Pono Players 2017

Pono Players 2017

The HCT Peer Education Theatre Troupe

Pono Players is a peer education troupe of talented young actors who translate serious issues into non-threatening stories that address various problems facing young people on Kauai. As peer educators, they use an innovative approach to teaching that allows teens to relate to the material without feeling like they are being lectured.

Pono Players 2017 will consist of two casts:

  1. The Pono Players Senior Acting Ensemble, which will be the primary touring/performing ensemble.
  2. The Pono Players Apprentice Acting Ensemble, which will be a training ensemble. They will rehearse with the Senior Acting Ensemble and act as the emergency understudies for the primary Senior Acting Ensemble.
  3. Pono Players 2017 will also contain a tech crew, which will be comprised by those who demonstrate an aptitude and dedication to the different technical elements:
    • Lighting – Set up and run lights during rehearsals and performances.
    • Sound – Set up and run sound during rehearsals and performances.
    • Sets & Props – Set up and run set changes/props during rehearsals and performances.
    • Costumes – Acquire and manage costumes during rehearsals and performances.

Pono Players 2017 will focus on suicide prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors). Ideally, prevention addresses all levels of influence: individual, relationship, community, and societal. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change” (Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/).

Pono Players 2017 will bring together a group of some of Kauai’s most dedicated and passionate young theatre artists who, with the support of grants from the Laura Jane Musser Fund and the Atherton Family Foundation, will work with local and national experts to create a performance and follow-up workshop that address this extremely important issue.

We currently plan to begin rehearsal mid-February and go on tour in April 2017.

We expect this production to be suitable for 6th through 12th grade.


For more information

and to

schedule a performance

for your group or at your school,

please email

ponoplayers@hawaiichildrenstheatre.org



 Announcing the

Pono Players 2017 Company

Senior Performance Cast

Noah

Cabello

Beorn

Chantara

Erin

Gaines

Bailey

Hutton

Kaile

McKeown

Manu

Trujillo

 

Apprentice Cast

Kala’e

Abrams

Makaya

Kaduce

Jacob

Lester

Margaret

McLeod

Emma

Pinkston

Stanley

Porteus

Parker

Reed

Carmen

Swanson


Pono Players 2017 Rehearsals

February 13 – April 8, 2017

Place of Rehearsal: Island School

  • Mondays            4:00 – 7:30 P.M.

  • Tuesdays            4:00 – 7:30 P.M.

  • Wednesdays     4:00 – 7:30 P.M.

  • Saturdays          3:00 – 6:30 P.M.


This rehearsal schedule is full and will be demanding. We have a lot to accomplish and a critical service to perform for our community. It will take everyone’s focus and hard work to create a successful program. I have the utmost confidence that we will create art that will save lives.
It took me a while to figure out what I thought would be the best use of the rehearsal time, while doing my best to accommodate everyone’s conflicts. I did my best and know that even though the schedule is not perfect, it is the best that I can do and will be the Pono Players’ 2017 rehearsal schedule.
As we get closer to our tour, which is targeted to begin the second week of April, there will most likely be a few added rehearsals. As a company, we will discuss the best times to add those rehearsals if/when that time comes.
I understand that some of the rehearsal days and times will conflict with some of the conflicts that you put onto your registration forms. Any conflicts that were put onto your registration and conflict forms are excused.
If you do have a conflict with a rehearsal, it is important that you join/leave rehearsal as efficiently as possible and make sure to keep up with your Pono Players’ work. That way you will always be prepared for rehearsal. The same is true for any missed rehearsals.

The following is the basic rehearsal design


Week 1: Welcome and Improvisation Fundamentals

February 13 – Welcome and Improvisation workshop.
February 14 – Improvisation workshop.
February 15 – Improvisation workshop. Assign homework – “Newspaper Piece” (assigned pairs) to be performed Saturday, February 18.
February 18 – “Newspaper Piece” (assigned pairs) performances. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 2. Homework – Assigned readings/research.

Week 2: Is it REALLY a CHOICE, if it is the ONLY CHOICE?

February 20 – Discuss readings/research. Improv scenes based on homework.
February 21 – Improv scenes based on this week’s homework: Create Improv Poems.
February 22 – Improv scenes based on this week’s homework: Create Improv Songs. Assign homework – “Hotlines” to be reported on Saturday, February 25.
February 25 – Report on calling Suicide Prevention Hotlines. Create “Hotline” performances – incorporate your written poems and songs. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 3. Homework – Assigned readings/research. WRITE a POEM or SONG to perform next rehearsal – THEME – Suicide and HOPE.

Week 3: HOPE

February 27 – Discuss readings/research. Perform POEMS & SONGS. Improv scenes based on WRITTEN POEMS & SONGS. Make sure to incorporate the poems and songs.
February 28 – Improv scenes based on this week’s homework: Written Poems.
March 1 – Improv scenes based on this week’s homework: Written Songs. Assign homework – Suicide Prevention strategies that are proven to work and have the data to back up that claim – to be reported on Saturday, March 4.
March 4 – Report on EFFECTIVE Suicide Prevention Strategies. Create Improv Performances – incorporate effective strategies into the scenes. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 4. Homework – Assigned readings/research. WRITE OUTLINE for a THREE MINUTE Improvised scene (Include: Number of Characters; Genders of the Characters; Relationships of the Characters; Ages of the Characters; Set the Scene; Set the Conflict; Set Each Character’s Primary Objective; Create an outline that has a beginning, middle, and end; plus other elements we will discuss during rehearsal).

Week 4: What Works?

March 6 – Discuss readings/research. Perform THREE MINUTE IMPROVISED SCENES.
March 7 – Improv scenes based on this week’s homework: incorporate all of the elements learned so far.
March 8 – Improv scenes based on this week’s homework: incorporate all of the elements learned so far. Assign homework – Suicide Prevention Q&A – WRITE DOWN FIVE QUESTIONS WITH RESEARCHED ANSWERS – to be reported on Saturday, March 11.
March 11 – Report on SUICIDE PREVENTION Q&A. Practice Q&A. Create HOTLINE scenes from Q&A Research. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 5. Homework – Assigned readings/research.

Week 5: Create the Performance

March 13 – Discuss readings/research. Build Performance Scene Structure. Walk through show.
March 14 – Work on show structure and individual scenes: Focus on Characters, Relationships, and Objectives. Add Hotlines, Poems & Songs.
March 15 – Work on show structure and individual scenes: Focus on Characters, Relationships, and Objectives. Add Hotlines, Poems & Songs. Assign homework – Suicide Prevention Q&A – Write down five DIFFERENT Questions with Researched Answers – to be reported on Saturday, March 18.
March 18 – Report on SUICIDE PREVENTION Q&A. Practice Q&A. Work on performance. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 6. Homework – Assigned readings/research.

Week 6: Refine the Performance

March 20 – Discuss readings/research. Refine Performance Scene Structure. Walk through show.
March 21 – Refine show structure and individual scenes: Focus on Pacing, Effectiveness of Storytelling.
March 22 – Refine show structure and individual scenes: Focus on Pacing, Effectiveness of Storytelling. Assign homework – What should the workshop look like? – to be reported on Saturday, March 25.
March 25 – Report on WORKSHOP IDEAS. IMPROV WORKSHOP IDEAS. Work on Workshop. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 7. Homework – Assigned readings/research.

Week 7: Q&A and Workshop

March 27 – Discuss readings/research. Refine Q&A. Play with Workshop Ideas.
March 28 – Improvise Q&A and Workshop.
March 29 – Improvise Q&A and Workshop.
April 1 – Refine Q&A and Workshop. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 8.

Week 8: Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD”

April 3 – Walk-Through and Work Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD.”
April 4 – Run and Work Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD.” RECORD* Program.
April 5 – Run and Work Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD.” RECORD* Program.
April 8 – Run and Work Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD.” RECORD* Program. Rap about the week and what is to come in Week 9 and BEYOND.

Week 9: Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD” TOUR BEGINS

Dates and Times TBA – Perform Show, Q&A, and Workshop. RECORD* Program.

 Our goal is to tour all of Kauai’s Middle and High Schools
AND
to create a recorded version that can be shared with any school that asks to see our production.
We will also be creating printed information/resource material and pre and post surveys to give to our audiences.

As, I am sure you can see, the schedule is extremely full.

It will take all of us to create a powerful, successful, appropriate, data driven, creative, and artistic production.
We can change lives.
I believe that we will.
Thank you for dedicating your artistry to this critically important project!
Ed

“What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?”

– Langston Hughes

“Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people –

the beauty within themselves.”

– Langston Hughes


“A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feeling through words.

This may sound easy. It isn’t.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel-but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling-not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

As for expressing nobody-but-yourself in words, that means working just a little harder than anybody who isn’t a poet can possibly imagine. Why? Because nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else. We all of us do exactly this nearly all of the time-and whenever we do it, we’re not poets.

If, at the end of your first ten or fifteen years of fighting and working and feeling, you find you’ve written one line of one poem, you’ll be very lucky indeed.

And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world-unless you’re not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.

Does this sound dismal? It isn’t.

It’s the most wonderful life on Earth.

Or so I feel.”

This is E.E. Cummings’ reply to a letter from a high school editor

asking how to become a poet.

From the October 26th, 1955 edition of the

Ottawa Hills High School Spectator (Grand Rapids, Michigan).


Ed Eaton

Director

Pono Players

Executive Director

Hawaii Children’s Theatre

ponoplayers@hawaiichildrenstheatre.org

www.hawaiichildrenstheatre.org

PO Box 662295

Lihue, HI 96766

Hawaii Children’s Theatre’s Mission Statement:

Hawaii Children’s Theatre is committed to being a world-class, multi-cultural theater arts education program. Standing for excellence, accessibility, and theater that makes a difference to enrich the lives of young people, their families and the community by addressing their unique needs through live theatre, formal education in the performing arts and high quality entertainment.


Pono Players is made possible through grants from the
Laura Jane Musser Fund
and the
Atherton Family Foundation.