Audience-interactive play Monday at Kauai Community College

PUHI — Learn more about interpersonal communication and find yourself at the Readers Theater presentation, “Finding Yourself.”

The Kauai Community College event allows attendees’ imaginations to travel to the banks of the Waimea River as performers bring to life elements of melodrama, music, hula, storytelling and literature.

The Readers Theater was imagined by Sharon Milan, KCC speech instructor, and composed during her sabbatical year with the hope of helping others improve their self-concept and interpersonal communication skills.

“This is a unique show; don’t come expecting a play with elaborate costumes and props,” Milan said. “The techniques that come from Reader’s Theater and performance of literature showcase excerpts from books, dairies and blog spots. Performers dress in black instead of costumes; they use their body and voice to invite the audience to use their imagination.”

Attendees can be a part of the action by helping the main character, Hannah, on a journey of discovery that brings self-acceptance and joy.

During the audience-interactive performance, Milan asks reflective questions like: “Can we look inward and know ourselves? Can we face our fears and look at ourselves in such a way that reflects the true value of our self concept?”

“I chose to create a performance that showcases interpersonal communication and the self-concept because what we think about ourselves is a cornerstone in building healthy relationships,” Milan said.

The performances are free. Shows are at 7 p.m. Monday and May 7 at KCC’s Fine Arts Multipurpose Room.

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John Steinhorst, reporter, can be reached at 245-0435 or jsteinhorst@thegardenisland.com.

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