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Onstage Dance Company: ‘By community, for community’

Two years ago, local dancers and choreographers Erin Kowalick and Dejah Padon teamed up to create a new type of Maui dance company. Produced by Maui OnStage, OnStage Dance Company decided to debut at the 2019 Maui Fringe Theater Festival. The second annual revue, this time a full-length ...

The top 10 performing art showstoppers of 2019

Over the past eight years, this annual top-10 list of performing art showstoppers at year’s end has become my favorite backstage column. Yes, these live-on-stage moments are my personal favorites, but palpable audience elation is the deciding factor in what warrants a glimpse back as we say ...

‘The Nutcracker’ will charm both young and old this weekend

We all have a few holiday traditions. Visiting family, hosting parties, shopping trips to Honolulu, the cookies we bake, antique ornaments passed down through the generations, and the films and cartoon specials we love to see every year are all part of holiday checklists. In the world of ...

‘The Reluctant Elf’ returns to ProArts

Not to be confused as a sequel to “Elf,” ProArts opens “The Reluctant Elf,” next weekend at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei next weekend, with the wink and a nod phrase, “Everybody’s favorite buddy is back!” “Our buddy, Steve, is an elf,” explained co-writer and director Ally ...

‘Matilda’ is a fairy tale that we can believe in

There’s a different style of holiday family fare happening at Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku this season — darker, bolder and more fantastical. Although the novel was written more than 30 years ago, in my opinion, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” is more relevant in the ...

‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical’ opens Friday at Iao

In his posthumously published children’s novel “The Minpins,” Roald Dahl wrote, “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” An eternal optimist who believed that kindness is the number one attribute a human can have, the celebrated British writer also said, “Somewhere ...