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:
- The Pono Players Senior Acting Ensemble, which will be the primary touring/performing ensemble.
- 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.
- 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.
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Pono Players 2017 Company
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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.
The following is the basic rehearsal design
Week 1: Welcome and Improvisation Fundamentals
Week 2: Is it REALLY a CHOICE, if it is the ONLY CHOICE?
Week 3: HOPE
Week 4: What Works?
Week 5: Create the Performance
Week 6: Refine the Performance
Week 7: Q&A and Workshop
Week 8: Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD”
Week 9: Pono Players 2017 “Title TBD” TOUR BEGINS
As, I am sure you can see, the schedule is extremely full.
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).
Hawaii Children’s Theatre
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
Atherton Family Foundation.