‘Anime Momotaro’ at Honolulu Theatre for Youth
August 12 – September 17, 2016
August 12 at 7pm, and August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10 & 17 at 4:30pm
HTY Brings Back Blockbuster ‘Anime Momotaro’ with Live Music, Expanded Cast
A stunning new production of Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s award-winning Anime Momotaro will kick off the company’s 2016-17 season, themed “Stories of Home.” Authored by Alvin Chan, Eric Johnson and the HTY Company, this modern adaptation of the Japanese children’s classic, Momotaro: Peach Boy, opens Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m., then plays Saturdays, August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10 & 17 at 4:30 p.m. A sensory-friendly performance will be held Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.; a Japanese language performance will be staged on Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
HTY’s current production re-envisions the energetic show to feature an expanded cast and more design support. The result is an even more explosive visual thrill-ride, drawing on the design concepts of anime, manga and the crazy Japanese game shows done in “Matrix” style. The koken, traditional black-clad stagehands of Japanese theatre, are rendered in a quirky, playful spirit that makes the action seem animated.
Cutting edge presentation notwithstanding, HTY’s artistic staff remain faithful to the original story of Momotaro with one major change in interpretation. Rather than the customary violent end for the evil Ogres, HTY has given stronger consideration to Momotaro’s inner strength and provides a direct look at bullying and the possible responses to it – including solutions based on compassion and the strength of a community to address the issues of bullying from within.
Anime Momotaro will be performed at Tenney Theatre on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. It is ideal for ages 5 and up. Single tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for youth (18 and under) and $15 for seniors (over 60). For more information, to receive a season brochure, order tickets to a show or learn more about HTY’s educational programming call 839-9885. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.htyweb.org.