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Kennedy Theatre

Media Release

Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Contact: Kristy Miller, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)
email: theatre-pr@hawaii.edu

August 12, 2002 (9:36pm)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMARA HUNT DIRECTS A LOCAL VERSION OF A TOUCHING FAMILY FANTASY

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents a astronomical fantasy by Julian Wiles. Director Tamara Hunt kicks off the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Series with "The Boy Who Stole the Stars," a play about love, friendship and family, featuring a giant dragon puppet made of stars. "The Boy Who Stole the Stars" will be
performed September 20, 21 and 28 at 8pm and 29 at 2 pm. Opening night audiences are invited to enjoy a stargazing party on the Kennedy Theatre lawn following the performance.

This show follows the story of a boy, Nicholas (Kevin Pacheco/Jeremy Pippin), on a summer visit with his grandparents. The boy and his friend Genevieve (Noelle Poole) compete in a science project: she is to count all the frogs in the pond and he is to count all the stars in the sky. His project proves difficult so he enlists the help of his grandfather (James Davenport/Matthew Malliski). As they explore the onderment of the night sky, stars and constellations, his grandfather tells him the story of a mighty star dragon. If one should battle the dragon and return the stars to the earth, there would be no death. The boy sets out to battle the dragon so he can keep his grandfather with him always. This show moves the whole family, especially ages 7-12.

Hunt was inspired to do the play after researching Astronomy with the UHM Leisure Center and other local astronomy groups. The opening night stargazing party on the Kennedy Theatre lawn following the performance is given by Stargazers of Hawai'i. James Davenport designed the set for this magical world as his MFA thesis project. Multiple Po'okela honoree Sandra Finney designed the costumes for the show.

Tickets for "The Boy Who Stole the Stars" go on sale Monday, September 9 at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office. Tickets may be purchased in person or charged-by-phone at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. Ticket prices are $10 Regular, $9 Discount for seniors, military, and UH faculty/staff, $7 for children and non-UHM students and $3 for UHM students with validated Fall 2002 photo ID. Tickets are also available at all TicketPlus outlets, by phone at 526-4400, or at All TicketPlus sales include applicable service charges. Group rates are available. For more information, charge-by-phone, or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (v/t).

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"The Boy Who Stole the Stars"

Friday September 20* 8 pm

Saturday September 21 8 pm

Saturday September 28 8 pm

Sunday September 29 2 pm

$10 Regular

$9 Discount for Seniors, Military, Faculty and Staff

$7 Special for Non-UHM Students and children

$3 UHM students w/ valid Fall 2002 ID

*Star Gazing Party hosted by Stargazers of Hawai#i following the performance

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