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

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

August 23, 2004

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSICAL VERSION OF LISA MATSUMOTOíS AWARD-WINNING CHILDRENíS BOOK RETURNS TO KENNEDY THEATRE!

The University of Hawai'i at M~noa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents "How Da B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly", a delightful musical adaptation of Lisa Matsumotoís popular children's book by the same title that tells the story of Kimo the cockroach and his quest to help his fellow roaches find their place in Hawai#i's insect kingdom. Directing is Tamara (Hunt) Montgomery, who directed the original production in 1995 when it was called "Das How Come." Musical Direction is by Tara Melia Hunt. "How Da B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly" will be performed on the mainstage of UHMís Kennedy Theatre September 17, 18, 25 at 7:00 p.m., September 18 & 25 at 4:00 p.m., September 19 & 26 at 2:00 p.m. A free pre-show chat at 6 p.m. precedes the Saturday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. performance.

Under the direction of Montgomery, "How Da B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly" has new staging and a fresh musical score by Nick Kenworthy-Browne to underscore the tale of Kimo and his friends as they encounter such colorful characters as "da moving company ants" and "da deconstruction business termites" in their search for a way to fit in and contribute to the insect kingdom. Discovering an aptitude for altitude - Kimo and friends find their hidden talents and form their dive-bombing squad the C.A.C.A. - "da Courageous Aiah Combat Avengas!"

Lisa Matsumoto, Hawai#i's popular pidgin playwright, has delighted audiences of all ages for more than a decade. First launched on the Kennedy Theatre mainstage, Matsumotoís "Once Upon One Time" and "Once Upon One Noddah Time," remain popular even today. Matsumoto has expanded her talents into a full time theatre company, Ohia Productions, that specializes in family entertainment that presents issues that are environmentally and socially relevant.

Tickets go on sale at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office, at outlets, and on the internet on September 7. Ticket prices are $15 regular; $12 seniors, military, UH Faculty/staff, $10 Non-UHM students and children; and $3 for UHM students with validated UHM Fall 2004 I.D. For more information, charge-by-phone or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre box office at 956-7655 (voice/text) during regular box office hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www.etickethawaii.com. Charge by phone is also available by calling 944-2697. A $2 per ticket service charge will be applied to all charge-by-phone, outlet and internet sales.

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WHAT: "How Da B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly"

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance

WHEN: September 17, 18, 25* at 7pm
September 18 & 25 at 4pm
September 19 & 26 at 2pm
*free pre-show chat at 6pm

WHERE:UHMís Kennedy Theatre Mainstage

TICKET PRICES: $15 regular; $12 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff; $10 non-UHM students and children; $3 UHM students with valid Fall 2004 UHM ID

TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)

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