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The Palikū Theatre ʻohana is very sad to announce the passing of Ronald E. Bright, an extraordinary director and human being, who gave everything he had to every show, without peer. When Windward Community College was given the gift of a new Humanities building with a beautiful theatre, it was Ron Bright who helped chart the future course of our successes. Starting with our first show in 2003, Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Bright created shows with both a high bar for quality and a generous welcome for all community performers.
“Mr. B.” was an inspiration to thousands of people — young and old — in both the community and education circles of Hawai‘i. Always with a smile, he has been director of over 100 musicals and plays, continually encouraging performers to reach beyond their capabilities. He always guided his students to be foremost… responsible, respectful and productive citizens; acting was secondary. In 1992, in commemoration of the many years of educational excellence at Castle High School, the theatre there was renamed the Ronald E. Bright Performing Arts Center.
Ron Bright’s directorial achievements here at Palikū Theatre include productions of, among others, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Noises Off, Big River, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Miss Saigon (2008 Po‘okela Award for Overall Musical), West Side Story, Hairspray, Once On This Island (2010 Po‘okela Director of a Musical), Phantom of the Opera, winner of 12 Po‘okela Awards and his favorite show Les Miserables, which also won 12 Po‘okela Awards.
We send our deepest condolences to the Bright family, many of whom performed on the Palikū stage, directed by the wonderful, energetic man they called “Poppo.” His gift as a teacher changed the lives of literally thousands of young people for the better and his talent as a director entertained tens of thousands during his long and illustrious career. Palikū Theatre would not be what it is today without the selfless assistance of Mr. B. We have lost a great friend and wise mentor, but in his spirit, the shows will go on.
A hui hou, RB!
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Palikū Theatre Office
Windward Community College
45-720 Kea'ahala Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Box Office: (808) 235-7310
Manager's Phone: (808) 235-7330
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