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.

Current Productions

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 hilocommunityplayers@gmail.com to find out more about group bookings and the opportunity to advertise in the program for the show.


Lions In Illyria

Lions in Illyria
By Robert Kauzlaric
An Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Directed by Alston Albarado
Assistant Directed by Bernard-Benjamin Villa
Auditions at EHCC Museum of Contemporary Art
Saturday May 19, 3pm – 5pm in Upstairs Multipurpose Room
Sunday May 20, 12pm – 2pm in Downstairs Annex
All ages are encouraged to audition, however teen and adult actors are preferred for the eight main roles. Auditionees are requested to come prepared with a short acapella singing selection, approximately 30 seconds in length. Also, come dressed ready to move and dance.
Please contact Alston at aa22@hawaii.edu if you have any questions or to request special accommodations.
About The Show:
Based upon the hilarious Twelfth Night, this delightful adaptation morphs the story into an engaging visual spectacular for young audiences. Stranded in a brand new land, lion cubs Violet and Sebastian maneuver themselves through the magical world of Illyria. With each character translated to an animal counterpart, the gaggle of pompous people they encounter include a gazelle, monkey, hyena, peacock, warthog, and even a dodo bird. The love triangle of Twelfth Night is cleverly reimagined for children and adults in this crafty comedy.
VIOLET – a lioness cub, Sebastian’s sister
SEBASTIAN – a lion cub, Violet’s brother
ORSINO – a peacock nobleman
OLIVIA – a gazelle noblewoman, Toby’s sister
TOBY – a warthog knight, Olivia’s brother
ANDREW – a dodo knight
MARIA – a hyena maid
ANTONIA – a monkey pirate
ENSEMBLE – various animals in Illyria

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