CPAC Revives ‘Oklahoma’ With Youthful Glee This Weekend

Laurey (Keely Kapu-Hanks) and Curly (Isaac Scott) rehearse a scene together in Castle Performing Arts Center's 'Oklahoma!', a junior version of the musical, with shows for the public scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Ron Bright Theatre. Photo from Karen Meyer.

Castle Performing Arts Center is bringing those rowdy Okie characters to the Ron Bright Theatre stage for this weekend only in the new junior version of the Broadway musical, Oklahoma (Kids!).

Directed by Karen Meyer, the musical involves more than 50 students in grades 5 to 8 from Castle Complex schools performing the well-loved classic songs, dances and comedy of the original Rodgers & Ham-merstein Broadway play.

Keely Kapu-Hanks of Ahuimanu Elementary stars as Laurey the winsome farm girl, and Isaac Scott of Ben Parker Elementary plays handsome cowboy Curly.

Also in key roles are Ben Parker’s Keawe Quinones, King Intermediate’s Riley Stewart, Heeia’s Saoirse Ryhn, Puohala’s Raven Young, Kapunahala’s Oliver de-Clive Lowe and Kaneohe’s Aisha Yamamoto.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kaneohe venue. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $8 for students, seniors and active-duty military.

To reserve a seat, call 233-5626 or go online to

Now in its 50th year and directed by Meyer for 11 years, CPAC plans a special presentation April 7 at the final performance of its spring show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.