Poʻokela Awards applauds “A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream”

The Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council announced the 2019 Poʻokela Award recipients at “Stars’ Night Out” on Monday, August 12, at a gala at the Koʻolau Ballrooms and Conference Center in Kāneʻohe. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Leeward Community College and Windward Community College theater programs brought home a haul of awards.
The Poʻokela Awards have recognized excellence in local theater since 1984. A panel of three adjudicators selects honorees in 23 theater arts categories, including producing, directing, performing, design and technical theater. Awards are given for excellence in each category. The adjudicators may also recognize excellence outside these categories through discretionary awards.
Excellence in Service Award
Each member organization of the Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council may recognize an individual for service to a program or organization during the most recent production season.
  • UH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre—masters in fine arts (MFA) in directing candidate Katherine Altman
  • Leeward Theatre—Marshall Cressy
  • Windward Community College Palikū Theatre—Patricia Brubaker
Excellence in Theatrical Design Awards
Hair, Wig, Makeup Design
  • Lisa Ponce de LeonThe Wiz, Windward CC Palikū Theatre
Costume Design
  • Maile SpeetjensUH Mānoa assistant professor, A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
  • Anna Foster, Windward CC The Wiz at Palikū Theatre
Scenic Design
  • Michelle BisbeeUH Mānoa assistant professor, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the HatUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
  • Michelle BisbeeAllegiance, Manoa Valley Theatre
  • Claire PaulIn the Heights, Leeward CC Theatre
Lighting Design
  • Chris Gouvea, In the Heights, Leeward CC Theatre
Sound Design and Engineering
  • Claire RanneyIn the Heights, Leeward CC Theatre
Excellence in Performance Awards
Featured Female in a Play
  • Catherine Ann RestivoUH Mānoa MFAcandidate, The Good Person of SetzuanUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
  • Christine LambornUH Mānoa MFA candidate, The Country WifeUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
  • Qiaoer ZhengUH Mānoa PhD candidate, June is the First Fall, Kumu Kahua Theatre
Leading Male in a Play
  • Dean MoUH Mānoa MFA candidate, The Good Person of SetzuanUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Leading Female in a Play
  • Christine ChangUH Mānoa MFA candidate, The Good Person of SetzuanUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Leading Male in a Musical
  • Matthew PedersonThe Wiz, Windward CC Palikū
Leading Female in a Musical
  • Bailey BarnesThe Wiz, Windward CC Palikū
  • Kimie FujiokaIn the Heights, Leeward CC Theatre
Featured Female in a Musical
  • Kris 10 MisakiIn the Heights, Leeward CC Theatre
Ensemble Performance of a Play
  • Dead Accounts, Chaminade/Loo Theatre, Directed by Tyler HaugenUH Mānoa MFA candidate
  • The Wolves, Kailua Onstage Arts, directed by UHMānoa Assistant Professor Stacy Ray
Ensemble Performance in a Non-traditional Production
  • A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Directorial Excellence Awards
Dance/Stage Combat/Movement
  • Marcelo PaclebThe Wiz, Windward CC Palikū
  • Sai BhatawadekarUH Mānoa associate professor, Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Music Direction
  • Ike Webster, recent UH Mānoa MFA graduate, Something Rotten!, Diamond Head Theatre
  • Ike WebsterA Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Direction – Musical Theatre
  • Paul MitriUH Mānoa professor, Allegiance, Mānoa Valley Theatre
  • Christopher PatrinosIn the Heights, Leeward CC Theatre
Direction – Play
  • Ike WebsterThe Good Person of SetzuanUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
  • Stacy RayUH Mānoa assistant professor, The Wolves, Kailua Onstage Arts
  • Tyler HaugenDead Accounts, Chaminade/Loo Theatre
Direction – Non-traditional Production
  • Paul Mitri/Sai BhatawadekarA Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Overall Production Excellence Awards
Overall Production of a Musical
  • In the Heights, Leeward Theatre
Overall Production of a Play
    • Dead Accounts, Chaminade/Loo Theatre, Directed by Tyler Haugen
The Wolves, Kailua Onstage Arts, Directed by UH Mānoa Assistant Professor Stacy Ray
Overall Production of a Non-traditional Performance
  • A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
Recognition of Hawaiʻi Resident Playwrights’ Original Works
  • Moses GoodsThe Epic Voyage of Kaneʻapua, Palikū Theatre
Adjudicator’s Special Awards
  • Music/Lyric Composition – Ike Webster/Sai BhatawadekarA Midsummer Night’s Bollywood DreamUH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
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