Fourth- and fifth-graders at Hawaii Preparatory Academy will present “Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. 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.
The program is presented in conjunction with the school’s character education program. HPA’s Lower School music teacher Georgia Polakova directs.
The scenario: It’s the Middle Ages, and a wicked spell has been cast on the kingdom. Good manners have suddenly disappeared, and it’s up to Sir Gwendolyn and Sir Dancelot to bring them back. The two knights, who are both relatively new to this “quest” thing, have no clue what to do, and of course things go terribly wrong.
But, luckily for the kingdom, they run into just the right characters to help them (re)discover polite behavior: an alchemist has invented hygiene, a baron teaches them social etiquette, the Black Knight encourages them to learn to help others, a damsel (not in distress) reveals the importance of asking permission, a spoon-loving abbot shares the joys of table manners and a dragon explains why it’s mean to call people names.
This is the first in a series of musical productions by HPA’s Lower School students. The second- and third-grade classes will present the next performance at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. For more information, call 885-2501 or 885-2500. Visit www.hpa.edu.