UH Hilo Performing Arts Center announces 2013-14 season

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Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) has unveiled its schedule of performances for the 2013-14 season, which begins on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the innovative improvisation of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical.

“It’s all improvised and its all funny,” said PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “Every song is fresh, every scene is new and every performance is different.”

Six-time GRAMMY ® Award-nominee and versatile songstress Nnenna Freelon takes the stage on Friday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. Described as a captivating performer, Freelon will be joined by three equally impressive musicians.

The Intergalactic Nemesis Company presents Book Two: Robot Planet Rising from their Live-Action Graphic Novel on Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. A one-of-a-kind theatrical performance, the Intergalactic Nemesis series has thrilled even the most skeptical members of the audience.

The spring season begins with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance. The group is known for its physicality and athleticism, and returns by popular demand with a brand new show on February 11.

Then fasten seat belts for Rhythmic Circus’ Feet Don’t Fail Me Now on March 11. This percussive dance phenomenon electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor and finger snapping tunes.

Traditional Irish music and song takes the spotlight when Danu, from Ireland’s County Waterford, performs on March 21. The season closes with the hit musical Miss Saigon, directed by UH Hilo Drama Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson, with Musical Director Armando Mendoza and choreography by University Dance Instructor Celeste Staton. Performance dates are April 10,11,12,17,18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.

The PAC is also planning a special fundraising event on Saturday, September 14, with proceeds supporting both the Performing Arts Center and Department. Legacies~Ho’omau is conceived and directed by PAC Associate Manager and long-time dance program member Dori Yamada, and features performances by alumni, current students, and UH Hilo faculty and staff members.

“A lot of talent from the Performing Arts Department has graced the PAC stage over the years and made good art,” Yamada said. “We want to celebrate that good art, support the Performing Arts Department and the Performing Arts Center’s programs, and above all make more good art!”

Season subscription packages ranging in price from $64 to $132 are currently available by calling the PAC Box Office at (808) 974-7310 or by ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu. Single tickets will be available beginning September 10.

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