Kids can have fun and follow rules

To the Forum:Much has been discussed as to the plight of today’s

teenagers. Lately we have been successful in staging several dances that target

the 13 to 18 year old in a safe, drug and alcohol free environment. At every

event, the kids have approached the adults to thank us.

We have decided to

hold a teen dance at Whalers Brew Pub once a month. Our last dance was held on

Saturday, May 6.

Anyone who attends these dances will be able to see for

themselves that with a group of 400 to 600 teenagers, they are there to have

fun and follow the rules. If there are a couple of problems with abuse of the

rules, those teens are removed.

Besides the adult chaperones, there are

plain-clothes police security, and onsite security people. We are happy to say

that we have only had a few rotten apples and we will not be letting them spoil

the events.

Future dances are scheduled for Friday, June 9, and June 30,

and possibly an additional one in May.

These dances have been a benefit for

Hawai’i Children’s Theater. Our organization is a theater and a school. We have

been providing theater education programs on Kaua’i since 1996.

Some of

our larger productions in that time include, Charlotte’s Web, Oliver, The King

and I, Scrooge and Blood Brothers. In addition we have done many smaller

productions and we are planning for fall classes for the production of The

Sound of Music.

In 1998 we were selected to represent the state and the US

as performers at the World’s Fair in Portugal. Now we have been invited again

for this summer’s World’s Fair, which will be held in Hanover, Germany.

Twenty Kaua’i teens ages 12 to 16 were selected earlier this year and we will

be performing for the Kaua’i public in June and leaving for Europe to perform

in early July. This is an incredible opportunity for these kids and we will be

having many fundraisers in support of their trip, our continuing program

operations for the summer and the scholarship fund for the fall program.

Please support these events when you see them publicized. We would like to

thank Graeme Merrin of Whalers Brew Pub for his wonderful continued support of

the teen dances, as well as all the volunteers and contributors who have in the

past and will in the future help with these events.

Debra Blachowiak,

President

Board of Directors of Hawai’i Children’s Theatre

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