Letters for Thursday, April 27, 2017

• ‘Nice Work’ an outstanding KPAC production • ‘Nice Work’ so good, will see again • ‘Nice Work’ deserves bigger audience

‘Nice Work’ an outstanding KPAC production

Nice Work, KPAC You have one more weekend to be inspired by one of the best Department of Education programs on Kauai.

Kapaa, Kauai, and Waimea High School students charmed audiences this past weekend in “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” The students and orchestra, led by teacher-director Dennis McGraw, deliver a witty musical comedy set during the prohibition-era.

Some audience members commented, “It’s hard to believe these are just high school students.”

For over two hours, the students dance, sing, and act their hearts out. KPAC produces a professional-type full musical show, with music by George and Ira Gershwin.

Many of the songs are familiar: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

Costumer and Kauai High alumnus Barbara Green once again amazes us with her creations, reflecting the 1920s.

KPAC is the Kauai DOE’s only quas i-magnet school Learning Center, and is one of 29 DOE Learning Centers in Hawaii. This is Mr. McGraw’s 17th year as KPAC Teacher-Director.

“Nice Work” will play Thursday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. There is no show on Friday. Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.

For more information, call 651-2417. This weekend’s intermission concession is a fundraiser for Kauai High Project Graduation.

Tracy Murakami, KPAC advisory board

‘Nice Work’ so good, will see again

A friend and I went to the opening night of the KPAC production “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Kauai has so many talented youth. The play highlights the timeless music written by the Gershwin brothers.

The high school actors do a wonderful job singing and dancing … great choreography, sets and costumes. It is a very professional production. There is even a wonderful live orchestra.

Dennis McGraw has once again brought out the best in Kauai’s talented youth. It would mean so much to the actors and all involved in putting this fantastic production together to have a good audience.

There are three more performances at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. It is so good I’m going to go see it a second time!

Tracey Schavone, Anahola

‘Nice Work’ deserves bigger audience

I attended the Friday night production of “Nice Work if You Can Get It”at the Convention Hall.

It was a terrific production, from the staging, to the dancing and choreography, The singing, the acting and the orchestra’s music. It was hard to believe it was a high school production

I was disappointed in The Garden Island paper’s advance publicity (a picture, story in the April 19 edition).

I did not see a review in Saturday or Sunday’s paper either.

The production is playing again next weekend and deserves more publicity.

Both local residents and tourists would thoroughly enjoy this musical. The company deserves a larger audience.

Merle Koplan, Poipu

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