The Priory students and members of the International Thespian Society Troupe 1993, Nicole Takahashi and Meena Kutty, were both cast in UH Mānoa Kennedy Mainstage show, Eddie Wen' Go: The Story of the Upside-Down Canoe by Marion Lyman-Mersereau, which is set to run from September 17–27, 2020. Nicole and Meena will be puppeteers for the baby whale character of Kaleo. This casting announcement is wonderfully exciting news as Troupe 1993 members continue to make waves in community theatre!
This imaginative production uses hula, chant, masks and puppetry to tell of Eddie Aikau's act of sacrifice through the eyes of the sea who watched from underneath the upside-down canoe.
The audition process was unique in that it was conducted virtually – a first for the theatre. In a University of Hawai'i news article, Director and Associate Professor Mark Branner describes the history-making auditions. “It worked remarkably well,” Branner said. “I have done some auditioning online before where I just schedule a time when people who are off-island to sing for me or do a monologue on the computer, but I’ve never done the whole process online.”
Although there is still some uncertainty about how COVID-19 regulations will affect operations in the upcoming months, the production staff remains committed to starting rehearsals in August in preparation for opening night.