Children’s theater blooms on Westside

Theater veteran Dennis South has started a children’s musical-theater company on the Westside, Kauai Kids for Kids Theatre, and will be auditioning parts for their first production, “Peter Pan.”

“We’ve got a very active theater community here, and I go to all of (their shows), but they’re all on the Eastside,” South said. “We don’t have anything happening going on out here.”

South said he hopes that the show “Peter Pan” will bring out a lot of children because of the abundance of roles for them.

“Mostly, it appeals to kids,” he said.

South also said he would like to dress the characters Hawaiian-style, with ti leaves, as opposed to furs of animals.

The auditions for “Peter Pan” will start next week, on Thursday and Friday at the old Japanese church in Waimea on Ola Road at 3 p.m. Auditions are open to children ages 9 to 19.

Those interested in auditioning should come prepared with a monologue (South suggested a poem or an except from a favorite story) and a song.

Movement exercises will be saved for a later date.

The show has a tentative opening date in May.

South said he is also looking for volunteers to work on the stage, and technical staff for set design and construction, costumers, lighting technicians and publicity coordinators.

South said he hopes to provide a creative outlet and alternative activity for the youth of the South Shore and Westside of Kaua‘i.

South has been a principal director and producer for the Valley Isle Players on Maui, and Bainbridge Performing Arts in Washington state, and has worked in numerous film and television projects.

For more information on the auditions, volunteering, or the new theater company, call South at 634-4800.

 Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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