Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center's Journey to Scotland

Follow the adventures of the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center's Journey to Scotland and the 2011 Fringe Festival.

We will post updates as we prepare on this once in a lifetime experience for cast and crew.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Thoughts from NPAC Tour Member: Laura Manuel

Gosh has it only been a week since I was in the UK? It’s amazing how much an opportunity can either pass you by or take you places and situations you may have on dreamt about it. 

14 months ago I visited Robin Kitsu one morning before the career day at Nanakuli High School. It was there Robin informed me of the news that Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center (NPAC) was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All I could think about is how extremely proud and happy I was for NPAC to not only represent the community and the State of Hawaii but also the United States of America.

The months of fundraising, planning and anticipating could not even prepare any of us for what would happen on this 2 week journey. The moment we all stepped on the plane I just felt like our lives were about to change and it did. 

Once we arrived in London everything happen so fast but we embraced everything from the sightseeing, shows and workshops. We had many surprises along the way but it never held us back. We instead found other facets to get through the situation and accepted all that was brought before us. 

Once we were in Edinburgh it was sensory overload not in a bad way but an exciting way because we witnessed very diverse performing entities. It was amazing how performers would show case their production on the Royal Mile and it was then that I realized the endless possibilities not only for NPAC but for us as well.

Opportunities arises all the time is what you do with it will make you the person you can and want to be. I had a few set backs on this trip but I managed to make the most of it. I didn’t think I could hike up Arthur’s Seat but I did. I was blessed to be a part of NPAC’s Journey to Scotland. 

Thank you NPAC for allowing me to accompany you on this journey and for enabling me to be a part of the NPAC family. I’ll never forget this once in a lifetime trip and the many friends I made along the way. Yes and that includes you Roy and Glenn…thank you to for documenting the journey.

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