Summer's shaping up to be another excellent entertainment season on Maui. Here's just a smattering of what we can look forward to during the next few weeks:
Professional Artists of the Pacific brings their silly, skewed "Sleeping Beauty" to their new Kihei playhouse. The production, which opens June 18 and runs through June 27, features Paul Janes-Brown, Kristi Scott, Dale Button and Tom Althouse and promises funny fun for the whole family. For tickets and more information call 875-4367 or log on to www.proartspacific.com.
Maui Academy of Performing Arts' Youth Sum'R Musical Theatre Camp transform the Steppingstone Playhouse into the exotic, mysterious alleys of old Arabia when its colorful production of "Aladdin" opens on July 1. Don't miss Maui's talented keiki - decked out in harem pants and spangly vests - as they showcase their talent in this Disney favorite. Tickets are available now at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center service kiosk. Call 244-8760 for more information.
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Tom Althouse is Prince John and Cyndi Mayo Davis is Briar Rose in ProArts’ wacky “Sleeping Beauty.”
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Nellie Forbush (Leighanna Locke) entertains the troops (from left) Greg Cotton, Steve Hatcher and Nick Wright in MAPA’s production of “South Pacific.”
MAPA also offers an enchanted evening under the stars with its hotly anticipated production of "South Pacific" at Maui Tropical Plantation. Directed by David Johnston and starring Leighanna Locke, Kathy Collins and Steven Dascoulias, the show opens July 9 and runs through July 17. Tickets are available now. Call 244-8760 for more information about this "don't miss" musical featuring favorites like "Wash That Man Right Outa my Hair," "Bali Hai" and "Happy Talk."
The Comedy Hui's hilarious improvisation series continues in the McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center on July 16 and August 20. For nonstop laughs, Maui Comedy Hui shows rival improv Los Angeles and New York counterparts. For tickets and information, call the MACC box office at 242-7469 or log on to www.mauiarts.org.
Maui OnStage goes, like, totally '80s when "The Wedding Singer" opens on July 9. The stage version of popular Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore film features all the painfully catchy '80s music you can handle, along with an endearingly funny story. You're guaranteed to bop out of the Historic Iao Theater, smiling and humming all the way. To get in the mood, you might want to catch the Totally '80 s Dance Party kickoff event at the Iao on June 18. You can dance if you want to. You can leave your friends behind or, better yet, bring them along! Call 242-6969 for more information.
There's no better way to top off a lazy day at the beach or beat the midday heat than with one of our island's first-rate performances. See you at the theater!