Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble to Perform Macbeth | Arts & Culture
Information courtesy: Mele Pochereva
Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble will deliver a distinctly original take on Shakespeare’s MACBETH
Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series presents public performances on April 27 & 28, 2012
Hawaii Theatre Center’s talented troupe of high school actors from across Oahu takes on the challenge of Macbeth, delivering a distinctly non-traditional approach to Shakespeare’s darkest play, involving a coven of witches who have gathered to present their favorite tale. The witches take on all the roles in the story except the role of Macbeth, and they are aided by masks, puppetry and guest set designer Bart McGeehon’s stunning use of projections.
A haunting, original soundscape for the play has been created by gifted young musicians from Serotonin Ronin, in association with Icaro Psyche Collective, which they will play live for each performance. They also will take small roles in the production.
HTC Education Director Eden-Lee Murray says, “We hope to reach as many young people as possible with what promises to be an especially exciting live performance adventure. And where better to experience a great classical play than in the beautiful, historic Hawaii Theatre?” Murray is dedicating the production to the late Walt Dulaney, co-founder of the Alliance for Drama Education and its T-Shirt Theatre, who was a long-time friend of the Hawaii Theatre Center.
Guest costume designer Hannah Shauer, manager of the Costume Shop at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, has created period costume pieces as well as 15 papier maché masks for the witches to use as the Macbeth characters they play.
Appropriate for grades 6-12, public performances of Macbeth will be on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. General admission tickets to the public performances are $5, $7 and $10 (including Theatre restoration fee) and are available at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office, 1130 Bethel Street, or by calling 528-0506. Tickets also are available online at hawaiitheatre.com
School matinee performances are scheduled for April 25, 26 and 27. Tickets are $5, and with every 20 student tickets, one teacher gets in free. Call 791-1310 for information and group reservations. Study guides are available for downloading at hawaiitheatre.com