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Young actors did everything from set design to costume construction in Hawaii Young Actors' Ensemble's current production, "The Tempest."
A feel-good shipwreck
The Hawaii Young Actors’ Ensemble "Tempest" taps the talents of a teenage ensemble
Hester Kamin describes the Hawaii Young Actors' Ensemble's presentation of "The Tempest" as "kind of like the Titanic, but with a happy ending."
"Things will be very dramatic. It starts with a shipwreck and we will even sink a ship on stage," said Kamin, the ensemble's director.
Presented by Hawaii Young Actors' Ensemble
Place: Hawaii Theatre
Time: 7 p.m. May 29 and 30
Tickets: $9 and $12
Call: 528-0506 or visit hawaiitheatre.com
The Hawaii Young Actors' Ensemble, established in 2006, features students ages 12 to 18 from Oahu schools and home schooling programs. Kamin previously conducted teen acting groups through Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Much like in the HTY groups, the kids literally run the show.
"These teens are doing everything from constructing costumes to lighting design and set design. They are working under the guidance of professional mentors -- they are apprentices, learning specific theater crafts," Kamin said. Some of the students juggle multiple roles, perhaps acting and handling production work.
The teen acting groups affects students in various ways, from building confidence and self-esteem to developing discipline and commitment.
Caprice Davis has been challenged with the role of Prospero, which is normally played by a male.
"It's been a big challenge for me, but I appreciate that I have this opportunity," she said. "Prospero is a strong character with a lot of depth."
Caprice, who began dappling in theater when she was 9 years old, is accustomed to playing more lighthearted roles, such as Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Now 14, she said she is ready for more serious plays.
"I'm realizing where my interests lie," she said. "I always want theater to be a part of my life."
Christianne Liongson can personally relate to the role she has as the mythical creature Ariel.
"When I first came to Hester's group, I was the shy one. As time progressed, I felt a lot more comfortable," she said.
Christianne, a Maryknoll student, began working with Kamin four years ago.
"Now, as a senior, I feel like such a natural on stage."
And, she claims, it has also helped her in other areas of school and life. "I'm not afraid of doing presentations. I'm a lot more relaxed."