Manoa Valley Theatre announces 2014-15 season

Feb. 19, 2014 | 0 Comments


“The Addams Family,” “Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Noddah Time” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” are just three of the six plays being offered during Manoa Valley Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

The lineup was announced Wednesday for the theater’s 46th season, which runs from September to July. Tickets go on sale in March; featured productions and run dates are subject to change.


“The Addams Family” (September)

0531_mvtBased on the hit 1964-66 TV show featuring Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. In this musical comedy, Wednesday is all grown up and brings home her boyfriend — a man from a respectable family — for the first time. Secrets are revealed when their two different worlds collide. Directed by Hanna Schauer Galli, with musical director James Mares.

“Closer Than Ever” (November)

Twenty four songs, each with its own story, are performed in this musical revue. Composers Maltby and Shire reveal tales of aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, unrequited love, and more. Winner of the 1991 Outer Critics Circle Best Off-Broadway Musical Award and nominated for the 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Best Musical Revival Award. Directed by Kip Wilborn.

“Becky’s New Car” (January)

Becky Foster is middle aged, in middle management and in a middling marriage. Then she stumbles down a road to a new life that will bring laughter to the audience, yet with some serious overtones. Directed by Brittni Shambaugh.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” (March)

The swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters as they provide the backstory of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” and the Peter Pan character. Nominated for the Tony Award Best Play, 2011 Lucille Lortel Outstanding Play Award, 2011 Patrick Lee Theater Blogger Outstanding Play Off-Broadway Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Best New Play Award. Directed by Bree Bumatai.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (May)

Dramatic comedy about a man who chooses to serve his court sentence in a mental institution instead of prison. He clashes with the head nurse and attempts to liven up his fellow patients’ lives. He tries to lead a revolt causing the head nurse to submit him to shock treatment and eventually forcing him to submit to a final, irreversible correction. Directed by Troy Apostle.

“Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Noddah Time” (July)

A favorite local pidgin musical is brought back to the stage featuring Da Tree Local Pigs, Da Mongoosettes, Da Mean Mongoose, Da Wicked Queen, and many more fairy tale characters. Directed by Elitel Tatafu, with musical director James Mares.

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