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Aladdin Jr: From Practice To Performance

Lights, camera, action! Our upcoming school play will be Aladdin Jr. performed by our very own students. Hard work, determination, dedication and memorization are essential for the students that want to be a part of the production. When it comes to the play, theatre teacher Ms. Minerbi don’t play.  She expects all of the participants to be at every practice. She is also trusting that all performers practice at home, too. Building/finding and being in touch with your character is the key to being a successful actor/actress. Memorizing you lines are very important, but,  remember, you can memorize all the lines, but if you can’t deliver them properly as the character you’re trying to mimic, then you’re role is as good as nothing. 

Last year’s play was “Pirates of Penzance”. It was the very first play that I was ever in. It was extremely nerve-wracking. Yet, at the same time, it was exciting and exhilarating. When it came time to do the first performance, my heart was racing so fast.  It felt like my chest was closing in by stage fright. It was pretty emotional for some people, such as the seniors because it was their final play.

Last year, I was a part of the theatre class. Everyone who was in theater class automatically was in the play, but the roles were not set in place yet.  Acting was something I wanted to do my whole life, so I felt very determined that I had to be the lead… and I was!  When I first auditioned with my friend Faith Mafua, we sang the “floss song” from Zack and Cody. It’s not a typical song to sing/perform for  an audition, but it surprisingly gave the both of us parts in the play. In class, I was always singing anyway, so she already knew what I could and couldn’t do. This was actually good for me and the play because if I sang like how I auditioned, it would’ve been a musical flop.

Vocal rehearsal is extremely necessary, The actors are singing constantly in practice. We had practice every single day and sang the same song about five times. This year for Aladdin Jr, the director Mirava Minerbi and chorus teacher Arkom Swamkum, set a schedule specifically for vocal rehearsals so that we all know the songs.  

Last year, the songs were pretty difficult: some of the girls songs were really high-pitched. When you don’t have practice, you should really rest your voice for the performance. There have been times when the actors/actresses lost their voices due to overdoing it. For example, ME! When the performances came around I nearly lost my voice entirely due to constantly singing five days a week for the play. Initially I’m supposed to be the only one singing the high parts in the song “Poor Wondering One”, but, because of my voice, I told my fellow cast members to help me out on that part. 

In practice when it is not your turn, one thing you should be doing is rehearsing your lines. Memorizing your lines is very important. Ms. Minerbi said, “Remembering your lines is more important than remembering your song because you have other people on the stage to help you with the song if you mess up.” 

During performance time, three out of five of our plays were during school. Our first performance was right after homeroom. Everyone was so nervous. The little kids were shaking. Some of the upperclassmen were hyperventilating heavily. Everyone was super excited.

When the play was over, everyone finally appreciated everything; they had become so humble and grateful to be a part of the production. All of us would love to do it again, so stay tuned for this year’s play… Aladdin Jr.

Big Sibling Little Sibling Day: An Event I’ll Never Forget

Big Sibling Little Sibling Day is that time that freshmen and seniors are paired with a big sibling or a little sibling. Some freshmen may have two older siblings, or just one. Seniors are the only ones who know who their little siblings are. Freshmen are not allowed to find out until “the big reveal.”

I was so excited to get a big sibling! The day that big sibling little sibling day started I was looking forward to making notes because I love making cards. I loved communicating with a senior because they gave me advice and pointers how to get through high school. We made funny jokes with one another. It felt like we knew one another for a long time. We had things in common, and things we both disliked.

I loved buying things for my sibling! I thought it was really fun. I bought her things like Arizona ice tea, chocolate, and Mamba. My “big” would also buy me things, too, such as shakes, donuts, and chocolate!!

My favorite part was by far the notes because my sibling loved Disney characters like me. She loves Ariel and Minnie Mouse. I was happy that she liked those characters because I never drew them before, and I finally got to draw them.  I found out that my sibling actually played varsity volleyball and that she knows me. It helped me out a little, but I still knew a lot of seniors on varsity. She couldn’t tell me too much about herself, because she said I would know who she was. I tried tricking her a couple times into telling me more about her, but she wouldn’t budge. I was dying to meet her!!

The day finally came for the “big reveal.” It’s the day that we finally got to meet our siblings. I was so happy that the big day came so fast! I bought my sibling a bucket of different candies and a jar with makeup, an eyelash curler, and more girl stuff. I also got her a very nice hat that said “Aloha” on it, along with a picture of a wedding dress that she asked me to draw for her.

When it was time to go downstairs, I was scared and excited. We all went into the senior courtyard and we had to look for the senior with the poster with our name on it. The person that was holding my sign was Ciara Ratum. I was happy that she was my sibling because she is super nice! But, that wasn’t the end. When we all got settled, the seniors all traded and gave their posters to our real siblings. We were tricked!!

My real sibling was Misiona Ribeiro. I couldn’t believe that they just tricked us. But I was even happier that Misiona was my sibling because she’s my cousin! Big sibling day was a memorable day that I will always remember.

 This drawing was about my perspective of the “Big Sibling, Little Sibling” event. 

The Queen of the Court

Saint Francis School has the annual tradition of bringing together students to dance to great Hawaiian music. Working hard to get the dances down, each division practiced from the first day of school until September 15th. Many students are dancing in more than one dance for the show, so remembering them all can be stressful, especially for senior and Aloha Show Queen, Serena Lum. Juggling school work, volleyball, and having to remember three dances for Aloha Show can be a lot to take on, but she made it work.

The process of trying to remember her dances while dealing with everything else was very tough and difficult. Explaining how this process has been for her Serena says, “It has been very, very stressful and I’ve had breakdowns a lot. Being the queen is not as simple as it looks, other people watching you dance, the planning behind it, especially when you have to take care of the rest of the court. It’s very time consuming.” The pressure is overwhelming, but she still does everything she can to make sure her dances are perfect.

Hula isn’t the most important part of Serena’s life. Yet, it is still something she enjoys. Serena danced in her first Aloha Show as a freshman. In preparation, she has also used to practice hula outside of school.

Serena reflects on her years in the Aloha Show by saying, “I’ve always participated in Aloha Show because it’s definitely fun.” Taking part in something like this is a big commitment, but to Serena, it’s worth it. She will forever have great memories as the queen of the court, doing something that made her feel amazing, that she loved, bringing joy to her and many others.

Starting Off Fresh

Freshman year can be hard. Freshman seminar is a required class incoming Freshman must take in summer school. The seminar is meant to help new Freshmen adjust and bond over the summer. Freshman learn skills that are important for life. They are challenged, mentally and physically, with different types of challenges.

One of the biggest challenges the Freshman are given is the “Zombie Apocalypse.” The event took place from June 22 to June 26.  It is designed to help Freshman use all of the skills they are taught throughout the month of June.  Freshman Seminar Teacher Mrs. Cameron says, “This exercise requires them to work effectively as a team, communicate well, strategize, and stay organized.”

The “Zombie Apocalypse” is fun, but it isn’t easy to do. Everyone else on campus is a zombie. If they are caught or seen by anyone, they are “killed” and have to return  to home base. Freshman have to retrieve items and still keep in touch with home base through walkie talkies.  This activity  is full of obstacles. Mrs. Cameron says, “In life we  have all kinds of obstacles.”

During the last hour everyday, Freshman have a team building and bonding activity. These activities are not mentally challenging activities, but physical challenges. For example, they can be  given “burpees” or the chicken dance to do.

On some days, the morning and afternoon sessions challenge each other. During some of these exercises, they rushed and got stuck, but learned from their mistakes. Freshman Jayden Simpliciano says, “I learned that you need to have a plan on things and can’t just wing things.

by Kristine Punzal, class of 2022


Saints Striving To Be Crowned State Champs

What do our boys volleyball team, The Lady Saints softball team, and Taylor Lau have in common?  They are all currently competing for a state title.

Taylor Lau  nearly aced her first two opponents, dropping only one game,  in her first two matches of the girls state tennis tournament.  The boys volleyball team spiked OIA-D2 Champion Farrington in straight sets last night.   The Lady Saints softball team has run-ruled their first two opponents in states, including an 11-1 win over #4 seed Molokai last night at McKinley.

The road gets more tough starting today as our Lady Saints softball team take on #1 seed Kamehameha Hawaii in the semifinals at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium at 2:15 p.m.

The Saints boys volleyball team holds serve next against Kapaa in the state semifinals today at 5 p.m. at Hawaii Baptist.  The victor gets a chance to dethrone undefeated Hawaii Baptist Academy, which our Saints took to five sets a couple weeks ago.

On Maui, Saint Francis Senior Taylor Lau won her first match today against  #7 seed Kaitlyn Ralar from Kamehameha Schools Maui 6-2, 6-2.

In the semifinals, taking place now, Taylor next faces # 4 seed Tayvia Yamagata  of Konawaena.  The winner advances to the state championship tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.  If Taylor can advance to the final, she will have the opportunity to finish her career with three state titles and one runner-up finish.

It is a big day, and hopefully, big weekend for our Saints in States.  Get out and support our Saints.  Show your Saint pride.  Go Saints!

Senior Taylor Lau prepares for a volley at Central Oahu Regional Park.
The varsity softball team huddles before their semi-final game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The lady Saints celebrate a home run hit by Kolbee Kealoha.