Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Hawaii Preparatory Academy will present "Munchkin Mediation: Conflict Resolution in Oz" at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7. The musical performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Gates Performing Arts Center on the school's upper campus.

"Munchkin Mediation: Conflict Resolution in Oz" is presented in conjunction with the students' conflict resolution unit. The play is written by John Heath and Ron Fink of Bad Wolf Press and adapted by Hawaii Prep music teacher Georgia Polakova and guidance counselor Mariah Dodd.

It's a year later and all the famous characters from the story "The Wizard of Oz" have returned to Oz. They've been having trouble readjusting, and their quarrels have led to the throwing of more than one yellow brick. Perhaps it is no surprise that the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch still don't get along. But the Tin Man and Lion can't agree on anything either, and even Dorothy and Toto are barking at each other. They've come back to the Munchkins, experts on conflict resolution, to learn how to solve their problems. This show, which is full of surprises and humor, demonstrates different ways to resolve conflicts.

This is the first in a series of musical productions by Hawaii Prep's lower school students. The second- and third-grade classes will present the next performance at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 2.

For more information, call 885-2501 or 885-2500.

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