Sunday, June 20, 2010

July 8th - July 25th, 2010 - Manoa Valley Theatre - Once Upon One Time

The Manoa Valley Theatre is such a great local theater company. I consider it one of the must do's if you enjoy live theater and won't be heading to New York City any time soon.

I know the pools and sauna, steam room, hot tubs, beach, golf course, marina and restaurants are hard to tear yourself away from when staying at the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina, but how about a little local culture to round out your vacation. This production is good for ages six and up so take the whole family.

I've been entertained by these folks since I was in my 20's which was many moons ago. It has never lost it's luster and keeps on getting better and better every year. The quality of the productions is first rate.

Another cherry is the up coming production, Once Upon One Time from July 8th - July 25, 2010 which mixes local Pidgin English with age old fairy tails to give it an Island twist. I predict that you will be rolling in the isles in stitches. If you are a repeat visitor to the Islands and understand some Pidgin, tears will be rolling down your face, you'll be laughing so much.

To brush up on your Pidgin, you could order Frank Delima's comedy CD, Hawaii I love it from or just listed to some tracks to see what Pidgen sounds like. You could also read the Pidgin to da Max book online from books or you could order Pidgin to da Max online from amazon.

To get to the Manoa Valley Theatre from the Beach Villa's Resort in Ko Olina, take the H1 freeway towards town. You can take the H1 all the way but it is faster to go H1 to 78 (exit 13a) to H1, (78 is more of a straight shot, H1 curves around), on H1 take exit 24B and merge onto University Ave and then a slight right at Oahu Avenue. Turn right at East Manoa Road, the Manoa Valley Theatre will be on your right. It's about 45 minutes into town and you will be going in the opposite direction of rush hour traffic. Manoa Valley is up on the mountain behind Waikiki.

Opening night is the 8th of July and we plan on attending so we'll be adding our review soon after that.

So if you're visiting us in Hawaii, come laugh until your sides hurt and then come stay at our place, the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina. Luxurious accommodations by the beach for your family, it would be our pleasure.

The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

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Manoa Valley Theatre's Once Upon One Time (Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT))
Once Upon One Time
a musical fairytale

by Lisa Matsumoto, Paul Palmore
and Roslyn Catracchia

July 8 - 25, 2010

This award-winning pidgin musical comedy adapts and intertwines familiar fairy tales into a fun Hawaiian kine 'local-style' fantasy for the whole family. The action takes place in a mythical local kingdom where outrageous characters meet for one crazy, kapakahi (mixed up) adventure. Characters include Noelani an da Six Menehunes (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Kekoa and Maile (Hansel and Gretel), Red Rose Haku (Little Red Riding Hood), Da Keed Who Wen Cry Mongoose (The Boy Who Cried Wolf), and many more.
Guest Director is Elitei Tatafu, Jr. , Guest Music Director is Roslyn Catraccia ; Guest Choreographer is Kat Jones .

The cast is: Michael Ng as Narrator 1; Jarod Bailon as Narrator 2; Pomai Lopez as Da Wicked Queen; Levi Oliveira as Da Prince; Lloyd Mundon as Da Oddah Prince; Kala‘au as Hunta; Tesia Worley as Noelani; Blaise Baldonado as Hauna; Chevy Martinez as Tantaran; Michael Pa‘ekukui as Step Mudder; Nicole Sandry as Lehua; Thomas Antonio Garcia as Juniah Boy; Jessica Kauhane as Red Rose Haku; Michelle Matias as Tutu/Fairy God Tutu; Daryl Bonilla as Da Mean Mongoose; Shawn Tomsen as Who; Chris Reil as Wat; Braddoc DeCaires as Wen; Allan J.N. Lau as Wea; Marvin Miyoshi as Why; Allan Okubo as How Come/Lolo; KoDee Martin as Kekoa; Leilyn Lui as Maile; and Ashley Weismantel as The Lost Princess .

Costumes are by Dusty Behner, set design is by MJ Matsushita, lighting design is by Janine Myers, sound design is by AJ Treigle, hair and makeup design is by Greg Howell, and props design is by Sara Ward.

Adults: $35
Senior Citizens/Military: $30
Under 26yo: $20

To purchase tickets, call (808) 988-6131.

Show times:
Thursdays 7:30pm
Fridays 8:00pm
Saturdays 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays 4:00pm

Please Note:
All seating is non-reserved. The theatre has been configured in proscenium (row) seating for this production. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Approx. running time of show: 2 hrs with one intermission.

Minimum age: 6 yrs old (all attendees must be ticketed and occupy a seat)

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