Hilo Community Players

Hawaii Island’s Oldest Theatre Company

The Hilo Community Players have been doing theater since 1938! 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


The 41st Annual Shakespeare in the Park returns to Kalakaua Park July 12th-28th

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, HCP’s 41st Annual Shakespeare in the Park production begins at 7:30 PM Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays beginning July 12th
  • HCP’s 5th Annual Kids Shakes’ children friendly show Lions in Illyria (based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) written by Robert Kauzlaric begins at 5 PM Fridays through Sundays beginning July 13th.



The Hilo Community Players, one of the oldest community theatre organizations in the state of Hawaii, announces their 41st Annual Shakespeare in the Park productions for July 2018 in Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo.  The Merry WIves of Windsor, directed by Catherine McPherson-Tampos, opens July 12th at 7:30 PM and runs through July 28th with evening performances Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 PM matinee shows on Sundays. Lions in Illyria (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) directed by Alston Albarado will be the fifth annual Kids Shakes production and plays Fridays through Sundays at 5 PM from July 13th to July 28th. The shows will go on rain or shine. Admission to all shows is free.

The main plot of The Merry Wives of Windsor involves one of Shakespeare’s better know comedic characters, Falstaff. He is down on his luck and schemes to woo two married ladies of the town simultaneously in order to set himself up as a kept man. Hysterically, nothing goes according to his plans. At the same time, three suitors vie for the hand of the most eligible bachelorette in town while her parents try to manipulate her choice for each of their separate favorite potential in-laws. This production of The Merry Wives of Windsor sets the play in the not too distant future. According to director McPherson-Tampos, “One of the themes of the play is about communication and intentional miscommunication and the chaos that can cause; in this case extremely funny chaos. By setting it in the future, we can also explore the modern day dilemma of manipulation caused with faked news and how we currently connect and talk to each other today.”

Lions in Illyria takes us into the jungle as Shakespeare’s characters from Twelfth Night are lions and peacocks and monkeys and other fun creatures.


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