Our Students

As part of the Hawai`i State Department of Education’s Learning Center Program, KPAC serves Kapa’a High School, Kaua’i High School, Waimea High School, Kapa’a Middle School, Chiefess Kamakahele Middle School, Waimea Canyon Middle School, and Hawai’i Technology Academy Charter School.


(non-profit corporation)

Kaua`i Performing Arts Center, Inc. conducts fund-raising activities, marketing activities, and advocacy.KPAC Inc serves as an advisory board to support the KPAC program.

Advisory Board Officers

  • Lee Miller – president
  • Melissa Gregory – vice-president
  • Katie Vercelli – secretary
  • Deb Bail – treasurer
  • Dennis McGraw – director emeritis
  • Bill Arakaki – Kaua’i HI DOE Complex Superintendent
  • Anna Viggiani – HI DOE Educational Specialist for Gifted and Talented Program

Student Advisory Board Representatives

  • Kapa’a HS student representative – Preston
  • Kaua’i HS student representative – Trinity
  • Waimea HS student representative- Lily-Anne

Other Advisory Board Members

  • JoAnn Yukimura
  • Wendy Casillas
  • Mia Gaines-Alt
  • Sara Dubey
  • Steve Dubey
  • Tawna Bensaid
  • Rachel Lasky

2018-2019 KPAC Student Officers

  • Student President – Lily-Anne
  • Student Vice-Presidents – Trinity & Kasiah
  • Student Secretary – Mikaela

*KPAC Student Managers

  • Production Manager – Preston
  • Company Manager –
  • Publicity Managers –
  • Stage/Props Manager –
  • Makeup Manager –
  • Office Manager –
  • Costume Manager –

*See descriptions of these managerial roles below

KPAC Teachers & Production Team

  • High School Play & Musical Director – Cher Ellwood
  • Middle School Play Directors – Rene Relacion, Sheri Majewski, & Rachel Lasky
  • High School Spring Musical Director – Rachel Lasky
  • Choreographer – Julia Owens, Ron
  • Scenic Design – Seth Womble & KPAC students
  • Stage/Set/Props Construction – Kaua’i HS Construction Class
  • Costumer –
  • Makeup Artist – Sasha Sakai
  • Lighting Tech – Marc Sicignano
  • Sound Techs – Steve Whitney & Gary Ellwood
  • Vocal Coach – Rachel Lasky
  • Consultants – Jessika Montoya, Sabrina Machado, Isaac Worth, Daphne Sanchez, Matt Del Rosario

KPAC Coordinator

Cher Ellwood, Ed.D – KPAC Coordinator

Cher has loved the performing arts her entire life.

In NYC, Cher’s mother found her 3 year old daughter dancing in the aisles in the New York City Ballet’s 1957 production of The Nutcracker Suite. Cher has always danced and loved watching dance. Cher also studied the piano, voice, and acting from the time she was a child. And she attends theatre whenever she has the opportunity!

Cher moved to Kaua’i in 2009 to teach mathematics at Waimea High School (2009-2011) and then at Kaua’i High School (2011-2017). While teaching mathematics, she also sang in Kaua’i Voices for 14 seasons and the Kaua’i Chorale for 2 seasons.

Cher has acted in 6 plays for Kaua’i Community Players (KCP). She has directed one KPAC 30-Minute Middle School Play for CKMS, and taught one high school Scenes Course for KPAC. She has choreographed 3 Summer Stars productions for Hawai’i Children’s Theater (HCT) and 3 for KPAC.  She sits on the Board for HCT and KPAC.

Cher became the coordinator for KPAC in SY2017-2018. As coordinator, SY 2017-2018, she directed the play Almost, Maine, and the musical The Addams Family. Last year, SY 2018-2019, she directed the parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] and the musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Over the summer of 2019, Cher directed and choreographed the HCT After Dark Production of the musical Chicago.

Prior to 2009, Cher danced professionally in musical revues for 8 years (2 shows a night, 6 days a week) in USA, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. She worked as an assistant director and choreographer with Pepper Clyde Tucker for 3 years setting 7 Brides for 7 Brothers in community theaters in NY, TX, NV, and CA. Cher and her husband owned and ran a video production company in CA for 5 years, for which she was the head writer.

Cher also wrote, directed, and/or choreographed children’s theater productions and has taught elementary, middle, and high school drama for 6 years in CA. Cher has instructed Scriptwriting and Screenwriting courses on high school and college campuses. She also has instructed graduate level college Education courses in Math Instruction and Arts Integration.

Cher earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, NY, in 1977; an MA in Communications from Regent University, VA, in 1986; and an EdD in Instructional Leadership from Grand Canyon University, AZ, in 2013.

*KPAC Student Manager Job Descriptions

Production Manager – Oversees all aspects of production (the theater, set, props, costumes, load-in and strike)

Company Manager – Oversees all aspects of the cast and crew (builds team spirit; assures company is fed, happy, and released on time; monitors health and well-being of the company)

Assistant to the Director/Choreographer – Supports the director and/or choreographer in planning and running rehearsals for the cast.

Assistant to the Musical Director – Supports the musical director in planning and running rehearsals for the orchestra

Technical Assistant – Supports the lighting designer and/or sound technician

Dance Captain – Learns, teaches, and cleans dance numbers.

Project Manager – Oversees projects such as scenic constructions or designs

Properties Manager – Procures, organizes, and repairs props.

Costumer – Procures, organizes, alters, and repairs costumes.

Makeup Artist – Designs and assists actors makeup needs

Ensemble Captain – The team leader for the Chorus serving as a liaison between director/choreographer and the “Chorus.”

Team Leaders – leaders are appointed among groups of cast members to organize and clean up the theater house, the stage, the back stage, the dressing rooms after each rehearsal and performance.