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Theatre Theatre Maui announces summer drama program, director

By Staff | Apr 8, 2010

Kristi Scott’s background includes working in various studios, workshops and theater companies, including the Berkeley Repertory Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Maui OnStage.

LAHAINA — Theatre Theatre Maui (TTM) has announced plans for its 18th season of performing arts programming for West Side youth.

The organization’s summer program will consist of an expanded six-week, half-day program running from June 7 through July 18, 2010.

Enrollment is open to students entering grades four through 12. Tuition has been rolled back to the recession-friendly fees of $295 per student, discounted to $280 for cash (or personal check) payment by May 15.

A limited amount of financial aid may be available for eligible families. All participants should be available the full six weeks.

A version of Lewis Carroll’s tale of “Alice in Wonderland” is this summer’s musical which the students will rehearse and perform.

Kristi Scott, a professionally trained performer and instructor with more than 20 years of theatrical experience, will direct this summer’s program.

Bringing more than ten years of instructional experience in California, Scott moved to Maui and has been involved for the past seven years with Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) providing instruction with its school “Voices” programs and other classes.

Scott joined TTM’s 2008 summer production of “Disney’s School House Rock Live,” and presently, she is the lead instructor for after school creative arts classes TTM provides in partnership with the Lahaina Complex Tutor Project at Lahaina Intermediate School.

Scott said, “I am thrilled to be doing the summer program this year. We have an amazing and talented team in place, including Vania Jerome and Heather Goss, both returning instructors. It is important to have a program like this accessible to the West Side kids. 

“We chose ‘Alice’ because of the numerous zany and bigger-than-life characters, which gives our students a chance to use their imaginations and really step outside of themselves. It does not hurt that the Johnny Depp movie is out as well! I know how fun these camps are. The students have an opportunity to meet new friends, learn some new theatrical skills and have a lot of fun.”

The program begins on Monday, June 7. The first five weeks consist of Monday through Friday classes at Lahainaluna High School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., providing training in drama, music, dance and other production requirements.

During the sixth, final week, students will rehearse daily in Kaanapali and present public performances at The Westin Maui Resort. Show times will be announced.

TTM Board President Penny Wakida said, “We are again fortunate to have the generous community support of the Lahainaluna High School and The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, as they provide classroom, rehearsal and performance space for our program.”

 Application forms, which will soon be available at each West Side school, will be accepted until enrollment is met. Forms and more information may also be obtained by contacting Louisa Shelton, executive director, at 661-1168 or TTMWestMaui@aol.com.

 Theatre Theatre Maui, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Lahaina, is dedicated to bringing performing arts to the students and adults of the greater West Maui community.

Established in 1991, TTM continues as a grassroots organization supported by the West Side community and sponsored in part by the County of Maui. For more information, or to offer services or financial support, contact TTM at 661-1168.