Performing arts at Kaimuki High is back ... just in time for Halloween

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 4:38 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 4:58 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a lengthy hiatus because of the pandemic, Kaimuki High’s performing students are back ― with a “Theatre of Terrors” that’s delighting the community.

Students transformed their auditorium into a haunted house experience for the special event, complete with a full-scale maze and eight rooms of horror.

When guests enter the building, creatures will be lurking around every corner, waiting to give you a frightful, pulse-pounding experience.

It’s a change of pace for the students, who haven’t had a play since the pandemic began.

“It did impact us a lot,” said Ana Seisdedos, a senior. “It really brought us down. It may have changed the way we thought. We appreciate what we have more.”

“It was very boring, there wasn’t much to do,” added Daron Gaskin, a senior performing arts student.

MJ Matsushita, the learning center coordinator, said many performers took hits to their mental health during the pandemic.

“It’s actually pretty crushing,” said Matsushita. “In theater in general, we get a huge amount of energy from the audience.”

The group has had smaller, outdoor performances, but soon they’ll be getting up close and personal with their audience.

The event will be open for three more nights — Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Everyone 12 and older who does not have a public school ID will need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken with 48 hours.

“Working with everybody, it’s been amazing,” said Gaskin. “My mission tonight is to scare many peaceful people as possible.”

“A lot of the students, they built the set, they decorated, and even came in on the weekend,” said Tevin Reiger, an alumni volunteer.

All performers and visitors will need to be masked.

Admission is $15 and proceeds will benefit the school’s theater arts program.

For more information and to get a ticket, click here.

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