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.
Into the Woods
November 9 – 17, 2018
The public is invited to performances of “Into the Woods” on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Dillingham Hall. Presented by Punahou middle- and high-school students, this fresh interpretation of the Tony Award-winning musical inspired by a dark collection of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm will awe audiences of all ages. (Parental guidance suggested for young children due to mildly scary moments and mature themes.)
“Into the Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, is built on a fantastic, musicalized universe where Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (and his beanstalk) all collide. At first, these classic, childlike stories seem fun and fancy free – spells are cast and wishes are granted – but the consequences of the characters’ actions return to haunt them with disastrous results. As hard lessons fall upon each, they are forced to grow up quickly if they hope to survive.