KS Hawai‘i selected for prestigious theatre festival in Scotland

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May 28, 2015

KS Hawai‘i selected for prestigious theatre festival in Scotland
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus students and staff have been invited to perform at the
2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world
s largest performing arts festival.

Kea‘au, Hawai‘i— Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi High School has been invited to participate in the 2016 American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF).

Students and chaperones will have the opportunity to join an elite troupe of high school artists and perform as part of the AHSTF program at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts festival held annually in Scotland. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe involves tens of thousands of performers from all over the world and attracts about 1 million visitors each year.

KS Hawaiʻi was first nominated to apply for the festival by two local theatre professionals this past fall.  The nominations were based on the high standard of excellence demonstrated by Kamehameha’s theatrical performances, ranging from well-known musicals to original works such as Hawaiian language operas.

The AHSTF Board of Advisors selected the KSH program for its commitment to theatre education, promotion of culture, level of administrative support and community involvement. KS Hawaiʻi will be the first Hawai‘i Island school (and the first Hawai‘i school outside of O‘ahu) to attend the AHSTF. The last Hawai‘i school to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was Nānākuli High and Intermediate School in 2011.

Since its first Hōʻike presentation in 2004, KS Hawai‘i has taken steps toward building its performing arts program. In 2006, the school initiated its annual Fall Musical and will produce its eleventh musical this November (West Side Story).

In 2011, the high school produced its first Hōʻike in the Hawaiian language. This was followed by entire operas in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in 2013 and 2014.

For the AHSTF, the school plans to perform its third opera, an adaptation of an earlier Hō‘ike production based on the saga of Hina and Kapepeʻekauila.

The honor of attending the AHSTF is a great leap forward for KS Hawai‘i. The school plans to send 20 students with chaperones to perform on the world stage.

The group is currently planning a series of fundraising efforts between now and then to raise support for the large cost of traveling to and attending the two-week festival. If you are interested in assisting with fundraising activities, please contact theatre kumu Eric Stack at 808-982-0713 or choral director Herb Mahelona 808-982-0741 for information.

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 Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Native Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 30 preschools statewide. Over 41,000 additional learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States. Income generated from its endowment portfolio of Hawai`i real estate and other investments funds the Schools’ educational mission. More information can be found at www.ksbe.edu.


Media Contact:

Shaun Chillingworth
808-541-5367 or shchilli@ksbe.edu