The boundless imagination of a child kindled by loneliness and driven by a desire for adventure can breathe life into anything, even a red balloon. Opening January 12 at Honolulu Theater for Youth, filled with whimsy and charm, internationally acclaimed The Red Balloon will warm your heart while artfully approaching the very serious topic of bullying. Based on the academy award winning film by Albert Lamorisse, this story about friendship has been adapted for the stage by HTY's Annie Cusick Wood, "Sixty years on from this story's creation, kids can still feel lonely, still stand up for their friends and even more evident to us nowadays is that people rush in to help when you most need it. This highly visual production shows us Pascal and the balloon's journey with plenty humor, pathos, dance, puppetry and a special touch of balloon magic."
Pascal's best friend is a balloon, but this is no ordinary balloon. He comes when called. Well, mostly. He and Pascal do everything together, except when balloons are not allowed. In midst of their fantastical adventures, Pascal and The Red Balloon are confronted by boys whose jealousy blisters into bullying. This beguiling production will take you on an adventure through the back allies of Paris. The set dismantles and rebuilds itself before your eyes. Music and movement playfully capture the youthful and often mischievous spirit of The Red Balloon. The moving story is as relevant today in Hawaiʻi as it was in 1950s Paris.
The Red Balloon opens Friday, Jan 12 at 7:00 p.m. and runs Saturdays, Jan 13-27 at 4:30 p.m. with ASL Interpretation Saturday Jan 27 at 11 a.m. and Onstage Workshop Jan 20 at 2:30 p.m. Performances are at Tenney Theatre on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrews. It is ideal for ages 5 and up. Single tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth (18 and under) and $15 for seniors (over 60). HTY For Every Family Pay-What-You-Can performance will be Saturday, Jan 27 at 11 a.m.
For more info, to receive a season brochure, order tickets to a show or learn more about HTY's educational programming call 839-9885. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.htyweb.org.
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