Category Archives: West Side Story

West Side Story Sells Out!

For the first time in KS-H production history, a show has completely sold out!   The final performance of West Side Story on November 21 managed to fill every single seat in the house.  Mahalo to all who supported the students and faculty in this ambitious production!

The Jets contemplate their options to maintain their gang status.
Poʻo Kumu Lehua Veincent and Interim Kula Haʻehaʻe Poʻo Kumu Phil Aganus get in the actions as the dance leader Glad Hand, and Officer Krupke.


Jenn and Ken are Guest Speakers at Career Day

Jenn Eng and Ken Elliot coach students at a mock dance audition for Career Day
Jenn Eng and Ken Elliot coach students at a mock dance audition for Career Day

Wednesday, October 28 was Career Day at KSHHS, when professionals from the community are invited to give presentations to the students about possible future careers. This year, the performing arts students welcomed West Side Story choreographers Jenn Eng and Ken Elliott, who, instead of a lecture, let the students experience firsthand what a professional dance audition is like.

Students took a number, lined up and performed a routine they learned on the spot, with lots of encouragement and helpful insider tips from Jenn and Ken.  Helpful advice included being yourself, being unique and confident, speaking clearly, not being afraid of failure, being pleasant and courteous to everyone because you never know who you are talking to (might be your future boss or co-worker), and “the audition starts that moment you step of the bus/train/taxi.”  Good advice for life.

Jenn and Ken hosted three sessions of students interested in performing arts.

After lunch, 9th and 10th graders in the performing arts pathway of the Humanities academy had a second session with Mr. Stack, Mr. Mahelona, Mr. Kawakami, and Mr. Grothmann about preparing for an audition, and preparing for a singing audition.

Jenn Eng working with students.
Jenn Eng working with students.


The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from errupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The part of Krupke will be played by elementary school interim principal Phil Aganus.


A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The part of Schrank will be played by Troy Souza.


A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets. The other Jets mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The part of Anybodys will be played by senior Amanda DeRego.


Feisty and assertive. She dispenses “older sister” advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Bernardo’s girlfriend and Maria’s friend. Puerto Rican.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The role of Anita will be played by Alya-Joy Kanehailua