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Seabury Hall Performing Arts presents


A Festival of One-Act Plays

Friday & Saturday May 20 & 21 @ 7:00 PM
ʻAʻaliʻikūhonua Creative Arts Center

Seabury Hall Performing Arts ends its season with our 26th annual Side Shows – a wild array of short plays.  

In this year’s slate of six plays, three are student-written: In Leela Waterford’s Do the Write Thing, a Sharpie marker zips us from Little Rock to a present-day book-banning PTA meeting. In Marina Carosso’s Goofy’s Identity Crisis, a disgruntled Disney employee meets an overly enthusiastic fangirl. And we bring back Curb Kids, written by Jubilee Felsing-Watkins in 2001. 

Three professionally written plays round out the festival: the romantic John Patrick Shanley play The Red Coat, Theater X’s Burger King comedy Peace Negotiations, and a 10-minute musical (with elves!) The Almost In-Laws.

As always, festival director Todd Van Amburgh is grateful for the faculty and friends who volunteer their time to direct the student actors. This year, Van Amburgh is joined by Performing Arts faculty Marsha Kelly and David Ward, local theater producer Vinnie Linares, and Seabury parent Tash Summit. 

Students in Andre Morissette’s Costume Design classes are meeting directors, taking measurements and choosing looks for all the characters.  

“The one-act festival has proven to be an ideal experience for students and audiences!” says Van Amburgh. 

“The show is fast and fun – a rollercoaster ride for the audience. Students get lead parts and -- because the plays are all about 10 minutes – don’t have the taxing rehearsal schedule they get for longer shows. As teachers, we get to include more students (over two dozen in the whole festival). 

“Veterans end their high-school careers with this show while others are discovered here. Students get to work with other directors and directors get to experiment. 

“The One-Act festival is great education and great fun!” 

Performing Arts 1st Semester Assessment Presentation

Aloha Seabury Hall Families, Friends, and Students,

I am excited to share with you a video taken of our 1st Semester Assessment Presentation for dance and musical theater from our performing arts department. With 70 student performers, it was glorious to be able to work with these amazing young performing artists this past fall! Particularly given our current circumstances. The opportunity to be back in classes live, creating these dances and musical theater presentations, was an extremely rewarding experience for us all. I am grateful to Seabury Hall, the students, faculty, and parents who continue to believe in the power of the performing arts to change lives. 

Although a video is not the same as a live experience watching these talented young women and men, at least we can share in celebrating their passion and commitment to the arts. I hope you enjoy this presentation! Next up will be our production of the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe: the Songs of Leiber and Stoller. We hope to film this on February 26th and 27th, 2021. Our annual spring dance concert Dance Showcase is scheduled for April 23 & 24, 2021. The arts are thriving at Seabury Hall!

Gratefully Yours,

David Ward
Director of Dance
Seabury Hall


For more information on Seabury Hall's Performing Arts Program, download a copy of "Encore" 2020-2021.

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