The magical world of the deep blue sea will be witnessed by friends near and far in late April when Kéanu’s Moon premiers. This is an original play written by Michele Hellyer and Kimberly Voller, who is also the CAST director. Not more than a year ago, Kimberly had approached Michele about writing an original play for CAST (Christian Arts Student Theater). She knew it would be an underwater show, focused on the beautiful sea turtles of the Pacific Ocean. Kimberly had many unique and personal “visions” but needed to connect the dots. She knew the person for the job and made the call. Michele, a local author and contributor to our very own Marengo-Union Times, as Kimberly confirms, “has a gift with words.” During a casual meeting at McDonald’s Kimberly presented her idea and Michele gladly accepted, ready to take on this challenge and tackle her biggest project to date. Over the summer characters were born, storylines were developed and a very special turtle named Kéanu would steal their hearts. Finally, by October the final draft was done and what seemed impossible became a reality! Over 60 children between the ages of 5-18 were cast in January by Kimberly, Choreography Director Heather Tynis and Music Director Tamera Kowalski. The characters are so lively and personable, they will make you laugh, tap your toes and cheer. Michele and Kimberly felt it very important that real life messages were intertwined into the story from facing your fears, forgiveness, and always appreciating the world around you. Original songs have also been written to compliment the show, along with a few that you may recognize. Throughout the creative process, experiences from both women’s lives would influence different concepts, but one in particular would become a celebration of a friend’s life. There is a scene that is inspired by an annual field trip that Zion’s 7th grade class has taken the past four years (and will continue to do so). As they hoped Katie Kloess would see the play and be surprised by how “her trip” found its way into Kéanu’s Moon, that can’t happen now. Kimberly and Michele have lovingly decided to dedicate the production to their dear friend Katie and celebrate the kindness she has left in our hearts. The ladies know she will be watching, with her trademark big smile.
Kéanu’s Moon MCHS Auditorium April 28-30, 2017
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