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Hilo Community Players Celebrate 75th Year

October 28, 2013, 12:01 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:57 PM
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In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Hilo Community Players, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Performing Arts Department is presenting The Spoon River Project, a collaboration between UH Hilo and Hawai`i Island’s oldest community theater organization.

Showtimes are for one weekend only: Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 7-9), 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., at the UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center.

UH-Hilo Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson has welcomed community director Jake McPherson to co-direct the adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ free-form poems. McPherson served as president of the Players and has appeared as an actor at UH-Hilo and in numerous Players’ productions.

The play focuses on the departed residents of the post-Civil war community Spoon River, who speak from the grave, examining life and their longing for what might have been.

Actors include UH-Hilo students and veteran community performers: Juli Dobbs, James Elliott, Erin Gallagher, Le’a Gleason, Dick Hershberger, Willyam Hudson, Sharon Justice, Pedro Ka`awaloa, John Marcus Love, Randal McEndree, Catherine McPherson, Lewis Moore, Jin Piper, Brian Wild, Denyse Woo-Ockerman, and Corey Yester.

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Musical direction will be by Christopher Tomich, who fulfills his senior project for a degree in Performing Arts, Music Concentration.

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The show was adapted into script form by Tom Andolora, a composer and voice teacher in New York City.

Open Seating tickets are $12 general, $7 discount and $5 UH students (with valid ID) and children 17 and under. Call 932-7490 or order online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

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