Thursday, March 18, 2010

Why I've been MIA

What do all these pictures have in common?

Hukilau- a fishing method in Polynesia where you throw a big net, out into the sea, and the little fishes come swimming to me... (it's also a catchy hula song....)

The Haka- a New Zealand tradition.
War haka (peruperu) were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Today, haka constitute an integral part of formal or official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors or foreign dignitaries, serving to impart a sense of the importance of the occasion. (definition from wikipedia)

Pani Po Po- a very yummy Samoan bread slightly sweeten with coconut milk.

And Peter Pan-A mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies and pirates, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside.

Can you guess?
Give up? huh? huh?
Our school is putting on a Play this Spring Break...
a Polynesian adaptation

As parents we always moan and belly ache about what to do with the kids during our long breaks. (Especially now we have furlough Fridays and it seems like our children are ALWAYS on break.) So we were talking about how we should do a play. (This was about 10 days ago- mind you.)
So I was determined.
What play? I thought about it-
and Peter Pan popped into my head.
But with only a week to prepare and perform... I thought how could it be done?
Use songs and dances the kids already know or are familiar with-- (The Haka, Hukilau Hula, Aloha oe)
and have a narrator to help the story move along- with kids just shouting out one-liners. (easy to memorize.)
Peter Pan was so easy to adapt... because WE LIVE on an island! duh!
And happily we replaced the 'Indians' with actual Polynesian warriors.
So that is my claim to fame. I came up with a simple story line.
THEN what happened was truly magical and mystical and all things good and glorious!
I asked for help and so many people came together - out of the wood works to get this project off .
I offered to help with props and paint back drops... but everything else was out of my talent zone.
I needed serious help for actually WRITING the script. ( My sister offered alot of help and support. Crash wrote an adapted version with lost boys cruising in on boogie boards, my neighbor Emily B (an English teacher) made the final arrangement with ideas with input from the kids for the final script.) It is adorable!
An amazing woman: Teresa K offered to do the costumes.
We found parents to lead each group of characters (warriors, hula dancers, pixies, mermaids, lost kids, Main cast, and of course pirates.)
Caryn H, along with Diane S- offered their musical skills in teaching all the songs
The PTCO President of our School - has been great! Helping every day with sets and supplies- whatever has been needed.
The Principal of the school has been so supportive in letting us use the school all week and the cafeteria and stage.
And then the parents of the kids- coming and helping with whatever needed to happen that day.
We started from scratch on Monday
and our performance is TOMORROW!!!
My oldest is a Lost Boy, son 2 is a Pirate, and son 3 is a Warrior.
I am so excited! The kids have worked so hard-- just 2 hours every day this week.
The principal showed up on the first day... and everyone was in their groups working on songs, or dances, or painting back drops , or making costumes. It was intense and FUN. But more astounding was... the limit of prep time! I still can't believe what we've been able to do this week!
So tomorrow might be a flop- (I'm teasing)
It is going to be so great.. because the kids have created this and been apart of each step... , we have a BYU-student coming to video it.. so all the kids can have a DVD.
That is why I haven't posted lately...
i've been consumed!!
Keep your fingers crossed for us tomorrow!
In our Play- Peter Pan likes to visit Tutu because of her Pani Po Po and that is why he wants Wendy... to make Pani Po Po.. he takes the Darling children to Neverland/Hawaii to a hukilau. But warriors are angry and accuse Peter and friends for stealing the Plumeria Princess. Pixies come to the rescue and mime the tragic tale that Captain Hook really kidnapped the Princess and is framing Peter. So all go off to save the Princess! When she is saved it's time for the Darling kids to go home.. Neverland characters sing Aloha oe- while Tinker Bell sprinkles pixie dust on them and they fall asleep and leave Neverland. Tutu comes in to check on the sleeping kids.. when she sees their shell leis (from the luau) and she touches her own shell lei... remembering her adventure with Peter from long ago...
Pani Po Po is super yummy if you would like to try it
5 ½ to 6 ½ cups plain all purpose flour
1 packet yeast, 7g (¼oz)
2 ¼ cups milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter 30g (1oz)
1 tsp salt
Canola Oil

In a bowl mix half the flour with the yeast.
In a saucepan heat the milk whilst stirring, add sugar, butter and salt till warm and butter has just about melted. Add this to flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds scraping bowl constantly.
Start adding the rest of the flour until you get a good doughy texture that is easy to pull but not dry. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes.
Shape the dough into a large ball place in a large bowl coated with canola oil, rolling it around to make sure the entire ball is coated. Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes to an hour, such as over a sink of warm water, in the oven on the top shelf with a bowl of hot water beneath or even in the back window of the car.
Punch down the dough and roll into balls.
Place the balls into a large ungreased baking dish, cover and let rise for another 10 minutes.
Now to make the sauce:
2 cans coconut milk
¾ cup sugar

Simply combine the coconut cream and sugar and pour over the buns.
Bake at 190°C (375°F) for 20 minutes
Important note: The sauce will bubble up and spill over if the dish is not large enough, so use two baking dishes if necessary. Always place a tray under the baking dish to catch any spills; this will save you a lot of clean up afterwards.


Emily said...

You're amazing! I'm sure it will be great. And as the audience is all family members (and you're not charging them, are you?) everyone will oooh and awwww at their darlin' cuties (darlings, get it??)

Can't wait to see pictures!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

OMGOSH!(first of all, I lub that you added the pani po po recipe. ha ha ha. One of my favorite treats.)

OMGOSH! ONE WEEK. That is ubelievable. I had no idea that I was helping with a script for such a big production. HELLO, girlfriend. Am I dumb or am I dumber? I totally would have gone the EXTRA extra mile had I known. It sound so cute. I hope it went well. Do tell all.


P.S. GOOD ON YOU GUYS! I miss the performance high we always got over there. SO NOT like that here.

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