Hilo Community Players

Hawai‘i Island’s Oldest Theatre Company

The Hilo Community Players have been doing theatre since 1938! Through the presentation of amateur and professional theatre, youth theatre and various special events, the Hilo Community Players strive to organize, promote, and conduct an inspirational, engaging program of quality drama throughout the year.

Hilo Community Players announce the


The 47th Annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival

The Hilo Community Players are thrilled to announce our 47th Annual Shakespeare in the Park production THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged), a hilarious and fast-paced romp through all of Shakespeare’s plays, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, and directed by Sarah Elliott. This side-splitting performance will be held on the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Lawn from July 12-28, and at the Honoka‘a Sports Complex from August 2-4. All performances are free to the public.

This year’s production promises to be a delightful blend of humor, creativity, and Shakespearean mischief. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) is a farcical comedy that condenses 37 of the Bard’s plays into a whirlwind of laughter and fun. Audiences are invited to experience Shakespeare like never before, with a performance that combines wit, satire, and physical comedy.

Performance Schedule:

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Lawn
July 12-28, 2024
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:30 PM

Honoka‘a Sports Complex
August 2-4, 2024
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 2:30 PM

Sean Douglas
Wilfred Gee
Saul Rollason
Theon Weber
 & featuring John Kooistra

Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to support future productions and community programs. Please remember to bring your own seating for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

For more information, please visit  hiloplayers.org


The Hilo Community Players are thrilled to invite you to our Annual Kid-Shakes production, SHAKESPEARE SHORTS! This enchanting event promises a fun and engaging experience for audiences of all ages.

SHAKESPEARE SHORTS is directed by Alya-Joy Kanehailua and Dane Dupre, and features keiki, teen and adult performers. Adapted from On The Mark Press, the show offers a series of captivating, bite-sized performances of some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. These family-friendly adaptations are perfect for introducing younger audiences to the magic of the Bard’s timeless tales, making it an ideal outing for families and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike.

Performance Details:
Dates: July 13th – 28th
Showtimes: Saturdays at 4 PM & Sundays at 5 PM
Location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Lawn
Admission: FREE

Audiences are encouraged to bring their own seating, such as mats, blankets, and chairs, to enjoy the performances comfortably on the scenic lawn of the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

As a non-profit organization, Hilo Community Players rely on the generous support of the community. While the event is free, donations are appreciated to help continue the tradition of bringing quality theatrical productions and arts education to Hilo.

Join us for Kid-Shakes Shakespeare Shorts! and experience the joy of Shakespeare’s works in a fun, accessible format that will leave the entire family entertained and inspired.

For more information, please visit hiloplayers.org


We provide access to all of our activities without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religion or disability. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability, please contact us at least 5 days prior to the event at HiloCommunityPlayers@Gmail.com

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