Current Theatre Season

Hawaii Pacific University • Paul & Vi Loo Theatre
2017 - 2018 Season

Hawai‘i Pacific University Theatre strives to include any student with the desire and interest to be involved. We hold two University level performances each semester: a Mainstage Theatre Production in the November and April, and a Student Showcase Performance, near the end of the semester. We also feature the HPU Young Actors Ensemble for performances both in the fall and spring.

The Mainstage Theatre Productions will have open auditions, to which any interested students are encouraged to attend.

Our Student Theatre Showcase features the talents of the students enrolled in acting, performance, and directing classes.

Our HPU Young Actors Ensemble (HPUYAE) is a select group of high school students who train from September through May in the craft of classical theatre. Auditions are held during the summer prior.

Fall 2017 Mainstage Theatre Production, Nov. 17-26

Barefoot in the Park 
by Neil Simon 
directed by Eden Lee Murray  

Early work from one of the most popular playwrights in the history of American theatre, this "bubbling, rib-tickling comedy" (NYT review) ran for 1,530 performances on Broadway, and was nominated for 3 1964 Tony awards. We expect it to sparkle on our stage this fall.

As they settle into their 6th floor walk-up apartment, young, NYC newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter discover marriage is more than a rosy honeymoon romp. Laughs abound as we watch them navigate the bumps enroute to a balanced relationship. Spoiler alert: one of them actually winds up barefoot in snow covered Central Park to prove a point. Along the way there’s a hilarious blind date between Corie’s mom and the eccentric aging bohemian neighbor from upstairs. Neil Simon’s brilliant comic dialogue skips along throughout as he gives us memorable moments with these delightful characters. Not to be missed!

Performance Dates
Friday, Nov. 17 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 18 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 19 – 4:00 pm
Friday, Nov. 24 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 25 – 2:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 26 – 4:00 pm

Fall 2017 Student Showcase – Free Admission
Friday, Dec. 2
Saturday, Dec. 3

HPU Young Actor’s Ensemble Showcase: Evening with the Bard   
Friday, Dec. 15

A pastiche of Shakespeare scenes designed to showcase exciting ensemble work and outstanding individual performances from the gifted members of HPU's Young Actors Ensemble.

Spring 2018 Maintstage Theatre Production, Apr. 6-15


Friday, Apr. 6 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Apr. 7 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr. 8 – 4:00 pm
Friday, Apr. 13 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Apr. 14 – 2:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr. 15 – 4:00 pm


Spring Student Showcase
April 27, 28, 29

HPU Young Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare Production, May 11 - 20

Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Eden Lee Murray

Was the famous Roman military champion a brilliant leader, or an ego-driven megalomaniac?  G. Bernard Shaw dubbed Shakespeare's exploration of this question "The most splendidly written political melodrama we possess." Particularly timely in this day and age.

Performance Dates
Friday, May 11 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 12 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 13 – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 18 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 19 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 20 – 4:00 pm


Ticket Prices for all Mainstage Performances

General Admission - $10
Senior/Military/Student/HPU Faculty & Staff - $5
HPU Students - FREE

Presale tickets for the current Mainstage performance are available exclusively online, or may be purchased at the theatre from one hour before show time. Tickets to our Student Showcases will be available at the door.

For tickets, please visit our uStore.

Hawai'i Pacific University's Paul and Vi Loo Theatre is located on the windward Hawai'i Loa campus at 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, directly across from the Pali Golf course entrance. Reservations are strongly recomended as seating is limited.

For more information on HPU's Theatre Program, click here.