Kumu Kahua Theatre’s mission, since its founding in 1971, is to help develop theater by, for, and about Hawai‘i’s people. In 2010, this unique local organization nearly closed for lack of funding, but in the years since, it has sprung back with wider outreach and more business partners. In the past four and a half years, managing director Donna Blanchard has managed to expand Kumu Kahua's marketing budget while putting in a much needed new floor and beginning other repairs. The theater expects to be operating in the black next year, even with a budget that has doubled since 2010, going from $150 thousand to $300 thousand dollars per year. Outreach and education projects continue with an eye to developing theater talent in the islands. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at Kumu Kahua from a writer’s perspective.
Kumu Kahua’s annual fundraising KalaBash happens Tuesday, July 19th 5:30-8:30pm at Ferguson's Pub and the Dillingham Transportation Building Courtyard, 729 Bishop Street. $35 for individuals includes dinner, two drinks, and entertainment.
Edward Sakamoto's popular "Aloha Las Vegas" closes out the 2015-16 season July 14-31, 2016.
The new season starts nearly immediately with Lee Tonouchi's UchinaAloha August 25- October 2.
WHAT: Auditions and free audition workshop for UchinaAloha by Lee Tonouchi
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: WORKSHOP: 4pm to 6pm Saturday July 2, 2016
AUDITIONS: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday July 9, 2016
INFO: 536-4222, kumukahua.org and email@example.com
Open auditions will be held to cast the world premiere of UchinaAloha, the first show of Kumu Kahua Theatre's 46th season. The show will be directed by Reiko Ho and runs August 25 2016 through October 2, 2016.