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Friends of the Arts thanks members, sponsors, community for a great 2019 season

(Press Release) — Another very successful and rewarding season has come to a close for The Friends of the Arts with the final performance on June 7 of the Broadway musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

This lively musical, directed by Katie Hoyt and Harold Easton, was danced and sung by a talented cast of 36, accompanied by a Pit Band, headed by Atsuko Eck. Its four performance were held in the inviting venue of the Hyatt Saipan Regency Ballroom and were well attended by the Saipan community.

The Friends of the Arts wishes to thank the Saipan community and its sponsors for their attendance and support during this 2019 season. The continuing interest of the community in the FOA programs and the support provided by its sponsors have played a key role in The FOA’s ability to support the performing arts in Saipan.

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The Mount Carmel School Band, directed by Julian Greening.
Friends of the Arts’ Frank Gibson, left,  with Hyatt Regency Saipan general manager Nick Nishikawa.  Contributed photos

2019 was a good year for the FOA, despite the problems the community faced. The first program was an outdoor movie night, featuring “Jumanji,” suitable both for children and adults. The movie, logistically supported by the Saipan Office of the Mayor, was well-attended and enjoyed. This was followed by The FOA’s Holiday Concert, a benefit program of seasonal music presented by the Community Choir, directed by Katie Hoyt, the Saipan Pacific Winds, directed by Atsuko Eck, the Mount Carmel School Band, directed by Julian Greening and the Su-san Band, jointly directed. American Memorial Park provided their amphitheater as the venue. Then the FOA presented its first theatrical performance of the year, the London and Broadway musical, “Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up,” co-directed by Katie Hoyt and Neil Fama, with a lively and talented cast of 30. This play was also well received and attended by the community at the outside venue of the Garapan Central Park with the support of the Division of Parks and Recreation and the Saipan Office of the Mayor.

The Friends of the Arts final two programs were hosted in the Hyatt Saipan Regency Ballroom, where the internationally renowned classical pianist, Roman Rudnytsky. presented two concerts, a unique opportunity for the community. As before, during his visit he also went out to the schools and provided music, instruction and example to our aspiring young talent.

Our final show of the year was the major and popular Broadway musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” an entertaining biblical story, presented by a talented FOA cast.

The board of directors and membership of the Friends of the Arts, wish to express their sincere appreciation for the continued support and generosity of the community and its sponsors:

  • Angil Design
  • Brabu Pharmacy
  • Bridge Capital
  • Dental Care
  • Drs. Edgar and Susan Tudor
  • Everest Kitchen
  • Fiesta Spa & Resort
  • Green Meadow School
  • Hardt Eye Clinic
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • HR Support, CNMI
  • Hyatt Regency Saipan
  • IT&E
  • J’s Restaurant
  • KL Carr Enterprises
  • Kanoa Resort
  • Marianas Health Services
  • Marianas Variety
  • Paradise Dental Center
  • Paradise Hotel
  • PHI Pharmacy
  • Thompson Law Office
  • Tom Yum Restaurant
  • Tooth Works
  • Saipan TransAmerica
  • Triple J Saipan
  • Yaong Corporation

The support of these sponsors allows The Friends of the Arts to extend its aspirations and to not only provide entertainment to the community, but to nurture the talent that it holds.