Stage: ‘Xenophobia,’ IONA Dance Fundraiser

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“Madam Butterfly”: Hawaii Opera Theatre kicks off its 2014-15 season with the Gia­como Puccini classic about a young Japanese woman who marries and falls in love with an American naval officer, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Blaisdell Concert Hall. $34-$135. 596-7858, http://hawaii­

“Ambrosia,” IONA’s 2014 gala: Annual fundraiser features IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre entertainment, a paired-wine dinner under the stars, dancing, cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sheraton Wai­kiki Helu­moa pool. $250.

“Xenophobia: Face Your Fears”: The PlayBuilders Ensemble addresses modern-society issues — same-sex relationships, bullying, sexual abuse, foreign cultures, medical drug use, etc. — and the prejudices surrounding them; 8 p.m. Thursday-Oct. 18, Leeward Community College Lab Theatre. $10-$30.


“The Addams Family”: Musical comedy about the ghoulish American family, based on characters from the popular ’60s television show, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday (extended) at Manoa Valley Theatre. $20-$39. 988-6131, http://manoavalley­

“Blithe Spirit”: The London and Broadway comedy hit, a revived classic by Noel Coward about a cantankerous novelist, his wife and the ghost of his first wife, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Theatre. Free pre-show chat with cast and director 7 p.m. Saturday. $5-$25. 956-7655, 944-2697,

“Upside Reverie”: Late Night Theatre opens with this student dance concert exploring the theme of escapism with original music, dance and video projection, 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. $5-$10, at Kennedy Theatre box office an hour before showtime. 956-7655,­nedy


“Hairspray”: Tom Holowach and Ron Bright pre­sent the Tony-winning Broadway musical version of John Waters’ satirical look at teen culture, rock music and racism in the early ’60s; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Oct. 18 and 4 p.m. Oct. 19 (extended), at Paliku Theatre. $22-$35. 235-7310,

“Mary Poppins”: The Broadway musical based on the classic Disney movie and P.L. Travers’ books about a magical nanny opens Diamond Head Theatre’s 100th-anniversary season, 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. More performances through Oct. 19 (extended). $15-$50. (Season tickets for six plays: $66-$228.) 733-0274,

IONA’s “The Living Earth”: The contemporary dance theater pre­­sents online its 2009 production about the planet’s struggles, weaving spirituality with theatrics and dance. The second E Season offering is presented in 10 five-minute videos at


“Ku A Mo‘o: Becoming a Guardian of Hawaii”: Hono­lulu Theatre for Youth continues its 60th season with this play about the skin-changing, lizard-bodied protectors of old Hawaii, created in collaboration with Bishop Museum staff, Oct. 17-Nov. 8, Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. For ages 8+. 839-9885,

“The Guru of Chai”: Indian Ink Theatre Company of New Zealand pre­sents a humorous and heart-tugging romantic thriller about a poor chai­wallah and a young girl abandoned at a railway station who can really sing, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa. $10-$30. 944-2697, http://outreach.ha­

“The Pied Piper of Hamelin”: Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center pre­sents the famous German legend, targeted for younger audiences, Oct. 25-Nov. 2 at the center. $5-$10; children $3 or free (under 3). Box office opens 30 minutes before each show.

“Stars of American Ballet”: Ballet Hawaii pre­sents the touring show featuring principal dancers of the New York City Ballet performing “Swan Lake” excerpts, George Balanchine’s “Who Cares” and more; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Hawaii Theatre. $35-$75. ($150 VIP package includes dinner at Restaurant EPIC; call 521-8600.) 528-0506,

Fall Footholds: UH Department of Theatre and Dance showcase of student choreography and thesis work, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. $8-$18. 944-2697,

“The Pirates of Penzance”: Hawaii Opera Theatre presents a kid-friendly version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta about a rollicking band of pirates in the British Isles and their captive apprentice, Nov. 5, Hawaii Theatre. (School matinees Nov. 5-6. Call 791-1310.) $5-$10; free for kids younger than 4. For grades K-8. 528-0506, http://hawaii­

“The Underneath”: A man returns to Hawaii after 10 years upon urgent summons from his brother only to find him missing in this new noir mystery drama by Susan Soon He Stanton, Nov. 6-Dec. 7, Kumu Kahua Theatre. $5-$20. 536-4441,

“Clockwork”: Leeward Community College performing arts students present this family comedy about what happens when a magical clock keeping all fairy tales on track breaks down, Nov. 7-16, The Leeward Theatre. $10-$20. 455-0380,

“Fiddler on the Roof”: Hawaii Pacific University presents the musical about a poor Jewish dairyman and his five daughters in a little village in czarist Russia, Nov. 7-30, Paul and Vi Loo Theatre. $5-$20. 375-1282,

“Possessed in the West, or The Gunslinger Wore Dainty Lace Gloves”: Lanikai Mortgage Players’ fall melodrama, by Nelson Shreve, followed by the Olio variety show, Nov. 7-16, Shreve Theater, Lanikai Community Center. $7; includes popcorn. 262-5482,

Hawaii Opera Theatre Opera Ball: Annual gala fundraiser goes “Gorgeously Gothic,” with a Victorian theme celebrating season finale “Sweeney Todd,” food, entertainment, dancing and surprises, 6 p.m. Nov. 8, The Modern Honolulu. $350. 596-7372, ext. 203,

“Closer Than Ever”: Award-winning off-Broadway musical revue about adulthood and its challenges, including midlife crisis, second marriages, role reversals with parents and unrequited love, Nov. 13-30, Manoa Valley Theatre. $20-$39. 988-6131, http://manoavalley­

“The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)”: A 24-foot softie and an orphan girl team up to save the children of England from child-eating giants in this stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, Nov. 14-23, Kennedy Theatre. $5-$18. 956-7655, 944-2697,

“Defiance”: Two Marine Corps officers, one black, one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing in the Vietnam/civil rights movement era of 1971 North Caro­lina in this new work by John Patrick Shanley, Nov. 21-Dec. 14, The Actors’ Group, Brad Powell Theatre. $14-$25. 722-6941, http://tag­

“Rock’n the Holidays with Rakugo!”: A humorous, magical and cultural take on the holidays blends the ancient style of Japa­nese storytelling with classic holiday tales in this new work by Yasu­fimu Ishida, Nov. 28-Dec. 20, Hono­lulu Theatre for Youth at Tenney Theatre. $10-$20. For ages 5+. 839-9885,


“Becky’s New Car”: Manoa Valley Theatre and director Britt­ni Shambaugh audition 7 p.m. Monday for the contemporary comedy about a middle-age woman. More information: 988-6131, http://manoa­valley­­

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Na Leo Lani Chorus: A cappella singers also known as the Sweet Adelines welcome female singers who enjoy four-part barbershop harmony. Rehearsals 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Saint Francis School. 429-9901, 839-3443, http://sweetadelines­

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, http://hono­lulu­­

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre seeks male and female dancers for the premiere of a new work at Hawaii Theatre in May. Training in modern dance required; performance fee based on skills and roles. Email with a head shot, full body shot, resume or bio.

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