The Pearl City High School Dramatic Arts Program presents “Once Upon One Kapakahi Time” beginning tonight at the Pearl City Cultural Center. Pearl City High School is the first Hawaii public high school to produce the "classic" local pidgin musical written by the late Lisa Matsumoto with Music and Lyrics by Roslyn Catracchia. Additional Lyrics by Lisa Matsumoto. Additional Music by Paul Palmore. Musical Orchestrations by David Kauahikaua.

Pearl City High School English & Drama teacher, Mr. Steven Kam is once again in the directors chair and has successfully put together another “history making” cast and crew that are seasoned and talented.

“Once I settled on doing this musical (which happens to be in pidgin), I again had to make sure I assembled the best possible talent on and off the stage, as I could not do this production all by myself,"  said Kam. “With four directors/assistants and a talented cast right off the previous three musicals and our benefit concerts (Heart for Arts), the PCHS Dramatic Arts Program definitely was again on the right track.”

Once Upon One Kapakahi Time is co-narrated by Kyler Tandal who plays Keoni Kaha’i, and Meagan Balangue who stars as Kelli.  It’s the first leading role for both actors.

“For me it’s a really exciting role to have because I get to basically tell the story,” said Tandal.  “Everyone kind of does things as I say it, so that’s really cool. It’s a lot fun having Meagan too, because she always throws in these odd ball things that make it different.”

“It’s exciting for me especially because I also turn into part of the audience at the same time,” said Balangue. “I get to watch it and also be a part of it. That makes it fun, playing both roles. This is my third year and every year is really different, but the same type of camaraderie, the same type of bond is formed every year. Mr. Kam does a great job of holding it all together.

PCHS Dramatic Arts Program veteran and current PCHS senior Kaitlyn Iwashita returns to the stage in a lead role as Da Wicked Queen.

“It’s kind of interesting playing the role of the Da Wicked Queen because one of the writers for the play, Lisa Matsumoto, actually wrote the role for herself,” said Iwashita. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s nice at the same time. As a senior, it’s really awesome to be able to play another villain because the past three years I’ve been playing villains. It's kind a like ending it with a bang, and she’s larger than life. It’s a really fun role.”

Playing a leading role as the Da Mean Mongoose is PCHS rising star MacLincoln Dimacali.

“I’m playing Da Mean Mongoose,” said Dimacali. “I’m excited to play in a local version of the Big Bad Wolf because I always liked that story. It’s also pretty cool being partners with the Da Wicked Queen because we have our own two villain songs. It’s amazing! It’s a lot of fun.”

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

These guys are having a lot of fun while looking for all the answers.


                                                      Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Pearl City High School Dramatic Arts Program cast of Once Upon One Kapakahi Time.

 

Schedule of Performances

APRIL 19, 2012 & APRIL 26, 2012

@ 9:30 A.M. (SCHOOL

PERFORMANCES)

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012@ 7 P.M.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012@ 7 P.M.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012@ 3 P.M.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012@ 7 P.M.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012@ 3 P.M.

 

TICKETS ARE $7.00 PRESALE (ENDS ONE WEEK BEFORE PERFORMANCE)

NO OTHER DISCOUNTS / $10.00 AT THE DOOR

ALL TICKETS ARE RESERVED SEATING

 

PEARLCITY CULTURAL CENTER / PEARL CITY HIGH SCHOOL

2100 HO`OKI`EKI`E STREET, PEARL CITY, HAWAI`I 96782

TEL: (808) 454-5540, pchskam@hawaii.rr.com