‘The Tempest’ Gets a Kid-Shakes Adaptation For Teens

July 4, 2022, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated July 3, 3:11 PM
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For the ninth year in a row, Hilo Community Players is adapting another Shakespearean tale for teens as part of its Shakespeare in the Park festival.

This year’s Kid-Shakes performance of “The Tempest” is a youth-friendly version of the Bard’s final play. The adaptation was written by playwright Terence Patrick Hughes and will be directed by veteran performer Alya-Joy Kanehailua.

The show, which will be presented by an all youth cast, is shorter than the original and promises fun for the whole family. Showtime is 4 p.m. and performances are scheduled for July 8-9, 15, 17 and 22-23. The shows will be performed in a drive-in format in the parking lot at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated, and concessions will be available, including water, soda, popcorn, candy and more.

Audience members are asked to empty roof racks before coming to the drive-in event in Hilo. Large vehicles such as trucks, vans and SUVs will be parked to the side or behind the first three rows to ensure the best view for everyone.


Those wanting to bring chairs or blankets can sit outside their vehicles in front of the stage area and park their vehicles along the sides or in the back. The parking lot will open one hour before showtime.


For more information, click here or email [email protected].

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