Program Director – Allan J.N. Lau is an elementary school teacher at Ka‘imiloa Elementary School in ‘Ewa Beach. A graduate of ʻIolani School, the University of Hawai‘i and Chaminade University, he has a B.A. in Speech and an M.Ed in Elementary Education, along with dual licensure with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board in elementary education and special education. He also is the director the NextGen Company at 24-VII Danceforce Studio in Kane‘ohe. Allan began his affiliation with Mr. Bright as a dancer in a production of “Flower Drum Song,” and performed in numerous CPAC shows under Mr. Bʻs direction. He was the first production manager for the Castle Performing Arts Center from 1985-1991. He then rejoined Mr. B at Paliku Theatre in 2003, serving as production manager again from 2005-2014.
Artistic Director – Jade Stice Finley was born and raised in Kane’ohe and is an alumni of Castle High School. As young child, she participated in local arts education – taking gymnastics and ballet on the Windward side. Beginning in middle school and throughout her early college years, she was fortunate to have worked with Ron Bright. Through Mr. Bright’s guidance and preparation, Jade was cast in the Original Broadway Company of Miss Saigon in 1991. Other notable successes in NYC include a national tour of Jekyll & Hyde, performing solos at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and working with award winning composers such as Brian Yorkey, Jason Robert Brown and lyricist Tim Rice. She is currently the state program manager for Family Hui Hawaii, is a certified natural childbirth educator and an advocate for women and children’s health and well being. She is married to Windward Chiropractor Dr. James Finley and has three young children.
Music Director – Sarahlea Gamiao Kekuna is the elementary music teacher at Mid-Pacific Institute. She holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education with a Curriculum and Instruction emphasis from Chaminade University. She served as the vocal director for the Paliku Academy of Performing Arts and also directed, choreographed, and musical directed the middle school musical productions at Mid-Pacific Institute’s School of the Arts. Sarahlea is also a performing artist and a Po’okela Award recipient who studied under the direction of the late Ronald E. Bright since the young age of 9. She has performed and played numerous leads with the Castle Performing Arts Center, Army Community Theatre, ’Ohia Productions, Diamond Head Theatre and Paliku Theatre. Her favorite roles to date are wife to her husband and mother to her three children.
Choreographer – Tony M. Young is a faculty member at Punahou School. He has been teaching dance, acting and theatre classes for the past 12 years, while also directing/ choreographing shows for the Academy and Junior School. He is also the Director for their summer school musical theatre program. An alumni of J. B. Castle High School and the University of Hawai’i where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. A life long learner, he studied Meisner technique with Maggie Flannigan, Adler Technique at the Stella Adler Studios, and Musical Theatre Performance with the Collaborative Arts Program, all located in New York City. Tony is a multiple Po’okela Award recipient and has performed with Diamond Head Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre, Paliku Theatre and Ohia Productions.
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