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Wonderful Town: Academy Fall Theater Production

In the fall, Academy students offered a look back in time with a production of “Wonderful Town,” a 1953 comedic musical.

In the fall, Academy students offered a look back in time with a production of “Wonderful Town,” a 1953 comedic musical.

Set in the summer of 1935, “Wonderful Town” tells the story of sisters Ruth and Eileen – one an aspiring writer and the other a dancer, who move from rural Ohio to seek success in Greenwich Village, New York. Together, the sisters take on the Big Apple, going after their dreams and finding love.

The production featured the contributions of over 60 Punahou students and showcased the incredible talents of student actors, dancers, technical crewmembers and musicians.

Audiences were delighted by the lesser-known production. “I wanted to pick something that audiences probably hadn’t seen before,” said Punahou Theater Director Melinda Moore. “I actually love it when I tell people the show title and they say, ‘I don’t know that one.’ My response is always, ‘Come see it, and I promise you’ll have a wonderful time.’”

Party guests (Gianna Borja ’21, Cole Nakashima ’18, Elton Orbito ’21, Sydney Melton ’21, Seth Okumura ’21 and Taylor Domion ’21) look over Tracey Farrday (Kylie Shaieb ’18) in Ruth’s stories.

Ruth Sheerwood (Kylie Shaieb ’18) is encouraged to Conga by the Brazilian Cadets (Kai Cox ’18, Jackson Saunders ’21, Pono Agard ’19, Christian Kobayashi ’18 and Jonas Leiato ’20).

Ruth (Kylie Shaieb ’18) swinging with the Hepcats.

Wreck Loomis (Tanner Haworth ’18) can “Pass the Football.”

Eileen Sherwood (Christina Campbell ’18) is “A Little Bit in Love.”

The Vortex Band (Enki Grimsley ’20, Mitchell Chin ’21 and Elton Orbito ’21) and Speedy Valenti (Pono Agard ’19) announce their new act: The Sherwood Sisters.

Bob Baker (Nick Amador ’18) laments “What a Waste.”

Hepcats (Jayna Wescoatt ’20, Malia Munley ’19, Kenny Aune ’20 and Lyric Medeiros ’19) “Swing” into song.

Ruth (Kylie Shaieb ’18) proclaims “One Hundred Easy Ways” to lose a man.

Sandra Mallory (Kylie Shaieb ’18), Randolf Rexford (Kenny Aune ’20) and Harry Mallory (Christian Kobayashi ’18) hunt lions in Ruth’s stories.