Aiea High Senior Writes, Directs Play For Diploma

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - January 20, 2010
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Kanani Castro

Ever wonder what teenagers are really thinking? Find out straight from the source as Aiea High School’s Literary Club presents the premiere of Faux Salami at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Room H-1 at the school.

The three-act play exposes the high-pressure reality of high schoolers today and has been dubbed a modern-day version of the ‘80s coming-of-age classic The Breakfast Club. No wonder, as Aiea senior Kanani Castro tackled the chance to compose the original play herself to meet the rigorous requirements of the Senior Project under the BOE’s new Step-Up Diploma guidelines.

“Creative-wise, I really wanted to make a documentary, but I actually spoke with my mentor, and she told me that the Literary Club was thinking of putting on a play and wanted an original one from a student’s perspective,” Castro said.

This is the third straight year the Literary Club has produced an original student-written play.

“We usually do plays that are more based on elementary school plays - we’ve done Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Three Little Pigs ... I kind of wanted to shy away from all that,” said Castro, who plans to pursue journalism at HPU next year.

“I wanted to write something that exposes the different types of stereotypes (in high school). Me and my friends, we’re really good students and we don’t get into trouble, and I wanted to break that stereotype of what it is to be a teenager and high school in general.”

“Nani has grown tremendously from this experience,” said English teacher Virginia Young, who also supervised the budding playwright during the project.

“The complex ideas and sophisticated rhetoric in this play showcase the talent that can be found in graduates from Hawaii’s public school system.”

Tickets to Faux Salami cost $3 pre-sale and $5 at the door. For more information, call the school at 483-7300.

“I’m really, really nervous (for the debut), but I’m sure after the nervousness passes excited will be the next emotion,” Castro said of awaiting her writing and directorial debut.“Although this wasn’t my first idea, I’m really excited that it ended up happening this way.”

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