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Kahilu Theatre plans year of music, dance and family fun

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August 22, 2014 - 12:05am

Kahilu Theatre season lineup 2014-15

HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES

• John Cruz & Family 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

• Anuhea 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

This pop singer-songwriter blends acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has made her one of Hawaii’s rising stars.

• Jake Shimabukuro 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

This ukulele virtuoso and composer, renowned for his speedy playing and inspiring personality.

• Makana Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

Makana hosts a tribute to the life and music of Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, with special guests Liebert Lindsay, George Kuo, and Marlene Sai.

• Kahulanui 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

The Grammy-nominated Hawaiian swing band is taking the islands by storm.

• Brothers Cazimero 7 p.m. May 9. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

Fulfilling an unbroken 30-year-old tradition, contemporary Hawaiian music legends, Robert and Roland Cazimero will grace the stage on the acoustic bass and a 12-string guitar.

• Kealii Reichel 7 p.m. May 23. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

One of the most loved and most popular recording artists in Hawaii is back by popular demand.

• Waimea Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival & Institute Nov. 20 through 23

DANCE SERIES

• Que Suenes Con Las Angelitas 7 p.m. Oct 11. Tickets are $54/$44/$34/$20.

A dance Theatre multi-media piece combining Argentinian dancers with Waimea based Prince Dance, Directed by Angel Prince and Beth Dunnington.

• Stars of the American Ballet 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $64/$54/$44/$20.

• Abraham in Motion Pavement 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets are $64/$54/$44/$20.

One of the most sought-after companies of recent years bringing their latest work from MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Choreographer Kyle Abraham. In Pavement, hip-hop meets contemporary on the abstract setting of a basketball court and explores modern African-American culture. Artists will hold a master class.

• Prince Dance Finale Legends of the Forest

7 p.m. April. 18 and 4 p.m. April 19 . Tickets are $30/$25/$20/$15.

Waimea’s own Prince Dance Company showcases movement from ballet to trapeze in their finale performance with more than 50 dancers ages 5 to adult.

CLASSICAL SERIES

• Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $20/$15/$10.

A Tribute to Hawaii featuring John Keawe will be conducted by Musical Director Madeline Schatz.

• Waimea Community Chorus

Angels We Have Heard 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14.

Singin’ In The Rainbow 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 13 and 14. Tickets are $18.

This Waimea mainstay was formed in 1994 and has grown into a 60-voice ensemble with twice annual concerts. The holiday choral concert brings the holidays to life with Christmas-time favorites. In spring a delightful array of Broadway, pop classics, swing and big band music, name songs, geographical songs, gospel music and other themes are celebrated.

• Harlem Quartet 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

Advancing diversity in classical music, a string quartet composed of first-place laureates of the Sphinx Competition for black and Latino string players. The Quartet’s most recent recording, "Hot House," was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner, with compositions like "Mozart Goes Dancing." The mission of sharing their passion with a wider audience has taken them from The White House to a successful tour of South Africa.

• Sean Chen 7 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

The Silver Award winner of the Von Cliburn Piano competition in 2013 – the only American to place in the international competition for over 30 years. This gifted pianist wins fans with his "exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity" — Huffington Post.

JAZZ & ROOTS SERIES

• Mavis Staples 4 p.m. Sept 28. Tickets are $64/$54/$44/$20.

Multiple Grammy winner and passionate diva — the legendary gospel, soul and blues singer gives voice to deep joy. With the ground breaking family gospel group The Staple Singers ("I’ll Take You There", "Respect Yourself") and on her own, Mavis is responsible for blazing a rhythm and blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots.

• Maisey Rika 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets are $64/$44/$34/$20.

Maori singer songwriter, one of New Zealand’s most impressive voices, winner of five Maori Music awards in 2013, and opener for India Arie’s recent tour. Maisey’s special guest will be Waimea’s own Hawane Rios.

• Honokaa Jazz Band 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are $30/$25/$20/$15.

Our own world-class jazz band – Grammy awardees on our doorstep. Guided by the inspirational Gary Washburn, Honokaa Jazz Band is the most accredited jazz band on Hawaii Island.

• Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars 7 p.m. May 1. Tickets are $64/$54/$44/$20.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and inflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.

FILM SERIES

Traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture will come to life on screen, connecting people with Hawaii and each other. Each film is also accompanied by cultural workshop before and a talk story with the filmmaker after the show. Curated by artist and filmmaker Meleanna Meyer and supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Fall 2014

6:30 p.m. every other Wednesday. Tickets are $5/$15/$20.

Films to be announced

Free screening of locally and internationally acclaimed films focusing on health and wellness. Before the screening the public is invited to taste local food from local farmers, chefs, and health-conscious organizations in the lobby. The film will conclude with a talk-story session about the film topic. Supported by the County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development.

Spring 2015

6:30 p.m. every other Wednesday

Free admission

Films to be announced

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

7 p.m. Oct. 30

Screened presentation of the musical comedy horror film, with audience participation invited in this cult classic, costume contest, and mayhem expected.

THEATRE SERIES

• Honolulu Theatre for Youth Grinds 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $30/$25/$20/$15.

The story of food in Hawaii — this musical romp through Hawaii’s favorite subject mixes humor, history and science to explore our community’s relationship with food.

• Youth Troupe Review Back to Broadway 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11. Tickets are $30/$25/$20/$15.

The finale performance of the Kahilu Youth Troupe local youth showcases Broadway favorites with theatre, dance and music.

• The Brave March 13 Tickets are $54/$44/ $34/ $20.

This theatrical dance by Massive Company of Auckland, New Zealand shows bravery defined by a new generation.

• "Godspell"

7 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays June 17 to 21. Tickets are $30/$25/$20/$15.

Community production led by the Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe, the smash hit Broadway musical based on parables in the Gospel of Matthew.

APPLAUSE FROM THE KAHILU

Hawaii Public Radio broadcast concerts, featuring big island artists in music, talk story and song – 90-minute show recorded with a live audience, for broadcast the following weeks. Tickets are $20/$15/$10/$5.

FAMILY FUN DAYS

Free and open to the public

• Ukulele Festival Nov. 22

Open House celebrating the ukulele, with schools ukulele groups playing, Hawaiian ukulele makers exhibit on display, Hawaiian makahiki games, and slack key guitar and ukulele masters giving master classes and workshops. Local partners the Ukulele Guild will display ukulele in the Kahilu Galleries.

• Cherry Blossom Festival Feb. 7

In celebration of the blooming of the cherry blosoms in Waimea and honoring the age-old Japanese tradition of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing party,Japanese tea ceremony, origami, Japanese music and dance, arts and crafts will be on-hand.

• Keiki Fest April 18

In collaboration with the Keiki Fest at Parker Ranch Shopping Center presented by local nonprofit Tutu’s House, Kahilu will open doors with live music, fun for keiki, and performances.

YOUTH SHOWS

Thousands of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to the theatre to see world-class performances and offer mini-performances at school by Kahilu. Educators and parents can learn more about all youth offerings and register at ww.kahilutheatre.org/Education/Youth

Fall 2014

• Oct. 10 Que Suenes

• Oct. 23 Stars of American Ballet

• Oct. 28 Peter & the Wolf with The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra (two shows)

• Nov. 10 Honolulu Theatre for Youth (two shows)

• Nov. 21 Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute

• Dec. 8 Jake Shimabukuro

Spring 2015

• Jan. 15 Maisey Rika

• Feb. 12 Harlem Quartet

• March 13 The Brave

• April 15 Prince Dance Legends of the Forest (two shows)

• May 11 Hawaii Opera Theatre

Tickets are $3 for youth prekindergarten through 12th grade, groups allowed one free adult per 10 youth

$6 first adult accompanying 1-9 youth

$10 additional adults accompanying youth

Oscar Wilde regarded the theatre as the greatest of all art forms. According to Wilde, the theatre is “the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another, the sense of what it is to be a human being.” The Kahilu Theatre, under the leadership of artistic and managing director Tim Bostock, carries on this great tradition and announces its 2014-2015 presenting season, which runs from September to June. In addition to Kahilu’s education programs and community rentals, Kahilu is also a presenting theatre, meaning it hosts visiting companies whose productions have been developed elsewhere and brought into the theatre.

The lineup includes a Hawaiian Music Series, Dance Series, Classical Series, Jazz and Roots Series, Film Series, Theatre Series, Applause from Kahilu, Family Fun Days, as well as 14 youth shows and nine free shows and events.

“In the coming season we have some wonderful musicians from around the world, tremendous dance from the East Coast and world-class Hawaiian music from right around the corner,” Bostock said. “We are also expanding our afterschool classes, and our youth shows, and our partnerships with other arts organizations in our community. We are very grateful for the state grant to re-roof and renovate the building.”

Beginning the season at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 is John Cruz and Family. With deep Hawaii Island roots, this will be a rare chance to see the Cruz family jam together and talk-story. Concert attendees will also have an opportunity to enjoy the opening exhibit in the Kahilu galleries from the Paniolo Preservation Society and attend the unveiling of the renovated lobby and bar.

Hawaii Public Radio gets in the act with Applause From The Kahilu. HPR will broadcast concerts featuring Hawaii Island artists through music, song, and talk story. These 90-minute shows will be recorded with a live audience and will be broadcast the following weeks on HPR. The first show, on Sunday, features guest artists Ekolu Mea Nui with Sonny Lim, Kevin Kealoha and Kunia Galdeira, performance poet Michele Dalton from Puna, and paniolo music from Willie-Joe Camara and Damien de Mello. Bostock hosts the show on air and on stage. Additional shows are scheduled for Sept. 2, and Nov. 16.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 23, the Stars of the American Ballet will shine with New York Ballet star Daniel Ulbricht and a full company of principal dancers. With top-notch choreography, their mission is to see all parts of this country entertained, educated, lifted up and inspired by the art of ballet and great dancing, delivered to anyone, anywhere who wishes to share this experience.

Coming up Nov. 20 to 23 is the Waimea Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival and Institute. This event brings together artists and audience members who wish to immerse themselves in Hawaiian music. The opening concert will include an open invitation to all in the community to join the masters on stage, in the popular “Kanikapila” event.

The Harlem Quartet is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. The string quartets most recent recording, Hot House, won multiple Grammy Awards in 2014, with compositions such as “Mozart Goes Dancing.” The group has performed for the White House as well as completed a successful tour of South Africa.

“The Brave,” a theatrical dance performance by Massive Dance Company of Auckland, New Zealand takes the stage on March 13. Eight men take on a performance piece to honor the people their lives both past and present. Combining true confessions with raw athleticism, the men in The Brave find strength through family, love, loss, fear, hope, belonging and brotherhood.

Finishing off the season is “Godspell” which runs June 17 to 21. This is a community production led by the Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe, of the smash hit Broadway musical based on parables in the Gospel of Matthew.

The future of the Kahilu Theatre looks bright according to Mimi Kerley, President of the Kahilu Theatre Foundation board of directors.

“It continues to be a magical time of transition as we regain our footing after our intermission during the 2012-2013 season,” Kerley said. “Our comeback season in 2013-2014 was amazing. The support we received from our community was unprecedented. We are forever grateful for the enthusiasm and love our supporters have for this theatre.”

The theatre is currently upgrading their facility with a $1.5 million grant by the State Legislature.

“We are making improvements that will enhance the theatre experience and provide the facility with all the maintenance it requires to stay in operation for many years to come,” Kerley said. “Finally, the board is excited to say that, in concert with the staff, we have created a strategic plan and we have set our eyes on a beautiful five-year vision of a community-focused, education driven arts center that is Kahilu Theatre.

This season is currently on sale at kahilutheatre.org or by calling the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 885-6868. All show dates and times are subject to change.