The Volcano Festival Chorus is back with another wonderful concert for the Big Island. We hope to see you there!
We are starting our 21st year with the annual summer musical. This year’s presentation is Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado; or The Town of Titipu. The show will run July 22 – August 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30 in KMC’s Kilauea Theater. Come and enjoy the cool climate of Volcano on a hot summer night and see the glow of the volcano from the steps of the Kilauea Theater and the brilliant stars in a very dark sky.
Appearing in the production are Dick Hershberger as The Mikado, Stephen Bond as Nanki-Poo- his son, Joel Kelley as Koko the Lord High Executioner, Saul Rollason as Pooh-Bah the Lord High Everything Else, and Ben McMillan as Pish-Tush. They will be joined by Elizabeth Young as Yum-Yum, Ariana Kelley as Pitti-Sing and Sherie McMillan as Peep-Bo and Lori DeMello as Katisha. There is a chorus of school girls, noblemen and guards that includes Arlene Araki, Everly Arceo, Kendall Haddock, Kathy Mulliken, Katie Mulliken, Dawn Pelletier, Cadence McMillan, Sean McMillan and Tobias McMillan. Familiar tunes include “I’ve Got a Little List”, ”Three Little Maids from School”, and “A Wand’ring Minstrel, I”. The show is being directed by Suzi Bond. Walter Greenwood is the music director and will conduct the live orchestra. The set design is by Jonathan Sudler and Helie Rock is coordinating the costumes. Melanie Oldfather is the Vocal Coach.
As with all Gilbert and Sullivan the primary theme is duty and respect. It is about following through with commitments made and being responsible for the consequences. They are just set in different places; A pirate cove, a ship, a castle, and in this case, Japan. That and taking aim at society and its foibles. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions. When The Mikado was composed in 1885, Londoners had been enthusiastic about all things Japanese since the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-1850s. It shows the limited knowledge of Japan and all of East Asia as it claims to be set in Japan, but the names of the characters and places are more Chinese-like. It shows how ignorant of other races the English (white people) were and to some aspect still are. The Mikado takes a swipe at 1880s English society and institutions while disguising it as foreign policies. It is surprising how some of the themes in the show resonate with current events.
Tickets for the performances are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors over 60 and students and $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets go on sale on July 1st at Kilauea General Store in Volcano, Kea’auNatural Foods, Basically Books and The Most Irresistible Shop in downtown Hilo. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information or to make reservations call 982-7344 or email . KDEN will be following all Covid safety protocols; face masks will be required, distanced seating, and contact tracing.
We are pleased to announce the auditions for our 20th summer musical, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado; or , The Town of Titipu. Auditions will be on Monday and Tuesday, May 23rd & 24th at 6:30pm at KMC’s Kilauea Theater. There are parts for all ages and ability. Auditioneers should be prepared to sing a song that best shows their vocal range and dress comfortably to move on the stage. There will be cold readings as well.
Principal male characters are The Mikado, Nanki-Poo- his son, Koko- Lord High Executioner, Pooh-Bah – Lord High Everything Else, and Pish-Tush and Go-To both Noble Lords. Principal female characters are Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo all wards of Koko, and Katisha- an Elderly Lady. There is also a chorus of school girls, noblemen and guards. Familiar tunes include “I’ve Got a Little List”,” Three Little Maids from School”, and “A Wand’ring Minstrel, I”. The show is being directed by Suzi Bond. Walter Greenwood is the music director will conduct the live orchestra.
As with all Gilbert and Sullivan the primary theme is duty and respect. It is about following through with commitments made and being responsible for the consequences. They are just set in different places; A pirate cove, a ship, a castle, Japan. That and taking aim at society and its foibles. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.
When The Mikado was composed in 1885, Londoners had been enthusiastic about all things Japanese since the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-1850s. It shows the limited knowledge of Japan and all of East Asia as it claims to be set in Japan, but the names of the characters and places are more Chinese-like. It shows how ignorant of other races the English (white people) were and to some aspect still are. The Mikado takes a swipe at 1880s English society and institutions while disguising it as foreign policies.
The performance will be July 22 – August 7th, 2022; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30 in KMC’s Kilauea Theater.
After a 2 year hiatus, Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN) is pleased to announce that our Living History Program “A Walk into the Past” with Dr. Jaggar is returning to Hawaii Volcano National Park as of April 22.
“A Walk into the Past” features local actor Dick Hershberger as Dr. Thomas Jaggar the founder of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory. The nationally acclaimed program takes place near the Whitney Vault just below the Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The year is 1939, and after 27 years as founder and director of Hawaii Volcano Observatory, Dr. Jaggar is forced to retire and is moving to Oahu to be on the faculty of University of Hawaii. Jaggar explains why his mission is to save lives through the study of volcanoes around the world.
This program was started in 2005 by the late writer/actor/director Peter Charlot. In 2012 the program was revamped and Hershberger took over as Jaggar. The show has evolved from the original setting in 1912 just before the Bosch-Omori seismograph was installed in Whitney Vault to where it is today. Hershberger’s knowledge of Jaggar’s story and the geology of the volcano make the program engaging as well as informative.
“A Walk into the Past” takes place on Fridays at 10, and noon, through most of May and will appear on a regular basis starting on June 10. Those interested can pick up free tickets at the Kilauea Visitor Center on the day of the event.
Yesterday, we took a break from rehearsing our annual summer musical to celebrate our 20th Birthday! A party of loyal supporters, board members past and present and some of the cast members met to eat, drink and play board games.
KDEN is a 501(c)3 non-profit Community Theater organization that performs at Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theater on the edge of Halema’uma’u Crater. “It is pretty miraculous that any non-profit can exist for 20 years let alone a community theater company” says Board President Karl Halemano, “we look forward to 20 more! We could not have made it this far without the overwhelming support of the community, especially during the past 2 years”
“In June 2022, a group of us wanted to re-mount the production of Man of LaMancha so that we could take it on the road to Hilo and Kona,” says Executive Director Suzi Bond. “While at a fair in Keaau I ran into Karen Blue, Peter Charlot, Bill Chikasuye, and Tom McAlexander. I mentioned what we were thinking about doing and told them we needed a board to form a company. They all agreed to be part of this “Impossible Dream”. With funding from philanthropists Anna Blackwell and Nancy Bannick KDEN was born.”
Since its inception, KDEN has produced a summer musical every year and additional programs during the winter months. We have done 27 musicals, 8 non-musicals and a number of evenings of radio plays.
The hilarious Alan Ayckbourn comedy How the Other Half Loves opens soon at KMC’s Kilauea Theater. Performances will be March 4 – 20. Fridays and Saturdays start at 7:30 pm, and Sundays begin at 2:30 pm.
Set in the autumn of 1969, the show centers around three couples. Fiona Foster and Bob Phillips are having an affair unbeknownst to their spouses Frank Foster and Teresa Phillips. To cover it up they invent cover stories that involve a third couple, William and Mary Detweiler. which leads to farcical misunderstandings, conflicts and revelations. How The Other Half Loves has a single set, which represents two separate but over-lapping living rooms which allows the action to take place in both rooms simultaneously. A talented cast of six veteran Hilo actors take the stage to portray the three couples. Mark Rawlings and Celaney Carpenter are Frank and Fiona Foster, Ray Ryan and Joanne Pocsidio are Bob and Teresa Phillips, and Murphy Bierman and Joy Bierman are William and Mary Detweiler. They are under the direction of Suzi Bond. Don Lawrence has designed the set, Helie Rock is costuming and John Kea is light and sound designer.
“This is one of the first shows I worked on 50 years ago. I was the prop master and this show has a LOT of props. It has been a blast to revisit the show and see how well it holds up” says director Suzi Bond. “From the first rehearsal there has been lots of laughter. We spent the first 3 rehearsals just reading through the play so that everyone had a clear understanding of how the flow of the show works. Once we started blocking it was kinda slow going making sure that we were able to keep the action flowing. We have such a small stage it has been a challenge. I think people will be amazed at how much is on the stage and how everyone moves freely in the space. “
Tickets for the performance are $15 and are available at the door. Reservations and more information are available by calling (808) 982-7344 or emailing . How the Other Half Loves is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. (www.concordtheatricals.com)
KDEN is following all protocols to keep people safe. Seats in the theater have been blocked off to create 6 foot blocks between available seats. Temperature checks will be taken at the door. Masks are required. We will have sanitation stations at the door and also at the bathrooms. The doors to the theater will be left open for ventilation; layers are recommended as it will be chilly.
By popular demand Kilauea Drama & Entertainment Network (KDEN) will be presenting Radio Plays for the Holidays, Friday and Saturday December 10 – 11 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday December 12 at 2:30pm in KMC’s Kilauea Theater. The plays are from the 30s, 40s, and 50s and follow a holiday theme.
“KDEN is trying to keep on performing throughout the uncertainty of the pandemic. We are thrilled to be bringing this fun entertainment for the holidays as we miss being able present the Volcano Festival Chorus’ annual concert,” says KDEN Board President Karl Halemano. “This is now our third set of these radio plays. Audiences have loved the experience of the past two and keep asking for more.”
The plays being performed are “Twas the Night Before Christmas” based on a story by Paul Galico, “The Meanest Man in the World” by Augustin MacHugh and “The Visit of St. Nick” based on the famous Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore. Between the plays there will be Christmas caroling accompanied by Melanie Oldfather.
The actors will be playing numerous roles at microphones with scripts in hand and live sound effects. The cast features local favorites Joy and Murphy Bierman, Stephen Bond, Deb Campbell, Kathy Frankovic, Nathan Friday, Hal Glatzer, Sam Hall, Ariana and Joel Kelley, Ben, Sherie, Cadence, Toby and Sean McMillan, Kendra Obermaier, Mark Rawlings, and Ray Ryan. The show is being directed by Suzi Bond.
Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (808) 982-7344 or emailing . KDEN is following all protocols to keep people safe. Seats in the theater have blocked off creating 6 foot blocks between available seats. Temperature checks will be done at the door. Masks are required. We will have sanitation stations at the door and also at the bathrooms. The doors to the theater will be left open for ventilation, layers are recommended as it will be chilly.
Heidi, who played Mabel in KDEN’s The Pirates of Penzance from 2004, has the entire production on her YouTube channel. You can watch it here!
For those of you who missed this summer’s production of Pirates due to CoVid concerns, the video will be available for viewing soon.
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