Kickin’ Up a Night of Song and Dance


The Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center is producing their last show of the year, a musical revue called “Kickin’ it with NPAC” on May 6 at the Kroc Center in Kapolei. The show consists of 32 songs in which the students will sing and dance.

The director of the Nanakuli Performing Arts Center, Robin Kitsu, said that there have been some challenges throughout the making of the production. “Losing students, having enough time, students not being able to show up due to illness and other issues.” Kitsu filled in spots with other students, cut numbers, and added extra rehearsal time. “I don’t mind, I welcome the challenges, it gives other students the chance to step up, keeps NPAC busy, it always happens.”

Practices for this show had the cast members, stage crew, and director busy. Practices for this production would go on 6 days a week. Practices started at 4:00 pm on weekdays and ended at 6:00. But on Saturdays, practices would start as early as 1:00 pm and end at 6:00 or even 7:00.

The show will feature vocal and dance numbers to songs by artists such Bruno Mars, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, TobyMac, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, and more. Also featured will be songs from Broadway and movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Moana, and Love Never Dies.

Weston Oliva, sophomore at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, said, “Preparing for this show was very difficult. Some students just don’t have the energy to make the dance number look good or a solo number. ” Besides energy, Oliva also mentioned focus and being good influences on each other as other areas the cast needed to work on.

The process in making the show a great show hasn’t been easy for the students. “Yes the process has been very difficult because some students aren’t focus and just want to do their own thing but you know, we need to help one another to get focused and be more of a role model and show people we can do it,” said Oliva.

Cast members are excited for the performance.

“I am looking forward to showcasing what we have worked on and pleasing the audience,” said Zaccai Ceruti, Junior at James Campbell High School.

Mallory Relph, a 7th grader at Waianae Intermediate School, said “I look forward to do it, because I don’t even know what the future holds for me so this could be my last show.”

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