Ahoy and avast! Thar be marauding and pillaging in the halls of King Kekaulike High School. Director Chris Kepler's uncovered a buried treasure in "The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree," which opens this Friday, and his talented cast can't wait to welcome you aboard.
Claire Wilkins stars as the tough-as-nails Captain Bree, who rules her infamous band of lady pirates with an iron fist. When they board HMS Kayla May, taking a group of lily-livered British sailors and stuffy, gentrified passengers hostage, the ship becomes a comic microcosm as the two groups come face-to-face with their differences and commonalities.
Captain Jennings' crew leaves him in a bit of a pickle when the bulk of them jump ship the minute they spy, hovering over the horizon, the swashbuckling silhouette of Captain Bree's band. He's left to depend on a group of bilge rat prisoners and Fergus - the cabin boy who can't swim - to protect his wealthy charges. Needless to say, they don't have a prayer. The Lady Pirates immediately take over, but not without taking the time for some super-piratey singing, dancing and well-choreographed sword fighting. Bill Francouer's score is sure to have everyone tapping their feet and resisting the urge to jump aboard and sing along. "Welcome Aboard," the production's resounding opening number, whisks the audience away on this seafaring adventure, and the fun never stops for a moment. Songs like "The Plank," inspired by Professor Bidwell's harrowing walk (will he live or die?) and "Shipshape and Bristol Fashion," which accompanies the some hysterical forced labor, are especially fun.
King Kekaulike High School’s “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” features Claire Wilkins (from left), Cameron Sparks, Shawn Naone-Burger, Isaac Rauch, Gigi Robinson and Kiko Galpin.
King Kekaulike High School photo
Florence Hasegawa, Pat Masumoto’s 101-year-old mother, in Lahaina studio photo taken in 1937.
Bree intends to extort money from the British government in exchange for the Prescots' safe passage, but when the Brits show up, armed and ready to haul the pirates off to the gallows, their captives realize these pirates may have given them a rollicking adventure and a new zest for life. In a funny, provocative twist, the presumed heroes become the villains and the villains save the day.
"The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree" will delight every member of your bedraggled, entertainment-starved crew. The physical comedy, sword play, songs and dances will leave even your littlest scalawags and grumpiest deck-swabbers wanting more. Dust off your eye-patch, puffy shirt and sash - if you show up in pirate finery on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 9), you'll get in for half price.
* "The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree" invade King Kekaulike High School Friday. Show dates are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and May 7, 8 and 9 in the King Kekaulike cafeteria/mini-theater. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults, available at the door a half-hour before show times. Performed by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Inc.
Seabury Hall's Dance Showcase 2010 brings all levels and styles of dance to the stage - with jazz, modern, ballet and hula pieces choreographed by students, faculty and guest artists. Highlights include David Ward's "Middle Eastern Reverie," Andre Morrisette's youthful "8th Period," a hula by Napua Greig-Makua which Seabury students performed at the National High School Dance Festival in Miami, and even a tribute to Michael Jackson!
* Performances in the Seabury Performance Studio are 7:30 Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, and next weekend at 7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1 and 3 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $11 adults, $9 seniors and $5 students; for reservations, call 573-1257.
Maui OnStage presents "Godspell" April 30 to May 16 at the Historic Iao Theater. This is the international sensation that made Stephen Schwartz a star long before he went on to write the music for "Wicked." Based on the parables of Jesus Christ, "Godspell" is one of the most popular rock musicals in the history of Broadway. It plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are priced $15 to $20, with preferred seating available for $40 (you get the best seats in the house and help the Iao get its new, state-of-the-art sound system!)
* Call 242-6969 or visit www.mauionstage.com for more ticket information. Maui OnStage ticket outlets include If The Shoe Fits in Wailuku and Lava Java in Kihei.
Baldwin High School Performing Arts Learning Center and Thespian Troupe #3135 present Arthur Miller's classic tale of persecution, mass hysteria, witchcraft and mystery, "The Crucible," in the Louden Mini-Theater April 30, May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays.
* Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 seniors, $6 students 17 and younger.
The Maui Celebrity Series presents David Spade at Lahaina's Maui Theatre, at 9 p.m. Friday, April 30. Crooner Brian Evans opens with his signature classic torch songs, and comic Nick Swardson will make a guest stand-up appearance.
* For tickets and information, call 205-5592 or log on to www.themauicelebrityseries.com.
Pro-Arts of the Pacific presents "Cinderella" in its brand new Kihei Playhouse in Azeka Makai Shopping Center, May 14-30. This fractured musical version of the familiar story is boisterous, wacky fun for the whole family.
* For information and tickets, call 875-4367 or log on to www.proartspacific.com.
"My Mama Monologues" returns to the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. After a successful run last year, the staged play-reading, is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 8, and 2 p.m. May 9 (Mother's Day). Created by Pat Masumoto, the performance consists of true stories read by actors and other community members. This year there are parts for an old Asian man, a Hawaiian woman, a young girl, a West Indies woman, a young blond woman and many older women, including a very old Asian woman.