Finian’s Rainbow: Our 15th Summer Musical

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Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN) presents Finian's Rainbow as its 15th Annual Summer Musical. The show will run July 7-23 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 at KMC's Kilauea Theater. Opening on Broadway in 1947 with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (who wrote the lyrics for The Wizard of Oz), Finian's Rainbow generated one pop classic after another - "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?", "Old Devil Moon", and "Look to The Rainbow". Finian moves to the southern United States (the fictional state of Missitucky) from Ireland with his daughter, Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox in the mistaken belief that it will grow and will change people's lives, including a struggling farmer and local citizens. A leprechaun follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complications arise when a bigoted and corrupt U.S. Senator gets involved and when wishes are made inadvertently over the hidden crock. The themes about racial harmony and corrupt politicians still ring as true today as when the show was written 70 years ago. Keeping with the tradition of involving families in the show, this will be the first year KDEN has three generations of one family in one show. Dan Kelley is playing one of the Gospeleers, his son Joel is playing Senator Rawkins, and his grand-daughter Ariana is playing Diana. Kaimilkila Moreas who is playing Woody Mahoney is joined on stage by his niece Kamaile Carvalho and nephew 'Iolana Carvalho. Ensemble members Kyla, Dahlia and Rayanna Fabiani and their mother Jessica Owens and stepfather Aaron Lawrence are performing with KDEN for the first time. Another Gospeleer, Karl Halemano, will appear on stage with his daughter Susie who plays Susan Mahoney, stage manager Kala Daily will oversee her father Michael Meyer who is playing the Sheriff and in the ensemble, are brother and sister Gordon and Gracelynn Greenlaw. Bill Chikasuye takes on the role of Finian McLonergan with Samatha Saiki as his daughter Sharon, and Stephen Bond plays the leprechaun, Og. Steve Peyton plays Rawkins' henchman, Buzz Collins and Sawyer Becher plays Henry. Others in the ensemble are Mia Boyer, Lichen Forster, Asia Helfrich, Roch Jones, Dawn Pelletier, and Elizabeth Young. Suzi Bond directs the cast with music direction by Walter Greenwood. Tickets are $20 general, $15 for seniors 60 plus and students, and $12 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at Kilauea General Store, Kea'au Natural Foods, the Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo, and at the door. For more information or to make a reservation, call us at (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Murder on the Nile opens March 17

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We are preparing our third Agatha Christie murder mystery, Murder on the Nile, which will open on Friday, March 17. The story takes place on a paddleboat steamer going down the Nile between Shellal and Wadi Halfa.

Simon Mostyn and his rich, beautiful wife Kay are on their honeymoon. Simon's former love, Jacqueline has been following them throughout their journey.  There are a "bevy of memorable characters", including Kay's guardian, Canon Pennefather, who all play a part in the mystery. When Jackie gets hysterical and shoots Simon in the leg, an audacious conspiracy is revealed, everything is questioned, and eventually the criminals are caught.

"Agatha Christie is so much fun to do. There are so many twists in the plot and one must pay very close attention to understand the ending. Having done so many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, we realized her mysteries are a lot like Gilbert and Sullivan without music," says director Suzi Bond.

The cast is led by Hayley Pereira and Stephen Bond as Kay and Simon Mostyn, with Stephanie Becher as Jacqueline, and Ray Ryan as Canon Pennefather. Supporting characters are Lezleigh Bignami as Aunt Helen, Erin Smith as Christina, Mark Rawlings as Smith, Barbara Johnson as Louise and Steve Peyton as Dr. Bessner. Also appearing in the show are Lowden Borgens, Carol Denecker and Roch Jones,

Performances are March 17 – April 2, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 at KMC's Kilauea Theater. Tickets prices are $15 general, $12 seniors & students and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Kilauea General Store, Kea'au Natural Foods, the Most Irresistible Shop and at the door. For reservations and more information call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Cast List: Murder on the Nile

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Thank you to everyone who came out to audition! Here is the cast list:


1st beadseller . . . Lowden Borgens
2nd beadseller . . . Carol Denecker
Steward . . . Roch Jones
Miss Ffoliot-Ffolkes . . . Lezleigh "Nami" Bignami
Christina Grant . . . Erin Smith
Smith . . . Mark Rawlings
Louise . . . Blue
Dr Bessner . . . Steve Peyton
Kay Mostyn . . . Hayley Pereira
Simon Mostyn . . . Stephen Bond
Cnon Pennefather . . . Ray Ryan
Jacqueline De Severac . . . Stephanie Becher
Captain McNaught . . . Lowden Borgens

Auditions: Murder on the Nile

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KDEN announces auditions for Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile. Auditions will be held at KMC's Kilauea Theater Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 & 8 at 6:30 pm. The show is being directed by Suzi Bond.

Synopsis:

Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a rich woman, having thrown over his former lover Jacqueline. The couple are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile, accompanied by a bevy of memorable characters. Among those present are Canon Pennefather, Kay's guardian, and Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. During the voyage Jacqueline works herself into a state of hysteria and shoots at Simon, wounding him in the knee. A few moments later Kay is found shot in her bunk. By the time the boat reaches its destination, Canon Pennefather has laid bare an audacious conspiracy and has made sure the criminals shall not go free.

Performances will be March 17 - April 2, 2017.

For more information call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

The Music Man opens next Friday

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We are getting ready to present our 14th summer musical, Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, running July 8th - 24th at KMC's Kilauea Theater in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. His plans are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Musical favorites include "Seventy-six Trombones", "Trouble", "'Till There Was You", and "Gary, Indiana".

A cast of 36 theater veterans and newcomers are busy with rehearsals for Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. The cast is led by Scott Wuscher as Harold Hill and Alyssa Ishihara as Marian Paroo. Stephen Bond plays Marcellus, Harold's old friend who has settled in River City and has started a new life with his girlfriend, Ethel Toffelmeir, played by Hayley Pereira. The Paroo family also includes Stephanie Becher as Mrs Paroo and Hayden Konanui-Tucker as Winthrop. Mayor Shinn is Steve Peyton, with Terry Sever as his wife, Eulalie and Samantha Saiki and Fiona Broward as his daughters, Zaneeta and Gracie. Chanan Lopez plays Zaneeta's love interest, Tommy Djilas. The schoolboard members who are the Barbershop Quartet are  Joy Sever, Joel Kelley, Dick Hershberger and Michael Kingston. Kelley's daughter Ariana plays Amaryllis. The Pick-a-little ladies are Asia Helfrich, Carolyn Lee, and Helie Rock. Bill Chikasuye is the anvil salesman, Charlie Cowell. Others in the cast include Sawyer Becher, Kaulima Boyer, Kamaile Carvalho, Raina Dale, Gordon and Gracelyn Greenlaw, Susie Halemano, Jalen Hook, Katie Kluzak, Joe Miyazaki, Kathy Mulliken, Dawn Pelletier, Deakon Temple, Briana Tucker-Archie, Coral Walker and Elizabeth Young. They are led by director Suzi Bond, music director Chris Tomich and choreographer Rachel Klein. Jonathan Sudler is the set designer.

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets are available at Kilauea General Store, Keaʻau Natural Foods and The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo. Tickets are also available at the door.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) opens Friday

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Posing the theological question: "Does God have a sense of humor?". The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) seems to prove that undoubtedly he has. We present this hilarious adventure into the quirks and conundrums of the Bible for two weekends at KMC's Kilauea Theater. The show will run for two weekends opening March 25 and playing through April 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30.

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) is by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, aka Reduced Shakespeare Company. Additional material is by Matthew Croke. The show reunites Stephen Bond, Wilfred Tyler Gee, and Chris Tomich who performed The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) three years ago as Bond's senior project for his Performing Arts from UH-Hilo. The trio is directed by Suzi Bond with Angie Nakamura as the company Stage Manager.

The premise is fairly straightforward: present the books of the Bible in chronological order. Of course, with 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, it's easy to imagine that two hours just isn't enough time. And this is where it gets funny. The subject is one that's liable to cause some to bristle at its treatment of the Bible. But, this is where it's important to emphasize that the show is about the Bible, not Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam--or any religion. They even go out of their way to clarify that.

Tickets for are $15 general, $12 for students, seniors and $10 for children 12 and under and are available at Kilauea General Store, Keaʻau Natural Foods and The Most Irresistible Shop in downtown Hilo.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Volcano Festival Chorus presents ‘A Gift to the Community’

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The Volcano Festival will present its 21st annual concert, "A Gift to the Community", on Saturday, December 5th, at the Kilauea Military Camp's Kilauea Theater. This one-time performance will start promptly at 7:00.

The 20 member chorus will delight the audience with holiday favorites including "Ring Christmas Bells,""Tell it on the Mountain," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" featuring soloists Rachel Edwards and Angie Jara. The chorus is under the direction of Roch Jones and accompanied by Walter Greenwood on piano. The audience will get to join in with a sing-along. This concert is sponsored yearly by the Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network to thank the community for its support.

Come and enjoy the festivities of the season and don't be late. As always, admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Fall 2015 VFC rehearsals begin

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Rehearsals begin tonight for the Volcano Festival Chorus at the Keakealani Campus of the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. The VFC will rehearse every week from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Come sing with us!

The King and I closes

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The King and I closed yesterday. Time for the post production blues to begin! A huge mahalo to everyone who made the production a success. The audiences were something wonderful, making this a summer we are sure to remember for a long time.

The King and I adds a matinee!

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Due to overwhelming response to KDEN's The King and I, a Saturday matinee has been added to the final weekend of performances. The show, which stars Norman Arancon as The King and Jeanette Gilbert as Anna, plays Friday and Saturday 7:30, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 at KMC's Kilauea Theater. Tickets for the Saturday matinee are by reservation. Advance sale tickets for the Friday and Saturday evenings and the Sunday matinee are available at Kilauea General Store, Keaʻau Natural Foods and The Most Irresistible Shop.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

The King and I continues

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KDEN's The King and I, starring Norman Arancon as The King and Jeanette Gilbert as Anna, continues this weekend. Performances are Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:30 at KMC's Kilauea Theater. Advance sale tickets are available at Kilauea General Store, Keaʻau Natural Foods and The Most Irresistible Shop. Tickets are available at the door.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

The King and I opens tonight

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Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network is pleased to present its annual summer musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Performances are July 10 - 26 at KMC's Kilauea Theater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which is derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The musical's plot tells of the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher, hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict, as well as by a love that neither can admit. Along with the dazzling score, which includes "Shall We Dance", "Getting to Know You", and "Hello, Young Lovers", is the Jerome Robbins ballet, "The Small House of Uncle Thomas".

The cast is led by the incomparable Norman Arancon as The King and a newcomer to the stage, Jeanette Gilbert, as Anna. They are joined by Rachel Edwards as Lady Thiang, Samantha Saiki and Grayson Mento as the lovers Tuptim and Lun Tha, Deakon Temple as Prince Chulalongkorn and Sawyer Becher as Anna's son Louis Leonowens. Stephen Bond is the Kralahome and Sydney Romo is Phra Alack, while Steve Peyton takes on the roles of Captain Orton and Sir Edward Ramsey. Angie Jara is Eliza in the "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet and is dance captain. The wives are portrayed by Lauris Aragion-Mata, Stephanie Becher, Asia Helfrich and Dawn Pelletier. The children are Fiona Broward, Kamaile Carvalho, Joanne and John Farias, Gordon and Gracxelynn Greenlaw, Susie halemano, Ella Johnson and Macy Orr. Anjanette Jara, Roch Jones, Katie Kluzak, Haley Pereira, Teagan Rutkowski, Briana Tucker-Archie and Elizabeth Young round out the cast.

Suzi Bond directs the cast of thirty-one with musical direction by Kait Wilson and choreography by Carmen Richardson. Pedro Kaʻawaloa returns from New York to conduct the 25 piece orchestra. The fabulous sets are designed by Jonathan Sudler and John Patrick Kea is sound and lighting designer. Helie Rock heads a crew of seamstresses who are creating the costumes. Bryan Furer is the make-up consultant.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets are available at Kilauea General Store, Keaʻau Natural Foods and The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo. Tickets are also available at the door.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Cast List: The King and I

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The moment you have have all been waiting for is here... Congratulations to those who have been cast! We are very excited about this summer's musical. The first read-through will be on Monday, May 25 at KMC Theater. We will have a potluck/BBQ starting at 4 PM. The read-through will begin around 6 PM. Please feel free to bring your families.


The King . . . Norman Arancon
Anna Leonowens . . . Jeanette Gilbert
Louis Leonowens . . . Sawyer Becher
Prince Chulalongkorn . . . Deakon Temple
Lady Thiang . . . Rachel Edwards
Tuptim . . . Samantha Saiki
Lun Tha . . . Grayson Mento
Eliza/Dance Captain . . . Angeline Jara

Children:
Fiona Broward
Kamaile Carvalho
Joanne Farias
John Farias
Gordon Greenlaw
Gracelyn Greenlaw
Susie Halemano
Ella Johnson
Macy Orr
Stanislaw Stack

Wives:
Lauris Aragon-Mata
Arlene Araki
Tanya Aynessazian
Stephanie Becher
Asia Helfrich
Dawn Pelletier

Ensemble:
Eva Abraham
Emerson Aynessazian
Stephen Bond
Apollo Harris
Ajanette Jara
Roch Jones
Katie Kluzak
Tiffany Kutsunai
Haley Pereira
Sydney Romo
Teagan Rutkowski
Val Santarone
Maddy Schindler
Briana Tucker-Archie
Elizabeth Young

Auditions: The King and I

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KDEN announces auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 18 & 19 at 6:30 pm, in KMC's Kilauea Theater in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The show will be directed by Suzi Bond, with musical direction by Kait Wilson and choreography by Carmen Richardson. Pedro Kaʻawaloa will conduct the orchestra. Jonathan Sudler is designing the set and costume construction will be led by Helie Rock.

The story of The King and I is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

KDEN's summer musical is a family affair with parts available for all ages. Principal parts are available for 3 women, 2 men, and 2 boys. There are featured roles for two men and a singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Royal Dancers, Wives, Children, Priests and Amazons. Auditoneers should be prepared to sing with accompaniment and dance some. Dress comfortably to be able to move freely on the stage. There will be some line readings for those interested in the lead roles.

 The show will run July 10 - 26, 2015, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Please join us for a summer of fun!

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

A Walk into the Past Resumes!

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KDEN's Living History program "A Walk into the Past" resumes Tuesday, November 11. Meet Dr Thomas Jaggar (portrayed by Dick Hershberger) and find out what drew him to the edge of Kilauea to study volcanoes. The show will repeat every other Tuesday, with performances at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm. Meet at Kilauea Visitor's Center and you will be escorted to the Whitney Vault, home of the original seismograph. The performance is free, but park entrance fees apply. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Cast List: Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Here it is, folks! The moment you've all been waiting for... the cast list!


Amahl . . . Emerson Aynessazian
Mother . . . Sherri Thal
King Kaspar . . . Andy Colberg
King Melchior . . . Tim Oldfather
King Balthazar . . . Dick Hershberger
The Page . . . Joy Sever

Shepherd Chorus:

Arlene Araki
Thais DaRosa
Bonnie Chock Burke
Joanna Savage
Christopher Tomich
Stephen Bond (Dancer A)
Dillon Matthew-Gilmore (Dancer A)

Nathan Ducasse (Dancer B)

Miriam Moylan (Dancer B)

 

There will be more chorus added.

KDEN Celebrates its 12th Birthday

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Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN) will celebrate its 12th birthday on Saturday, June 14 at the Hilo Town Tavern from 6 - 9:30pm. The celebration will include; "Pedjioke" with KDEN's music director Pedro Ka'awaloa, a performance by local band Roach In The Amp aka R.I.T.A., and a raffle. Tickets are $10 at the door. The money raised will help this summer's musical, Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.

Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN) is a nonprofit community theater organization whose goal it is to foster quality Community Theater. The group seek to enrich and unite our community through involvement in the performing arts. KDEN produces two shows per year; a winter production and a summer musical at KMC's Kilauea Theater, sponsors the Volcano Festival Chorus and presents a living history program "A Walk Into the Past" in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Some of the musicals KDEN has produced include the winter's Once Upon A Mattress, last summer's Beauty and the Beast as well as Nunsense, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Man of La Mancha, and four other Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

The raffle will feature a Body Glove Cruise for two, photographs from Britten Traughber, a beaded clutch from the 40's and a few other fun items. Roach In The Amp aka R.I.T.A. consists of 10 members including board member Karen Blue on bass. "Pedjioke" features Kaawaloa on the piano as members of the KDEN 'ohana sing favorite Broadway tunes (sort of like karaoke). This will be Kaawaloa's last hurrah with KDEN as he is moving to New York the next week.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Cast List: Ruddigore

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And here it is. Drum roll please.....


Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd . . . Byron Karr
Richard Dauntless . . . Chris Tomich
Sir Despard Murgatroyd . . . Stephen Bond
Old Adam Goodheart . . . Paul Porter
Rose Maybud . . . Corey Yester
Mad Margaret . . . Stephanie Becher
Dame Hannah . . . Kathy Frankovic
Zorah . . . Kait Wilson
Ruth . . . Mimi Tincher
Sir Roderick Murgatroyd . . . Dick Hershberger

Ghosts/Officers: (Specific roles to be designated)
Lauris Aragon-Mata
Arlene Araki
Andy Colberg
Erin Gallagher
Walter Greenwood
Galen Larson
Elizabeth Mulliken
Kathy Mulliken
Dawn Pelletier
Helie Rock
Mike Stevens

Professional Bridesmaids:
Simone Alexa
Aislinn Carroll
Jessie Coney
Allison Cornett
Katie Kluzak
Hayley Pereira
Asia Ring
Teagan Rutkowski
Brianna Tucker-Archie
Emma Tunison
Professional Flower Girl . . . Elizabeth Young
Ring Bearer . . . Sawyer Becher

Auditions: Ruddigore

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Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN) announces auditions for their annual summer musical. This summer they will present their 5th Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Ruddigore. The auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 19 & 20 at 6:30 pm at the Kilauea Theater in the Kilauea Military Camp in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. KDEN is looking for people of all ages to participate. Come prepared to sing, dance and possibly read scenes from the script. Show dates are July 11 - 27, 2014.

As with all Gilbert and Sullivan, the stories all revolve around duty and doing what is expected. This cast of characters consists of mortals and ghosts; officers, ancestors, villagers, and professional bridesmaids. There are lead roles for 5 men and 4 women.

The show will be directed by Suzi Bond, with vocal direction by Chris Tomich.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday

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Another fairy tale comes to the Kilauea Theater stage Feb. 7-23 in Volcano.

For the past two summers, KDEN (Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network) has brought fairy tales to life with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

This time around, it will be the musical comedy version of "The Princess and the Pea," Once Upon A Mattress, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

"This delightful show marked the Broadway debut of later stage and TV personality Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred," said KDEN Executive Director Suzi Bond, who will direct, with vocal direction by Pedro Ka'awaloa, who also plays the Jester.

The role of Winnifred is being brought to life by Joy Sever, with Stephen Bond as the hapless Price Dauntless. Stephanie Becher plays the overbearing Queen Aggravain, with Andy Colberg as the mute King Sextimus. The lovers Sir Harry and Lady Larken are portrayed by Byron Karr and Kait Wilson. Chris Tomich keeps the plot moving as the Minstrel and Douglas Wayman plays The Wizard and is choreographing the major musical numbers.

The cast is rounded out by the chorus: Emerson Aynessazian, Tanya Aynessazian, Julia Cellini, Nathan Ducasse, Kathy Frankovic, Roch Jones, Billy Shackley, Britten Traughber, and Elizabeth Young. The orchestra of 15 local musicians will be conducted by Armando Mendoza.

Set design is by Jonathan Sudler, who returns to KDEN and the Big Island after eight years.

Performances will be at KMC's Kilauea Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15/$12/$10, available at Kilauea General Store, Keaau Natural Foods, The Most Irresistible Shop and at the door.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.

Once Upon a Mattress opens soon!

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Another fairy tale comes to the Kilauea Theater stage Feb. 7-23 in Volcano.

For the past two summers, KDEN (Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network) has brought fairy tales to life with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

This time around, it will be the musical comedy version of "The Princess and the Pea," Once Upon A Mattress, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

"This delightful show marked the Broadway debut of later stage and TV personality Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred," said KDEN Executive Director Suzi Bond, who will direct, with vocal direction by Pedro Ka'awaloa, who also plays the Jester.

The role of Winnifred is being brought to life by Joy Sever, with Stephen Bond as the hapless Price Dauntless. Stephanie Becher plays the overbearing Queen Aggravain, with Andy Colberg as the mute King Sextimus. The lovers Sir Harry and Lady Larken are portrayed by Byron Karr and Kait Wilson. Chris Tomich keeps the plot moving as the Minstrel and Douglas Wayman plays The Wizard and is choreographing the major musical numbers.

The cast is rounded out by the chorus: Emerson Aynessazian, Tanya Aynessazian, Julia Cellini, Nathan Ducasse, Kathy Frankovic, Roch Jones, Billy Shackley, Britten Traughber, and Elizabeth Young. The orchestra of 15 local musicians will be conducted by Armando Mendoza.

Set design is by Jonathan Sudler, who returns to KDEN and the Big Island after eight years.

Performances will be at KMC's Kilauea Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15/$12/$10, available at Kilauea General Store, Keaau Natural Foods, The Most Irresistible Shop and at the door.

For more information or reservations call (808) 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com.