What is Summer Stars?

2020 Dates: June 8 – July 19
Registration online on March 1st!

Summer Stars is a signature program of Hawaii Children’s Theatre and is made possible by the G.N. Wilcox Trust, Sony Open/Friends of Hawaii, our Summer Stars Committee, our Board of Directors, Administrative Manager, and YOU!

We’re so excited to bring you another year of theater fun! Our staff works hard to make each summer’s program the better than the last. From our AM Rising Stars original plays showcasing ‘The Magic of Theatre’ to the PM Program’s full-scale production, there’s plenty of creative make-believe to fill your keiki’s summer. Join them from prep to the cast party celebration as they make new friends and learn new skills. You’ll create wonderful memories to last a lifetime!

Program Times and Costs*:
Keiki at Play (ages 5-7)
Time: 8 AM – 12 PM, Monday – Friday
Cost: $490 ($40 reimbursement for selling your tickets to the show)
Rising Stars (ages 8-15)
Time: 8 AM – 12 PM, Monday – Friday
Cost: $490 ($40 reimbursement for selling your tickets to the show)
PM Program (ages 8-15)
Time: 1 PM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday
Cost: $675 ($200 reimbursement for selling your tickets to the show)

*There is a $20 discount for each successive enrollment or student. Financial aid is available.

A program for every shining star!

Keiki at Play
In our Keiki at Play program, kids ages 5-7 learn the basics of drama through playing games, singing songs, creating characters and telling stories. These young students will also spend time in the core classes of musical theater; acting, singing and dance, designed specifically for their age group. A weekly rotation of theater workshops hone additional skills onstage and behind the scenes. The program culminates in a Rising Stars Gala Performance and Fundraiser where our Keiki at Play cast performs a short musical they have created for their peers, parents and community.


Am Rising Stars
The AM Program offers fun and unique skill-building classes taught by theater professionals experienced in working with keiki of all ages. Students are led in core classes of musical theater; acting, singing and dance, preparing them for the next level – a full scale production! A weekly rotation of theater workshops hone additional skills onstage and behind the scenes. The program culminates in a Rising Stars Gala Performance and Fundraiser where each of the four groups of students performs a short musical they have created for their peers, parents and community.


PM Program
Students in the PM Program have the opportunity to participate in a musical from auditions (everyone gets a part!) to performances, learning valuable theater skills along the way. Through the context of the production materials and the leadership of qualified professionals, kids will learn theatre etiquette, improvisation, harmony singing, scene/character study and choreography. The culmination of this program; performances onstage for a live audience, is an unforgettable experience!
*Requirement: Students must have attended a previous HCT program OR be currently enrolled in the AM Workshop Program to enroll in the PM
Program.