Hawaii Young Actors Ensemble
Founded in 2007, the Hawaii Young Actors Ensemble is dedicated to offering high school students serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts intensive classical theatre training in a positive, non-competitive environment. HYAE-trained alumni have gone on to study theatre in college and to become professional actors, directors, stage managers, fight choreographers, and filmmakers. Membership is by competitive audition. The students meet twice a week Sept - May with award-winning actor and director Eden Lee Murray. In addition, they are offered Master Classes from leading instructors in the theatre community. Master Classes include Voice for Theatre , Introduction to Mask, Techniques for Playing Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Physical Comedy, Basics of Improvisation, and Poetry in Performance. The 9-month long training program culminates in the spring with a full Shakespeare play.
Last year, the HYAE production of Julius Caesar was honored with a Po`okela Award for Ensemble Excellence.
The 2019 selection is The Tempest, with an original soundtrack composed by Isaia Bresolin, the student playing Prospero in the production. The show will play 3 performances at The Arts at Mark’s Garage,
May 10 and 11 at 7:30, and May 12 at 2pm, followed by two Student Matinees at The Hawaii Theatre, May 15 at 10am and May 16 at 9:15am.
At Mark’s Garage: tickets are $5 for students with ID, $10 for seniors and military, and $15 general admission.
At the Hawaii Theatre, all tickets are $5.
One of the joys of working with Shakespeare is the huge latitude for interpretation his plays offer. I have directed Shakespeare productions with the Hawaii Young Actors Ensemble since 2010, and each year, have tried to shed new light on these iconic works. For example, our YAE Macbeth featured the coven of witches the Ensemble created to deliver the story. Our Much Ado About Nothing was presented as having been written by Edward DeVere, the Seventh Earl of Oxford, and played for the first time as a carefully coded apology to Queen Elizabeth I. With Romeo and Juliet, our contention was that the story could be mined for comedy until Mercutio and Tybalt bite the dust in Act III.i. With our Othello, a band of traveling Elizabethan players delivered the story, summoned by a supernational Commedia Clown up on silks and a Taiko drummer. In our Midsummer Night’s Dream up at Hawaii Pacific University, a mischievous band of faeries discovered a measure of empathy for Humans, and last year, our Julius Caesar explored philosopher Santayana’s theory that “those who do not learn from history are fated to repeat it.”
This year, our Tempest explores the theme of forgiveness as more powerful and life-giving than any kind of retribution. We hope to spark creative discussion in the aftermath of this production.
Eden Lee Murray
Director, HYAE The Tempest
Hawaii Young Actors Ensemble (HYAE)
The HYAE is a company of high school age students from across O`ahu who meet twice a week after school to learn acting, voice and movement technique; and to rehearse and perform classical theatre. In the spring, HYAE performs Student Matinees and public performances of a full Shakespeare production. The play presented in Spring 2019 is Shakespeare’s exotic island romance about forgiveness and reconciliation, The Tempest.
NOTE: This is a pre-professional training program led by professional artist/educator and multiple Po‘okela Award-winning actor/director Eden Lee Murray, with Master Classes from top local theatre professionals. It is NOT a drama club!