Performing Arts Center of Kapolei
Thomas Olson has been dancing since he was 7 years old. He has been in numerous musicals across the state. He has trained and danced at Diamond Head Theatre, Punahou Senior Tap Company and The Movement Center. Thomas won a Po'okela Award for his performance as a Lead Male in a Musical for Diamond Head Theatre's production of White Christmas. In 2015, his senior year at Kapolei High School, he was KHS's Creative Dance and Social Dance Instructor. Thomas was awarded a dance scholarship to Oklahoma City University, and is currently in his junior year at OCU, studying ballet, tap, and jazz as a Dance Performance major.
Born and Raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Elika is the owner of LES Studios, where for 9 years he has taught vocal performance to students of all ages. Elika also volunteers his time to PACKids as their vocal director and instructor, and he is PACK's in-house vocal director for all PACK shows. A talented soloist and entertainer in his own right, Elika can be found aboard the Holland America Cruise lines, where he performs his solo shows around the world.
Choreographer and Dance Instructor
Artistic Director, Stage Director, and KHS Drama Instructor
Shiloh Qalo is a Fashion Technology major who was introduced to costume design by Meagan Olson. Shiloh performed and worked with several of PACK’s productions, and assisted Meagan for I’olani’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She was also the Costume Design Assistant and the Assistant Technical Director for PACK’s Lion King Jr.
Deanna Luster has co-directed/choreographed DHT’s Po’okela honored production of Titanic, directed/choreographed Manoa Valley Theatre’s Footloose, Hawaii Theatre Center’s Snow Queen & Wishes & Wings as well as a Po’okela for Choreography for Army Community Theatre’s Damn Yankees. Other choreography credits include Hawaii Theatre Center’s Christmas with Friends & Nabors, Hawaii Theatre for Youth, Sacred Heats, St. Andrews Priory and numerous Kaimuki High School Performing Arts productions including West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show & South Pacific. She choreographs and teaches for the DHT Shooting Stars. Her performing credits include MVT’s Cabaret, numerous DHT shows such as Phantom, Cinderella, Carousel, Victor/Victoria and Follies, & Dreamgirls at Hawaii Theatre Center. Stage managed various DHT and KHSPAC shows. Deanna is also a certified Reiki Master, Integrative Quantum Medicine (IQM), Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing (ARCH) Master Practitioner, graduate of Sacred Path Healing School, and Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique certified.
Meagan Olson (PACK Artistic Director, Costume Designer & Stage Manager) originally helped create KCDC until she co-created PACK in 2005 with Rachelle. She volunteers her time at PACK and has directed many shows including Seussical, School House Rock, Into the Woods, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. & Aladdin Jr., FAME, Willy Wonka Junior, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pinkalicious and West Side Story. She has also designed costumes for all of PACK’s shows. Meagan is a local Stage Manager at many community theatres and costume designs for them as well. She is also one of the Artistic Directors of PACKids. She and her husband Steve have three talented children: Cameron, Hannah, and Tommy.
Choreographer, Dance Instructor
PACKids Improv Coach
Lisa Shaw has been involved with theater since she was 10 years old, when she first fell in love with the works of Shakespeare. Raised on the Big Island, she began performing in high school, and then college--while pursuing a degree in Special Education. She loves children and recognizes the many benefits theater has to offer them. Part of the PACK family for the last 8 years, she is PACK's Production Manager, teaches PACK’s summer intro to musical theater class, directs Shakespeare’s Junior Version, and currently sits on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Lisa is also a freelance writer and proud mother to two talented girls, Juliette and Katherine, who have made mom love musical theater all the more!
Patrick Block studied acting at Principia College and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in NYC. When he first started pursuing acting professionally, he landed some interesting gigs: a wedding dinner-theater show on Long Island, an educational production of Moliere (done half in French) that traveled across the USA, an improv group that performed at summer camps, and a mask show for kids produced inside a huge cave, to name a few. In 2002, he co-founded Addled Minds, an acting group based in NYC. Some of his favorite roles have included Woodruff Gately in Pvt. Wars, Betty in Cloud 9, the bookseller in The Possibilities, and Buster Bins in Box of Fools at Here Arts Center. His classes utilize acting and improv exercises from Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone, and Stella Adler.
Rachelle Amparo (Artistic Director) performed throughout high school and college while pursuing her career in teaching theatre. She is a state certified and licensed Drama & Theatre teacher and has been teaching in the Hawaii DOE school system since 1997. Currently she teaches Acting, Theatre History and Film Analysis at Kapolei High School. She grew up in Hawaii and attended UH Manoa where she earned her Bachelor of Education degree in 1996 and Master of Arts Youth Theatre Degree in 2000. She co-created PACK in 2005 with Meagan, and since then she volunteers her time with PACK and has directed various shows including Romeo & Juliet, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She and her husband Ross have three very delightful children: Austen, Cole and Danielle.
Artistic Director, Stage Director, & Costume Designer
Guest Choreographer , Tap & Jazz Instructor
Layton Elika Santos
Vocal director & Instructor