Waimea News — HPA Ka Makani Theatre Presents ‘The Wiz’ Nov. 12-15

Image courtesy of Flixster

Image courtesy of Flixster

(Media release) — Ka Makani Theatre at Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents The Wiz, the Broadway musical retelling of Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, and 14 and at 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center.  Tickets, which only are available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The Wiz features all the characters from the original book—celebrating its 100th birthday this year—with an urban funk attitude and some modern twists. Dorothy, played by Linnea Gregg, is blown away from Kansas by a tornado, where she travels down her own yellow brick road to find the answers she seeks. Read more

Waimea News — ‘The Grapes Of Wrath Suite’ At HPA On Saturday


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(Media release) — The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPA) presents arguably its biggest and most important production ever, when festival students take to the stage on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. for the “The Grapes of Wrath Suite,” a semi-staged concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera which premiered in February 2007 in St Paul, Minnesota.  

Ricky Ian Gordon, composer of the Utah Opera Production, "The Grapes of Wrath" (Mike Terry photo)

Ricky Ian Gordon (Credit: Deseret Morning News)

The concert will take place at Gates Performing Arts Center on the Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) campus and is free to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring a canned food item as a “ticket of admission.”  Howard Dicus of KGMBTV-9 will introduce the work.  A pre-concert piano concerto recital will begin at 7 p.m.

Ricky Ian Gordon has often been described as heir to the legacy of Stephen Sondheim, with one foot in the world of opera and one foot firmly placed in musical theater.   Read more