APAC season rolls on with lots of variety


Having opened its 2013-2014 Mainstage Theater Season with the Mel Brooks musical comedy “Young Frankenstein,” Aloha Performing Arts Company continues its 27th season at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu with a lineup that offers something for every theatrical palate.

“Mark Twain Rides Again,” featuring artistic director Jerry Tracy as Twain, will be presented Nov. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. A special mystery celebrity guest will make an appearance in the second act.

In December, Roxanne Fox guest-directs a large cast in Barbara Robinson’s holiday comedy, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” A family of juvenile delinquents attends Sunday school for the snacks and ends up with major roles in the church’s annual Christmas pageant. Performances are Dec. 6-22, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

In the “snowbird” slot, Feb. 14 through March 9, APAC will present the legendary Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein. Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, it is based on stories by Sholem Aleichem.

Lanford Wilson’s critically acclaimed dramatic comedy, “Hot L Baltimore,” will take the stage April 18 through May 4, under the guest direction of Dick Hershberger. The show is set in the lobby of the Hotel Baltimore and focuses on its residents, who are faced with eviction when the decaying property is scheduled for demolition.

June 13-29, Samuel Beckett’s monumental absurdist tragicomedy, “Waiting for Godot,” will be presented. In this theatrical masterpiece, two characters wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of Mr. Godot, and in the meantime manage to successfully entertain each other.

Sue Boyum returns to Kona to direct the season closer, “Annie, Jr.” This is a scaled-down, streamlined version of the classic Broadway musical, “Annie,” with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan. It is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” and will feature a cast all ages 18 or under. Production dates are July 18-27. For more information, call 322-9924.

 

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