The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) recently announced the postponement of the 2020 season but will offer a “Virtual Festival” this summer.
HPAF’s Justin John Moniz, Executive Director, and Val Underwood, Artistic Director, reached out in a message to its supporters saying they will feature highly anticipated productions in the coming year like As One, Acis and Galatea, The Threepenny Opera, and Carousel. “It is with great disappointment that we share the postponement of our full 2020 Summer Festival. We will present the full season next June and July, during the summer of 2021.”
The email went onto explain, “As you might expect, our small non-profit will quickly feel the tremendous impact of this decision. Nearly 45% of our annual operating budget consists of student tuition revenue, 45% grants, and individual contributions, and the remaining 10% ticket sales. Sadly, there will be no tuition revenue this year, as we will be returning all payments to students, with the exception of their non-refundable deposit, which will be held to assure their role in our 2021 Festival. We are also now ineligible to receive our largest grant for the upcoming season in the amount of $35,000; funding allocated to support our MainStage productions and artistic personnel for those projects. We simply cannot mount a festival without these resources and cash flow.”
The Directors then gave a hint of details for the Virtual Festival. “In these extraordinarily challenging moments, music and the arts offer solace to a frightened nation and our fellow community members, both locally and worldwide. And that’s the reason why we will soon be announcing our 2020 Virtual Festival running from July 6 – 19, 2020. During these two weeks, we will present a series of performances and events which will be live-streamed for the general public. The 2020 Virtual Festival (to be announced in full detail on Friday, May 1st) will feature returning perennial favorites, new concerts, and special cabarets—all from the comfort of your living room! In addition, members of our faculty will teach a series of masterclasses where select festival participants will have the opportunity to coach repertoire of their choosing; all events open to the public (virtually), as well. In addition, each festival participant will receive two private voice lessons, dramatic coaching, and a career consultation class during the two-week virtual festival. It’s a reminder that the arts are part of the soul of a civilized society, and without cultural institutions like HPAF, our lives would be diminished.”