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Classes & Auditions

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

Submission Window Now Open for “The PlayFestival 2017”

Donna Blanchard

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company announces that The PlayFestival 2017 annual play submission window is now open.  PlayBuilders is calling for original, 10-Minute plays, one acts- (30 minutes or less), or portions of full length plays, no longer than 30 minutes, from adult playwrights and 15 minutes or less from youth (6th through 12th grades).  

Plays will be judged and selected by a play reading committee.  All submissions must be emailed to:, by December 15, 2016. Hard copies will not be accepted.  Playwrights shall be notified of selection by January 24th, 2017. 

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New Improvisation Workshop from Kumu Kahua Theatre

Donna Blanchard

Monica and Squire Coldwell have been studying and performing improvisation for decades; they have studied with over two dozen visiting instructors and created improvisation long-forms (improvised shows generally more than 20 minutes long, as compared to short-form sketches of a few minutes). They have performed at improvisation festivals, both locally and nationally, as well as on the mainstage at the Chicago Improv Festival. They also founded Hawaii’s first and only non-profit improvisation organization ImprovEd Hawaii. They have taught teachers, actors, students of all ages, and fellow improvisers skills including, building self-confidence, creating collaborations, curriculum, improvised plays and theatre skills. 

Get ready to stretch your mind and body in this workshop.  In this workshop we will spend four weeks honing skills behind performance and its importance for relationship and character development while working on our feet. By focusing on space work and staging, we will explore the concepts of identifying with and developing characters, using movement to express yourself, and much more. We will lend instruction and lead participants through movement-based improv exercises and activities. Please dress ready to move, bring water, and have fun exploring.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Holds an Audition Workshop and Auditions for Buffalo'ed

Donna Blanchard

Open auditions will be held to cast the Hawai'i premiere of Buffalo'ed by Jeannie Barroga.  The show will be directed by Reb Beau Allen and runs January 26 through February 26, 2016.

The Buffalo Soldiers were primarily in the U.S. cavalry assembled during the Civil War. Their bravery impressed everyone and they were ‘invited’ to participate in more wars for ‘freedom’ world wide: Spanish-American War, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cuba, then Hawai‘i and Alaska, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Philippine War for Independence. 

Told through the conduit of a wide range of theatrical tropes, this is a timely story of a part of history that needs to be told: the Filipino and African-American experience at the hands of “manifest destiny.” 

There will be a free audition workshop held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday October 29, also at Kumu Kahua Theatre.  This workshop is an opportunity for all interested to work with the script and director, and learn the best way to prepare for this audition. 

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