– By Michelle Leong P’19, ’24, Carnival Variety Show Chair
The stage is set, curtains about to rise, and the excitement builds on this year’s Variety Show, 24,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The underwater premiere showcases the remarkable talent and exuberance of the Senior Class of 2024. The audience will be treated to an original script, student-choreographed dances, and captivating music that accompanies the unfolding story of how aquatic luminaries solve the mystery of finding the missing “Star” fish celebrities.
The Variety Show serves as a unique platform, offering students and parents opportunities to lead, create, and collaborate within a supportive environment. For some seniors, this event marks their inaugural experience being on stage and performing. This year’s show will have a “LIVE” finale, where our Senior Class will be on stage in Dillingham Theater for the last time to celebrate the culmination of all their hard work. One of my most anticipated moments is to see the joy radiating from the faces of the Seniors during this final performance on stage. It also marks the bittersweet realization their collective journey together as a class is nearing an end.
As with many Punahou parents, I volunteer to support my daughters (Alyssa ’19 and Julia ’24). I’ve found it’s in these moments of shared commitment that a deeper connection is established through meaningful involvement. Lasting friendships are also made as we have fun participating in these activities that serve a greater purpose.
It has truly been a privilege working alongside the entire Production Team, incredible parent committee chairs, tireless parent volunteers, and remarkable costume designers. Collectively, they all make magic happen in the costume shop. Thank you to everyone for your generous gift of time, enthusiasm, and for making this Variety Show a memorable highlight for everyone involved. Here’s to a bright future for the Class of 2024!
Volunteers are still needed to help with costumes and accessories. No sewing skills are required. Volunteers are needed during rehearsal week beginning January 29 – February 1 from 3 – 6:30 p.m. The final show on February 3 also needs volunteers from 3:30 – 7:15 p.m. To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnival Variety Show: 24,000 Leagues Under the Sea Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3 Dillingham Hall Ticket Price: $20