Manoa Valley Theatre celebrates 50 years of the arts, entertainment

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Manoa Valley Theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a string of show-stopping plays planned for Oahu residents and visitors.

In 1969 the theater was born after a group of University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate theater students decided they needed a community workplace for local performing artists.

The community theater is one of the oldest avocational theaters in Hawaii, and the 2018-2019 season, which begins this month and ends in August of next year, is set to be packed with entertaining shows.

"We're grateful for the privilege we'd had to serve the community for five decades, and to interact with the lives of so many Hawaii residents," said Producing Director Dwight Martin, in a statement.

"More than three-quarters of a million tickets have been issued over the course of more than 300 play productions," Martin said. "All of this has been made possible by the talents of Hawaii's thespians and the generosity of Hawaii's theatre patrons and sponsors. It is a joy to celebrate this milestone together."

Those looking for more information about the theater and ticket prices can click here.

There will be six plays in the upcoming lineup:


  • by Bill Russell, Frank Kelly, Albert Evans and Robert Longbottom
  • Aug. 30 – September 26

Shipment Day

  • by Lorenzo DeStefano
  • Nov. 8 – 25

Avenue Q

  • by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty
  • Jan. 10 – 27


  • by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione
  • March 28 – April 7

Tony n' Tina's Wedding

  • by Nancy Cassaro and Artificial Intelligence
  • May 16 – June 2

The Rocky Horror Show

  • by Richard O’Brien
  • July 18 – Aug. 4

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