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'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' opens this weekend at Mid-Pacific Institute | Schools

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'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' opens this weekend at Mid-Pacific Institute
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Brian Kral
Directed by CoCo Wiel, at the Kawaiahao Recital Hall on the Mid-Pacific Institute campus in Honolulu, Hawaii

Fridays, at 7:30 p.m, April 27 and May 4
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., April 28 and May 5
Sundays at 2 p.m., April 29 and May 6


Adults $10, seniors, students, military with ID $5, Mid-Pac students, faculty, staff $3.

Phone orders accepted at 973-5066.


In this Norwegian folk tale, the audience follows Karen (Sarah Stoker), a poor young woman, on her quest into a dark Scandinavian wilderness, populated by magical trolls, mysterious hags, and talking gargoyles.

She struggles to save a young man (Nick Cuje) from the curse that makes him "a bear by day and a man by night." Humor and heroic adventure accentuate this stage adaptation of the epic of a girl achieving adulthood.

As the story opens, Karen's mother is approached at her peasant home by a mysterious white bear who offers to make her rich if she gives Karen to him. The bear takes Karen to his rich, enchanted castle and she has everything she ever dreamed of.

At night the bear becomes a handsome prince when he comes to her bed. But in the dark Karen never sees that he is not really a bear.

The bear warns Karen never to talk alone with her mother when she visits home because he knows that the mother will advise Karen to find out more about him. But Karen relents when her mother insists they talk alone. Karen tells how she never can see the bear at night. The mother suspects that the bear is really a troll. She tells her daughter to find out the truth. She gives her candles to shed light on his face at night while he sleeps.

In the video above, Karen follows her mother's orders. But she spills three drops of melted tallow on him as she discovers he is not really a bear or a troll, and the prince awakes furious.

He scolds Karen that if she had waited patiently for just one year he would have been free of the curse of his wicked stepmother. But because she has revealed him he must. He tells Karen he must go to that stepmother in her castle east of the sun, west of the moon and marry her hideous daughter.

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