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Free Keiki Performing Arts Workshop at Kahilu Theatre

Students entering grades 3-6 are invited to apply to the “Keiki Performing Arts Workshop” from July 28 to Aug. 10 at Kahilu Theatre. The free, two-week summer musical theater and performing arts camp is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Founded in 2011, KPAW introduces children to different aspects of the performing arts. As schools are being forced to cut arts education, Kahilu Theatre is filling the gap by providing diverse arts education for youth.

After a physical warm-up, KPAW students will participate in a variety of acting games that involve physical awareness, improvisation and quick thinking. Each day, they will rehearse music numbers, learn lyrics, tunes and choreography for the numbers. Students also explore theater related arts and crafts, including costuming and set design. The final performance will be on Sunday, Aug. 10, as part of Kahilu Theatre’s Family Fun Day.

Keiki Performing Arts Workshop was founded by Marena Dunnington and the teens of the Teen Theatre Troupe, now the Kahilu Youth Theatre Troupe. From Waimea, Dunnington is now a junior at Muhlenberg College, studying theatre and education.

All of the KPAW teachers are college students pursuing performing art careers. KPAW will also be assisted by high school students from Waimea. Students only need to bring lunch; everything else will be provided by Kahilu Theatre.

Applications for KPAW are available at and due by June 11. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 17. KPAW is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the state of Hawaii and by the National Endowment of the Arts.