COURTESY OF SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL
The Saint Louis Players, comprised of students from seven different schools, will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at Mamiya Theatre through March 18.
Teen thespians play Mamiya Theatre
"Beauty and the Beast" premiered Friday featuring actors from various schools in a show at Saint Louis
When you think of players coming from Saint Louis High School, you probably think of football players.
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However, there is a completely different team at Saint Louis that most people might overlook or not even know about. These players practice with passion, entertain with ease and show a true love for what they do.
But this team has players from different schools joining Saint Louis students, including Kamehameha Schools, Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Andrew's Priory, Punahou, Kaimuki and Kaiser. These are the Saint Louis Players, and their field is the stage at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre.
On a normal late afternoon on the slopes of Kalaepohaku you will see students leaving their extracurricular activities along with teachers heading home after a day of teaching the island's youth. But the school was alive and full of anticipation on Friday as the Saint Louis Players premiered the Disney classic "Beauty and the Beast." The Mamiya Theatre was filled with the music and melodies of Hawaii's most talented young performers.
Another exciting event that took place last weekend was the sixth annual Drama Benefit Gala. On Saturday, Mamiya Theatre's plaza was the place for the annual fundraiser. The beautiful scenery outside Mamiya Theatre along with the welcoming lobby allowed guests to be treated to a comforting and relaxing atmosphere.
The well-designed theater boasts seating for 500, and an acoustically sound interior is perfect for any musical event. Yet the greatest feature is the main attraction: the stage.
Standing on the distinguished stage and looking out into the seats can give performers chills. There is a feeling of awe when you think of all the actors who have graced that stage with their talent over the years. The feeling is as if you were playing in Yankee Stadium, thinking about all the greats who have come before and all those who have watched and admired them. It is quite a humbling experience.
One may have a difficult time imagining what must be going through the young actors' minds as they stand in front of a full house with all eyes on them and butterflies in their stomach. Those of us who have only been on the other side of the performance as part of the audience are able to admire the courage of the talented young actors. The audience will be granted the honor of being entertained by Hawaii's young talent on one of our grandest stages.
All of Hawaii will have the opportunity to be entertained by the Saint Louis Players in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," which opened on Friday . Performances will run Thursdays through Sundays through March 18. The people of Hawaii should experience an event like this and it promises to be a great production for the entire family to enjoy. Attending the play will not only give one the opportunity to be entertained by the cast and crew, but will provide an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Mamiya Theater, as opposed to the beasts usually found on the football field.
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Discipline, friendships form school traditions
Over the last 161 years, Saint Louis School has provided a strong tradition and promised a bright future for those young men who have graced the school with their presence.
From sports to politics, Saint Louis has produced some of the most successful people in their respective line of work. The faculty and staff have continued to distill that legacy into the students to this day. But what is it about Saint Louis that's so different from all the other schools of Hawaii?
I talked to Dean of Discipline Charlie Hall, an alumnus and former homicide detective for the Honolulu Police Department. From all his experiences in life, the one thing he was grateful for was being able to attend this school.
"You'll learn things here that no other school can teach," Hall said. "It made me into the man who I am today, and I was taught discipline and responsibility at a very young age."
Another tradition at Saint Louis that separates it from other schools is the close bond that students, alumni and faculty share with one another.
"The friendships I've made at Saint Louis, I keep even till this day," said alumnus and current principal Wendell Staszkow. "When you are a part of Saint Louis, it's about more than being a part of a school; it's being a part of a family."
The students come to this school as strangers and leave as brothers. Being able to sit down with both alumni, the one word I remember most emphasized by them was "discipline." The word discipline means training to act in accordance of the rules.
The faculty is most proud of how the tradition of discipline and moral behavior continues throughout the campus even to this day. These are some of the aspects of life that Saint Louis can provide and has provided for generations.
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"If humans became extinct, what is likely to take over as the dominant animal, and why?"
"It would probably have to be the gorillas because they are a lot like humans. Gorillas have a thumb, which allows them to grab things and they can also stand upright and walk like humans."
"For land animals, it would have to be dogs because they are very intelligent animals, capable of finding shelter and food with ease. They are very kind to one another, work together in packs, which makes them a very fearful force against their predators."
"The lion would be the animal to dominate the world because it is the king of the jungle and humans are the king of the concrete jungle. In the jungle, the lion is hunted by no other except its own kind, just like humans."
'The lion has always been the king of the jungle so if ever humans were to become extinct, the lion would be most likely to take over as the world's most dominant animal. Due to their strength, number, and ability to control, it would not be difficult for them to make order."
"I believe it would have to be bears because they are good hunters and strong in numbers. They are also smart and can move quickly when needed. Bears can adapt to the weather like humans do so I think that they can outlast other animals."
"It would probably be primates because next to humans, primates are the smartest and they are also closely related to humans. The most dominant would most likely be chimpanzees because they are smart and by the time humans become extinct, they will advance in knowledge."