Stage: ‘Rent,’ ‘Hansel & Gretel,’ more

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"Rent," the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a group of struggling young bohemians in New York's Lower East Side, opens at Manoa Valley Theatre this week. (Courtesy photo)

“Rent,” the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a group of struggling young bohemians in New York’s Lower East Side, opens at Manoa Valley Theatre this week. (Courtesy photo)


“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center presents the hit Broadway musical, 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays through March 16, and 5 p.m. March 12, Nanakuli High and Intermediate multipurpose cafe. $5-$13.

“Hansel and Gretel — The Real Story”: Hawaii Theatre Center presents an interactive adaptation of the German folk tale by veteran Broadway performer Peggy Anne Siegmund, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Hawaii Theatre. $5-$10; children younger than 4 free. 528-0506,

“Very Still & Hard to See”: An architect and an obake make a deal that haunts life at a hotel built over the demon’s lair in this short play by Steve Yockey, 8 p.m. March 15 and 2 p.m. March 16, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. $5-$18. 944-2697,

“Rent”: The Tony Award-winning rock musical about a group of struggling young bohemians in New York’s Lower East Side, Thursday-March 30 (sold out), extended through April 20, Manoa Valley Theatre. $23-$38. 988-6131,


“Battle of Will”: An underworld kingpin murders a boy’s family in an attempt to adopt him and gain legacy in this dark urban crime thriller by French playwright Laurent Gaude, presented by Windward Community College theater students; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Paliku Theatre. $10-$15. For mature audiences, ages 17+. 235-7310,

“Icarus Fights the Minotaur”: Playwright Yokanaan Kearns re-imagines the Greek myth to focus on friendship, family relationships, manhood and tragedy, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Honolulu Theatre for Youth at Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. 839-9885,

“The Lion King”: Disney’s touring Broadway musical returns to Blaisdell Concert Hall; 2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, $33-$95. 866-870-2717, For group (10 or more) discounts: 593-9468.

“Peter Rabbit and the Garden”: Annie Cusick Wood and Honolulu Theatre for Youth present a new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s tales about the veggie-loving rabbit, an interactive romp for preschoolers about the fine line between curiosity and responsibility, spiced with Scottish music and brogue; 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Tenney Theatre. $10. 839-9885,

“The Rocky Horror Show”: Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center presents the cult-classic rock ‘n’ roll musical by Richard O’Brien, a racy salute to the sci-fi B movies of the ’50s; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Kaimuki High School Theatre. $6-$12. 733-4913,,


“Once on This Island”: Kamehameha Schools high school drama club Keaka Kamehameha presents Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Caribbean-set musical about a peasant girl and a wealthy boy and the test of their love; 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 16, Ke’elikolani Auditorium, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus. $5-$10. 842-8496


“Houseless in Paradise”: PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theatre Co. presents a reprise of its play by, for and about the homeless of Oahu, sharing their stories with music and song to entertain and educate, March 14-15, Waianae District Park community room. Free; suggested donation of $20. 218-0103,

“Love, Loss and What I Wore”: Women confide their funny, wistful and sartorial memories in reader’s theater style in this hit off-Broadway play by Nora and Delia Ephron, March 17-18, Manoa Valley Theatre. $15-$18. 988-6131,

“Jazz & Barbershop”: Sounds of Aloha Chorus and quartets show, featuring Jimmy Borges and the DeShannon Higa Big Band; two shows March 22, Hawaii Theatre. $10-$35. 528-0506,

“The Wizard of Oz”: Castle Performing Arts Center presents the family classic, March 22-April 6, Bright Theatre. $10-$16. 233-5626,

“Cockadoodledoo”: A meteor shower brings startling changes to a small rural town in Eric Yokomori’s surrealistic comedy, March 27-April 27, Kumu Kahua Theatre. $5-$20. 536-4441,

“The Passion of Christ”: The Catholic Diocese of Honolulu’s drama community Faith in Action presents a show on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with original songs by Glenn Medeiros, March 27-30 at Paliku Theatre. $20-$25. 222-0644, 585-3342

“I Pagliacci” and “Carmina Burana”: Hawaii Opera Theatre presents Ruggero Leoncavallo’s satire of love, jealousy and death, and Carl Orff’s scenic cantata based on the medieval poems, March 28-April 1, Blaisdell Concert Hall. $29-$125. 596-7858,

“Red”: A master abstract artist discovers that his crowning achievement could become his undoing in this drama by John Logan, March 28-April 20, The Actors’ Group. $12-$20. 722-6941,

“Show Boat”: The Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein musical tale of love and racism that revolutionized Broadway when it debuted in 1927, March 28-April 13, Diamond Head Theatre. $15-$35. 733-0274,

“Thrift Store: The Musical”: Comedic new play by Susanne Sims, inspired by real life at Unity Church of Hawaii’s thrift store, 6 p.m. March 29, Mission Memorial Auditorium. Free; tickets required. 295-5294,

“Grinds: The Story of Food in Hawaii”: Honolulu Theatre for Youth debuts a musical romp through a favorite subject, April 4-May 10, Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. 839-9885,

“Heritage”: Hawaii Pacific University presents P.J. Barry’s play about the women and men who shaped the life of Abraham Lincoln, April 4-27, Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, Kaneohe. $5-$20. 375-1282.

“Rags”: Chaminade University presents the Tony-nominated musical about the hopes and struggles of immigrants to the United States in the early 1900s; April 4-13, Mamiya Theatre. $10-$20. 735-4827

“The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip”: Musical based on the novel by George Saunders about a bevy of little squealing, goat-loving orange monsters, April 11-20, Kennedy Theatre. $5-$20. 944-2697,

“Our Man” and “The Puppet Booth”: A short satire and a twist on Russian poet Aleksandr Blok’s lyric drama, respectively, in a Late Night double feature, April 11-19, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. $5-$10 at the door. 956-7655,

“The Vagina Monologues”: V-Day Honolulu presents Eve Ensler’s award-winning play about the female experience as a benefit for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children; April 11-13 at The ARTS at Marks Garage. $20-$25.,

“Spring Footholds”: University of Hawaii dance showcase, April 23-27, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. $5-$18. 944-2697,

“Footsteps”: Castle DanceForce dance concert, April 25-27, Bright Theatre. 233-5626,

“Much Ado About Nothing”: Hawaii Theatre Center teen actors present the popular Shakespeare comedy, April 25-26, Hawaii Theatre. $2-$7. 528-0506,

“The Music Man”: Hawaii Education of the Arts youths present a concert version of the Broadway musical, May 1-3 at Paliku Theatre. 741-2787,

PlayBuilders’ Annual Festival of Original Plays: Fully staged readings of new works by local playwrights or new plays dealing with local themes, May 8-10 at Leeward Community College. $10. 218-0103,

“Clybourne Park”: Bruce Norris’ Tony- and Pulitzer-winning comedy/drama about racial tension and real estate in the fictional Chicago neighborhood from “A Raisin in the Sun,” May 22-June 8, Manoa Valley Theatre. $20-$35. 988-6131,

“Catch Me if You Can”: Musical based on the hit film about a young con man’s lust for the glamorous life, May 23-June 8, Diamond Head Theatre. $15-$35., 733-0274


“Koi, Like the Fish”: Kumu Kahua Theatre seeks three men and three women for a May-June production of Keali’iwahine Hokoana’s play about a young family who must move in with an ailing uncle. Auditions 6-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the theater. 536-4222,

“The Vagina Monologues”: V-Day Honolulu 2014 holds an open audition 3-6 p.m. Sunday at The ARTS at Marks Garage for an April production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play about the female experience. Anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome to audition; behind-the-scenes volunteers also needed.

“Wedlockout, or Bedfellows Make Strange Politics”: Lanikai Mortgage Players seek six women and four men for its spring melodrama, a political play loosely based on the plot of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.” Auditions 7 p.m. March 19 at Shreve Theater, Lanikai Community Center at Lanikai Park. More information: 263-0965.

“Clybourne Park”: Manoa Valley Theatre and guest director Vanita Rae Smith hold auditions March 29 for the May-June production. 988-6131,

Kapolei Chorale: Community chorus welcomes sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to sing four-part harmony. Rehearsals 6:30 p.m. Sundays in Makakilo. 381-2063

Honolulu Blend Show Chorus seeks female singers interested in a cappella four-part harmony. Rehearsals 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Wellspring Covenant Church in Aiea. 255-3225

Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus seeks male singers in all voice parts. Rehearsals 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays at Wellspring Covenant Church in Aiea. 262-7664

Hawai’i Vocal Arts Ensemble seeks experienced singers with good tone and music-reading skills. Appointments: email

Honolulu Boy Choir: Auditions for boys age 7-12 by appointment. No experience needed; membership is free. 596-7464,
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