Almost Maine_Cast_Photo_flatAlmost Maine
Back: Adam Brewer, Alten Kiakona,  Michael Donato,
Claire Paul, Andy Lee;  Front: Anna Klein Hamaguchi,
Marcus Lee, Analiese Arle, Ava Wong, Sterling Beiar

The Performing Arts Department of Chaminade University in association with Saint Louis Center for the Arts will present the Chaminade University Collegiate Theatre Festival July 28 through August 14. at the Richard T. Mamiya Theatre and Loo Theatre, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.  The festival is a summer theatre program featuring student actors, designers and technicians from universities all over the country including Chaminade University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Cornish College of the Arts, Argosy University, Stetson University, the University of San Diego, Windward Community College, and Kapi‘olani Community College.  The festival will feature three productions:

next to normThe Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning musical Next to Normal, with Music by Tom Kit and lyrics by Brian Yorkey will open the festival and be presented on July 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m., at Mamiya Theatre.


almost maine (1)Almost Maine is a town that’s so far north it’s almost not in the United States.  And it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized.  So it’s just…Almost.  This quirky almost love story and winter spectacle written by John Cariani will be presented August 4 to 6, at 7:30 pm at the Mamiya Theatre.

rimeIn Rose and Rime, young Rose must save Radio Falls from the vicious curse of the Rime Witch.  This modern fable is a reminder that anything powerful enough to fulfill your dreams is powerful enough to destroy them. The play’s director Nathaniel Niemi was recently awarded the National Award for Directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. Niemi won the regional competition directing local actors in scenes when Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa co-hosted the festival for region 8 in February.  Rose and Rime is Chaminade’s first theatre for youth production and will be presented August 5-14 in Chaminade University’s Loo Theatre.  There will be evening performances as well as day school performances.  Evening shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on August 5 and 6 and August 11-13.  Matinee shows are at 2 p.m. on Sundays, August 7 and 14.

Tickets for festival shows are available at a cost of $10 to $25.  Festival passes are also available $50 for adults and $30 for students, seniors, and military.  Advanced tickets using a credit card may be done through (keyword Chaminade or Honolulu) or by calling 1-866-967-8167.  For more information, visit or call 808-202-6360.

Next to Normal
Nicole Enos (front)
and Christian Quinto (back)

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Rose and the Rime_851Rose and the Rime
Rachael Uyeno