Oahu teens to perform for pope

Maiki Flazer
Maiki Flazer
Mary Ann Llamedo
Mary Ann Llamedo

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) -- For some Oahu kids, it's the opportunity of a lifetime.

The St. Francis School Show Choir is getting ready to perform for one of the world's biggest religious leaders, Pope Benedict.

They'll travel to Australia for World Youth Day on July 15. It's event some describe as the "Catholic Woodstock."

"We are the only show choir that is going. Show choir's more pep, more dynamic, more energy, more dancing, more choreography," said Mary Ann Llamedo, music director.

Even though the show choir formed just last year, they've been invited to perform in front of hundreds of thousands of people, including Pope Benedict and hundreds of cardinals and bishops.

"I'm very excited, I've never been out of this country, well not really. I'm excited to see the pope, I'm excited to be a part of this, and we've worked really hard up this point and we're going to do a great job," said Natasha Jim, senior.

Only one other school from Hawaii will be heading to Australia -- Holy Trinity.

The students hope the pope will enjoy their performances. Any kind of recognition would be music to their ears.