Kailua Onstage Arts is a new, non-profit performing arts company based in downtown Kailua and dedicated to presenting works that give voice to the voiceless – those who have gone mostly unheard because of their race, gender, sexuality, geographic location, or economic condition.
We had a wealth of the island's talent turn up for auditions and after much deliberation we are pleased to announce our cast.
MARJORIE - Jo Pruden
WALTER - Marshall Camden
TESS - Hoku Gilbert
JON - Jim Aina
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Kevin Keaveney
2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
A Hawaii Premiere
Performance Dates: April 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm
April 7 & 14 @ 4pm
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie examines her past, with the help of a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her — sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories. Through deeply drawn characters—both real and artificial— author Jordan Harrison burrows into troubling questions of the digital age: What would we remember, and what would we forget, given the power of authorship? Will we be any less human, once computers know us better than ourselves? This richly spare and wondrous play explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
Guest Director: Ron Heller
Musical Directors: Trissa & Ken Walter
Choreographer: Sophia Carter
Kailua Onstage Arts (KOA) will present The Fantasticks at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre on the HPU WINDWARD campus, May 24 to June 9.
Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, at Kailua Onstage Arts, 131 Hekili St., #203 in Kailua.
Come either day, no need to come both days. Actor/Singers auditioning must prepare at least 32 bars of a classical musical theatre selection that shows off the voice and range. Singers may choose a song from the show; bring sheet music in your key. No acapella please, a pianist will be provided. Be prepared to do some dance/movement (dress appropriately) and to read from the script.
The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical which tells an allegorical story concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows with more maturity.
The show's original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991.
The role of El Gallo will be played by Eli K.M. Foster.
Age and gender flexible. Non-speaking; should be a good physical actor. Dance training helpful but not required.
Female, age 16. Naïve, innocent, lives in a make-believe world, does some growing up as the play goes on. A legit soprano comfortable singing B3 (below middle C) to C6 (C above treble clef).
Male, age 20. More grown up than Luisa, but only a little. Romantic, a dreamer. A baritone comfortable singing A2 (A below low C) to F4 (F above middle C).
Matt’s father, 30’s -50’s. Thinks of himself as practical, older and wiser. A baritone who sings from A2 (A below low C) to F4 (F above middle C).
Luisa’s father, 30’s -50’s. Thinks he knows what’s best for her. A baritone who sings from A2 (A below low C) to G4 (G above middle C).
Male, 40’s -60’s. Overly theatrical and melodramatic actor, primarily a spoken role, may sing in ensemble.
Male, 40’s -60’s. Henry’s sidekick, primarily a spoken role, may sing in ensemble.
The KOA warehouse is located behind Kono’s restaurant on Hekili Street, across the street from Pali Lanes. The parking lot is undergoing major renovations, so the best option for parking is either on Hekili St, in the Whole Foods or Foodland parking lots, or underneath the Longs Parking Garage.
Rehearsals are tentatively set to begin Apr. 15, and will likely be split between Kailua and Town side spaces (TBD)
10-week session in movement, voice, physical theatre, and character acting for musical theatre (with optional performance opportunity to perform as guests in Castle High April Dance concert April 25-28th)
Sundays 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14
Fee: $250 for 10 sessions
Place: KAILUA ONSTAGE ARTS
131 Hekili Street #203
Kailua HI 96734
Please email to register directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information- phone Ms. Kelly: 670-4756
Kelly Wadlegger holds an M.F.A. in Dance (2009) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) where she taught dance and choreographed (Rite of Spring) for Ernst Lab Theatre on a three-year graduate fellowship; She has a B.F.A in Dance (1992) from S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory . Kelly currently is the Dance Educator and Dance Director in the Performing Arts Pathways at Castle High School/Castle Performing Arts Center and recently directed musical theatre at Le Jardin Academy summer school.
Kelly is an international choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist who has taught International Baccalaureate Diploma Dance, and choreographed dance concerts and musicals at Western Academy Beijing, P.R. China, and the International School Bangkok, Thailand. She has choreographed commercials; concert dance for CPAC/Castle DanceForce (Sleeping Beauty, Juxtapositions, United Colors of Dance); and staged choreography for Manoa Valley Theatre, Hawaii Pacific University, and Hawaii Mission Houses. She premiered an evening of theatre & dance for Oahu 1st Fringe Festival, and Ong King Arts (Identities in Motion); and has performed locally with Tau Dance Theatre, Halua Pua Ilima, and Convergence Dance Theatre; and has taught/ choreographed at Punahou School, The Movement Center, The Dance Space, UHM Outreach College, Montessori Community School, Still and Moving Center, and Chaminade University.
In New York City she studied Method Acting with Gary Swanson and was a working observer at The Actors Studio where she performed in (MacBeth), and danced with NYC based companies.
131 Hekili St., #203, Kailua, HI 96734
Performances held at 50 Kihapai St in Kailua