HCT announces its 2018 season

Hawaii Children’s Theatre announced the events scheduled for 2018, beginning with their acclaimed performing arts education program Summer Stars.

Summer Stars 2018 AM presents the annual ​Rising Stars Showcase Gala and Fundraiser on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. with a silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. The theater keiki present an evening full of songs, dances and scenes.

Summer Stars 2018 PM presents ​”Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” ​directed by Rebecca Hanson, ​on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, at 3 p.m., at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

“HCT After Dark” presents the Tony-Award-winning musical, Stephen Sondheim’s “​Into the Woods​.” O​ne of Sondheim’s most popular works, ​”Into the Woods​” is a musically sophisticated show, a dark comedy. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.

Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

This show will be rated PG-13. ​”Into the Woods” will be staged at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse Aug. 2 to 19, Thursdays through Sundays at 7 p.m.

Finally, HCT has selected Disney’s “​Newsies”​ as its big fall musical this year, and auditions for ages 8 and up will be in mid-August. Dates, times and locations will be on the HCT website. ​”Newsies”​ will open at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall on Nov. 9 and run for three weekends, with nine public performances and school performances, closing Nov. 25.

Info: www.hawaiichildrenstheatre.org or 246-8985.

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TGIFR!DAY

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