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A Jive Bomber’s Christmas

Jive and jazz in the winter of 1943.

January 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

As a post-holiday treat for the whole family, experience a snapshot in time from 1943 as Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents the Kumu Kahua Theatre production of Dom and Sachiko Magwili's "A Jive Bomber's Christmas" on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, in the McCoy Studio Theater.

The play is set in a World War II relocation camp for Japanese Americans. Despite its grim setting, the fairly upbeat plot follows a group of young internees as they rehearse a Christmas variety show, held to keep their spirits up amidst the camp's destitution. Filled with traditional Christmas carols, popular music from the 1940s, dance, humor and sentiment, this lighthearted play is warmly nostalgic as well as a story about perseverance and human connections. Directed by Stephanie Conching of of the University of Hawai'i Theatre Department and Maryknoll School, the production features a 14-member cast.

"A Jive Bomber's Christmas" was produced to recognize the Issei and Nisei who endured the American camps and made the best of a very harsh situation. It is a celebration of their spirit and an honoring of their experience. A key theme of this story is that, even though there were Japanese Americans who enlisted in the 442nd Battalion or others who chose to say "no" to the draft and go to prison as a protest to show how the U.S. government imprisoned their families without due process, these groups were really two sides of the same coin. They were Americans who took great lengths to fight for their rights as Americans.

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Regina Lozano and Chevy Martinez will star in the Kumu Kahua Theatre production of Dom and Sachiko Magwili’s “A Jive Bomber’s Christmas” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, in the McCoy Studio Theater.
Photo: Pacific Light Studios

The play runs two nights, so pick a date and don't miss it.

Pre-show dinner will be catered by Kalama's Maui Ocean Grill from 5:30 p.m. in the McCoy Courtyard. Tickets to see "A Jive Bomber's Christmas" are available for $22 (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or order online at MauiArts.org.

 
 

 

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