In 1934, The Footlights reorganized and took on a new name: Honolulu Community Theatre. In the original mission statement still honored today, the theatre committed itself to community service through the art of theatre, involving the people of Hawaii as audience members, stage crew and performers.
During World War II, Honolulu Community Theatre productions entertained thousands of troops at over 300 performances throughout the Pacific (a tradition we continued with the Pacific tour of Ain't Misbehavin' during the 1990 season). Then, in 1952, Honolulu Community Theatre took up residence in the Fort Ruger Theatre, the Army Post's then movie house. Major refurbishments to make that structure a fully modern venue for stage productions included the addition of scene and costume shops, installation of lighting and sound systems, handicapped-accessible restrooms, a first-ever lobby for our patrons and an upstairs addition for expanded office space, spotlights, and sound and lighting boards.
Then, in 1990, came a new name for an old friend and Honolulu Community Theatre became Diamond Head Theatre. With a new energy and professionalism, Diamond Head Theatre is committed to excellence and community involvement now more than ever before.
Each season we offer six mainstage theatrical productions, including five major musicals, on a scale that rivals that of Broadway. We provide theatre workshops to train residents of Hawaii in the theatrical arts. Acting, voice and dance classes for children, teens, and adults are offered throughout the year. The Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars, a youth performing arts troupe, provides exposure and polish to the rising young stars of tomorrow. Finally, more than 15,000 volunteer hours per season keep Diamond Head Theatre at the forefront of local theatre and provide volunteers with experience in the arts and job skills in the theatrical industry.
Diamond Head Theatre, the Broadway of the Pacific, is proud of its 90-year history and enthusiastic about its growth and future.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
September 21, 2007 – October 7, 2007
Meet Me in St. Louis
November 30, 2007 – December 16, 2007
Barefoot in the Park
February 1, 2008 – February 17, 2008
Flower Drum Song
March 21, 2008 – April 6, 2008
May 16, 2008 – June 1, 2008
The Wizard of Oz
July 11, 2008 – July 27, 2008
A Hawaii Community Theatre Premiere
September 26, 2008 – October 12, 2008
December 5, 2008 – December 31, 2008
A Hawaii Premiere
January 30, 2009 – February 15, 2009
March 20, 2009 – April 5, 2009
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
A Hawaii Premiere
May 15, 2009 – May 31, 2009
The Wedding Singer
A Hawaii Premiere
July 10, 2009 – July 26, 2009
Deena Dray, Executive Director, 808-733-0277 ext. 301
“As Managing and Executive Director, a position she has held since September 1995, Deena is directly responsible for the management and direction of Diamond Head Theatre. She supervises a staff of thirteen, works with a 40-member Board and interacts regularly with hundreds of volunteers, cast members, and parents and friends of DHT.”
John Rampage, Artistic Director, 733-0277 ext. 302
“Diamond Head Theatre Artistic Director John Rampage is well known to Honolulu audiences, having most recently directed and choreographed Hello Dolly!. A 27-time Po'okela Award winner, John directed, choreographed and starred in Diamond Head Theatre's production of Cabaret.
John's work at Diamond Head Theatre also includes directing and choreographing the musical Nine, a recipient of seven Po'okela Awards, Follies, Mame, Cinderella, Victor/Victoria, Phantom, 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, Crazy for You, as well as Manoa Valley Theatre's productions of Into the Woods, Grand Hotel, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Side Show.
In addition, he has headed award-winning productions of Cabaret, Anything Goes, La Cage Aux Folles and Gypsy at Leeward Community College Theatre, and continues to teach musical theatre at Queen Emma Dance, Inc. and Diamond Head Theatre.”
Tammy Tamai, Business Director, 733-0277 ext. 303
Kymber-Lee Char, Director of Marketing, 733-0277 ext. 304
Kelly Moulson, Director of Education, 733-0277 ext. 306
Melanie Garcia, Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, 733-0277 ext. 310
Jen Nance, Development Associate, 733-0277 ext. 305
Willie Sabel , Technical Director, 733-0277 ext. 331
Karen Wolfe, Costume Director, 733-0277 ext. 2
Vincent Green, Assistant Technical Director, 733-0277 ext. 333
Dawn Oshima, Production Manager/Master Stage Electrician, 733-0277 ext. 332
Brenda Chee, Costume Assistant, 733-0277 ext. 2