with Polynesian Music, Implements, and Dance. In addition to indulging creative energies in Acrobatics, students will create their own “Moana Skirt” and Maori Poi Balls.

Adventures in Polynesia runs from July 3 through July 14 and concludes with a student performance for the community on Friday, July 14 at 5 pm. It is open to students ages 5 to 12.

Note – There is no class on July 4. A makeup class will be held Saturday, July 8.

KPAW (Keiki Performing Arts Workshop)

Directed by former Kahilu Youth Troupe member, Marena Dunnington,  KPAW focuses on teaching stage skills necessary for musical theatre, with singing, acting and dancing as the three primary disciplines. Classes in playwriting and storytelling, makeup, improvisation, accents and dialects will also be offered.

KPAW runs from July 17 through July 28 and concludes with a student performance for the community on Friday, July 28 at 5 pm. It is open to students ages 7 to 12, or rising 3rd through 6th grades.

KPAW instructors are alumni of the Kahilu Youth Troupe: young performers who have trained at Kahilu with Beth Dunnington and are now pursuing their acting careers at the collegiate level.

Camp Enrollment Information:

  • All camps run Monday through Friday, 10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Each camp concludes with a performance
  • Fee: $230 for each camp
  • Scholarships are available

Scholarship application deadline is May 28 and scholarships to be announced on June 5

  • Max enrollment = 30
  • Students should bring a packed lunch from home

For more information about the Kahilu Performing Arts Camps call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868. Registration is available online at www.kahilutheatre.org.

Carrying On with Tradition with Robert Cazimero on the Big Island

Saturday, May 13 at 7 pm, Hawai‘i’s most revered and loved Kumu and singer, Robert Cazimero, returns to Kahilu Theatre to carry on with an unbroken 32-year-old tradition – celebrating May Day in Waimea.

Robert’s beautiful voice is so distinctive that whether he performs on piano or with his brother Roland as the Brothers Cazimero, people recognize him instantly and are compelled to listen.

Robert has been a part of close to forty full album projects; many considered classics in the history of Hawaiian music. The popular success of the music he has made and participated in has been recognized through dozens of awards, performances on the world’s most prestigious stages and the millions of albums that have been bought by people around the world.

Robert has studied the art of hula for decades and has been an essential player in the evolution of modern Hawaiian music. His passion and talent have played a huge role in taking Hawaiian music and dance to stages all over the globe. Robert’s kane of Na Kamalei were overall winners at the 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival.

“Waimea is one of my favorite places in Hawai`i, and it’s always such a pleasure to perform for the folks (many I consider family),” says Robert. “It wouldn’t be spring without this concert, and I relish our time at Kahilu Theatre, one of the best venue’s in Hawaii!”

Doors open at 6 pm for the performance on Saturday, May 13, at 7 pm, with snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.  In the Kahiu Galleries, a Climate of Change juried exhibit is on display in the Kohala Gallery, and Dance of the Bees – The Exhibit is on display in the Hamakua Gallery.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Marianne Maynard, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and Kona Brewing Co.

Hawaiian Airlines and KAPA Radio sponsor the 2016/17 Hawaiian Series.

Multi-Media Dance Show – “Dance of the Bees”

Saturday, May 6, at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 7, at 4 pm, Kahilu Theatre presents Dance of the Bees, a multi-media dance show that examines the life and plight of honeybees. Director Angel Prince is collaborating with local beekeepers to create an artistic and educational show based on a topic that is both relevant, and urgent. Over 100 students from the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC), ages five to adult, will come together in this original Kahilu Production.

Photos by Evan Bordessa

“The subject of the honeybee, an insect of which the future of our species is intrinsically tied too, is an urgent matter,” says Angel Prince. “The concept of the show is to elevate the life of the honeybee to a stage performance, in part to raise awareness of the honeybee, and perhaps to soften their image. This show is both entertaining and exuberant and showcases the talented youth and choreographers of the Big Island.”

Dance of the Bees includes contemporary dance, trapeze, aerial silks, hip-hop and breakdancing, and features choreography by Angel Prince, Lynn Barre (Kona), Elizabeth McDonald, Mana Ho‘opai (Hilo), and Kat Reuss, with exciting and eclectic music from Mum, Zoe Keating, Jon Hopkins, and more.

Dance of the Bees will also play for local schools and children in two youth Shows on Wednesday, May 3rd at 9 am and 10:30 am. For more information about the Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

Doors open at 6 pm for the performance on Saturday, May 6, at 7 pm, and at 3 pm for the performance on Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm. There will be snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. In the Kahiu Galleries, a Climate of Change Juried Exhibit is on display in the Kohala Gallery, and Dance of the Bees – The Exhibit is on display in the Hamakua Gallery. Both exhibits run through May.

Tickets are $38 / $28 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9 am to 1 pm.

This Kahilu Production and these performances are made possible by sponsorship from Terry & Michael Cromwell, Mimi & Brian Kerley, and John & Anne Ryan.

Pianist Mark Valenti at Kahilu Theatre

Friday, March 17 at 6pm, Kahilu Theatre presents Mark Valenti in the next installment of the Kahilu Steinway Series.

Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis, and Mary Sauer.

In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary, and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Valenti has performed in recital live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster, and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.

The program for the evening will include Karol Szymanowski Four Mazurkas, op. 50, Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata no.31 in A flat major, op. 110, Claude Debussy Three Etudes, Johannes Brahms Three Pieces, and Sergei Prokofieff Sonata #7 in B flat major, op. 83.

Doors open at 5pm for the performance on Friday, March 17 at 6pm, and there will be snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

The Kahilu Steinway Series is a series of performances showcasing Kahilu Theatre’s Model D Steinway Concert Grand piano at accessible ticket prices. Entry is free for ages 18 and under.

Tickets are $28 / $23 / $18 / $8 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9am to 1pm.

The Steinway Series is made possible by sponsorship by Mike & Ruth Bernstone, Sharon Cornish-Martin, Karen Ferrara, Betty & Lee Meyerson, Dr. Marcia Wishnick & Mr. Stanley Wishnick, and Other Friends of Kahilu.

Ailey II at Kahilu Theatre

On Saturday, February 18 at 7pm, the Kahilu Theatre presents the dance company Ailey II. Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II is one of the most popular dance companies in the country, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.  In his fifth year leading the company, Artistic Director Troy Powell welcomed four dynamic new commissions, three of which will be performed at the Kahilu: Circular, Stream of Consciousness, and Sketches of Flames.

Ailey II in Bridget L. Moore’s Sketches of Flames. Photo by Kyle Froman

“I am excited to introduce audiences to the outstanding premieres by talented rising choreographers that we’ve welcomed into the repertory,” said Troy Powell. “These diverse and powerful new works showcase the strength, grace, and versatility of these gifted young dancers.”

Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Jae Man Joo’s Circular is a heartfelt conversation through movement. The Korean-born Joo’s distinctive choreographic style – a blend of classical and contemporary ballet – is showcased in this large ensemble work that captures the full circle of human emotions. The melodic soundscape is by a diverse group of composers including Denisov and Handel.

Stream of Consciousness, by former Ailey company member Marcus Jarrell Willis, gives physical life to our inner thoughts. Willis weaves six simple gestures into “the stream,” the tumultuous monologue within each person’s mind. Set to a contemporary reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Max Richter, this work echoes the tension and poignancy of the music’s ever-changing tides.

In Sketches of Flames, Bridget L. Moore fuses flamenco influences with her African-American and contemporary aesthetic to create a rapturous ensemble dance.  Set to a series of passionate folk songs and drawing upon the writings of Federico García Lorca and others, each section of this eight-part work depicts a different facet of the joys and sorrows of love.

This season, six new dancers – Tara Bellardini, Khalia Campbell, Yazzmeen Laidler, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Martell Ruffin, and Christopher R. Wilson – join the six returning members – Lloyd A. Boyd III, Gabriel Hyman, Jacob Lewis, Jacoby Pruitt, Courtney Celeste Spears, and Terri Ayanna Wright.

Doors open at 6PM for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. In the Kahilu Galleries the exhibit Solo Exhibits 2017 will be on display featuring works by Eli Baxter, Margaret Shields, and Jean René Leblanc.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship by Kate Bell & Tom Blackburn, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Grammy Nominated Eroica Trio at Kahilu Theatre

Sunday, February 12, at 4pm, the Eroica Trio, considered by many to be the most sought-after classical music trio in the world, makes their way back to Kahilu Theatre for the first time in over ten years.

The Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm, and sensual elegance. Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Erika Nickrenz, and Sara Parkins make up this celebrated ensemble that electrifies the concert stage with their passionate performances.

The Eroica Trio

The Trio will weave their way through musical masterpieces, including “Chaconne” by Bach, “Otoño Porteño” and “Primavera Porteña” by Piazzolla, “Aria” by Villa-Lobos, and Dvorák’s “Dumky Trio”.

Winners of the prestigious Naumburg Award, the Trio has extensively toured the United States, Europe, Middle East, South America and Asia. While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released eight critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI classics Records, garnering them multiple Grammy nominations. The first all-female chamber ensemble to reach the top echelon of the field, the women of the Eroica Trio has shattered the age-old gender barrier, leading the vanguard and inspiring many to follow.

Doors open at 3pm for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

The Trio will also give a Youth Show at the Theatre on Monday, February 13 at 10:30am. For more information about Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

This performance is made possible by generous sponsorship from Michael & Ruth Bernstone, Phillip & JoAnn Conley, Carol & Clive Davies, Sherm & Elaine Warner, and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Makana to Perform at Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, February 11, at 2PM and 7PM Kahilu Theatre presents the internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer and composer Makana.

Makana is considered to be one of the greatest living players of the rare and complex art of slack key guitar. A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana is perpetuating and evolving the art of slack key to new frontiers. His “Slack Rock” style infuses the traditional slack key sound with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga and his playing has garnered critical acclaim. Guitar Player Magazine ranked him as one of the top 3 guitarists in America, and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts recently gave him the Slack Key Guitar Legacy Award.

He has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack for the Academy-Award winning film The Descendants. Makana has opened for numerous legends including Sting, Elvis Costello, and Santana and he has performed at the White House as well as opera houses from Europe to Asia.

In 2015, Makana played to two sold-out houses at Kahilu with his creation of tribute show A Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth.

Makana delivers sizzling showmanship and deep comfort on stage and is sure to wow concertgoers on February 11.

Doors open at 1PM and 6PM for the performances and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Voyager Exhibit will be on display in the Kahilu Theatre galleries.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

These performances are made possible by generous sponsorship from Charlie & Lisa Anderson, Cathi Keene, Owo’s Farm, Frank Snow, and by Kona Brewing Co., and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

The Kahilu 2016/17 Hawaiian Series is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines and KAPA Radio.

Makana and John Cruz Concerts Raise Money For Education Programs

Kahilu Theatre announces two Kahilu Gold Concerts to raise money for its Arts Ed @ Kahilu education programs. The concerts, held at exclusive and intimate off-site venues, will feature celebrated Hawaiian musicians Makana and John Cruz.

Makana

The idea behind the fundraising concerts is to have exceptional artists performing in beautiful and intimate locales on Hawai‘i Island, providing event goers with an upscale and truly unique experience set against a backdrop of night skies, ocean breezes, and island style living. Included the in the ticket price are heavy pupu and libations.

John Cruz

“The Kahilu Gold Concert series allows us to extend our reach to a new audience and bring attention to a resource people may not have even known existed,” said Deb Goodwin, Executive Director for Kahilu Theatre.

This is the second season of Gold Concerts. During its 2015/16 Presenting Season, Kahilu Theatre presented Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, Amy Hanaiai‘i, and Dirty Cello.

“As we move forward, our focus is on strengthening our education programs: expanding our role in local schools, ensuring we offer a comprehensive performing arts education program at the Theatre, continuing to bring young students to the Theatre for shows with the artists in our season, and effectively marketing our programs so more of our community can benefit from the arts,” Kahilu Theatre Board President Mimi Kerley said.

The Kahilu Gold Concerts also provide the Theatre a platform to showcase its education programs, as students from the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC) will perform routines during both concerts.

The Makana Gold Concert will take place Friday, February 10 at 6 pm. The John Cruz Gold Concert will take place Sunday, March 12 at 6 pm.

Tickets are $150 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Maunalua Makes Their Kahilu Theatre Debut

On Friday, December 23, 2016, at 7PM, the award-winning Hawaiian music trio Maunalua, known for its tight harmonies, strong vocals, and slack key guitar licks makes its Kahilu Theatre debut.

A longtime favorite with audiences all over the aloha state and the continental United States, Maunalua’s always-entertaining performances range from fun high-energy songs to sweet and soulful ballads interspersed with banter between the three group members and the audience. Formed in 1993, Maunalua is comprised of Bobby Moderow, Jr. (Slack Key Guitar, Lead and Background Vocals), Kahi Kaonohi (Electric Bass, Lead and Background Vocals), and Richard Gideon (Guitar, ‘Ukulele, Lead and Background Vocals). The trio has won numerous awards over the years, with the most recent being the award for 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Group of the Year.

Doors open at 6PM for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by generous sponsorship from Peter Souza, Kalei Kamalani & Matthew Kamalani, Working Class Hawaii, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

The Kahilu 2016/17 Hawaiian Series is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines and KAPA Radio.

An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet

On Wednesday, November 9 at 6pm, Kahilu Theatre presents the award-winning Modern Māori Quartet from New Zealand.

modern-maoriThe Modern Māori Quartet brings the concept of a Māori Ratpack into the present with a contemporary twist, weaving their acting and musical abilities together to tell stories and fusing hearty and humorous Māori storytelling with the Western tradition of show band entertainment.

Their signature cabaret- style show, An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet, promises a trip down memory lane as this multi-talented foursome bring a fresh twist to Kiwi golden oldies and a unique spin on recent international hits.

The group’s work highlights New Zealand’s musical past and present through a repertoire that blends old-school charm with modern pizzazz, featuring unique spins on Māori waiata, show band hits and pop music, all infused with group’s irresistible charisma, sublime harmonies, and universal humor.

modern-maori2Hailing from different corners of Aotearoa the Modern Māori Quartet consists of accomplished actor/musicians James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora. They aspire to be one of Aotearoa’s global cultural ambassadors, representing the revival of a proud heritage of world- class Māori show band entertainment with relevance and appeal to today’s contemporary markets; at the heart of it all – hearty Māori entertainment.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 5pm for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

Tickets are $68 / $48 / $38 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by generous sponsorship from Michael & Ruth Bernstone, Carol & Clive Davies, Bob & Nancy Male, Regan & Shoshana Matsumura, and Kona Brewing Co.

Jovino Santos Neto in 2nd Installment of Steinway Series

Sunday, October 30, 4pm, Kahilu Theatre presents the 2nd installment of the Kahilu Steinway Series with acclaimed Brazilian composer and pianist Jovino Santos Neto.

Jovino by Daniel Sheehan

Jovino Santos Neto, Photoo by Daniel Sheehan

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Mr. Neto’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, and lyrical melodies inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha, and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

In his solo piano recitals, Jovino explores all the possibilities of the instrument, combining the rhythmic and harmonic audacity of his mentor Hermeto Pascoal’s pieces with his own Brazilian tone poems, spanning the distance between lyrical and effervescent within a few measures. He also pays tribute to some of the great Brazilian composers like Jobim, Pixinguinha and Ernesto Nazareth. His commentaries on the music are enlightening and educating, providing the audience with a unique musical experience.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 3pm for the performance and there will be snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu exhibit will be on display in the in the Kohala Gallery.

The Steinway Series is a series of performances showcasing Kahilu Theatre’s Model D Steinway Concert Grand piano at accessible ticket prices.

Tickets are $28 / $23 / $18 / $8 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9am to 1pm.

The Steinway Series is made possible by generous sponsorship by Mike & Ruth Bernstone, Sharon Cornish-Martin, Karen Ferrara, Betty & Lee Meyerson, Dr. Marcia Wishnick & Mr. Stanley Wishnick, and Other Friends of Kahilu.

Science Gets Silly with Garry Krinsky’s Toying with Science

Saturday, October 1 at 4pm, Garry Krinsky brings his fast-paced, fun loving, varied and dynamic program Toying with Science to Kahilu Theatre.

Garry Krinsky

Garry Krinsky

The acclaimed Toying with Science program combines circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines.

Garry Krinsky and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who have played important roles in the exploration and discovery of concepts that define our world. Science-based toys are brought to life with motion, music, humor, and insight. Garry impresses upon his audiences the idea that by mastering simple scientific concepts, one can produce terrific results!

First commissioned by the Museum of Science in Boston, Toying with Science has toured across the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews, including performances at Kennedy Center of Washington DC, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and on NBC’s Today Show.

krins

Garry Krinsky’s theatre experience is extensive, and it has been said that he resembles a living cartoon with his animated movement and non-stop energy. Garry co-founded the Patchwork Players, and was an original member of both the Boston Buffoons and the Wright Bros., a New England vaudeville troupe. Since 1978, he has brought his high energy and experience to thousands of schools, theaters, and festivals.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 3pm for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu Exhibit is currently on display in the Kohala Gallery, featuring some of todays most respected kapa artists.

Tickets are $33 / $28 / $23 / $18 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Garry Krinsky – Toying With Science Promo video from Baylin Artists Management on Vimeo.

Garry will also give two Youth Shows at the Theatre on Friday, September 30 at 9am and 10:30am. For more information about Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

These performances are made possible by generous sponsorship from Tom & Marsha Kerley, Other Friends of Kahilu, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Return of the Carnival of Exotic Mayhem

Saturday, September 24 from 7pm to 11pm, local non-profit dance company Prince Dance Theatre is hosting Return to the Carnival of Exotic Mayhem, a fundraising dance party on the stage at Kahilu Theatre.

Even bigger than last year, the fundraiser will feature crazy costumes, video projections, magic, fire dancers, go-go dancers, aerialists, dance and cabaret performances from members of the company, and more, while DJ Danny Waddell serves up the best in body rocking dance music all night long in a wild and carnival like setting.

exotic-mayhemSavory treats from the Blue Dragon’s Dragon Wagon and chocolate confections from Cocoa Le’a will be available for purchase and there will be beverages for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

Prince Dance Theatre is raising funds to aid in the creation of its newest work Black Matter, a collaborative effort between Artistic Director Angel Prince and Jean-Charles Cuillandre from Canada France Hawaii. Black Matter aims to be both an informative and an entertaining dance theatre piece on the topic of space and dark matter, and will also have an outreach component to it in which the company and astronomer will go into local schools to present the work in an imaginative and educational manner for students. A new evening length work created for theatres is set to premier in the spring of 2017.

exotic-mayhem-2Return to the Carnival of Exotic Mayhem is an all ages event and attendees are encouraged to dress up in fun carnival gear and join in on the mayhem. Get ready for an unforgettable night with Prince Dance Theatre at Kahilu Theatre!

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for under twelve, and $100 for the VIP package, which includes 2 beverage tickets, 1 food ticket, 5 prize giveaway tickets and dancer escorted entrance to VIP areas. Tickets are available at www.princedance.org or by calling Noelani at 808.854.6646

Family Fun Day at Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, August 27, 10AM – 2PM, the Kahilu Theatre will be hosting a Family Fun Day event called Animal Fun! to celebrate the launch of the Theatre’s 2016/2017 Presenting Season. The event will be full of family fun and entertainment, inside and surrounding the Theatre. Animal Fun! is free and open to the public.
Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Hara

Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Richard Hara

Young stars from the recent Kahilu Circus Camp and Kahilu Performance Arts Classes (KPAC) will perform at Animal Fun!. Performances will feature aerial arts, juggling, unicycling, hooping, clowning, and magic. In addition to student performances, there will be live music, face painting, and balloon sculptures from Ari the Clown.
Tickets for Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Season will also go on sale to the general public during the event.
This will be the first of three Family Fun Days planned for Kahilu Theatre’s 2016/17 Season. The next Family Fun Day is slated for Saturday, February 4, in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868 for more information about upcoming events, memberships, and Arts Ed @ Kahilu programs.

Kahilu Performing Arts Classes Fall Semester Registration Opens August 18

Registration for the fall semester of Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC) opens Thursday, August 18. The semester begins Wednesday, September 7 and classes run through Thursday, December 15, concluding with a music and theatre showcase on Saturday, December 17.

trapeze

There are a total of 26 classes on offer for the fall semester, including the addition of four new classes – Dance Improv & Choreo, Backstage Tech, Conditioning, and Acting the Song.

Formerly Prince Dance Institute and smArt Academy, these two programs have merged into the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC). Directed by Angel Prince, former Artistic Director of Prince Dance Institute, this newly renamed Kahilu Theatre education program will continue to offer excellence in training in the performing arts with many of the same teachers and classes returning for the new semester.

New Classes:

Dance Improv & Choreo is a fun and explorative class, which will use interactive games as a tool to create movement, enhance creativity and inspire new ideas. Basic composition lessons will aid in developing individual creative expression in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Backstage Tech is a hands-on, audio-visual class for those who are interested in theatre production experience. Students will learn the basics of lighting, sound, set building, and various technical performing arts world skills. There is no experience needed to join this class.

Conditioning class optimizes neuromuscular connections, alignment, strength and flexibility. It supports dancers in training or anyone wishing to move with the skill and grace of a dancer. An ideal after-ballet class, all levels of experience are welcome to join to lengthen, tone and reconnect.

Acting the Song is a musical theatre class that will teach students a technique for working on and performing songs from musicals. The same method acting technique that Beth Dunnington teaches in acting class will apply to this musical theatre class. Students will work on individual songs and one group number, both of which they will have the opportunity to perform in the December 17th showcase at the Kahilu. Students will be welcome and encouraged to audition for the June Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe production of 13: The Musical.

Complete List of Fall Semester Kahilu Performing Arts Classes:

  • Trapeze 1, Trapeze 2
  • Contemporary 1, Contemporary 2, Contemporary 3
  • Aerial Silks 1, Aerial Silks 2, Aerial Silks 3, Aerial Silks 4
  • Keiki Dance
  • Ballet 1, Ballet 2
  • Hip Hop 1, Hip Hop 2
  • Breakdancing
  • Hula 1, Hula 2
  • Dance Improv & Choreo
  • Theatre Games
  • Singing
  • Acting the Song
  • Acting Technique & Improv
  • Circus Arts
  • Conditioning
  • Backstage Production

KPAC Faculty

  • Angel Prince (Director of KPAC): Contemporary, Improv and Choreography
  • Noelani Anderson: Theatre Games
  • Lynn Barre: Ballet and Conditioning
  • Paul Buckley: Backstage Tech
  • Beth Dunnington: Acting Technique and Acting the Song
  • Graham Ellis: Circus Arts
  • Chris “Mana” Ho’opai: Hip Hop and Breakin’
  • Leia Lawrence: Hula
  • Elizabeth McDonald: Contemporary and Trapeze
  • Kat Reuss: Aerial silks
  • Victoria Roos: Aerial silks
  • Val Underwood: Singing

Class Enrollment Information:

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:30pm, and will be held on the main stage and in the Mike Luce Studio.

Dance Class

Scholarships are available for qualifying applicants and will be accepted from August 18 through September 1. A panel will review applications and notification will be sent to all applicants before classes begin on September 7.

For more information regarding class schedules, registration, fees, and scholarship information, call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868 or visithttp://www.kahilutheatre. org.

Kahilu Theatre Presents the Smash Hit Musical – GREASE

On Friday, June 17, at 7pm, Saturday, June 18, at 7pm, and Sunday, June 19, at 4pm, Kahilu Theatre presents the full production of GREASE (the Musical) with the Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe.

grease logoTravel back in time to 1959 with Rydell High’s senior class, as the duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and the gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoke the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking Kahilu Produced musical.

Head “greaser” Danny Zuko, and good girl Sandy Dumbrowski, try to relive the romance of their “Summer Nights,” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through classics such as “Greased Lightning,” “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together,” and “You’re the One that I Want,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.

With an eight-year run on Broadway, and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions, GREASE is among the world’s most popular musicals, and the Kahilu Youth Troupe is sure to delight audiences!

GREASE is directed by Beth Dunnington, with musical direction by Phil Kadet, choreography by Dr. Angela Alforque, costumes by Maia Tarnas, and vocal coaching by HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. Kahilu Theatre enjoys artistic collaboration with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in this production.

Grease Rehearsal

The cast of GREASE includes P.T. Mahoney, Angela Mihelich, Noelani Anderson, Seraphim Benoist, Grace Bostock, Leilani Bostock, Sienna Byrne, Colby Camero, Michael Chu, Simon Dunlap, Sean Dunnington, Deb Goodwin, Daniel Gregg, Ryan Hooley, Hunter Kalahiki, Anna McFarland, Michelangelo McPeek, Walker McMullin, Sofia Ribeiro, Kat Rose Sullivan, Cameron Supplee, Grace Todd, and Alianna West.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the Friday and Saturday performances and at 3pm for the Sunday performance. There will also be food and beverages available for sale. The Waimea Schools Art Exhibit will be showing in the Kohala Gallery.

GREASE follows the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee and Godspell, both directed by Grease director Beth Dunnington, as the third annual Kahilu Youth Production in two decades.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Roy and Frances Simperman, Tim Bostock and Melanie Holt, Regan and Shoshana Matsumura, Zaheva and David Knowles, Bob and Donna Povich, Duncan Dempster, Mimi and Brian Kerley, and Bob and Nancy Male.

Tickets are $33 / $27 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Robert Cazimero Returns to the Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM, Hawai‘i’s most revered and loved kumu and singer, Robert Cazimero, returns to Kahilu Theatre to carry on with an unbroken 31-year-old tradition – celebrating May Day in Waimea.

Robert Cazimero

Robert Cazimero

Robert’s elegant voice is so distinctive that whether he performs on piano or with his brother Roland as the Brothers Cazimero, he is instantly recognized and people are compelled to listen.

Robert has been a part of close to 40 full album projects; many considered classics in the history of Hawaiian music. The popular success of the music he has made and participated in is recognized through dozens of awards, performances on the world’s most prestigious stages and the millions of albums that have been bought by people around the world.

Robert explains; “Whether you’re going to play at the Carnegie Hall or in Sam Kapu’s garage at Kapahulu, it’s the product and talent and the love that you bring that makes that place a Mercedes or Carnegie Hall. It really doesn’t matter about all the damn accoutrements. It’s what you feel and what you bring to that moment.”

Robert has studied the art of hula for decades and has been an essential player in the evolution of modern Hawaiian music. His passion and talent have played a huge role in taking Hawaiian music and dance to diverse stages all over the globe. Robert’s kane of Na Kamalei were overall winners at the 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival.

Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for evening shows, with food and beverages available for sale

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $47 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Lorraine and Marianne Maynard.

Prince Dance Institute Celebrates 10 Years at the Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, April 16, at 7PM, and Sunday, April 17, at 4PM, Prince Dance Institute celebrates 10 years of performing at the Kahilu Theatre with Deca:Dance. Close to 100 local performers from the Prince Dance Institute, ages five to adult, amateur to professional will come together in this multi-media dance performance and relive the most popular dance pieces from the last nine years in the retrospective show.

deca dance

Photo by Evan Bordessa

Founded in 2006 by Angel Prince, Prince Dance Institute (PDI) teaches a wide range of dance and movement classes at the Kahilu Theatre. Initially starting with only two students, PDI has grown significantly over the last decade and now has over 100 students of all ages enrolled in its after-school classes. Classes offered include contemporary dance, hip-hop and break dancing, hula, and more.

Over the last 10 years, Prince Dance Institute has created nine original theatrical dance shows combining contemporary dance with narration, video, and live music. The majority of those shows center around environmental topics such as sustainability, renewable resources, clean water, locally sourced food, and the importance of forests. “The idea of using art as a platform for greater good is not a new concept, but is something that I think that still holds great importance in our world today. Using dance and theatre as a medium for this cause is both educational and entertaining,” said Angel Prince, Artistic Director of Prince Dance Institute.

PDI will be welcoming back former dancers from past shows to reprise their roles in Deca:Dance. Among the returning dancers performing in this year’s show include Mimi and Brian Kerley, Kanoa Withington, Lia Cain, Erin Kawakami, Angel Prince, and Elizabeth McDonald. Playing live music on the Theatre’s new Steinway piano will be Everett Knowles and there will be video projection by several local video artists. Designer, and long-time Prince Dance Institute collaborator, Emily Leucht has also created over 150 costumes for this performance.

With choreography by Angel Prince, Lynn Barre, Elizabeth McDonald, Kai Webber, and Leia Lawrence, and exciting and eclectic music from Phillip Glass to Lordes, this performance will be both high energy and visually stimulating.

Deca:Dance will also play for local schools and children in two youth Shows on Wednesday, April 13th. For more information about the Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the Saturday performance and at 3pm for the Sunday performance. There will also be food and beverages available for sale. The Art Off The Wall exhibit will be showing in the Kohala Gallery.

Tickets are $32 / $27 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Amy Hanaiali’i Returns to Kahilu Theatre

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre presents the award winning, and much beloved, Hawaiian Singer-Songwriter Amy Hānaiali‘i.

Amy Hānaiali‘i is the aloha state’s top selling female vocalist of all time, and her success as a recording artist speaks for itself as evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Hānaiali‘i has also won a range of Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, which showcases her varied musical depth.

Amy Hanaiali'i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Over the years Hānaiali‘i won the in following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others. Her diverse success, with cultural responsibility, provides clear recognition by Hawai‘i’s music community and Amy’s fans that her musical appeal is universally accepted. Hānaiali‘i’s albums have consistently been placed at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.

Hanaiali’i’s talent emerges from a disciplined blend of classical training, fusing powerhouse vocalists, and honoring her family through her worldly heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.

Amy Hanaiali

Amy Hanaiali

Amy has played for sold out crowds in Europe, Japan, China, all across America, and French Polynesia. She also has performed live and opened for renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joe Cocker and many more.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University- School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, Amy spent time with her paternal grandmother, International Hawaiian superstar – Jennie Nāpua Woodd. Undoubtedly her world famous falsetto training and strict pronunciation lessons gave Amy a beloved respect of Hawaiian Culture and Music, making her grandmother Nāpua one of Hānaiali’i’s most influential people in her life.

Aside from the music community, Hānaiali’i has garnered accolades from Pacific Business News as their “40 under 40 Business Person of the Year” award, recognizing not only Hānaiali’i’s talent, but also her business acumen needed to market her talent. Hānaiali’i has recently launched the Hānaiali’i Collection featuring a line of children’s clothing, inspired by her daughter, with legendary Hawai’i retailer Hilo Hattie. In addition to the clothing line, she has also launched a line of wines, as well as releasing a CD called Chardonnay; created to be enjoyed with her signature libations.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $47 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

The Kahilu Theatre performance is made possible by sponsorship from Nancy Lematta and Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel.

The Kahilu 2015/2016 Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by KAPA Radio and Kona Brewing Company.