UH Hilo Performing Arts Center presents world premier of delightful children’s musical, Wordsworth the Poet, Nov. 4-6

Wordsworth the Poet, is a heartwarming tale the entire family will love.

WORDSWORTH. Background of ferns.


The world-premier of the musical, Wordsworth the Poet, is happening at the Unviersity of Hawaii at Hilo’s Performing Arts Center Nov. 4-6, 2022. The show is based on the beloved children’s books, Wordsworth the Poet and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz by Hawaii Island author Frances H. Kakugawa.

The stage production of Wordsworth the Poet, conceived by Lizby, written by retired UH Hilo Professor of Drama Jackie Pualani Johnson with music composed by Wendell Ing, directed by Justina Mattos (Associate Professor of Drama and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts) and choreographed by Kea Kapahua (Lecturer of Dance) is truly Hawaii Island born!

A heartwarming tale the entire family will love. Wordsworth is a mouse-poet. The other mice make fun of him and his “silly” poems, until a day when the sun disappears, the sky rumbles, and the rain relentlessly falls. That’s when Wordsworth shows the others how poetry can help us through dark times. Then, when his beloved Tūtū becomes forgetful and the children are admonished to “hush” around her, Wordsworth’s poems help them understand that Grandma still needs to laugh, dance, and spend time with ʻohana.

Actors on stage in butterfly costumes.
Wordsworth The Musical will be presented in Nov. 4-6, 2022, at UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center. Above, student Ioane Bouchard as Wordsworth with Butterflies, Jackie Pualani Johnson as Kupunawahine, and University Chorus members. (Courtesy photo)


Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.


Purchase tickets online.

$20 General
$15 Discount
$7 UH Hilo/Hawaii Community College Students with valid identification and children 17 and under.
All tickets are $5 more the day of the performance.

Note that the Performing Arts Center’s box office window will no longer be open for walk-up purchases during the week. The window will be open for will-call ticket pick-up and current performance ticket purchasing two hours prior to each performance.

Option to buying tickets online is to call the Performing Arts Center’s box office (and speak to a human) Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 808-932-7490.

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