KSM theater class takes final bow

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Photo by Hoku Krueger

Freshman Anson Souza rides into a crowd of adoring followers as Jesus in "The Bible in Thirty Minutes or Less," a short play performed by the KSM theater class as a part of their end of the semester presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 in Keōpuolani Hale. Students also performed monologues and original poems, following the theme "Moral Courage."

By Hoku Krueger, news co-editor

Kamehameha Schools Maui theater I, II, and III students performed monologues, poems, and a short play in what was the last presentation audiences will see from a KSM theater class on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 in Keōpuolani Hale.

The students sped through The Bible in Thirty Minutes or Less, a play summarizing or at least “mentioning” each book in the bible within 30 minutes, narrator Jacilyn Lum Lung said.

“It seemed like 22 minutes went by so fast. It was so funny,” said Donna Kikuyama, mother of junior Nalani Kikuyama.

The students also chose either a monologue or an original poem to perform individually.

“I think we did well because we practiced a lot,” freshman Kaylee Thompson said.

The students rehearsed the play, monologues and poems over the course of the first semester class without using any after school rehearsal time.

Theater, as a class under the direction of Ms. Camille Romero, took the stage for the last time Wednesday night, as it will not be offered for the 2011-2012 school year.

“I was pretty heartbroken when I found out. I was planning to take it again next year,” junior and second-year theater student Aydan Lopes said.

Lopes performed, This is a Poem That Thrives, an original poem of his inspired by the theme of moral courage.

Other classes being removed from the curriculum include Economics, Civics, Personal Training and Photonics, according to KSM teacher Mr. Kealii Mossman.

Although theater will no longer be offered as a class, interested students will still be able to participate in theatrical productions in the after school program.