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TTM announces summer drama program, director

By Staff | Apr 14, 2011


LAHAINA — Theatre Theatre Maui (TTM) last week announced plans for its 19th season of youth performing arts programming on the West Side.

The program runs from June 8 through July 17 for a total of five-and-a-half weeks. Enrollment is open to students entering grades four through 12.

Tuition rates will continue at $295 per student, discounted to $280 for early (cash) payment made by May 16.

A limited amount of financial aid may be available for eligible families. All participants should be available the full 5.5-week session.

Disney’s “Camp Rock – The Musical” is this summer’s selection that the students will rehearse and perform.

Returning as summer program director is Kristi Scott, a professionally trained performer and instructor with more than 20 years of theatrical experience.

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

Bringing nearly a dozen years of instructional experience from California, Scott moved to Maui and has been involved for the past eight years with Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA).

She provides instruction with MAPA’s in-school “Voices” programs and other classes and has been on stage locally with MAPA, Maui OnStage (MOS) and ProArts.

Her association with Theatre Theatre Maui began during the 2008 summer production of “Disney’s School House Rock Live,” leading to directing last summer’s production, a version of “Alice in Wonderland.”

She has also been the lead instructor for three years of after-school creative arts classes which TTM provides in partnership with the Lahaina Complex Tutor Project at Lahaina Intermediate School.

“I am excited to be directing the summer program again this year,” said Scott.

“We will have a great creative team, including Vania Jerome returning as our music instructor. We chose ‘Camp Rock’ because of its rockin’ music and lively characters who help make summer life’s lessons real,” she continued.

“It is important to have programs like this accessible to kids, and I know how rewarding these camps are. The students have an opportunity to meet new friends, learn some new theatrical skills and have a lot of fun. Come on, West Side — we’ll rock!”

The program begins midweek on Wednesday, June 8. The first four-and-a-half 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 final week, students will rehearse daily in Kaanapali and present public performances at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

TTM Board President Penny Wakida noted, “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 will soon be available at each West Side school and will be accepted until enrollment is met. For forms and more information, contact Louisa Shelton, TTM executive director, at 661-1168 or TTMWestMaui@aol.com.