Back to ’50s with ‘West Side Story’

February 29th, 2008
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Allison Chu works on her hair prior to a rehearsal for “West Side Story” on Feb. 24. The musical’s public performances begin Feb. 29 with ’50s night at the KHS Auditorium.

Students from the Kaimuki Performing Arts Center bring back the look of the ’50s when “West Side Story” opens, and for a bunch of 21st century teens, it wasn’t easy to recreate the labor-intensive look that 1950s teens simply took for granted. It meant a whole lot of makeup, hair rollers, corsets for girls and tucked-in shirts and pants starting at the waist instead of the hips for boys.




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Students warm up before a dress rehearsal, with instruction from Broadway actor and dancer Ramon del Barrio and musical director Nanilisa Pascua on piano.The boys were scolded for lapsing into 2008-style casual, but some enjoyed the ’50s formality, saying that it made them feel classy, even though they were playing street punks!

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Kari Nettel works on giving Sara Maier a ’50s-style ‘do.

Marsha Nadalin of her self-named Kahala Mall salon stepped in to help with hair and makeup, coming in as early as 7:30 in the morning to help with one of the first school performances, but after that, the kids were on their own.

I love vintage clothes so had fun going through the wardrobe. If you have any vintage stuff lying around, bust it out for ’50s Night on the 29th, when parents and faculty have promised to dress to theme.

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On the costume rack.

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Students and faculty join hands in a circle before a dress rehearsal.

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The pink dress would fit in with the Spring 2008 collections we’re seeing in boutiques now. I love it!

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3 Responses to “Back to ’50s with ‘West Side Story’”

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  2. UNCLE MANNY & AUNTY BETTYJEAN:

    CONGRATULATIONS ALLISON!!!! YOUR LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING AND SO VERY BEAUTIFUL!!

    WE KNOW YOU WILL DO US PROUD, SING YOUR HEART OUT, AND PLEASE KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF YOU EACH AND EVERY MOMENT!!!!

    BREAK A LEG!!! BROADWAY HERE YOU GO!!!

    WE LOVE YOU!!!

    ME KE ALOHA PUMEHANA, da Fernandez


  3. melissa:

    please help me.
    im looking for a jet girls costume for west side story.
    please email me back with any information you have.
    please email me back
    thank you very much


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