Conquering the Sun auditions scheduled for Sept 15 & 16

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Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Auditions for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Art Center’s fall production of Conquering the Sun will be held on September 15 and 16, 7-9 p.m., PAC center stage. Auditions are open to college students and community members.

Conquering the Sun is the story of the Hawaiian demigod Maui and his journey to slow the sun from crossing the sky so quickly. The play touches on various other Hawaiian myths and teaches the important lesson that working together is often more effective than working alone.

UH Hilo Performing Arts graduate Kimo Apaka debuts as the director of the small ensemble cast. The play was created by UH Hilo's Jackie Pualani Johnson and members of the Colorado Caravan at the University of Colorado in 1976.

The audition will include cold readings, improvisational exercises, creating different characters, and showing special skills, particularly things of, but not restricted to, Hawaiian culture such as hula, Hawaiian chant, ukulele, and blowing a conch shell. Everyone is urged to come dressed to move and be willing to have fun.

Performances will be held during the second week of November. Those interested in auditioning should be available for mid-morning performances for school children during that week. A perusal script can be found in PAC’s back hallway for those who are interested.

For additional information, contact Apaka at

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