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Oahu Community Theater Groups

A guide to community theater groups based on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Actor's Group of Hawaii
The Actor's Group of Hawaii was founded in 1993 by a small group of local actors in Hawaii. They evolved from specializing in experimental productions and improvisional exercises to performing full length Broadway and Shakespearean plays. They perform at the intimate 40-seat Yellow brick Studio in the Kakaako district of Honolulu.

Army Community Theatre
The Army Community Theatre group is based at the Richardson Theatre on the grounds of Fort Shafter and it is supported by the Dorothy J. Esser Theatre Founation. It produces plays and musicals featuring casts that are a mixture of military and civilian personnel.

Ballet Hawaii
Ballet Hawaii was founded in 1976 as a support group for the Honolulu City Ballet. It produces an annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, performs at major venues on all of the islands, and presents performances by dance companies from around the world. Ballet Hawaii also has year round training programs for beginning to advanced students. (650 Iwilei Road, Box 221, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817. Phone: 808-521-8600).

Castle Performing Arts Center
The Castle Performing Arts Center is located at Castle High Schoolin Kaneohe on the eastern windward side of Oahu and it features the Ronald E. Bright Theatre.

Diamond Head Theatre Group
The group was originally formed in 1915 and at that time they were known as The Footlights. In 1934 the theater group was reorganized and renamed Honolulu Community theater. In 1990 they were renamed again and became known as the Diamond Head Theatre.

Hawaii Opera Theatre
The Hawaii Opera Theater has been producing operas in Hawaii since 1960, when they produced Madame Butterfly in the McKinley High School Auditorium.

Hawaii Repertory Theatre
The Hawaii Repertory Theatre group performs at the historic Princess Abigail Kawananakoa Auditorium in Nuuanu. The group was founded by Brian Lee Sackett in 2002 as an after school program for children but its main focus now is producing plays for adult audiences. It does keep its educational program alive through its Youth Artists Series which produces plays featuring actors age 18 and under.

Hawaii Shakespeare Festival

Honolulu Theater For Youth
Performs at the Tenney Theater at Saint Andrews Cathedral on Beretania Street in downtown Honolulu.

Kapolei Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center of Kapolei is an after school dramatic arts program for students age 6 through 18. It was founded in 1999 as Kapolei Complex Drama Club. In 2004 the club was renamed when it began working with Kapolei High School and serving the entire Kapolei community. (91-5007 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707)

Kumu Kahua Theatre Group

Manoa Valley Theatre Group
This theater group was founded in 1969 hy a group of University of Hawaii graduate students. They were originally claled the Hawaii Performing Arts Company. Their first performance venue was a small space in downtown Honolulu and they later move to the Kawaiahao's Church's Manoa Valley Chapel which had a seating capacity of 100. in 1983 a fund raising campaign began that resulted in building the 150 seat Manoa Valley Theatre. The theater group specializes in producing mainstream Broadway and Off Broadway plays and musicals.

Ohia Productions
Founded in 1995 by by Lisa Matsumoto and Michael Furuya to provide theatrical experiences to Hawaii's children and their families. They send road shows to hawaii's pre-schools and elementary schools.

See also:
- Small Community Theaters on Oahu
- Large Performing Arts Centers on Oahu
- The Arts on Oahu
- Other Activities on Oahu

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