|The walkway to the Manoa Valley Theatre crosses through a former|
church cemetery. (photos credit: TheHopefulTraveler)
MVT was founded in 1969 by graduate students of the University of Hawaii as the Hawaii Performing Arts Company. The Manoa Valley Theatre name was not adopted until the company's second decade and named for the lush, green valley where their venue is located.
Manoa Valley Theatre presents an annual six-show season. The 2011-2012 season includes Hawaii premieres of 'The 39 Steps,' 'God of Carnage,' and 'Spring Awakening'. 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'Dividing the Estate' and 'Honk!' make up the balance of the current season.
|The versatile auditorium can be accommodated to host productions|
with traditional, in-the-round or cabaret seating. Pictured above is
the seats along the right of the auditorium. On stage is the set for their
production of 'Spring Awakening.'
I used to be a subscriber of Manoa Valley Theatre but due to cost of subscriptions, play selections and their reliance on cabaret type and audience participation productions, I opted to only attend select productions. As much as I love theater I made the difficult choice of subscribing to only one of Hawaii's two major theatre companies. Both Manoa Valley Theatre and Diamond Head Theatre offers the opportunity for local audiences to see New York productions once the rights become available.
Performances usually run evenings Thursdays to Saturdays and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. The theatre has no parking facility so as a courtesy audiences are allowed to park in stalls near East Manoa Road at the neighboring Manoa Marketplace shopping center.
Visit manoavalleytheatre.com or call 808-988-6131 for more info. The theatre is located at 2833 East Manoa Road in Honolulu, Hawaii.
|In lieu of a marquee, banners announce the current productions at|
Manoa Valley Theatre.