Over at South High School, they're not doing anything by half-measures. So when it came time to produce their last full-scale production of 2018 — "The Time-Traveling Love Paradox of Camp Punikaka in 4-D" — students and staff went all out with lasers, a sing-along, Girl Scouts and more.
The play, being performed one night only on Thursday, will be the last in the school's current Performing Arts Center, which will soon be renovated. Given the circumstances, cast and crew have staged a fully interactive theatrical performance, which will be the first Kern High School District theater show to be live-streamed via the district’s media channel, the Kern High Network.
“It’s bittersweet that our last performance as seniors in this building will be the first time a big audience will get a chance to see what South High has to offer in terms of theater,” says Leslie Hernandez, a senior with four years in the theater program who stars in the play.
Written and directed by South theater instructor Antonio Garcia, "Paradox" follows Noelle Taylor (Maya Blackstone) and Xavier Alexander (Rebel theater newcomer Chance Rubalcado), who escape through a time-traveling portal with a mysterious Terminator-like Tracker hot on their heels. They land on the other side of the vortex in a place more terrifying than the two could ever expect: Camp Punikaka circa 1993.
"Paradox" mixes humor with youthful romance and a touch of sci-fi fantasy, bringing the show to life in dazzling four dimensions, utilizing lasers, an audience sing-along, Girl Scouts and mystery audience members.
It also features Manuel Ochoa Nino, Amber Guzman, Lorelay Hernandez, Roberto Ramos, Anthony Kirby, Amy Garcia, Franky Schaffer, Najeli Monroy, Sariyah Guzman, Makena Hernandez, Esmeralda Parada Perez and MaKenna Williams.
Doors will open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the center, 1101 Planz Road. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the box office for $5 for ages 10 and up.
After going live, the show's broadcast will be available on the Kern High Network (kernhighnetwork.com) through March 15.
— South High news release