WHO/WHAT: Honolulu Theatre for Youth brings back its award-winning “Anime Momotaro” with an expanded cast to kick off its 2016-17 season, themed “Stories of Home.” The production is a modern adaptation of the Japanese children’s classic, “Momotaro: Peach Boy.” HTY’s artistic staff remain faithful to the original story of Momotaro with one major change in interpretation. Rather than the customary violent end for the evil ogres, HTY has given stronger consideration to Momotaro’s inner strength and provides a direct look at bullying and the possible responses to it — including solutions based on compassion and the strength of a community to address the issues of bullying from within.

In the five years since its 2011 Honolulu premiere, “Anime Momotaro” has toured to Washington, D.C.’s Imagination Stage in 2013 and subsequently won the Helen Hayes Award for “Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences” in 2014.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturdays, through Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. A sensory-friendly performance will be held Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.; a Japanese language performance will be staged on Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Located at Tenney Theatre on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrew.

COST: $20 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 18 and under) and $15 for seniors (over age 60). For more information or to order tickets, call 839-9885. Tickets may also be ordered online at


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