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Classes & Auditions

Money will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good."
–Terrence Mann

Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents a Playwrights’ Workshop with Y York

Donna Blanchard

Kumu Kahua Theatre proudly presents a writer’s workshop with acclaimed playwright, Y York. 


This is a two-hour endeavor designed to provide playwrights with a process with which they can assess what is there, what is missing, and how to revise their manuscript once it is in draft form.  A demonstration whereby the playwright becomes the Encyclopedia Britannica about the script before sharing it with other professionals.  The focus is on: pivotal character; character traits; given circumstances, action; dramatic action; major dramatic question; premise.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre announces Auditions for Da Beer Can Hat

Donna Blanchard

Bobo is a little slow. His abusive father wants to send him away. Selling newspapers on the street, Bobo scrounges for a little money. Despite injuries, harassment, and discrimination, Bobo never complains after all, he may not have much, but Bobo does have one thing: a true friend. Da Beer Can Hat is based on Darrell Lum’s original short story of a mentally handicapped individual and his one, best friend.

Open auditions will be held to cast the World Premiere of Darrell H.Y. Lumʻs Da Beer Can Hat.  The show will be directed by Denny & Karen Hironaga and runs May 23 - June 23, 2019. 

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Holds an Audition Workshop and Auditions for June is the First Fall By Yilong Liu

Donna Blanchard

Open auditions will be held to cast the world premiere production of Yilong Liu's  drama June is the First Fall.  The show will be directed by Lurana Donnels O’Malley and runs Nov. 8 - Dec. 9, 2018.

Don, a Chinese American, is gay and closeted in Honolulu; the revelation of his sexual identity leads to family tragedy and his escape to NYC.  When Don returns home to Hawai’i, he finds his sister engaged to his first love.  June is the First Fall is a queer and moving slice of life with interweaving scenes in Hawai’i and NYC, spanning time from the 1840s to the present.

There will be a free audition workshop held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Kennedy Theatre in Studio S.  This optional workshop is an opportunity for all interested to work with the script and director, learn the best way to prepare for this audition and hone your audition skills. Parking at UHM is free on Sundays. If you would like directions to the workshop location, please email the director at

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