Encore Newsletter October 2020

Message from Deena

From E.L. Doctorow: "...(It's) like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

What a great way to describe life at Diamond Head Theatre right now. We can only see as far as our headlights allow, but we are moving forward steadily, one mile at a time. We recognize the whole year, and even the next, could be like this but we are determined to complete the trip.

With fingers crossed, we proudly present PAPS (a Pandemic-Adapted Performance Series). We are not calling it a season because as those of you who are subscribers know, we have moved our official season to 2021-2022.

We will offer each show one at a time and tickets will go on sale approximately one month prior. Dates may change. The seats will be socially distanced and limited. All safety precautions taken. The shows are all one act.


​A revue created by our Artistic Director, John Rampage, featuring classic and contemporary holiday songs.

LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE (A PLAY)                                   
JANUARY 29 – FEBRUARY 14, 2021 
A cast of five women, attired in chic NY black, sit on stools and share funny, wistful memories about their families and loved ones through the prism of their closets.

LOVE LETTERS (with John Rampage & Shari Lynn) (A PLAY)
​A unique theatre piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. 

SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL                                     
MARCH 12 – MARCH 28, 2021
SHOUT! follows five girls as they come of age during those glorious days in the 60’s and 70’s that made England swing.  
THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS (A PLAY)                                  
APRIL 23 – MAY 9, 2021
“Dear Ann Landers"…For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples; this play portrays the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape our social and sexual landscape.
FOREVER PLAID                                         
MAY 28 - JUNE 13, 2021  
When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy, nostalgia trip; chock-full of melodies from the great pop hits of the 1950s.
A CHORUS LINE                                      
JULY 16 – AUGUST 8, 2021
Exploring the inner lives and bittersweet ambitions of professional Broadway performers; memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," and "I Hope I Get It." 

John and I are pleased with the possibilities and really hope we can present all of these wonderful selections. In the meantime, stay safe and wear your mask!


A wonderful time at the drive-in

More than 100 supporters celebrated Broadway's best tunes at our back lot performance this summer. It's been a great way to keep the spirit of theatre and togetherness alive. Servco and Toyota have generously sponsored an extension of drive-in shows with more fun offerings in the works.

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We missed you in class this week

Enrollment is rolling so sign be sure to sign up both the kids and grandma. The best way to feel better is to move your body. Get the whole ohana in on the fun as there's something for everyone from ages 4 to 104. Whether you are the shyest of wall flowers or the uninhibited extrovert, you've been recruited to join the fun. Get ready for your mind, body and spirit to soar. We're looking forward to seeing you in our ZOOM room.

We have something Just for Little Keiki and Just for Adults & Teens. All classes will be via Zoom, so you can dance, sing, and act to your heart's content from the safety of your home.

If you are looking for a particular class and don't see it on the list, please email us at education@diamondheadtheatre.com. Not all of our "usual" classes are available for online, but we are on hand to help figure out what might be a good substitute until we are able to come back for in-person classes.

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We've come a long way through history

From 1966 to 1990, Honolulu Community Theatre accomplished many things – they produced over 190 shows and celebrated both their 60th and 75th anniversaries. We hope you enjoy this look back in part three of our 100-year journey.

By 1966, the Honolulu Community Theatre had been housed at the Ft. Ruger Theatre for almost 14 years when the title for the building went up for public auction. Lucky for us, the theatre secured the bid for the title for the next 50 years, not only for the theatre itself but also for the parking lot and land next to the building.

The year 1974 brought transformation in the form of new neighbors! Kapiolani Community College had purchased some of the old Fort Ruger for their new location. Soon the view from the theatre changed from cannons facing Monsarrat Avenue to the campus we all know and love today.

The following year, 1975, marked the 60th Anniversary for the theatre and in celebration they threw an anniversary benefit.  Proceeds went to fixing the auditorium seats which were in much need of repair. That same year HCT staged “The Music Man." This was the second time the theatre had produced the musical and they brought back many from the original cast. They also brought in some new faces, including newbie John Rampage who played the role of “Tommy”. Fellow actress Peggy Sherman spoke enthusiastically about John saying “He should be on Broadway, he’s that good.” Little did she know, that the very talented Mr. Rampage would bring his prodigious talents to Diamond Head Theatre permanently as Artistic Director twenty years later!

In October of 1982, the theatre launched a campaign to raise funds to build an extension to the existing theatre building. As the building was originally intended as a movie theatre, it was lacking in many things needed by the theatre company. The extension created what is now our rehearsal hall, green room, scene shop and costume shop. Previously the costume and scene shop were across the street located on what was becoming a quickly-expanding college campus. It is hard to imagine how HCT managed to produce so many great shows not having a scene or costume shop on the property! We finished construction in the nick of time and moved the scenery, props and costumes across the street.

The end of this quarter also marked a name change. During the 75th anniversary year, the board of directors decided it was time to change the name of the theatre to better reflect the company’s professionalism, its place in the community, as well as its actual location. They chose the name Diamond Head Theatre. The new name was announced to the public on April 27, 1990 at the 75th Anniversary Gala. The stage was set for the next evolution of HCT, now DHT.  

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In This Issue

Sunset Drive-In - Click Here

Online Classes - Click Here

History Comes Alive - Click Here