Boo! UH Hilo Performing Arts Center presents Scary Scenarios 2021, free streaming Oct. 25-31

UH Hilo’s Scary Scenarios 2021, starring student performers, is scheduled for online streaming Oct. 25-31, 2021. Free to the public!

Man in bridal veil next to woman in horror costume.
Above, The Most Horrifying Show On Earth, performed by Jojo Balagot and Jaclyn Tennett, is one of 14 monologues performed for this year’s Scary Scenarios, a virtual event streaming Oct 25-31, 2021. Photo courtesy Department of Performing Arts/UH Hilo.

By Susan Enright.

Beginning acting students at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will be starring in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center production of Scary Scenarios 2021, scheduled for online streaming Oct. 25-31, 2021.

Halloween… when the veil between this world and the next becomes thin…
This collection of tales features ghosts and apparitions that will give you chicken skin, or tickle your funny-bone.

Get into the “spirit” of things with Scary Scenarios 2021.

The streaming link will be available Oct. 25-31, 2021 and is free to the public.

Justina Mattos
Justina Mattos

“Scary Scenarios is an annual Halloween event that we’ve been doing since 2017,” says Justina Mattos, associate professor of drama. “Last year we switched to a digital format due to Covid, our very first digital production, and it worked out well as a performance opportunity for my beginning acting students, so we decided to do that again this year.”

In the digital version of the event, students select original monologues to perform. Some are written by playwriting students, some by other members of the community, and some are original stories written by the performers themselves.

“This year’s event features several true stories, but only a few are specifically labeled that way,” says Mattos. “Audience members will have to guess for themselves which ones they think are based in truth, and which ones are pure fiction.”

Students selected and rehearsed their pieces in September. Filming was done during the first week of October. Since then, students have been busy editing, adding sound and knitting all the pieces together in preparation for the Oct. 25 opening.

Scary Scenarios 2021 with carved pumpkinThere are 14 pieces being presented this year:

  • The Most Horrifying Show On Earth, a short play by Roselio Hernandez, performed by Jojo Balagot and Jaclyn Tennett.
  • Knock Knock, by Apollo Harris, performed by Alexis Lacy.
  • I Not Scared, by Jay Tiem, performed by Jason Aiwohi-Tomlin.
  • Tell ‘Em, adapted by J. Mattos from a story by LaVerne Tolmie, performed by Raina Ouye.
  • Kona Nightingale, by O. Lali, performed by Noah Slife.
  • Black Moth, by ʻŌlali Mākia, performed by Lillian Lewis.
  • Come Home, a short play by Rhealiza Pira, performed by Tori Matsumoto.
  • Lady on the Train, by M. Taft, performed by Dane Dupre.
  • Here Kitty, by Kealiʻi Beck, performed by Kaila Pascua.
  • 9:21 pm, by ʻŌlali Mākia, performed by Julian Garcia.
  • Kaikodo, a true story written and performed by Apollo Harris.
  • Hitchhiker, a true story written and performed by Evangeline Lemieux.
  • Nosebleed, a true story written and performed by Braden Savage.
  • Kabocha Spice, by Sean-Joseph Choo, performed by Jai Mortensen.

Click photos to enlarge:

Girl on couch.
Knock Knock, performed by Alexis Lacy.

Mattos says streaming events have been going well.

“Moving into the digital realm has been a learning process for all of us, and with each production we learn new things and get a little better.,” she explains. “It has provided fabulous opportunities for our students to work in all facets of video production. Depending on their area of interest, they can learn not only how to perform for the camera, which is very different than performing on stage, but also how to operate a video camera, how to frame shots, slate, record sound, and edit sound and video. These are useful skills that are becoming more and more sought after nowadays.”

Even with the success of the virtual events, Mattos says students miss the thrill and communal aspect of live production.

“I look forward to the day when we can welcome audiences back into the theatre again,” she says. “But learning how to work in digital streaming productions has been valuable to our students, so I think we’ll try to continue providing opportunities like this even when we are able to return to live theatre.”

Click here to watch the show Oct. 25-31, 2021.


By Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

Photos courtesy of Justina Mattos, Department of Performing Arts, UH Hilo.