The Arts

Drama and Theatre

Theatre has a long history at Punahou.

Though the Drama Department was officially formed in 1986, theatrical productions have been a part of Punahou curricular or co-curricular activities since its founding in 1841.
  • In K – 5, theatre is incorporated into chapel productions, with the direction of drama faculty.
  • In grades 6 – 8, drama, musical theatre, improvisation and technical theatre electives become available.
  • The Academy (grades 9 – 12) theatre courses include varied topics in acting, musical theatre and technical theatre, and fulfill the graduation requirement of two credits in the Visual and Performing Arts.

Generations of Inspiration: Punahou Dance School Showcase

Experience the magic of dance through the ages at the Generations of Inspiration Showcase, presented by Punahou Dance School! Join us for an evening filled with the artistry and passion of ballet, musical theatre dance, contemporary, jazz, street, tap, and pointe – a celebration of the decades of dance culture and community that have shaped our world.

Step into a world where movement transcends time and genre as we pay homage to the rich tapestry of dance history. From the graceful elegance of ballet to the dynamic rhythms of street dance, each performance promises to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages. It’s more than just a showcase; it’s a tribute to the enduring legacy of past dancers and choreographers who have paved the way for today’s generation of artists.

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of breathtaking choreography, mesmerizing performances, and the undeniable passion of our talented dancers. Generations of Inspiration is a testament to the timeless beauty and boundless creativity of dance – a celebration of the past, present, and future of this extraordinary art form. Join us as we come together to honor the magic of dance and the community it creates.

All tickets are non-refundable. All Children attending a performance must have a ticket and children under 12 years must be accompanied by and seated next to an adult. Please email for details on wheelchair seating.

Tickets go on sale May 10.

Theatrical Productions

Each year the Theatre Department produces several mainstage and black box productions. Students in Jr. School and Academy are invited to open auditions for Junior School, Academy or All-School plays and musicals. Rehearsals generally take place after school and select weekends. Support for all productions comes from a team of professional directors and designers, as well as a robust volunteer crew.

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    Special events include Senior Variety Show, Drama Workshop productions and several chapel dramatic presentations.

    Drama Workshop productions are curricular Academy shows produced in an intimate theater that seats 60 people. An Academy student can be in a Drama Workshop production by enrolling in the Theatre Performance class, or by producing a show on their own, through the Independent Study Program of the Theatre Department. Every year (depending on enrollment) the Theatre Performance class produces between one and three full-length plays or musicals.

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