Bright Theatre Revitalization

$7,500 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 42 months
When the Castle High School Theatre opened in 1980, it was the "Pride of the Windward Side" - a testament to the performing arts program that Ron Bright had built from the ground up with his love, energy and enthusiasm.   In 1994, the theatre was dedicated in his honor and became the Ronald E Bright Performing Arts Center.  Mr B retired from teaching after 41 years of service to the Kaneohe community.

Now, 35 years after its opening, time and use have taken its toll on our beautiful theatre home.  A group of Castle Theatre Guild and Castle Performing Arts Center alumni have taken on the task of delivering some much needed TLC to the building that bears the name of our beloved teacher and mentor.

While the DOE does have some money earmarked for future theatre improvement, there is much that can be done right now.   We envision this as just the first of many projects and the beginning of an ongoing plan to maintain the theatre in a state that Mr. B would be proud of.

Please help us to reach our $25,000 goal.  Funding will go towards landscaping, paint and cleaning supplies, construction materials and rental of equipment.  All labor for the projects will be provided by alumni and volunteers that wish to fulfill their responsibility to continuing Mr. B’s legacy in our community.  

Mahalo for your consideration.

Donations of materials and supplies can be coordinated through: jack@imabrightkid.org

Questions?  Please contact ligaya@imabrightkid.org

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09 May 2016

Dear Donors to the Ronald Bright Theater Revitalization Project,

Thank you all again for your contributions to our project last fall to give Mr. Bright’s theater a much needed facelift. If you haven’t already seen pictures of what we were able to accomplish over a short weekend, they are posted here on our Go Fund Me Page and on our Facebook page. Over 140 people showed up to scrub, sand, scrape, primer, paint, weed, trim and plant! We had such a force that we were able to complete our planned three-day project in only two days.

Not only did we raise over $7000 through our Go Fund Me efforts, but there were also numerous in-kind donations of labor, equipment and food that kept our expenses to a minimum. We particularly want to thank:

• Jack Hufstetler of Theatrix Hawaii for donating the use of his lift so that we could clean up and polish the theater sign
• Joseph Sanchez of 3-Fold Craftsmen for the amazing job he and his crew did with mold abatement and treatment on the exterior of the building
• Senator Jill Tokuda for coming by on both days to lend a hand and to show her support for her alma mater
• Joe Pacheco for returning on Labor Day after the crews had left to complete the clean-up job on the outdoor lobby and walkways

There were so many incredible moments that weekend and we were truly overwhelmed with the support we received. Mr. B was definitely with us!!

Shortly after the completion of our work project, the DOE finally began their long awaited renovations to the inside of the building. The large holes in the drywall along the backstage hallway were repaired and currently there are ongoing renovations to the lobby bathrooms. For the exterior, plans are in place to cover the wheelchair access ramp and there is exciting discussion about a large beautiful glass mural that will be going up once the theater is fully repainted.

With all of the monetary and in-kind support we received for this project, I am excited to tell you that we were left with a surplus of almost $5000. I wanted to let you, our generous donors, know what we would like to do with our surplus and to give you the option of redirecting your funds should you so choose. We want to be fully transparent and understand if you would like your donation to go exclusively towards renovation of the theater.
We’d like to announce the formation of a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to carry on the legacy of Mr. Bright. The vision of the I’M A BRIGHT KID FOUNDATION is to support the educational endeavors of those who are inspired to teach, and to ensure that Mr. Bright’s gift of theater continues to thrive in our community. Our foundation hopes to continue to produce quality live entertainment, and to provide financial support to individuals pursuing higher education in teaching and the arts.

The inaugural fundraising event for this organization will be a musical tribute to Mr. Bright. We are so excited to present “BRIGHTER STILL” on Saturday, August 6th at 7:30pm at the historic Hawaii Theatre. His incredible life story will be told through song and dance, and will feature his former students - some of whom have gone on to careers on Broadway and in Las Vegas, Japan and beyond.

We humbly ask for your consent in helping to get this new endeavor off to a healthy start. If you would like your prior donation to go towards our original intention of renovating the Ron Bright Theater, please contact me at ligaya@imabrightkid.org, and I will be sure that your funds are directed specifically for that purpose. Otherwise, the surplus funds will be applied to our new foundation.

Look to our new Facebook page - I’M A BRIGHT KID FOUNDATION – for updates on the organization and for information on how to purchase tickets for the show.

Thank you once again for your tremendous support.

With much gratitude,

Ligaya L Stice, President
I’m A Bright Kid Foundation
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Thank you, everyone! In a week, we've raised $4,250 to help fund the various projects to revitalize the Bright Theatre. If you've been thinking about donating, now is a great time to do it! We're honing in on a start date sometime early September. Hoping some of you can make it out one weekend to pitch in!! Mahalo, again for your support.
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Just an example of the work that needs to be done. Peeling paint, empty planter boxes. We hope to begin work on the exterior first, especially the entrance and the sign and then work our way inside.
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Mahalo, everyone for all of your support!! In less than 24 hours, we've surpassed 10% of our goal. Wouldn't it be great if we could wrap up this campaign in 10 days?!?! Keep sharing. Keep spreading the word. Remember, any contribution in any amount gets us closer to our goal!
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Raised by 42 people in 42 months
Created August 15, 2015
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JM
$200
Joyce Mitchell-Mynar
41 months ago

Mahalo for all your hard work!! Sorry I couldn't make it over the pond. Aloha no~

$100
Jalene Bell
42 months ago

#ImaBrightKid

BD
$100
Bridget Dung
42 months ago

I wasn't a Bright Kid, but I know quite a few of them. Love the Stice Girls!

$600
Norman McGuire
42 months ago

Dear Sister Sarah Brown, My Mob friends tell me that you moved on from "Save a Soul Mission" to "Save the Bright Theater". I also heard that you're looking for a little dough to bankroll some "facility improvements". Lucky for you, I recently held a crap game against Big Jule (in the highly regarded sewers of New York of course) and the luck of the dice paid big dividends. Dividends that I'd be happy to share with you with no strings attached (and no trips to Cuba either). I have complete faith that you can bring together the required number of souls needed to restore the Ronald E. Bright Theater to prominence! I love you a Bushel and a Peck for taking on this new mission, and I wish you great success! Gotto go, Officer Brannigan is coming... Your Friend, Nathan Detroit

PK
$100
Pam Kimura
42 months ago

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man and his amazing legacy!

$350
Anonymous
42 months ago
JP
$50
Jaimie Page
42 months ago

Because 25 years ago my college roommate Jade Stice spoke about Mr. Bright with so much love.

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