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Excited to announce that we have another concert!

Chita will headline along with Barry Manilow and Vanessa Williams!

April 18, 2017

Concert for America is on sale now!
A star-studded benefit concert highlighting the diversity and hope that is America at its best. Proceeds will go toward national organizations dedicated to protecting the environment, women’s health and civil rights. The Town Hall 123 West 43rd st. New York 10036 www.concertsforamerica.com for tickets!!

 

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Honored to participate in this event with the incomparable

Chita Rivera!

All donations are tax-deductible and will be made to the 501c3 “Your Kids, Our Kids”charity.

The financial success of this event will help kick off similar events across the country in months to follow! So please, DONATE NOW, and donate generously!
All Donations made via this site http://www.concert4america2017.org will be evenly split among these national organizations:
Planned Parenthood
Sierra Club Foundation
National Immigration Law Center
Southern Poverty Law Center
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids with the support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

 

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So happy to be working with the team at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, National office here in New York. The Ed Sullivan building is historical and I also used to take dance class on the 4th floor years ago in the 80′s. Of course one could never forget David Letterman questioning whether the Miss America Dancers would ever work again after our command performance with Doug Swander’s “The Rhythm is going to get you” !!!

 

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This year has been many things. The challenges and changes have been life altering. Here is to a 2017 that vibrates on a higher frequency.

With many blessing and beginnings as well and many endings we realize nothing is forever except for love! I am so thankful for all that I have been able to achieve and manifest. Helping the elderly  and others who are in need while finding my footing again has been a remarkable experience. I wish you well 2016 and bid you farewell…2017 it is time to take it to the next level. Namaste !!

 

 

 

It was amazing to have performed with Linda Hart, Kerry Butler, Milton Craig Nealy, John Forrester and our amazing Musical Director Steve Marzullo in a wonderful Holiday concert at the private Century Club! It was truly the Most Wonderful time……..!!!!

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Such an honor to be on the stage with these stellar artist and Broadway veterans ! Its going to be magical!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So honored to have performed with Legend Chita Rivera and my brothers and guest stars at Carnegie Hall November 7th, 2016! It truly was the most amazing, epic evening!

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Had an amazing time teaching for The Ailey School and their professional education program today, 2016!  SO inspiring to share with them and see them assimilate and LIVE! Grateful! Dance children DANCE!

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Just completed the final session of Stage Door Manor 2016 with Grand Hotel! The Cast was stellar and my musical director, Philip Shute, was incredible once again! I was hoping to have 10 time Tony winning Mr. Tommy Tune call in to say hello to the cast before opening but instead he decided to attend the opening night! (He received Best Director and Best Choreographer Tony’s for Grand Hotel) The most amazing surprise I have ever presented, next to of course the Legend Chita Rivera calling the kids for Nine’s opening. This was truly an inspirational summer with the most amazing kids and experiences that will last a lifetime!

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First session finished! My cast of the Broadway musical NINE was a huge success! The kids were absolutely stunning and the creative team and design teams were stellar! Broadway Legend Chita Rivera called to wish the cast happy opening and to give some words of encouragement! So amazing!

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Stagedoor Manor offers total theater immersion, plus all the fun of a great summer camp. It’s the only performing arts program of its type in the world, with students from every state…and six continents! You will perform because everyone is cast in a show. You will learn from Directors, Choreographers, and Vocal Coaches who have been selected because of their years of experience motivating and guiding young performers.

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Some of the most talented kids from around the world will join an amazing group of creatives for the ultimate experience!!! See you there!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excited to announce that I have completed my 200hr Yoga certification with the amazing Open Space Yoga! Namaste !! RYS200

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Guys and Dolls , Mamiya Theater

So thrilled to mount this classic and

watch it live!

St. Louis Center for the Arts’ production of Guys and Dolls!
Mamiya Theater- Honolulu, Hawaii
Luck Be A Lady!!!

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So excited to be a part of this amazing week here in Hawaii! Chaminades “In The Heights”, I directed and choreographed last summer, was invited to perform a number at the Gala February 11, 2016. Hope to see you there! The competition started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. For 46 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. https://kcactf-8.org

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• A revue like “Side by Side” doesn’t land on an island stage too frequently; the last time was 1986, when Shari Lynn coincidentally was in that presentation, and the show, like the performers, have mellowed with time, respecting the lyrics of Sondheim and embracing his storytelling curve. That said, this is one of the season’s true surprises, mounted by Holowach with direction shared by actor Wilborn and director/choreographer Ramon Del Barrio, who show wisdom and style in mounting this jewel.

• With virtually no sets, but occasional projections to set mood or punctuate a point, “Side by Side” depends on the audience to bring imagination and attention to yield color and finesse to the landscape. And here’s the rub: You may be whistling perhaps four to six tunes as you exit the theater, but you’ll savor the trove of treats each performer (as soloists, duo, trio, quartet or quintet — radiates a luminous glow over the next few days.

Yes, it’s that good. So joyous, you wonder why more folks aren’t joining the hurrahs and ovations at the final curtain.

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It’s an honor to be directing and choreographing this production. The performers and team are stellar. Get your tickets!!! The Performing Arts Department of Chaminade University in association with Saint Louis Center for the Arts will present the Tony Award winning musical In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, at 7:30 p.m. on August 7 and 8, and 4 p.m. August 9, Mamiya Theatre, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $25 for reserved seating and $15 for children, seniors, military, students, and for Chaminade faculty and staff.

 

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Some other amazing productions I have staged and choreographed in Hawaii! Legally Blonde Jr., Suessical and my one man show in development!

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It was a complete honor to Produce the Youth Programming and The Festival Entertainment for The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation, Honolulu Pride 2015 the week of June 1-6. The Team was amazing and we really showed up for each other as a community! Ke Ala Hou “A New Path” Mahalo to all that were involved!

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Such an honor to work at Kamehameha High School with Pat Fujioka and his team. The kids were so talented and brought such life to this amazing musical! In the Heights!

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Had an amazing time at AMDA teaching a professional audition class~!

Thank you Kelia!!!

 

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Broadway legends Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen have joined the cast of Chita: A Legendary Celebration, a benefit concert to be held on October7 at the August Wilson Theatre. This one-night-only event, which marks two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera’s 80th birthday, will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.In Chita: A Legendary Celebration, Rivera will revisit songs from Broadway hits such as Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie, accompanied by an onstage orchestra. The evening will be directed by Graciela Daniele, written by Terrence McNally and feature music direction by Michael Croiter.Rivera, Tune and Vereen will be joined onstage by dancers Richard Amaro, Brad Bradley, Lloyd Culbreath, Raymond Del Barrio, Robert Montano and Alex Sanchez, as well as Kyle Taylor Parker and Nathan Peck from the cast of Kinky Boots.A sizzling evening of song and dance honoring and starring theatrical icon Chita Rivera raised a remarkable $413,660 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.A sold-out crowd filled Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre with rapturous applause and six standing ovations throughout the evening Monday, October 7, 2013, as they joyfully cheered Rivera, a Broadway legend who turned 80 earlier this year. The one-night-only event, called Chita: A Legendary Celebration, included special performances by Tony Award winners Tommy Tuneand Ben Vereen and a surprise video tribute from legendary composer John Kander.Commanding the stage for nearly two unstoppable hours and backed by a 15-piece onstage orchestra, Rivera recreated some of her most loved performances from 10 of her Broadway musicals including West Side Story, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman,The Rink and Sweet Charity. The second half of the performance was dedicated to the iconic writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, Rivera’s long-time friends and frequent collaborators. Following the heartfelt video tribute from Kander, where he called his relationship with Rivera “the definition of friendship,” she returned to the stage accompanied by several of her dancers from Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Dancer’s Life: Richard Amaro,  Brad Bradley,  Lloyd Culbreath , Raymond del BarrioRobert Montano and Alex Sanchez.October 7th, 2013 The August Wilson Theater , Broadway!

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Eddystone- The Musical. We just finished the first staged reading of this new exciting Musical written by Tim Labor and Directed by Martha Demsen.Martha is the current Artistic Director of the Open Fist Theatre Company  I was fortunate to choreograph and play several roles for the reading We performed at The Boston Court Theater with an exciting cast of world class talent! More to come!

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In three one acts we explore the aftermath of a one night stand, the first physical encounter after a Planet Sappho internet connection, and a set up with some unforeseen challenges. Souls collide on their quest for love…Sexy Sixty by Jennifer Schoch
Starring Allison Mattox and Beth RobbinsThe Blind Date by Beth Robbins Starring Shon Fuller and Algerita Wynn- Musical Staging by Ramon Del BarrioThe Afternoon After by Allison Mattox Starring Alec Cygano and Kiley EberhardtTuesday, June 18th at 7:30pm Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00pm Saturday, June 29th at 1:30pm at The Open Fist Theater.
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Saint Louis Performing Arts Program. Honolulu, Hawaii Mamiya Theater March 1, 2013
“Thanks to choreographer extraordinaire Ramon Del Barrio. The students moved like salsa dancers who have been doing this for years. Del Barrio created dances that featured the abilities of each student and strengthened the image of this community with numbers like “96,000”, “Carnival del Barrio” and the title song “In the Heights”. My personal favorite is the Act One finale which begins in an epic club dance and ends with a city wide blackout; it is something that needs to be seen multiple times to be fully appreciated. Every number is precise, never feels too choreographed and is faithful to the Latin moves that inspired Lin Manuel Miranda (creator of In the Heights)…”

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Larry Hart’s “PRAISE!” Starring: Linda Hart, Larry Hart, Jenny Powers, Jacqui Lewis, Ryan Shaw, Angela Grovey, Ula Hedwig and special guests Raymond Del Barrio, Jeremy Gumbs and Nehal Joshi, Original Music & Lyrics by: Larry Hart, Directed by: Charles Randolph Wright of MOTOWN the Musical!

 

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Frankie Valli predictably occupied the spotlight for most of the night, he gave gracious acknowledgment and solo turns both to his musicians and his current lineup of supporting vocalists who spent the first half of the concert  swaying and gesticulating in a carefully synchronized, old-school style — snapping their fingers here, slicking back their hair in unison there! The show ended with a steady stream of golden oldies — among them SherryWalk Like A Man and Big Girls Don’t Cry– followed by an encore of Rag Doll and Let’s Hang On, ensuring that Valli’s fellow pop preservationists went home happy. USA today Broadway 2012.
 It is a honor to announce that I am staging and choreographing for the legendary Mr. Frankie Valli. For the first time in 50 years Frankie Valli will appear in a limited engagement concert on Broadway October 19-27 2012. His music and legacy is astounding. It is a great honor.  Sherry Baby , Big Girls Don’t Cry, Bye Bye Baby and so many more. Come experience Frankie Valli as he sings his timeless hits spanning over 5 decades!
“Walk  Like a Man” to the box office and get your tickets!
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  Rob Schneider plays a bachelor who has just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family on the new CBS comedy with co-stars Cheech Marin, Lupe Ontiveros, Claudia Bassols, Eugenio Derbez, Diana Maria Riva and Ricky Rico!  Joining the cast for episode 6 three co-stars Marcus Choi, Veronica Diaz and Ramon Del Barrio !! So nice to be surrounded by Latin talent !! Amazing production team !!

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Larry Hart’s award winning Musical returns! Winner of  8 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Musical , Best Director and Best Musical Staging and Choreography! The only musical ever Executive Produced and Presented by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson! Co-directed, staged and choreographed by Raymond Del Barrio.

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Mr. Bojangles as a cast member of SHOWSTOPPERS at Army Community Theater in Honolulu , Hawaii is an official Po’okela Award winner in the Best Ensemble category! Thank you Brett Harwood for inviting me to be a   part of an inspiring production!! Mahalo!!

Broadway Show Stoppers, Army Community Theater Benefit REVIEW “The biggest “wow” moment comes when Ramon Del Barrio takes the stage for a superbly executed solo interpretation of “Mr. Bojangles” that displays his formidable talents as a dancer, choreographer and singer. Not a movement is wasted as Del Barrio’s one-man performance utilizes the entire stage in a glorious celebration of the magic of motion that captures the poignancy of the lyrics as well.”  John Berger

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West Bank Story”!

It is the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story, the film West Bank Story is a classic love story reminding us, with great humor, that things have not changed. We need to understand and share our lives.I laughed really hard at West Bank Story, especially the staging and choreography. From the beginning finger snaps (truly funny), 2 gangs and other familiar West Side Story Trade marks, cleverly staged and choreographed by Ramon Del Barrio. It knocked me out that it was Ramon’s work being that he is a friend and also touring with me in my Broadway show CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCERS LIFE.West Bank Story is a very funny outlook on a serious subject. Ramon you did a great job!!!”  -CHITA RIVERA

WEST SIDE STORY TRIBUTE- Gypsy of the Year 12/18/07 Posted on December 20, 2007 Performing with the Legends! An amazing honor! I am in Purple!! West Side Story 50th Anniversary Gypsy

Chita-Rivera-Dancers-Life-11-05   Chita Rivera: The Dancers Life – National Tour 06/07 Posted on June 12, 2007 “To actually be on stage with somebody who created so many iconic roles, somebody I looked up to so much, is so amazing and almost surreal,” said del Barrio, who choreographed the Oscar-winning short film “West Bank Story.” “It means a lot to learn and perform with someone who is an originator.” The longevity and achievements of Rivera’s career have served as an inspiration to del Barrio since he entered the entertainment industry at 10. Having worked with several musical talents, including Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie and Barbra Streisand, he noted that Rivera’s continued commitment and hard work distinguish her from today’s instantaneous celebrities. “No overnight success will ever replace true blood, sweat and tears,” he said. “I don’t think today’s stars are going to create a legacy that will go down in the history books, and I think Chita clearly has.”

 

ChitaWhat can I say? This was the most amazing experience ever!!! When I got the call from Chita saying that she would like me to perform with her in her Broadway tour I thought I would drop to the floor, I think I did!! While on tour, to have a film short I staged and choreographed be nominated for an Academy Award was so unreal and powerful considering it was West Bank Story! A parody of West Side Story in the West Bank! Chita gave me the weekend off to go to Los Angeles. I never could have imagined that we would be nominated let alone win an Oscar but we did!!! The Performing Arts Annex donated their space, I cast over 30 dancers and worked in the middle of July while the mountains were on fire, and then the subject matter! iT was worth it! When I returned to Chita and the show in Seattle it was to a warm embrace from Chita and the gang and then, beat, back to the work!!! Thank god I focused all these years on the training and mind set for Live Theater! It wasn’t untill I stepped on stage with Chita that I realized what I had been working so hard for! Chita, West Side Story, The Oscar, West Bank Story, the work. The irony is so amazing but the “reality” is that our serious social issues still exist and must be addressed. Professionally, the art of quality “live performance” is not something that can be edited, mixed or fabricated in any way!! The truth is the clarity!! You Chita are a Star unlike any other! IT just IS!… if IT ain’t IT kid, IT ain’t IT! Thank you to the cast and crew of The Dancers Life for the amazing ride!!! Thank you Richard Amaro for all the love and support and lessons along the way! Chita I will always be…”eye’s wide, mouth open and in awe..” Always, Ramon Richard Amaro’s “Latin Rhythms” Starring Chita Rivera and friends! Broadway Cares Equity Fights A.I.D.S.- BB Kings

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  Conceived by Lucie Arnaz, Ron Abel and Ramon Del Barrio! The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami July 8-11, 2010! Starring Lucie Arnaz, Raul Esparza and Valarie Pettiford with special guest’ Desi Arnaz , Richard Amaro and Miami City Ballet Star Jeanette Delgado! Directed by Lucie Arnaz, Musical Direction by Ron Abel and Staged and Choreographed by Ramon Del Barrio! `Babalu’ sizzles at the Arsht – `Babalu” — the enlightening, entertaining exploration of all things Arnaz — the man who brought so many innovative ideas to the early days of television was one hell of a musician and arranger.

Review- Miami, “Ramon Del Barrio, BABALU’s choreographer and co-creator, is the one creative force who seemed never to lose his way, with joy, passion and spirit, that is part of the legacy of Desi Arnaz. Mr. Del Barrio does great work with Richard Amaro and Jennette Delgado. The show kicks into high gear when Mr. Del Barrio gets to strut his stuff with his principal dancers. One only wishes that Ramon had more dancers and more opportunity to whip us into a frenzy with his spot on choreography.”  Broadway World

The sleek Lucie Arnaz has a fine, Broadway- and nightclub-tested voice, a gift for storytelling and a comic timing that probably runs in her DNA. She has a ball on the tongue-twisting “singalong” “Rumba Matumba” and delivers a jazzy duet with Pettiford on “Old Devil Moon.”
The terrific “New Desi Arnaz Orchestra”  led by musical director, pianist-arranger Ron Abel, with more-than-able contributions of the star’s brother on drums. Desi Arnaz Jr. is, in fact, a fabulous percussionist who marches to his own drummer! 
”Pettiford, whose still-sinewy body attests to her days as a Bob Fosse-trained dancer, brings sultriness to the table, particularly on the glorious “Come Rain or Come Shine” and in a sexy duet with Esparza, as he sings “Amor” to her “Bésame Mucho.””
The Miami-raised Esparza, as the opening-night crowd’s thunderous reactions made clear, is the show’s true star, and not because he sings `Cuban Pete,” “Granada,” “Cuban Cabbie,” “Babalu” and other songs associated with Arnaz. This is a Broadway leading man at the top of his game, an intensely dramatic singer making his first return to a hometown stage since he became a regular Tony Award contender.” “Esparza infuses his “Babalu” numbers with sexiness, impishness, blazing theatricality.
Watching him work is, asBroadway audiences have long known, thrilling.” Miami Herald
Lyrics and Lyricist at the 92nd St. Y “Smoldering!!! The New York Times  Babalu’s first incarnation Janary 2009. Lucie Arnaz, Artistic Director of the evening! It was a wonderful way for us to come together to celebrate the contributions of her father Desi Arnaz in music and so much more~!  Ron Abel-Musical Director, Ramon Del Barrio-Director/Choreographer, Lucie Arnaz-Artistic Director, Producer! Created by Lucie Arnaz, Ron Abel and Ramon Del Barrio.

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Guys and Dolls Revival  2009

I created the role of Damon Runyon! Its was an amazing experience and truly exciting all the way to performing on the Tony’s! Our skit for Easter Bonnet was amazing and all in all it was the best time that year living on Runyon Way! Thank you Des Mcnuff and Sergio Trujillo and a wonderful cast and crewe!

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This has been an amazing ride as well ! The music of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio! Great cast and crew and once again thank you to Des and Sergio , Meri Sugarman with Tara Rueben and her casting associates!

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“RENT” NO DAY BUT TODAY!!!! Posted on May 1, 2008 http://youtu.be/qihynhJG5GE Rent is the ground-breaking musical phenomenon that truly changed Broadway forever and touched millions. Its breathtaking score and inspirational story have defined an entire generation. And now, this musical theater landmark is coming to the stage in Hawaii performed by an all-star high school cast presented by one of the country’s elite high-school drama programs ranked in the top ten by the American High School Theatre Festival – the Saint Louis Center For The Arts. I was so lucky to be staging and choreographing the first ever School Edition of the Broadway hit RENT in the islands!!! This is one of the first to open nation wide as well!!! Our Opening July 4th was an HIV/AIDS Benefit, the first of its kind in many years! How crucial that this message should get out to the kids here. They so need it. There is a whole new generation starting to deal with adult issues now! The Ice epidemic here, Homophobia, Bigotry, HIV and A.I.D.S. testing, treatment and awareness!!!! The local non-profit foundations here are amazing and are doing their greatest effort to take care of educating the youth and taking care of those who are living with H.I.V./A.I.D.S.!!! The Life Foundation, The Gregory House and Save the Food Basket and the Waikiki Health Center are the main four servicing the community! I know that RENT will make an impact on the kids and the audiences alike and spark a much needed overhaul in the fight to raise awareness here in Hawaii. July is the month for great awakenings and celebrating freedom, I pray that with the first High School to produce the teen version, it’s not long before others follow suit! The Gay,Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Center is closed now due and the fight against discrimination is not over. I have met over 100 kids who are at risk, some wealthy some not but all at risk and the adults are floundering to pay bills and leaving it up to the schools who still have no real comprehensive education program so the independents need the funding to continue the education!!! The Life Foundation sponsors an HIV101 student educational program and that meeting with the kids was an awesome event!!! RENT takes it’s place as the leader in all Hawaii theaters with Director Kyle Kakuno and St. Louis High School getting the high score for doing what is right for the youth and for the community. Bravo! Roslyn Catracchia, our Musical Director and my dear friend, thank you for introducing me to this amazing experience!!! Working with you was incredible!!! Maybe this will ignite the need for all the Community Theaters to serve the community not only for entertainment but for education and support!! NO DAY BUT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!