Students in the WMS K(Arts) program dance hula in this year’s annual grand finale performance on Nov. 20. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
WMS Students perform a medley during the 7th annual Waimea Middle School K(Arts) Grand Finale Performance. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
WMS students mix drama and singing during a performance at the 7th annual Waimea Middle School K(Arts) Grand Finale Performance at Kahilu Theatre on Nov. 20. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Students from the Waimea Middle School K(Arts) program perform at Kahilu Theatre on Nov. 20. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
WMS boys dance during the Waimea Middle School K(Arts) Grand Finale Performance. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Waimea Middle School family members and friends packed Kahilu Theatre for the school’s 7th Annual K(Arts) Grand Finale performance on Nov. 20. Nearly 100 WMS sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in the free, afterschool arts program danced, sang and acted in the hourlong production.
To prepare for the performance, WMS students participated in classes for 10 weeks and learned hip hop, Tahitian and Kahiko hula and chanting, acting and musical theater, set design and backstage production, and art. Art projects done by WMS K(Arts) students, under the guidance of instructor Geoffrey Mundon and Eliza Cahill, were on display.
Students directed the performance and managed the stage lighting and sound through backstage production classes led by Kristin Lake and Cheyanna Marsh.
K(Arts) instructors included: Waimea community artists Beth Dunnington and Iva Peele who helped with acting classes, Sala Von der Heyden and Shawnee Marsh who taught Tahitian dance, Michal Carillo and Isaiah Schubert who taught hip hop, and Pua Garmon who instructed Kahiko hula and chanting. WMS’ Bernie Marsh and Lisa Shattuck also helped to coordinate the popular afterschool program.
K(Arts) is a partnership initiated by Kahilu Theatre with WMS in 2007 to provide after-school enrichment featuring performing and visual arts for adolescents. For information, call WMS’ Community Liaison Patti Cook at 937-2833 or visit the school’s website at www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.