HONOLULU: Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) has announced its 2015–16 season. Titled “An Ocean Adventure,” the theatre’s 61st season will feature original stories from six local playwrights.
Alvin Chan’s Anime Alice and Her Adventures in Wonderland (Aug. 14–19) will open the season. The play, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice In Wonderland, is a new look at Wonderland using traditional Japanese theatre elements and techniques.
Next is Moses Goods’s Duke (Oct. 16–Nov. 14), which tells the story of Hawaii’s great athlete, Duke Kahanamoku, the grandfather of modern surfing and a Honolulu sheriff for 13 years.
Rudolf’s Reindeer Games (Nov. 27–Dec. 12), created by the HYT company, will ring in some holiday cheer when it opens in time for the holiday season. The show includes sing-a-longs, games and collaborations between some of Honolulu’s best improvisers.
Kicking off 2016 is Mud Pies and Magic (Jan. 15–Feb. 6, 2016) by Lee Cataluna, in which a great-grandmother teaches her great-granddaughter the art of making the perfect mud pie despite her germ-phobic tendencies.
Young audiences will learn about the world around them in Annie Cusick Wood’s The Tiny Tree (Feb. 20–March 5, 2016). The play is an interactive experience designed to allow children to explore their surrounding environment.
Closing out the season is H2O: The Story of Water and Hawaii (April 8–May 7, 2016). The scientific properties of water are explained in this original musical created by the HTY team, in partnership with outside organizations. The play with music is a follow-up to Grinds: The Story of Food in Hawaii.
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth was founded in 1955, and provides theatre and drama education programs for young people.