You gotta believe

There’s no denying Ron Soderstrom is a man of many talents.

Need a laugh? This guy has performed with the improv team called “InsPirates.”

Need entertainment for an event? This guy with the chiseled face and body is an aerial dancer.

Need a little help with how you’re feeling about life? He has “Select Performance: Mental Training and Life Coaching.”

Now, the former construction worker is adding director to the credits as he guides a cast toward “Insight: Unleash your imagination,” presented by Soderstrom and Navitan Circus Arts.

The Saturday interactive variety show at Lihue Parish Hall promises to be of “inspirational proportions!” It will include different aspects of cirque arts, acrobatics, music, poetry with a comedic flair, and a band of roving performers. Little pleases Soderstrom like being part of something creative and fun.

“I found something inside myself that moved me to create something that was more than just a show,” he said. “I actually have intent and real emotional feeling behind this.”

Soderstrom moved to Kauai from Seattle about 10 years ago. While he and his family love life on the small island, it does have its limitations. But he’s not someone who believes in boundaries. It’s one reason he wanted to present a show for families to see there are endless opportunities if they use their imaginations and pursue their life’s passions.

“It can be in all kinds of different places. It’s not always right in front of you, but when you open yourself up to new possibilities, than the sky’s the limit,” he said.

Soderstrom was a sponsored skateboarder and for 25 years skated the big ramps. He was in construction in Seattle, often working on skyscrapers. He operated a tile company here until moving full time into the business of mental training and life coaching, for which he uses hypnosis.

“The quality of life I’ve been able to assist people with, it’s very heart rendering,” he said.”I love to be able to see people take a step in the right direction they want to go,” he said.

He helps people “get rid of the not-so-good thoughts, the things that we get stuck in.” 

He’ll be performing a stage hypnosis act during Insight.

“When it comes down to people unleashing their imagination and being able to get out there and do the things that they want, hypnosis is the perfect vehicle for it,” he said.

Thalyn Nikolau, leader of InsPirates improv comedy, will be the show’s emcee and recite some not-so-serious poems — or at least he won’t be entirely serious, even if the poem is.

“He’s got a wonderful way with words,” Soderstrom said.

Soderstrom was part of a cabaret show four months ago at Lihue Parish Hall that sold out. He expects Insight to do the same.

“It was a wonderful, wonderful evening,” he said.

He assures those planning to attend the audience will not only witness something amazing, they’ll be part of it.

“When we come to the point of people unleashing their imagination, I want the audience to be part of the show,” he said. “I don’t want them just sitting. I want them to be able to engage and have fun and be the stars themselves.”

The show starts at 6:30 and should wrap up about 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. A VIP package is $45.

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