Backstage

Naughty & Nice

In September, when Kristi Scott, ProArts managing director, announced its 2018-19 season from the ProArts Playhouse stage, she added: “Take your kids to see ‘Elf’ for the holidays, but leave them at home for ‘Naughty Noel.’ ” Scott describes the two-weekend event, which opens at ...

Student performers present must-see holiday favorites

A wealth of holiday performing arts offerings are happening all over the island in the coming weeks. Maui audiences are in for a particularly sweet treat this weekend when the Maui Academy of Performing Arts revives its biennial production of “Nutcracker Sweets” in Castle Theater at the ...

Holiday youth theater

Perhaps the most famous high school in America, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts located near Lincoln Center in Manhattan is simply referred to by its equally famous alumni as “PA.” Those illustrious alumni include Jennifer Aniston, Richard Benjamin, ...

Refreshed ‘Elf the Musical’ charms

I said in 2015 that “Elf the Musical” should never be mounted again on Maui without Ricky Jones as Buddy the Elf. Thankfully Jones has returned and, in fact, surpasses his previous performances. This elaborate production, with an all-new, clean-lined, metropolitan set by Caro Walker, ...

Buddy’s back by popular demand in ‘Elf the Musical’

After a blizzard of November theater on Maui, “Elf The Musical” stands alone on Thanksgiving weekend. Billed as, “Back by overwhelming demand” by the public, combined with “Elf” being Maui OnStage’s biggest box-office hit, Ricky Jones returns as Buddy the Elf to the Historic Iao ...

Jaw-dropping aerial dance skills

This weekend at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, an innovative performance space will be explored — one not utilized since the Bandaloop dance troupe performed there in 2014. The newly formed tandem of Maui Aerial Arts and Airmaid Productions premieres its first collaborative ...

Stage Review: Enlightening drama educates its audience

“Vindication, Scenes from the Life of Mary Wollstonecraft” begins with our introduction to Mary as a precocious young lady endearingly portrayed by Dakota Welch. In an outstanding performance, Noel Overbay portrays her mother. Young Mary repeatedly questions why she cannot attend the ...

Performing Arts: Augie T. on ‘Last Stand’ tour

Comedian Augie T is making the island rounds with his “Last Stand” tour, which stops on Maui at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Accompanied by Jose “Dynamite” Figueras and Daryl Bonilla, Augie has decided after 27 years of the comedy ...

Dance fest grows

“Dance Maui” celebrates our cultural diversity by bringing local and visiting dance troupes together as one for an afternoon each November. The festival continues to expand in size, and this year’s performance will be staged outdoors at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural ...

Under the spotlight

Each November, Maui’s high school theater programs present their first shows of the season, wedged between homecoming dances and the long Thanksgiving weekend. This weekend, King Kekaulike Drama Club opens its season in the magnificent King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center with “Romeo and ...

Michael Sakamoto’s ‘Soil’

Michael Sakamoto is an artist and teacher active in dance, theater and photography. His works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. His latest production, “Soil,” is currently on tour and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Castle Theater at ...

You’ll laugh, . . . . . . you’ll shriek

When it comes to Halloween, Maui is an island-wide, non-stop special event festival that caters to all ages. There are dozens of nightclub events not included in this guide, but if you’re looking for family-friendly, teen-friendly or PG-13 ghoulish entertainment, chances are there are several ...

Original live theater thriving in Hawaii

In Hollywood, writing a screenplay usually involves a team of producers asking for changes or buying the property outright and re-inventing the story — that is if you are lucky. In theater, the answer from producers is almost always, “Thanks, but no thanks.” If a production company ...

Madcap hijinks abound as ‘Rumors’ fly

A funny thing is happening at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku — Neil Simon’s farce “Rumors.” When the play debuted on Broadway, The New York Times said it, “Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh,” and that spot-on description mirrors the current Maui OnStage ...

Family tragedies exposed

Stage Review As voracious consumers of American movies and television, we are all subconsciously prone to focus on the person who is talking. In theater, by doing so you are only seeing one fragment of a story. ProArts’ “Other Desert Cities” may be its most captivating production, but ...

The ‘Rumors’ fly

The recent passing of legendary playwright Neil Simon at the age of 91 presented an unanticipated perspective of Maui OnStage’s season opening production, Simon’s 1980’s “Rumors,” as the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku celebrates 90 years of hosting entertainment events and embarks on ...

Holiday drama ensues

“Anytime you can make an audience laugh, but leave the theater thinking, and even crying a little bit, it is a good thing,” says “Other Desert Cities” Director Mark Collmer. The comedy-drama by Jon Robin Baitz, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012, makes its Maui premiere ...

Not your child’s usual fairy tale

Stage Review MAPA Live! concludes “Into the Woods” music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, directed by David C. Johnston, under the musical direction of Gary W. Leavitt. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday in Castle Theater at the Maui ...

Be careful what you wish for

Director of MAPA Live’s production of “Into the Woods,” David C. Johnston compares the ethereal Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical to Joseph Campbell’s mythology classic, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Sometimes called the “monomyth,” or “hero’s journey,” and ...