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The Hilo Community Players are excited to announce the show dates and times for our 37th Annual Shakespeare in the Park and our Inaugural Kid Shakes. All performances are in Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo, and the admission is FREE. We perform rain or shine. This year, there is a large space for the audience to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
Our 37th Annual Shakespeare in the Park features Antony and Cleopatra, a timeless tale of the games of love and war. This year’s production will feature the eye-catching talents of only six actors who divide 28 roles between them. The actors use all their cunning to differentiate between various roles and bring you the classic words of Shakespeare. Come watch the actors seamlessly shift from one character to another.
Describing the production, the director, Jake McPherson, wrote, “The choices to use a limited number of actors and to give them only hints of costumes and to place the action on an almost bare platform were all made to purposefully draw attention to the words. Shakespeare is our star.” The performances promise to be dazzling.
Show dates and times for Antony and Cleopatra are below:
Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.
We are also absolutely thrilled to announce our Inaugural Kid Shakes. We hope this will be the first of many successful plays utilizing the talents of actors of all ages who gallivant around the stage to entertain audiences of all ages.
Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson of UHH and the co-founder of our Annual Shakespeare in the Park tradition directs this summer’s offering, and she chose the very funny This is Hamlet by Tim Brownell. It’s a romping good story.
Writing about the show, Prof. Johnson says, “What do secret agents, juggling, and a pillow fight have to do with Hamlet?  Well, nothing!  But they add to the fun of This is Hamlet.  The matinee shows of this silly version of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy run just over an hour. A cast of 26, ranging in age from 5 to 50+ have spent the summer in Kalakaua Park exploring — and making fun of! — Hamlet’s idiosyncrasies. To join in the fun, families are urged to bring giggles and a picnic lunch.   Since one never knows what weather will happen in downtown Hilo, do bring umbrellas for rain OR shine and comfy seating like mats and lawn chairs, plus lots of water to drink OR a squirt gun to join in the action!”
Show dates and times for This is Hamlet are below:
Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m.
We hope to see you all there, and we hope you’ll spread the word. These are great shows! Tell all your friends!

Cast List for “This Is Hamlet”

Jenkins                                                                  Maggi Aspin
Fawn                                                                     Joy Sever
Truffles, the poodle                                               Shrida Best
Hamlet                                                                  Wilfred Tyler Gee
Claudius                                                               Rob Hunt
Gertrude                                                               Gloria Wong
King Hamlet                                                         Anthony Rosario
Horatio                                                                 Alston Albarado
Fortinbras                                                            Nathan Ducasse
Fortinbras’ army                                                  Bodhi Arakawa, Karika Best,
                                                                            Nicholas Theiss,Rebecca Theiss,
                                                                            Alicia Yamasaki, Annika Yamasaki
Cordelia                                                              Chasity Bleu
Olivia                                                                  Mamo Esera
Laertes                                                               Kevin Landucci
Ophelia                                                              Tarani Best
Polonius                                                             Peter Veseskis
Guard 1                                                              Annika Yamasaki
Guard Hoo                                                         Zahaia Anderson
Announcer                                                         Amy Horst
Dr. Moo-Moo                                                      Iris McPherson
Leon, digger                                                      Rebecca Theiss
Dynamite, digger                                               Dee Adkins
Squeaky                                                            Bodhi Arakawa
Adina                                                                 Karika Best
King Fortinbras                                                 Iris McPherson 2X
Agent 6783                                                       Karika Best 2X
Agent 18                                                           Nama Best
Rosencrantz                                                    Anthony Rosario 2X
Guildenstern                                                    Nathan Ducasse 2X
Player King                                                      Amy Horst 2X
Player Queen                                                  Angela Nakamura
Player Villain                                                    Alicia Yamasaki
Pharmacist                                                     Peter Veseskis 2X
Silversmith                                                      Nicholas Theiss
Actor 1 & Player 1                                           Bodhi Arakawa 2X
Actor 2 & Player 2                                           Nicholas Theiss 2X
Actor 3 & Player 3                                           Shrida Best 2X

(2X indicates a second role for the performer.)

Announcing the Cast of Antony and Cleopatra

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Hilo Community Players are pleased to announce our cast for our 37th Annual Shakespeare in the Park, Antony and Cleopatra.

Congratulations to our cast members.

We would like to thank all the very fine actors who came and auditioned. This really was a very difficult decision to arrive at. We saw a lot of very good talent. Narrowing the field down to six was anguishing. Again, thank you.

Actor #

1  Will McGregor  MARK ANTONY, Roman Emperor



2  Leah Wilson  CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt

2  OCTAVIA, sister to Caesar and wife to Antony


3  Theon Weber  OCTAVIUS CAESAR, Roman Emperor

3  SCARUS, friend to Antony

3  MARDIAN, attendant to Cleopatra


3  IRAS, lady attending Cleopatra


4  Scott Kester  DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, friend to Antony

4  ALEXAS, attendant to Cleopatra

4  SELEUCUS, attendant to Cleopatra





5  Laura Caswell  M. AEMILIUS LEPIDUS, Roman Emperor

5  AGRIPPA, friend to Caesar

5  DOLABELLA, friend to Caesar

5  THIDIUS, friend to Caesar

5  MENAS, friend to Pompey

5  CHARMIAN, lady attending Cleopatra


6  Cathy McPherson  SEXTUS POMPEIUS, a warrior opposing the emperors

6  EROS, friend to Antony

6  MAECENAS, friend to Caesar

6  PROCULEIUS, friend to Caesar

6  EUPHRONIUS, an Ambassador from Antony to Caesar




For those who were not cast, please, consider auditioning for the Kid Shakes production of “This is Hamlet,” a comedic retelling of the classic story. There are roles for ages ranging from intermediate school and high school age youth to adults of all ages. Details are available here on our website.



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