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Kaua‘i theatre pros lead free workshops

LIHU‘E — Taj Gutierrez, one of the performers in the cast of “Leave A Light On: A 10th Anniversary Cabaret,” will be starting a Teen Production Intensive workshop for youth 14 to 18 years of starting this weekend.

The Saturday workshop series that runs from Aug. 15 to Oct. 3 meant to help carry theatrical skills to the next generation of artists, is made possible through Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant funding and the Atherton Foundation.

Gutierrez is one of the Kaua‘i theatre professionals who will share behind-the-scenes knowledge in a socially-distanced, in-person workshop provided free to registered youth on Saturdays. Each week’s session will run from 10 a.m. to noon for eight weeks at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, and pre-registration is required.

“Whether you are an aspiring director, interested to explore a specialized area, or just want an overall understanding of the production process, this is a great workshop series to start your journey,” said Erin Gaines, administrator for the Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre. “Many times in a production, you are focused on your own role. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes with top theater professionals and learn the tricks of the trade.”

Students are recommended to do all or as many workshops as they are able to attend. Space is limited as the classes will be held in-person for just eight students per session.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed, with students being seated six feet apart. Students are also required to wear face masks throughout the class. Sanitizing stations will be set up in the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse for use before and during sessions.

Gutierrez will team up with Bailey Hutton to lead “Stage Management.” Other instructors include Bobbee Downs leading “Makeup,” Arnold Meister teaching “Set Design,” Rebecca Hanson leading “Choreography,” Barbara Green doing “Costume Design,” Marty Schmidt teaching “Lighting Design,” Sydney and Sienna Agudong leading “Acting for the Camera,” and Marly Madayag instructing “Directing (the Musical Theatre edition)!”

Registration and more information is available at 246-8985, or by visiting


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