Hilo Community Players’ members and all interested persons are encouraged to gather for the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The location is Onekahakaha Beach Park’s pavilion #2. That is the pavilion closest to the horseshoe field. There will be a pot luck lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m. to be followed by the business meeting.
The business will include election of officers to the Board of Directors and discussion of the events of 2013 and upcoming ones for 2014, as well as other pertinent agenda items.
The Hilo Community Players is an all-volunteer organization. We rely solely on the help, cooperation, and generosity of our members to bring the highest quality theatre to you.
YOU are the COMMUNITY in Hilo Community Players. Please, come and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow theatre lovers and help in the discussion of important business.
Anyone who has worked on a show in any capacity this year is automatically a member of the Players and eligible to vote in any business. Memberships are also available by paying dues.
The Hilo Community Players (HCP) has created a DVD video of its recent production of The Trial of Lili‘uokalani. The DVD is packaged in a hard case that includes a copy of the original playbill. It will initially be offered as a thank-you gift for a donation to HCP of $20 or more. A trailer of the production may be viewed by clicking here.
Donations will be accepted November 7-10 in the lobby of the UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, during the run of Spoon River Project, a celebration of small-town life at the turn of the last century. That play will be co-directed by former HCP president Jake McPherson, and Performing Arts Dept. chair Jackie Pualani Johnson. Johnson portrays Lili‘uokalani in the HCP video, as she did on stage.
From November 11 on, the DVD will be available for $20 at local retail outlets, starting with Basically Books on Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo.
“A thousand people saw this exciting historical drama about the overthrow of Hawaii’s last queen,” said producer Hal Glatzer, secretary of the HCP. “Most of our twelve performances this past September were sold out. So, with this video, we can now reach people who could not see it; and we can give those who did a chance to watch it again, with their friends and families, in the holiday season.”
The Trial of Lili‘uokalani was written in Hilo in 1973 by retired Hollywood screenwriter Maurice Zimring, and has been widely praised for its passionate sense of history and its educational importance. It was performed in the upstairs theater space at the East Hawaii Cultural Center, where it was recorded with multiple cameras – and without an audience – by videographers Danny Miller and Tim O. Bryan. The video was edited by Miller, whose documentary “Seeds of Hope” was televised in October on PBS Hawaii.
The University of Hawai’i at Hilo,
Performing Arts Department presents
The Spoon River Project
In tribute to the Hilo Community Players, 75th Anniversary
In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Hilo Community Players, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Performing Arts Department, is presenting The Spoon River Project, a collaboration between the University and the Big Island’s oldest community theatre organization. The show was adapted into script form by Tom Andolora, a composer and voice teacher in New York City. Prof. Jackie Pualani Johnson has welcomed community director, Jake McPherson, to co-direct the adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ free-form poems. McPherson served as president of the Players and has appeared as an actor at UH Hilo and numerous Players’ productions.
The beautifully haunting play focuses on the departed residents of Spoon River who speak from the grave, examining life and their longing for what might have been. As the post-Civil war community reflects on the dreams, secrets and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the fictional town. The corps of actors includes UHH students and veteran community performers: Juli Dobbs, James Elliott, Erin Gallagher, Le’a Gleason, Dick Hershberger, Willyam Hudson, Sharon Justice, Pedro Kaawaloa, John Marcus Love, Randal McEndree, Catherine McPherson, Lewis Moore, Jin Piper, Brian Wild, Denyse Woo-Ockerman, and Corey Yester.
Musical Direction will be by Christopher Tomich, who fulfills his Senior Project for a degree in Performing Arts, Music Concentration, by rehearsing and conducting the singers and instrumentalists in music taken from the period.
The show will run for one weekend only: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 7, 8, 9, 2013 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m, at the Performing Arts Center. Open Seating Tickets will be $12 General, $7 Discount & $5 UH Students w/ valid ID and Children 17 & under. To order by phone call 932-7490 or order online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu. For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at 932-7496 (V) or 933-3334 (TTY) at least ten working days prior to the event.
“The Trial of Lili’uokalani” has been drawing such large audiences that the Hilo Community Players have announced three additional performances: at 7 p.m. on Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday September 29.
The historical drama of the Queen’s overthrow and trial for treason is presented in the upstairs theater space at EHCC, 141 Kalakaua St., in downtown Hilo. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance and for students with ID, $5 for keiki 12 and under. Group discounts are available. Please phone the office at EHCC between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to purchase tickets: 961-5711.
For more information about the play, please contact producer Hal Glatzer: 895-4816.
Jackie Pualani Johnson, Jake McPherson, and Chris Tomich, wish to thank all of you for your tremendous efforts during auditions. It is beyond truth to say that you made our task very difficult. (In fact, Chris called casting the show a “Herculean” effort!) It took hours of musing, particularly because so much talent was on stage both nights. A cast of 8 female and 8 male actors has been chosen.
Margaret Fuller Slack, forsaken writer,
Mrs. Kessler, laundry woman,
Soloist: Hard Times Come Again No More
Deacon Taylor, drinker,
Elmer Karr, born-again killer,
Doc Hill, town doctor,
Mrs. Williams, milliner,
Mrs. Purkapile, pirate’s wife,
Mrs. Meyers, doctor’s wife,
Soloist: ”In the Gloaming”
Nellie Clark, rape victim,
Mary McNeely, maiden girl,
Elsa Wertman, peasant girl,
Washington McNeely, rich, fallen children,
George Gray, poor choices,
Richard Bone, grave stone maker,
Zenas Witt, sick teen,
Clarence Fawcett, 2nd salesman,
Harold Arnett, suicide,
Ollie McGee, angry wife,
Hannah Armstrong, visits President,
Archibald Higbie, artists, loathed SR,
Hamilton Greene, politician,
Soldier, Soloist: ”Just Before the Battle, Mother”
Walter Simmons, watch-maker,
Tom Merritt, wronged husband,
Searcy Foote, aunt’s killer,
Willard Fluke, w/ sick wife,
Daniel M’Cumber, distracted lover,
Soloist: ”In the Gloaming”
Doctor Meyers, disgraced doctor,
Lucinda Matlock, aged homemaker,
Zilpha Marsh, spirit-seer,
Minerva Jones, poetess,
Abel Melveny, machine man,
Roscoe Perkapile, pirate,
Eugene Carman, angry salesman,
Dorcas Gustine, bold woman,
Lydia Puckett, woman behind a soldier,
Dance Captain for “After the Ball”
Abner Peet, bitter Reverend,
Fletcher McGee, haunted husband,
Robert Davidson, devourer,
Georgine Sand Miner, harlot,
Rosie Roberts, strong-willed killer,
Daisy Frasier, accuser of graft,
Sarah Brown, unfaithful wife,
Mrs. Merritt, has young lover,
Soloist: Softly and Tenderly
The Hilo Community Players (HCP) will present nine performances of the historical drama, The Trial of Lili‘uokalani, beginning September 6.
In the play, it’s 1895. Hawaiian nationalists have tried — but failed — to restore the Queen and her government by force of arms. Convicted of treason against the new Republic, they’ve been sentenced to death. And now Lili‘uokalani faces an American military court, accused of knowing her people were going to rise up, and not stopping them. In the throne room and the court room, we see her lose her kingdom and her husband. We hear the frustrations of her supporters. We follow the defense of her reign against the men who ended it. And we sympathize with the struggles of young lovers against the uncertainties of Hawaii’s future.
Heading a stellar cast, as the Queen, is Jackie Pualani Johnson, celebrated local actor, and chair of UH-Hilo’s Performing Arts Dept. Directing the play is Justina Taft Mattos, PhD, who has directed Much Ado About Nothing for HCP’s Shakespeare in the Park; the Palace Theater musical Once Upon One Noddah Time; and UH-Hilo’s production of Go, Dog. Go!
The Trial of Lili‘uokalani was written here in Hilo in 1973 by Maurice Zimring, a Hollywood screenwriter who’d retired to Keaukaha. Drawing on remembrances, books, archives and transcripts, Zimring combined historical figures and dramatic characters to create this powerful drama of patriotism and passion.
“2013 is a significant year for this drama,” said Hal Glatzer, HCP Secretary, and producer of the play. “It is the 120th anniversary of the Queen’s overthrow, the 40th anniversary of the creation of the play, and the 75th anniversary of HCP, the second-oldest theatrical organization in the Islands. Our mission is ‘to educate, enrich and entertain’ through theater. So the program booklet for the show is also a study-guide that leads the playgoer to explore what Hawaii was like in the 1890s, and to understand the people who lived what the playwright and the players bring to the stage.”
The Trial of Lili‘uokalani will be performed upstairs at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (EHCC), 141 Kalakaua St., in downtown Hilo. Friday and Saturday evening shows start at 7 p.m. on September 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. on September 8, 15 and 22. Individual tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance, and for students with ID; $5 for keiki 12 and under. Group discounts are available (by advance-sale only) at $9 each in blocks of ten or more; and at $8 each in blocks of twenty or more.
For tickets, please phone the box office at EHCC: 808-961-5711. For more information about the production, or more background on the play, please contact HCP Secretary Hal Glatzer: email@example.com 808-895-4816.
The Hilo Community Players happily announce Shakespeare in the Park for 2014 will be
Antony and Cleopatra
to be directed by Jake McPherson.
Once again, the Players push the limits of expectations when a simple stage elegantly invades one’s imagination transforming Hilo’s Kalakaua Park. This production will be a festival for all to behold. Six performers will play twenty-eight roles.
The plot boils with masculine rivalries to rule the world, setting off land and sea battles. Luscious Egypt and its glorious Queen Cleopatra are the prize.
Mark Antony bestrides the worlds of East and West. Queen Cleopatra seduces all with her presence. Octavius Caesar brings war to the lovers’ door. A soothsayer enchants. Messengers bare the brunt of the tidings they bring. Soldiers fight. Ladies gather close around the Queen. Battles amongst men and wits rage.
It is a timeless, soaring love story and an eternal military show of force. The language is splendid. Love is immortalized. War threatens all.
All with just six performers. It is a show to anticipate eagerly.
Auditions have been announced for The Spoon River Project, a haunting play that features the former residents of a fictional town in the late 1800’s, as they examine their lives and long for what might have been. They paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as they speak from their graves.
Actors are invited to the UHH Performing Arts Center on September 2 and 3, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. for the auditions. No previous experience is required and copies of the script can be viewed at the Center’s Call Board in the back hallway. Auditions will include readings from this adaptation by Tom Andolora and learning one of the hymns sung by Spoon River residents. Performances are scheduled in early November.
The production, gleaned from Edgar Lee Master’s poetic monologues, will honor the 75th Anniversary of the Hilo Community Players, serving as an homage to “community.” UHH Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson has welcomed Jake McPherson, past-president of the Players and a well-respected community actor, to serve as co-director. Performing Arts senior Christopher Tomich will join the creative team as the Music Director. This production will mark the first for UHH graduate, Ariana Bassett as the Resident Designer for the UHH Performing Arts Department.
For further information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Trial of Lili’uokalani” Cast List:
Lili’uokalani (deposed Queen of the kingdom of Hawaiʻi) Jackie Pualani Johnson
Josiah Thornton (Attorney General of the Republic of Hawaiʻi) Saul Rollason
John Owen Dominis (Liliʻuokalani’s Husband) Wolf Daniel Braun
Paul Neumann (Counsel for the Defense) Randal McEndree
Captain Elwood Hardy (Judge Advocate) Robert Hunt
Paki Kealoha (Queen’s Minister of Foreign Affairs) Ray Campainha
Jenny Thornton (daughter of Josiah & sweetheart of Paki) Nicole Cowan
Sergeant Apapane (Sentry who smuggles news to Liliʻu) Desmon Haumea
William Ka’ae (Queen’s Private Secretary; also plays Sentry 2) Ron Serrao
Albert S. Willis (U.S. Minister; also plays Court Martial Panelist 1) Scott Kester
Colonel Whiting (Presiding Judge) Peter Veseskis
Court Reporter Ed Smay
Bailiff Brennan Low
Servant Denyse Woo
Servant Dickie Motherwell
Sentry 1 David Costa