Hillia Hula performs for the second installment of Bean-A-Palooza

PROSSER, Wash. — The Princess Theatre began their four-part summer series in The Green Room this summer. Friday, Hillia Hula Extraordinaire performed her solo hula hooping act for dozens of eager children.

“I just love seeing the amazement from the crowd, just their reactions make my day,” said Hillia.

The children intently watched the performance, and afterward, Hillia taught each of them how to hoop! They also played games and did competitions. At the end, before they walked out of The Green Room, they left with a bit of inspiration on how to be courageous after she read them a story.

“She’s just a joy. You can’t watch and not just get kind of excited for how enthusiastic she is. Watching the kids interact with her was phenomenal,” said Kimberly Starr, the artistic director at the Princess Theatre.

“This is why I continue to do what I do. I love making people happy. That’s why I will do this as long as I can. I just love seeing the smiles, the joy and I feel like hula hoops are just magical. And just being able to spread that magic to people,” said Hillia.

She has performed her hooping acts across the nation for corporate events, festivals, fairs and television shows. Martha Stewart, Snoop Dog’s Potluck Party and the International Fringe Festival have featured Hillia.

Bean-A-Palooza 2022 entertainers!

June 24 – Mo Phillips: Music & More
July 1 – Hillia Hula: Hula Hooping
July 26 – Eric Ode: Stories, Music & Puppets
August 25 – Eric Herman and the Puppy Dogs: Music

The Bean-A-Palooza events are free to the public. The events do not require tickets or reservations. They are family-friendly, and the Princess is looking to keep inviting people out. They say the series features some of the best children’s entertainers of the Pacific Northwest.

“We’re really excited about the Bean-A-Palooza series,” said Starr. “Our board has decided we want to be more active in our community and have a broader range of activities.”

The Theatre is talking about adding classes, doing more series, and choosing exciting theatrical performances. Starr said there are many opportunities for people to go down and enjoy themselves, but also to go and volunteer and join their theatre family.

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