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2019 - 2020 Season Announced

 Kailua Onstage Arts celebrates an amazing first year by upping the ante for Year 2! We'll be bringing you 8, count 'em, 8 full productions, plus a slate of readings and Dark Night shows. Check out the season and subscribe! 


Nov.29 - Dec. 15: The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

From the twisted minds that brought you The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) comes a brand new laugh-a-minute holiday classic!


Next Up at KOA: Congratulations to the Cast of Men on Boats

These ten dynamic actors will blaze a trail through the comedy-adventure, Men on Boats, opening in January!

Have a Hilarious Holiday with The Ultimate Christmas Show


The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

Written by  Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Directed by Shannon Winpenny

Starring: Anette Arnix, Garrett Hols and Kevin Keaveney

November 29-December 15 (no show Dec. 7)

Fridays - 7:30

Saturdays - 7:30

Sundays - 4:00

At the KOA performance space, 171 Hamakua Dr. in Kailua

Get Tickets below or call 808-829-8606 for reservations.

About the Play

When none of the scheduled entertainers arrive, it’s up to three quick-witted church members at St. Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church to perform the entire Christmas Variety Show by themselves!  An irreverent yet heartwarming romp through tradition, bursting with festive, slapstick fun.

This show contains bawdy humor and irreverence, and is probably best for ages 12+ (though we've had kids as young as 9 who loved it!). There is also a Gift Exchange for those who want to participate: bring an inexpensive wrapped gift, or purchase one in the lobby, and get to pick out a gift from under the tree to take home. Some are trash, some are real treasure, all are guaranteed fun!

Meet the Cast of Men On Boats


Written by Jaclyn Backhaus, Directed by Kevin Keaveney

The Cast

John Wesley Powell: Keyana Frost

William Dunn: Bailey Barnes

John Cotton Sumner: La Tanya Faamausili-Siliato

Old Shady:  Aiko Chinen

Bradley: Evelyn Errico-Huttler

O.G. Howland / Tsawiat: Kahana Ho

Seneca Howland / The Bishop: Po'ai Lincoln

Frank Goodman / Mr. Asa: Courtney Coston 

Hall: Becky McGarvey

Hawkins: Ruby O'Malley 

About the Show

Adventure, bravery and humorous absurdity…led by an all-female cast, Men on Boats is the true-ish story of John Wesley Powell’s expedition of the Colorado River in 1869.  Guided by a one-armed captain, the outlandish but loyal crew encounters various disasters, conflicts and harrowing adventures along the way.  Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of ten men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above.


Performance schedule January 17-26, 2020.  Performances are Friday/Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 4:00 pm at Kailua Onstage Arts, 171 Hamakua Dr in Kailua

Raves for Men on Boats

“…off-the-canyon-walls funny…” —Variety. “[MEN ON BOATS] is marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater. The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurers—their cockiness and cluelessness—become biting satire when sent up by women." —New York Magazine. “…you will surely want to spend time with the hearty title characters of MEN ON BOATS…[a] rollicking history pageant…MEN ON BOATS makes canny use of the obvious distance between performers and their roles to help bridge the distance between then and now…The tone is comic, but never cute or camp. And ultimately, you feel, the play respects its bold if fallible pioneers, in all their natural bravery and fearfulness.” —The New York Times.


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171 Hamakua Drive, Kailua, Hawaii 96734, United States


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