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Paliku Theatre announces Side by Side by Sondheim opening October 2nd

Six performances only!
October 2 – 11, 2015 
7:30 pm

$29  Adults
$26  Seniors 62 yrs. +, active military, UH faculty and Staff
$20  Students of any age, and children through age 25

Reservations may be made directly online at under Performing Arts/ Paliku Theatre, or by calling the Box Office directly at 235-7310. There is a $3 service charge for each ticket purchased on the Internet.
Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College is pleased to announce that the show will go on… there now WILL be a fall Broadway musical production in October. The musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim, featuring dozens of the most popular and memorable Stephen Sondheim songs, will open on Friday, October 2nd and run for six performances only, closing on Sunday, October 11th, with no extensions possible. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinees at 2 pm.

Memorable songs are from notable shows such as West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. From “Send in the Clowns” to “Being Alive” to “I’m Still Here,” audiences will be swept into the familiar clever music of America’s finest lyricist.

Side by Side by Sondheim features an all-star cast of 5 well-known performers, who have each won Po’okela awards for their roles in major shows. The cast consists of: Kip Wilborn, who portrayed Valjean in Paliku Theatre’s hit production of Les Miserables; Kim Anderson, who was Cossette in the same Po’okela awardsweeping production; multi-award winning actress and renowned Honolulu chanteuse, Shari Lynn; and Jade Stice, who went straight from Ron Bright’s drama class at Castle High School to the opening Broadway cast of Miss Saigon. The continuity for this revue, written by Ned Sherrin, who created the pioneering TV comedy news show “That Was the Week That Was,” will be narrated by the manager of Paliku Theatre, Tom Holowach. The original New York production of this show in 1976 was the first Broadway show in history to have every single cast member nominated for a Tony Award. This is the first time that Side by Side by Sondheim has been produced in Hawaii since 1986, and Shari Lynn starred in that cast as well.

The musical which had been previously scheduled and advertised for this fall, “A Grand Night for Singing,” was cancelled because of the untimely death of beloved director Ronald E. Bright. Rather than doing a tribute show on such short notice, his family and Paliku Theatre agreed that quickly putting together a smaller show with the same quality as previous productions would be the best way to honor his memory at this time, because Ron Bright would be the first to insist that the “Show must go on!”

Besides the notable professionals performing onstage in Side by Side by Sondheim, the stellar production staff includes Musical Director Emmett Yoshioka, Broadway choreographer Ramon del Barrio, and award-winning set, lighting and costume designers such as R. Andrew Doan, Janine Myers, Lloyd “Sandy” Riford II and Lacy Rohlf. If ever there was a group of theatre people who can put together a masterpiece in just 5 weeks, this is it; every single one of them have won prestigious awards in their respective fields!

Hairspray picks up nine Po'okela Awards

Tom Holowach’s production of “Hairspray” at Paliku Theatre (PKU) received nine awards at this years Po‘okela Awards. They included awards for Overall Musical, Director of a Musical (Ron Bright) , Musical Director of a Musical (Clarke Bright and Miguel Cadoy III), Dance Choreographer (Marcelo Pacleb), Leading Male in a Musical (Johnny Reed), Leading Female in a Musical (Pomai Lopez) and Featured Male in a Musical (Leonard Villanueva), Set Design (Sandy Riford), Costume Design (Lacy Rohlf), as well as Excellence in Service (Jocelyn Ishihara.)

Save the Date: Paliku Arts Festival 2016
Saturday, April, 2 2016
10am – 4pm

Paliku Arts Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10 am - 4pm

‘Come Play, Do Art’ at Windward Community Collegeʻs 5th Annual Palikū Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience set for Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Palikū Theatre plaza and art spaces on the Windward Community College campus in Kāne‘ohe. The festival is free to the public and open to all ages. All art supplies are provided.
A family friendly event, the Palikū Arts Festival will include two FREE WCC Hawaiian Youth Theatre performances of The Magical Pū Stealer written and directed by Moses Goods at Palikū Theatre at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“We invite you to ‘come play and do art!’ This festival has an open and adventurous ‘learn-by-doing’ vibe. We provide free art supplies and guidance, so you and your family can play! And, you can take home whatever you create,” said festival chair and creator Ben Moffat.

The festival’s emphasis is on “playing” and exploring artful interests. WCC art professors, instructors and their students will be on hand (with supplies provided!) to assist those who want to express their creativity in a variety of ways—from painting, drawing, and sculpting to moving, acting or making music, prints, poetry and prose. A sampling of creative activities include:
“Clowning around” with UH Comedic Movement Theatre students in costumeActing workshops with Nick LogueCeramics for Kids with Paul NashPiano open labCamera Obscura with Mark Hamasaki   Open Drawing Studio with Norm Graffam – draw or have your portrait drawnWoodcarving with Jordan SouzaClay sculpture with Bryce MeyersStage Combat and improvisational acting workshops with Nick LoguePrintmaking with the Honolulu PrintmakersScreenwriting and fiction writing workshops with Desiree PoteetRaku Firing Demonstrations, and much more!
  • “Clowning around” with UH Comedic Movement Theatre students in costume
  • Acting workshops with Nick Logue
  • Ceramics for Kids with Paul NashPiano open lab
  • Camera Obscura with Mark Hamasaki   
  • Open Drawing Studio with Norm Graffam – draw or have your portrait drawn
  • Woodcarving with Jordan Souza
  • Clay sculpture with Bryce Meyers
  • Stage Combat and improvisational acting workshops with Nick Logue
  • Printmaking with the Honolulu Printmakers
  • Screenwriting and fiction writing workshops with Desiree Poteet
  • Raku Firing Demonstrations, and much more!
Palikū Theatre provides professional, affordable and captivating arts performances on the Windward side of O'ahu. This modern facility provides exceptional experiences for our community audiences and performers alike.
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