‘Ev’rbody Wants to Be A Cat!’

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    Roquefort the mouse to the rescue in Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS.

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    Edgar the human and the dogs in Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS.

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    The Kalaheo School Sunshine Express perform ‘Thomas O’Malley Cat.’

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    The dogs in Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS use their noses.

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    The cast of the Kalaheo School Sunshine Express’ Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS get together following a flash mob performance at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Thomas O’Malley the cat meets the Duchess and her entourage.

KALAHEO — A nonstop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with twists and turns welcomes guests to the Kalaheo School Sunshine Express production of Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS when curtains rise at the Kalaheo School cafetorium Friday.

“The story of Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is the celebration of our differences while gathering for a common goal of setting things right,” said Laine Griffith, director and musical director. “We all have so much to be thankful for living in beautiful Hawaii. For example, the amazing diversity of ethnic heritage. Hawaii is truly the ideal melting pot. While we get to know one another, we realize how much we have in common while we still enjoy each other’s uniqueness.”

This is what happens when you cross 30 third through fifth grade students, ages 8 to 11, with the magic that can be found in a classic Disney play — a puurrfect play for families.

Curtains rise for the first of three performances at 7 p.m. Friday with a second showing at 7 p.m. Saturday. A 2 p.m. Sunday matinee will close the series.

“We are celebrating the exceptional efforts of our 2019 students, teachers, parents, and volunteers,” said Erik Burkman, Kalaheo School principal. “Their hard work is a true example of our school’s vision.”

Advance tickets of $5 for adults, and $1 for students aged 2 years old through Grade 5 are available at the Kalaheo School office. Proceeds support Kalaheo School Sunshine Express for next year’s performances.

Show goers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the food booth and lei and flower sale.

The Kalaheo School Sunshine Express extends their mahalo to the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach for its support of this year’s production that included visits to churches and nursing facilities.


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