There are generally two main Dillingham Hall stage co-curricular productions every year, depending upon the theatre season. Academy and Middle School productions audition two to three months before a show opens, and any student (of each particular school) can audition, if their after school schedules permit.
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.
Singin’ in the Rain
On April 16, Punahou School had planned to open the doors of Dillingham Hall for the opening night of Punahou’s Academy musical theatre production, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Although students were ready for the premiere, the COVID-19 crisis had made a live performance impossible.
So faculty and students quickly shifted course to present a special, behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Singin’ in the Rain,” with footage and photos taken from rehearsals before Spring Break. It showcases our school’s amazing talent, spirit and resilience.