Kamloops School of the Arts students will soon stage Moana Jr. as their big musical production of the year.
The play will feature senior students (Grade 10 to Grade 12) as actors and a host of other students, including those contributing technical skills and art. Showtime is 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7.
Theatre teacher Katrina Melan said students are completing the play as part of their coursework, with students from technical theatre and musical theatre classes taking part, as well as art students designing items such as costumes and props.
“It’s kind of magical to see it all come together from different elements,” Melan said. “So, all of a sudden, the costumes have appeared, there’s props and there’s sets. And what we kind of imagined, months ago, is happening now.”
The play is a shortened version of the 2016 Disney film Moana and was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“For me, I wouldn’t call this a Disney classic. But for the students at this school who are just that little bit younger than me, these are the kinds of things that they would have seen as kids,” Melan said. “So, the music and stuff, they’re all very familiar with all of the songs before we even start.”
Of the 75 students contributing to the production, about 25 will appear on stage.
While Kamloops School of the Arts does have its own theatre space, the group will stage the show on the Sagebrush Theatre stage this year.
“It’s going to be a really neat learning opportunity for them to use that venue,” Melan said.
Following Moana Jr. will be the KSA dance showcase Community.
Tickets include both shows and are $14, available through the Kamloops Live box office, by phone at 250-374-5483 or online at kamloopslive.ca or