Fall production promises night of laughs

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Junior Carolynn Krueger begins "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet" with a prologue at dress rehearsals on October 28, 2013, at Keōpūolani Hale . The play opens this weekend for a two-weekend run.

The KSM Drama Club has spent weeks preparing for the opening night of “One Night, Two Comedies,” their fall production, opening this Friday at Keōpūolani Hale.

With the curtain just 48 hours away, the heat is on.

Carolynn Krueger, the Drama Club president, said that the actors and crew have been rehearsing for four hours a day to be ready.

“Now that I am an upperclassman, and I have the new responsibility of helping the underclassmen get the hang of things, it has become more stressful,” she said.

“The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet” is a playful look into William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It’s a portrayal of the story as if it were written by Dr. Seuss. It adds humor to Romeo and Juliet’s “star-crossed” love and transforms a tragedy into a comedy.

Romeo is played by senior Shane Borge , and Juliet is played by sophomore Aeris Joseph-Takeshita. Sister Larry, the modern-day Friar Laurence, is played by junior Joelene Kuaana. She counsels the young couple and marries them.

The epic fight between sophomore Preston Watanabe as Tybalt and Cole Schafer as Mercutio is a battle not to be missed.

The Drama Club is also performing “Note to Self,” by Bradley Hayward, with an ensemble cast. The one-act play is about life as a teenager, covering topics like cyber-stalking, texting and driving, and getting a caffeine “buzz” in band class in a humorous way. The characters’ inner thoughts are brought to life as they fumble their way through high school making mental “notes to self.”

Ms. Victoria McGee is the director of the fall play. It is her first time directing a play for Kamehameha Maui, but not her first time directing.

She said, “It was great to get to know the cast” and described them as “funny, creative, and spontaneous.”

The plays will be performed at Keōpūolani Hale, Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9.  at 7 p.m. on all nights. Admission is free.