Excitement is building for Hawaii Children’s Theatre’s fall production of Disney’s Broadway version of ‘Mary Poppins’! Just off Broadway and a national tour, this classic family favorite opens November 13 and runs for three weekends, closing November 29. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM and Sundays at 4PM at the Kauai Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.
Based on the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, this Broadway version has been exciting audiences across the country and HCT is proud to showcase Kauai’s amazing talent along with the costumes, sets and special effects needed to tell the magical story of Mary Poppins–and a live orchestra.
Tickets will be available from cast members for $10 and will be at outlets around the island for $12 and online. To purchase tickets online click here.
You can purchase tickets at: Times Supermarket in Lihue, Kalaheo Coffee, Progressive Expressions in Koloa, Papayas in Kapaa, Healthy Hut in Kilauea, and Harvest Market in Hanalei.
Tickets will also be available at the door for every performance. Children three and under are free. There will be two mornings of performances for schools who reserve on Thursday Nov. 12 and Tuesday Nov. 17th.
The first Sunday matinee on Nov. 15th at 4 PM will be a special benefit performance. All tickets will be $6 if accompanied by a food or monetary donation for the Salvation Army and the two Food Banks and these tickets are available from cast and at the door only. Please bring your donation food with you to the theatre.
Support the Show!
Buy an ad in our show program! This is a great way to donate plus you, your business, etc. get great publicity as thousands of people attend the fall show.
Our set is very huge and involved this year! The show is promising to be outstanding! But we are very much in need of sponsorship for our set. Please fill out the above form if you can help. Every dollar helps!!
We need people who can sew to help with costuming, artistic people to make some props, people to help paint the set and people to build the set, stage crew during tech weeks and the run of the show. If interested in volunteering, please click here to fill out the contact form.
~MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT!~
Meet the Director/Choreographer!
Carol Culver (Artistic Director & Choreographer) moved to Kauai in 1998 after a long successful career as a Broadway, TV and film dancer, choreographer, singer and actress. She coached and choreographed many celebrities and was assistant choreographer to Broadway & film choreographer Patricia Birch on several shows including the hit Broadway musical and movie “Grease”. She restaged numerous productions of “Grease” including the national touring companies of the original Broadway production and has directed and choreographed “Grease” several times – including on Kauai in 2005 and for the Carolina Broadway Theatre Company in N. Carolina in 2014. Her directing credits also include “Hair” for the Kauai International Theatre in 2000. This is her first time directing for Hawaii Children’s Theatre.
As a performer, Ms. Culver made her Broadway debut at the age of 21 in the revival of “The Boy Friend” in which she understudied and took over the lead role of Polly. Her Broadway, TV and film credits include numerous musical theatre productions across the United States. She has danced for some of Broadway’s top choreographers including Tony Award winners Ron Field (“Cabaret”) and Michael Bennett (“Promises Promises” and “Chorus Line”). Besides “Grease”, she can be seen as a featured dancer, singer and actress in the films: “Pennies From Heaven”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “Roseland”, as Elliot Gould’s wife in “Inside Out” and in Steven Spielberg’s “1941”.
On Kauai, in addition to running her own dance school, Carol Culver Dance Academy, she has choreographed over 20 productions for Kauai Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Children’s Theatre plus the recent Kauai production of “Miss Saigon”. She is proud to be directing and choreographing this year’s fall HCT production of “Mary Poppins”, a long time favorite of Carol’s.
Meet the Cast!
Erin Gaines is bringing the lead character ‘Mary Poppins’ to life on stage, joined by Talon Ahnan playing the male lead ‘Bert.’ The roles of Jane and Michael Banks have been dual cast with Kaile McKeown & Tanner Hubbard and Mia Thompson & Jeremiah Garcia. Jim Warrack and Jessika Montoya will be playing their parents George and Winifred. The rest of the company plays a variety of roles throughout the show. They are listed here alphabetically: Kala’e Abrams, Talia Abrams, Donna Breuer, Beorn Chantara, Lana Coffman, Sean Cristobal, India Davies, Chad Dellatan, Mackenzie Franks, Conner Green, Nailani Green, Taj Gutierrez, Lolli Hagen, Blade Kanekuni, Dolly Kanekuni, Marissa Kennedy, Jacob Lester, Kailey Masters, Darlyne McLeod, Margaret McLeod, Gabriel McMullen, Kristen Miyasaki, Jenny Nezbeda, Mitchell Ouye, Emma Pinkston, Sean Randol, Tara Randol, Kolea Rautmann, Parker Reed, Sophia Riley, Chloe Rudinoff, Sabryn Rudinoff, Layne Torgerson, Manu Trujillo, Ethan Whatmore, Bard Widmer, and Callie Yavinsky.
Mary Poppins is directed and choreographed by Broadway’s own Carol Culver with musical direction by Alan Van Zee. Bailey Hutton, who did an outstanding job on last year’s Shrek , will be stage managing again, assisted by Tani Oshino. Leading the technical team is Steve Whitney with the help of Stacie Ramos, Sam Whitney, and Marly Madayag. The costume team of Esther Manning, Poppy Shell and Barbara Green is headed up by Mitchell and Lani Ouye. Bobbee Downs will be using her top-notch skills on hair and makeup and Brenda Biehler has come again this year as the show’s Props Mistress. The sets will be created by David Shell, Ron Horoshko, Donnie Maione, Jarhett Gaines and Wayne Zebzda. Producer duties will once again be handled by Debra Blachowiak and Dolly Kanekuni.
Back Row (Center and to the right): Beorn Chantara, Bard Widmer, Dolly Kanekuni, Manu Trujillo and Chloe Rudinoff.
2nd from Back (from left): Taj Gutierrez, Talia Abrams, Jim Warrack, Blade Kanekuni, Ethan Whatmore, Gabriel McMullen, Musical Director Alan van Zee, Sean Randol, Marissa Kennedy and Nialani Green.
3rd from Back (from left): Callie Yavinsky, Emma Pinkston, Kailey Masters, Conner Green, Director Carol Culver,
Seated (from left): Asst. Stage Manager, Tani Ishino, Chad Dellatan, Tara Randol, Lolli Hagen, Talon Ahnan, Erin Gaines, Jessika Montoya, Kristen Miyasaki and Stage Manager, Bailey Hutton.
Front Row (from left): Jake Lester, Mackenzie Franks, Kolea Rautmann, Kala’e Abrams, Tanner Hubbard, Jeremiah Garcia, Kaile McKeown, Mia Thompson, Jenny Nezbeda, Margaret McLeod.
Cast members missing: Lana Coffman, India Davies, Mitchell Ouye, Donna Breuer, Sabryn Rudinoff, Layne Torgerson, Sean Cristobal, Darlyne McLeod, Parker Reed, Sophia Riley.