The Hilo Community Players announce auditions for This is Hamlet, a fast-paced spoof with an assortment of villains, kings, ghosts, and requisite grave diggers, in a lighthearted look at Shakespeare’s heftiest play.  Auditions for the new initiative, called Kid Shakes, will be at noon on May 10th, at the EHCC Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary Art, 141 Kalakaua Street, Hilo.

UH Hilo professor and co-founder of the summer outdoor HCP Shakespeare offerings, Jackie Pualani Johnson, will direct the show.  Adult, high school, and middle school actors are welcome to audition to create the nine leading roles and twenty-two other characters, including secret agents, a saucy pair of elderly narrators, and a doctor named Miami Moo Moo.  No experience is required to audition for the show that demystifies Hamlet for a family audience.

This is Hamlet will be the matinee offering during the HCP Shakespeare-in-the-Park Summer 2014, with Antony & Cleopatra in the evenings. Five performances of This is Hamlet will take place at 11:00 a.m. in idyllic Kalakaua Park on Saturday and Sunday, July10 through July 26.  The public will be invited to bring a picnic lunch and mats, with keiki in tow, to encircle the stage and giggle along with the antics of the wanna-be Shakespeareans in this absolutely silly rendering of the classic.

For further info, contact:

TIME CHANGE for AUDITIONS for Shakespeare

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We are pleased to announce our audition times for our 37th Annual Shakespeare in the Park Antony and Cleopatra have EXPANDED.
NEW TIMES: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The dates are unchanged: Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1.
The location is unchanged: the upstairs theatre of the EHCC/Museum of Contemporary Art at 141 Kalakaua St. in downtown Hilo.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Please, come as available between the hours of 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and stay as late as you are able.
We are still looking for six intrepid actors to divide 28 roles between them.

AUDITIONS for 37th Annual Shakespeare in the Park

TIME CHANGE for AUDITIONS (updated April 15, 2014):

NEW TIME: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The dates are unchanged: April 30 and May 1. The location is unchanged: the theatre of the EHCC/Museum of Contemporary Art.


Please, come and audition!

On Stage: “R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots”

Dear Friends:

Do you know where robots come from?

The Hilo Community Players will present the classic science-fiction drama   R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots, at 8 p.m. Saturday March 15 at Hilo’s Palace Theater, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 16 at the Kilauea Theater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

R.U.R. was written by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek in 1920, giving us not only the word ‘robot’, but also the plotline that, if we make robots too much like people, they will turn on us – a staple of science-fiction ever since.  I’m producing and directing this performance in old-time-radio style, with actors in costumes and makeup, but carrying scripts.  Music and sound-effects will be produced live on stage.

The play features many local actors and crew members.  Chris Tomich, Saul Rollason, Dan Lindsey, Rob Hunt, Randal McEndree and William McGregor play the men who run the robot factory.  Mimi Tincher portrays the idealistic woman who wants to liberate the robots; Maggi Aspin is cast as her skeptical maid.  The robots are played by Azura Khan, Stephen Bond, Aaron Bannister, Galen Larson, Lauren Overbay, Joy Sever, Breandain Clarke, and Ray Ryan.  The Announcer is Wolf Daniel Braun; sound-effects will be created by Steve Peyton, music by Rick Mazurowski, costumes by Robin Worley, and makeup by Bryan Furer.

Tickets for the Palace performance are $10 in advance, and for students with ID; $15 at the door.  For advance sales, phone the Palace box office at 934-7010.  All tickets for the Kilauea Theater performance are $10; for reservations, phone 982-7344.

R.U.R. is a co-production of the Hilo Community Players (HCP), the Friends of the Palace Theater, and the Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN).   HCP has been entertaining the Big Island since its formation in 1938, and has presented a Shakespeare play in Kalakaua Park, free of charge, since 1978.  Last September, HCP had a huge success with The Trial of Lili’uokalani; this July, HCP will present Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.  The Friends of the Palace Theater produce a Broadway musical every October (last year’s was Young Frankenstein), and will produce a musical variety show the first weekend in May.  Last month, KDEN produced the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress; this summer, KDEN will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore – or, The Witch’s Curse.

Let me know if you’d like more information about R.U.R.  Hope to see you at the show in Hilo or Volcano.

Hal Glatzer

Hilo Community Players Announce Kids’ Shakes


The Hilo Community Players happily announce a new addition to our annual Shakespeare in the Park, Kids’ Shakes, a Shakespearean themed play geared for audiences and actors of all ages.

Coming this summer, 2014.

“This is Hamlet” - A saucy pair of elderly narrators guides the audience through Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy…with a few dance breaks to lighten the mood, of course.  This fast-paced spoof demystifies Hamlet for younger audiences while remaining faithful to the Bard’s tragic plot twists. Well. Mostly.  There may also be a couple of secret agents and a love doctor named Miami Moo Moo sprinkled in.  A fun and clever introduction to literature’s most indecisive Dane.

From the director, Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson: “Actors interested in romping through This Is Hamlet in summer 2014 are welcome to audition for the nine leading roles and 22 other characters who form an assortment of villains, kings, ghosts, and the requisite grave digger, in this lighthearted look at Shakespeare’s heftiest play.  Adult, high school, and middle school actors are invited to audition.  The play will mirror the Shakespeare-in-the-Park evening performance schedule (featuring Antony & Cleopatra) and utilize the same scenery and idyllic Kalakaua Park location.  The public will be invited to bring a picnic lunch and mats, with keiki in tow, to encircle the stage and giggle along with the antics of the wanna-be Shakespeareans in this absolutely silly rendering of the classic.”

Show dates are in July, 2014. Auditions dates are pending. Please, stay tuned.

Open Auditions for R.U.R.

The Hilo Community Players will hold open auditions for “R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots” from 4-6 p.m. Friday February 28 and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday March 1, in the Annex behind EHCC, 141 Kalakaua St. in downtown Hilo.

This is the 1920 science-fiction classic that gave us the word “robot.”  It will be performed in old-time-radio style, with scripts in hand, so no memorization is required.

The production needs 9-11 men (5 “middle-aged,” the others young), and 4-6 women (1 “middle-aged,” the others young).

The commitment is for six rehearsals and two performances. Rehearsals are Monday March 3, and Monday thru Friday March 10-14, all in the EHCC Annex.  Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday March 15 in Hilo’s Palace Theater, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 16 in the Kilauea Theater at KMC in Volcano.

“R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots” is produced by the Hilo Community Players, the Palace Theater, and the Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN).  For more information, contact producer/director Hal Glatzer:  895-4816

Annual General Meeting for 2013


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.

Membership amounts are
$25 to $99: Stagehand
$100 to $249: Star
$250 to $499: Patron
$500 to $999: Producer
$1000 and up: Legend
Your participation is encouraged.

“The Trial of Lili’uokalani” is Now on DVD

Lili'uokalani squares off with Thornton.

Lili’uokalani squares off with Thornton.

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.

Lili'uokalani takes the oath at her trial.

Lili’uokalani takes the oath at her trial.

The Spoon River Project


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  For disability accommodations, please contact Dori Yamada at 932-7496 (V)  or 933-3334 (TTY) at least ten working days prior to the event.