Executive Director Deb Goodwin and Artistic Director Chuck Gessert, in a message to the Kahilu Theatre Ohana, said the Waimea venue closure would be extended through August 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its last show was an afternoon matinee on March 8 featuring singer Makana and has officially been closed since March 14.
“We at Kahilu Theater have slowed down just a little bit, working together, from a distance, to adjust to our pandemic pause and strategize possible futures,” the message attributed to Goodwin and Gessert reads. “We have made the difficult decision to extend our closure to the public through August 31, 2020. Our production of Matilda the Musical has been rescheduled to June 18 -20, 2021.” For more information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org.
Although the Kahilu remains closed, other Big Island theatres are finding new ways to connect with their former audiences by ramping up an online presence. The Aloha Theatre in Kealakekua is offering Saturdays on Broadway, a free dance series on Zoom. On Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (HST), the multi-talented Rachel Carr will bring Broadway-influenced choreography to your home. For more info, click here.
In Hilo, the Palace Theatre launched a video series this week called “Live From an Empty Palace.” The premiere episode on YouTube features Big Island singer/songwriter Drew Daniels with an acoustic performance of his original song “Find Our Way.”
The idea behind the series was born through discussions between producer Zoe Eisenberg, musician Drew Daniels, and Hilo Palace Executive Director Phillips Payson, who were eager to stay creative and engaged within the confines of social distancing regulations.
This week, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim issued a more stringent set of rules for County residents, because of COVID-19. Hawaii County has had 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 38 of which have been released from isolation. Kim’s new Emergency Rule 3 mandates face masks or coverings for all customers of essential businesses aged 5 or older and all employees who have contact with others, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.