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Chaminade Brings to Mamiya Stage on April 12-15 “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”





The Performing Arts Department of Chaminade University will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical by Rebecca Feldman and lyrics by William Finn, at 7:30 p.m. on April 12, 13 and 14, and at 4 p.m. on April 15, at Mamiya Theatre, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $10 for children, seniors, military, students and Chaminade faculty and staff.  For advance tickets, call (808)735-4827.

BRO. GARY MORRIS, SM, a native San Franciscan, has been directing plays for more than 45 years and has more than a 100 plays to his credit. He is part of a team invited to Chaminade University to develop performing arts classes and programs on campus. This is his ninth year at Chaminade as associate professor of theater and English.
serves as associate professor of music at Chaminade University, where he teaches courses in Great Composers, Musical Theatre, and conducts the Chaminade Chorus. He is also music director of the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, a select choral group in residence at Chaminade.
is an award winning director, choreographer, dancer and actor. For more than 21 years, he was the executive producer/writer for educational television. He has acted, directed and choreographed at all of the major theatres in Hawaii as well as on the mainland, in Germany, Samoa, Portugal, Japan and Norway. Powell has worked with Morris on several productions.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI: 421 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019; (212) 541-4684

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.

Media Contact:  Kapono Ryan
Office (808) 735-4797 Cell (808) 429-2972


  1. CUH Student

    How exciting!!

  2. I saw this musical cemdoyl last night, and it was a wonderful production. Lots of laughs, and a full house. Highly recommended (remaining dates June 9, 10, 11 at 7pm). And today, at 3pm, in 20 minutes A terrific show, very enjoyable! Entirely representative of our fine theater program and its great traditions of lovely spring musicals.A special treat of last night’s show was a celebration of Sponberg Theater’s 25th anniversary. A tribute to Ken Stevens and his many contributions to the on-going build a theater project. Kudos to all involved!

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