The Hilo Education Arts Repertory Theatre (HEART) is holding registration and auditions for its first annual tuition-free performing arts camp, “I HEART SUMMER”. Click for more info!

The Hilo Education Arts Repertory Theatre (HEART) is holding registration and auditions for its first annual tuition-free performing arts camp, “I HEART SUMMER” on May 7th and 8th (for performers 8-14) and May 9th and 11th (for performers 15 and older). Callbacks will be May 12th. Check the website hearthilo.org for more information, times and guidelines.

I HEART SUMMER – THE GREASE EXPERIENCE will be a four week tuition-free summer camp for performers (singers, dancers, actors) and young people interested in technical crew (lighting, set construction, costumes) aged 8-18. The camp will run May 29th thru June 25th culminating in a “camper-only” production of GREASE performed for friends, family and the public at the East Hawaii Cultural Center on June 24th and 25th.

Camp will run Monday thru Friday 10-2 and will consist mostly of singing, dancing and acting rehearsals to prepare campers for the upcoming performances of GREASE but it will also feature weekly classes in dance, improvisation, audition technique, singing and acting as well as master classes in hair and makeup and writing/directing.

In addition to the Camp Experience (which ends on June 25th) some campers will be invited to be part of the ensemble for an adult production of GREASE which will be held at the Historic Palace Theatre and will run July 14th, 15th and 16th. Campers will be offered this opportunity based on their excitement, enthusiasm and professionalism during the camp process.

For all campers who do join the production at The Palace Theater, they will be asked to attend rehearsals for two additional weeks leading up to opening night, July 14th. Rehearsals for GREASE at the Palace would be the first two weeks of July – and might be a mix of day and/or evening rehearsal times. Campers who are invited are not required to participate in the Palace shows and are free to decline involvement. However all campers must be available to perform in the end of camp showcase at the East Hawaii Cultural Center.

Registration and Auditions are in-person on the day of your audition. GREASE is being produced by Nicholas Souza, being directed by Larry Reitzer, musically directed by Kyra Gomes and Grayson Mento and being choreographed by Jason Aiwohi Tomlin and Aleah Kay. The camp is being made possible through the support of Jennifer Kagiwada (Council Member, District 2) as well as by a generous Biennium grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
So come down to the auditions, meet our creative team and our staff, get all your questions answered, sign up and join us (and other Big Island theatre-loving youth) for a month of singing, dancing, acting and fun!

Please note that this is a tuition-free program but there is a $50 registration fee that covers costs of materials (scripts/music books) and additional costume needs. Also note that no camper will be turned away for lack of funds. When you sign up, request a financial waiver on your application and all fees will be waived. We want anyone who loves theatre as much as we do to join us for a summer they will never forget!

If you have any questions, visit the HEART website at hearthilo.org.