PACKids is our performing arts troupe, and is comprised of performers of different levels: Keiki, Advance Keiki, JRCompany, Company, and Senior Company kids. PACKids is intended for those students who love performing, and want to pursue a career in performing arts. Our Keiki groups work on training in dance, vocals, and acting, in order to become a part of Company, our performance troupe. You do not need to join PACKids in order to be a part of PACK's regular season shows.
PACKids consist of students ages 6-18, and the group is made up of kids from all over the island. It is open to public school, private school, and home schooled students.
Spring of 2016, PACKids traveled to the National Performing Arts Festival (NPAF) in Orlando, Florida. We spent seven days competing, performing, taking many workshops (hosted and taught by Disney experts) and exploring all the Disney parks, as well as Universal Studios. Our group took top honors and was awarded a Superior Rating (the highest level) in their performance competition. Many of our students also took top honors in individual dance, singing, acting and monologue competitions. Prior to this, PACKids performed at Disneyland and California Adventure in 2014, and students participated in several workshops, including dance, acting, vocals, and a workshop teaching how to audition for Disney.
PACKids are under the direction of vocal director Layton Elika Santos of LES Studios, choreographers Deanna Luster and Erin McFadden, and artistic director Rachelle Amparo. PACKids meets every Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. In addition to their regular training, students also work with many local experts on choreography and vocal arrangements. We also offer master classes in voice, improv, acting and dance, and have had experts come from the mainland to train PACKids.
HOW CAN MY CHILD JOIN PACKids?
PACKids offers a onetime free try-out day, once per quarter, for those interested in joining. Once you've decided you would like to be a part of PACKids, we ask new students to start off in Keiki or Advance Keiki. Opportunities to advance to Company are provided with an audition, offered every quarter. Keiki and Advance Keiki meet every Sunday between 1PM and 5PM in the KHS Forum or in the KHS Dance Room, P-4. PACKids Keiki will have classes in general conditioning, dance and voice. Not only will they be learning, but we will be evaluating their level, their attitude, their willingness to try, and desire to participate. Sometimes kids are just not ready, and this is okay. Kids have to love to perform. It has to be the child's dream, not the parent's! Once each quarter, we offer auditions to Keiki classes to evaluate them to see if they are ready to move up to PACKids Company. It will be the decision of the directors and teachers to move them up. If directors feel the student is ready to move up, the student will start the following week with the PACKids Company. Once a child reaches PACKids Company, they will be issued a costume and will be asked to perform with the Company. If a child really loves to perform, and strives to work hard, we then may move them up to Senior Company Kids. These kids are the ones that wish to continue performing as adults.
PACKids, it's performers, families, volunteers, staff and crew is one big ohana. We know that the only way a family can function well, is if we all work together. We ask all our PARENTS to help with fundraising, sewing, set building, concession, selling tickets...you name it! We need our parents!
If your child is interested in being a part of our program, please contact us today. We are always excited to have new members.
If you are interested in booking our kids for you event, please contact us as well.
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Performing Arts Center of Kapolei