Hilo Community Players
Hawaii Island’s Oldest Theatre Company
The Hilo Community Players have been doing theater since 1938! We are the oldest theater company on Hawaii Island! Through the presentation of amateur and professional theater, youth theater and various special events, the Hilo Community Players strive to organize, promote, and conduct an inspirational, engaging program of quality drama throughout the year.
Next to Normal
This year, Hilo Community Players plans a full season of theatre beginning with a Spring production of the musical “Next to Normal.” “Next to Normal” opened on Broadway in 2009 and won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (becoming the 8th musical ever to receive the honor). It is a powerful rock musical that grapples with the subject of mental illness in a suburban family.
This musical speaks directly to the issues of delusions, depression, loneliness, and the use of drugs to get through the day. That probably sounds awfully heavy, but the songs are tender and funny as well as penetrating. A hugely talented cast will perform in the theatre space at East Hawaii Cultural Center which is intimate enough to hear every word and to feel close to the actors and the story.
Don’t miss this unflinching look at a family coping with the effects of mental illness. “Next to Normal” runs from Friday, May 4th through Saturday May 19th, 2018. Evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7:30pm and two Sunday matinees are at 2:30pm, May 6th and May 13th.
Tickets: $20 donation, available online at www.hiloplayers.org, and at Basically Books (1672 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii). Remaining tickets will be available at the door, but seating is limited! Hilo Community Players members receive a $3 discount at the door and group bookings are available! There is a $1 processing fee for all credit card transactions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about group bookings and the opportunity to advertise in the program for the show.
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