Theatre students take to the stage twice

From left: Cynthia Sinclair, Benjamin Brown, U‘i Goodhue, and Punahele Valentine restrain the dangerous titular killer of Roberto Zucco, played by Bailey Campbell – Orrin Nakanelua

From left: Cynthia Sinclair, Benjamin Brown, U‘i Goodhue, and Punahele Valentine restrain the dangerous titular killer of Roberto Zucco, played by Bailey Campbell – Orrin Nakanelua

WCC theatre students present two exciting productions in March and April on Palikū’s stage.

First up is the Hawai‘i premiere of the dark comedy Roberto Zucco, written by Bernard-Marie Koltes.

Roberto is the proverbial boy next door, a serial killer with the face of an angel, a murderer without remorse. Theatre 260 students will enact his bewildering, blood-spattered tale—inspired by real events.

Directed by WCC theatre lecturer Taurie Kinoshita, Roberto Zucco plays March 11 through March 20, offering O‘ahu audiences a rare glimpse at the work of a critically acclaimed contemporary European playwright.

Due to adult language, situations and themes, this play is recommended for ages 18 and older. No children under 13 will be admitted.

Next up is the family-friendly Tales of Ko‘olaupoko, an original youth theatre production written and directed by Moses Goods and premiered on Palikū’s stage.

The performance presents several legends from Kāne‘ohe, Waimanalo, Kualoa and all the lands in the realm known as Ko‘olaupoko.

Beneath every rock, within every pond and over every mountain awaits an exciting tale.

The origin stories of Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), Kawainui Marsh and other notable locales in the shadow of the Ko‘olau are brought to life in this children’s theatre extravaganza.

To learn more about theatre classes offered at WCC, contact instructor Nicolas Logue at 236-9138 or logue@hawaii.edu.

Both shows will be performed at WCC’s Palikū Theatre. To purchase tickets, go to eTicketHawaii.com or call 235-7310. Prices are $5 students/senior/military and $10 general.

by Ka ‘Ohana, News Staff