HPA’S 4th and 5th graders present ‘Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior’

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<p>HPA fourth and fifth graders, from left, Isaiah Clarry-Sohriakoff, Noe’ulakapalai Lindsey, Natalie Macy, and Nathan O’Toole rehearse a number from their upcoming musical, “Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior.” (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

Fourth and fifth graders at Hawaii Preparatory Academy will present “Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The musical performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Gates Performing Arts Center on the school’s Upper Campus.

“Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior” is presented in conjunction with the school’s character education program. HPA’s Lower School music teacher Georgia Polakova directs.

It’s the Middle Ages, and a wicked spell has been cast on the kingdom: good manners have suddenly disappeared, and it’s up to Sir Gwendolyn and Sir Dancelot to bring them back. The two knights, who are both relatively new to this “quest” thing, have no clue what to do, and of course things go terribly wrong. But luckily for the kingdom, they run into just the right characters to help them (re)discover polite behavior: an alchemist has invented hygiene, a baron teaches them social etiquette, the Black Knight encourages them to learn to help others, a damsel (not in distress) reveals the importance of asking permission, a spoon-loving abbot shares the joys of table manners, and a dragon explains why it’s mean to call people names.

This is the first in a series of musical productions by HPA’s Lower School students. The second and third grade classes will present the next performance at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. For more information, call 885-2501 or 885-2500.