PlayBuilders Produces New Album Tracks with HCC Mele Studios and LCC Musicians for Nanakuli Intermediate and High School’s Production of Award Winning Musical about Foster Care

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company Produces New Album Tracks with Honolulu Community College Mele Studios and Leeward Community College Musicians for Nanakuli Intermediate and High School’s Production of Award Winning Musical about Foster Care.

Mele Program Department Head John Vierra and Producer Ruth Shiroma Foster are available for interviews if needed. Please contact:

John Vierra,
Communication and Services Division Chair
MELE Program Coordinator/Audio Engineering Instructor
Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE), Honolulu Community College
Office: 808-844-2344
E-mail: johnav@hawaii.edu

Ruth Shiroma Foster, Music Director/Producer of Dragonfly Album
PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company
808-277-5630


PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company Produces New Album with HCC Mele Studios and Musicians from Leeward Community College for Nanakuli High School Production of Foster Care Musical.

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company, in partnership with Honolulu Community College’s Mele Studios, has produced a CD for Nanakuli Intermediate and High School’s production of their award winning, community-based musical, Dragonfly, the Story of a Young Local Girl’s Journey Through Foster Care. The Nanakuli production will open in November and will be directed by drama teacher and Milken Educator Award recipient, Robin Kitsu. The CD is being produced and directed under the leadership of Ruth Shiroma Foster and Mele Program department head, John Vierra, and is scheduled for release in early June. The album features one side that is musical tracks for students to sing over for performances and the other side include singers Starr Kalahiki, Ryan Souza, and Alexis Bugarin to teach students the songs.  Dragonfly is a musical based on true stories that educates and encourages awareness and support for Hawaii’s children in foster care.

For more information, please email Terri Madden at terri.madden@playbuilders.org.

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Ruth Foster and Dragonfly Tracks Superstars:
Back, left to right: John Signor, Leeward Community College Music Professor and Student Advisor; Corie Shumate, Assistant Engineer; Jordan Ciriako, Head Engineer; Josh Pena, Assistant Engineer; Jordan Jenkins, Assistant Engineer; Front: Honybal Sosa, Guitarist: Ruth Shiroma Foster, Arranger, Pianist, Production Leader

John Signor, Honybal Sosa, Shane Whitener Dragonfly Tracks Stars
John Signor, Honybal Sosa, Shane Whitener

Honybal Sosa Dragonfly Tracks Stars
Leeward Community College student, Honybal Sosa

Alexis Bugarin Dragonfly Tracks Stars
Vocalist Alexis Bugarin was one of the original cast members of Dragonfly.