With more than 50 stage shows planned on Maui this season, it was troublesome to fit them all in one column. Aside from what is listed, there are upwards of a dozen other productions on the horizon. If you attend multiple performing arts events per year, you'll want to save this Maui Scene for scheduling personal "don't miss" shows of the 2013-14 theatrical season.
Opening in two weeks is Maui OnStage's "Love, Sex, and the I.R.S." by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Two out-of-work musicians, Jon (Jim Oxborrow) and Leslie (Tom Althouse), have been cheating on their taxes by claiming to be a married couple. When an investigation ensues, Leslie must disguise himself as a woman.
Teo Castellanos' 'FatBoy,'
courtesy the MACC.
Jenna Kamikawa (from left), Rebecca Owen, Ajja DeShane and Katira Arak of ampersand dance company
Photo by Anna Kim
Marc Bamuthi Joseph in 'The Spoken Word,'
courtesy of the MACC.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 at the Historic Iao Theater. To purchase tickets for any MOS event, contact Maui OnStage at 242-6969 or order online at www.mauionstage.com.
That same weekend, "Broadway's Next H!t Musical" will come to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. This original award-winning improvised musical creates a brand-new show every night. The first act is a made-up awards ceremony with songs from the "Best Musical" nominees, based on audience-created song titles. The second act is an entire musical improvised from the winning song.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Castle Theater. To purchase tickets for any MACC event, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or order online at www.mauiarts.org.
ProArts will return in October with the comedy, "Bermuda Avenue Triangle" by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. Two widows are trapped by years of unhappiness: Fannie (Barbara Sedano) weeps and Tess (Sharyn Stone) does nothing but complain. That changes when they meet a charming scoundrel, Johnny Paolucci (Scott Newman). Fannie and Tess undergo a grand metamorphosis from complaining biddies to glamorous golden girls.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays; Oct. 11 through 27 at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. To purchase tickets for any ProArts, show call 463-6550.
Just in time for Halloween, King Kekaulike High School will present "Lady Dracula" by Tim Kelly and based on the writings of Bram Stoker. Mina, a victim of Count Dracula, has searched for a young man who would resemble her first love, Jonathan Harker. She finds him in a teacher who opens a school for brilliant students. Lady Dracula keeps to the shadows except when thirst arouses her to prey upon victims. The school is then invaded by the police and a vampire-hunting Van Helsing.
Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays; Oct. 18 through 27 on the King Kekaulike High School campus in Pukalani.
Maui OnStage will present "I Know What You Did Last Rocktober," a series of horror-themed nights that will include a Halloween burlesque by Kit Kat Club Cabaret, Maui's "Thriller Dancers," horror film screenings, and the annual "Rocky Horror Picture Show" party.
KKC's "Phantome" performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. Admission is free for the movie nights at 7 p.m. October 30 through November 1 at the Historic Iao Theater.
Baldwin High School will present the first musical of the year "Cinderella's Glass Slipper," based on a book by Vera Morris, with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Keeping with the tradition of presenting one show per year created by young people for children, this delightful musical will charm audiences of all ages.
Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 5 p.m. Sundays; Nov. 1 through 10 in the Loudon Mini-Theatre at the back of the Baldwin High School campus. Tickets are exclusively available at the box office, 45 minutes prior to show time.
Also in November, Maui Arts & Cultural Center brings three cutting-edge premiere events to Maui. "FatBoy," a dance theater work by Teo Castellanos, is based in hip-hop, but also influenced by Balinese rice rituals and mythology, as well as traditional Buddhist movement.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7 in Castle Theater.
That same week will present "Legend of Ko'olau" by Gary T. Kubota. A historical drama about the life of Kaluaiko'olau, a Hawaiian cowboy and outlaw, this one-man play is the courageous story of a Hawaiian family on Kauai fighting for their rights amidst the chaos of 1893 annexation.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in McCoy Studio Theater.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph will return to the MACC with "The Spoken World," a solo performance by Joseph. Through "choreo-poem," he articulates the story of achieving manhood in the United States through the lens of hip hop, global travel and urban environmental health.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Castle Theater.
Seabury Hall will present "Hamlet," by William Shakespeare. Arguably Shakespeare's most popular play, "Hamlet" is the tale of the spurned Prince of Denmark, betrayed by his Uncle, who conspired to murder Hamlet's father and take the throne for himself.
Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; with a closing 3 p.m. Sunday matinee; Nov. 8 through 17 in the A'ali'ikuhonua Creative Arts Center at Seabury Hall in Makawao. To purchase tickets or for more information on any Seabury Hall production, call 573-1257.
Maui Academy of Performing Art's "ampersand dance company" will return in November with an evening of original choreography.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 through 17 in the Steppingstone Playhouse at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. For tickets, call MAPA at 244-8760 or purchase in person at the customer service kiosk at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
The day after Thanksgiving, Maui OnStage will open with its holiday show, "Scrooge - The Musical" based on the book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. This telling of "A Christmas Carol" is based on the 1970 Albert Finney film.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 at the Historic Iao Theater.
The very next weekend, OnSTAGE, Maui OnStage's new youth theater program will debut "The Story of Orange" by Vernise Pelzel.
Performances are 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14.
ProArts will present the Maui premiere of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and conceived by Rebecca Feldman. A popular element of this 2005 Tony Award-winning musical comedy is that four audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six actors.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 13 through 22 and Jan. 3 though 12, 2014 at the ProArts Playhouse.
Also in 2014 "Intergalactic Nemesis" returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with "Intergalactic Nemesis Book TWO: Robot Planet Rising." If you missed book one last season, it shouldn't take long to catch up with the live-action graphic novel radio play. The artwork is projected panel-by-panel on a huge screen while three actors voice all the characters.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in Castle Theater.
King Kekaulike High School will go Shakespeare this season with "The Tempest." Set on a remote island, Prospero, a magician and rightful Duke, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her royal standing using illusion and manipulation.
Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays; Jan. 17 through 26.
In February, catch the "Bad Boys of Dance," whose mission is to push the boundaries of dance to deliver the most exciting dance shows in the world featuring athletic jumps, endless turns and individuality.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.
Also in February, will be Kumu Kahua Theatre's production of "Flowers of Hawai'i," a new work of 10 humorous playets by Lee Cataluna.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Feb. 7 and 8 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is bringing a Maui exclusive performance by the "Aspen Santa Fe Ballet." Known for choreographic invention and critical acclaim, this vibrant troupe, lead by former Joffrey Ballet principal Tom Mossbrucker, is widely proclaimed as a must-see dance company.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Castle Theater.
Seabury Hall will present "The Diviners," by Jim Leonard, a poetic tale set in depression era Indiana. Buddy Layman is a mentally-challenged boy whose sweet nature touches most people he meets. When a stranger passes through town, he takes an immediate liking to Buddy and vice versa. It is discovered that the stranger is a former preacher who has given it up. Town opinion changes, which results in a horrible tragedy.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; with a closing 3 p.m. Sunday matinee; Feb. 28 through March 9.
Jerry Herman's "La Cage aux Folles" returns to Maui, produced by Maui OnStage. Georges is the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, is his romantic partner and the star attraction. Farcical adventures ensue when Georges's son, Jean-Michel (fathered during a one-night fling), brings home his fiance's ultra-conservative parents to meet them.
Performances are weekends, Feb. 28 through March 16 at the Historic Iao Theater.
If you liked "Tap Dogs" you'll love "Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" featuring rapid-fire tap from four award-winning dancers, a one-man beat box phenomenon and an infectious six-piece band that channels everything from funk to blues and rock 'n' roll to salsa.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, in Castle Theater.
Maui OnStage opens "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson, based on the true account of Anne Sullivan's tutelage of the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller, in May.
Performances are weekends, May 9 through 18, at the Historic Iao Theater.
The season concludes with a Maui OnStage summer production of "Legally Blonde," with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach and based on the novel "Legally Blonde" by Amanda Brown and the 2001 Reese Witherspoon film.
Performances are weekends, July 11 through Aug. 3 at the Historic Iao Theater.
Note:?An as-of-yet untitled final chapter of Derek Nakagawa and Francis Taua's "Ahi" trilogy will be presented by Maui Academy of Performing Arts in the spring. MAPA also has an adult TBA musical slated for February. Seabury Hall will continue its tradition of a winter and spring Dance Extravaganza, Middle School productions and "Side Shows," their 10-minute play festival. Additional TBA productions include King Kekaulike's annual musical in May, and productions from Baldwin High School, Kamehameha Schools, MAPA youth productions, the Maui Fringe Theater Festival and the second half of ProArts' season.