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The Department of Theatre + Dance met in July 2020 to determine what changes would need to be made to the fall production season to best protect the health and well being of our students, faculty, and staff. Acknowledging that remote-performance is a safer alternative – and likely to be a medium of performance that outlives the pandemic – it was determined that changing the fall shows to remote-performance (acting from separate locations and streamed together over the internet to home audiences) was in the best interest of public health and also a worthy creative and educational challenge for student performers, show designers, crew, and directors. As a result of the change in performance medium, the original fall titles were no longer viable. Eddie Wen’ Go! was able to be moved to early 2022 and also has inspired a documentary mini-video series called Getting Ready for Eddie! about the show themes, elements, and Eddie Aikau’s life that will be shared for free throughout the 2020/2021 season. The November faculty-directed show has been changed to feature local playwright Lee Cataluna’s original work – Flowers of Hawai’i. (click on show title link to find out more about the show)
Additional fall semester productions include our student choreographed dance showcase, Virtual Dance Performance I, and an MFA Directing thesis production, I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort). To find out more, please click on the show title (link).
Tickets are on sale now for fall semester productions at ShowTix4U.com.
Looking ahead to spring semester, we have a special never-before offering of a Dance Gallery – a curated retrospective of celebrated dances and dance concerts produced by our dance program.
The spring semester performances may be streamed remotely or from the stage, and must be compatible with remote-performance in the event public health recommendations continue to discourage rehearsal-like activities. A brand-new translation and modern adaptation of the classic fairytale, Ondine, will debut in February. The spring semester student choreography dance concert Virtual Dance Performance II, is slated for March-April. In late spring we anticipate Comedy Under the Stars, is a traditional Japanese kyōgen production prepared under the guidance of master kyōgen advisor Sennojō Shigeyama III. Click the title of the shows to link to more information.
Late Night Theatre Company is a student-run organization hosted by UHM’s Department of Theatre + Dance. Their mission is to present experimental and quirky work not often seen in Honolulu. Budgets and technical elements are kept minimal in order to focus on students’ acting and directing skills. Shows are presented at a student-friendly late-night hour.
Late Night Theatre’s fall 2020 shows are: I’m Leaving You My Feet in September and When We Were Young in November. Late Night Theatre’s spring 2021 shows are: Waiting Game in February and Running Out The Clock: A digital festival of student-written short works in April. (Click on show title to access information)
ABOUT THE COVID-19 UNCERTAINTY
Kennedy Theatre continues to keep the best interests of our students, patrons, colleagues, and the greater community in the forefront of our plans as we navigate the changing tides of the coronavirus pandemic. We are simultaneously planning for the best-case scenario while also preparing contingency plans in the event of extended social distancing recommendations. Our production season is driven by our mission to create opportunities for artistic growth by providing professional-quality production experiences and opportunities for our students. We will continue to do everything possible to be ready to provide these services when prudent and after group gathering restrictions have been lifted.
Kennedy Theatre program and schedule are subject to change.