LAST minute rehearsals and final touch ups were the order of the day as the cast and crew of DRUA: The Wave of Fire prepared for the world premier of their production.
The atmosphere at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre Multi-Purpose Lecture Theatre was abuzz with anticipation as dancers, actors and singers made last minute preparations and adjustments to their routines and costumes.
Based on published research, the production tells the story of collaborations among Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji in the 18th century, resulting in the creation of the fastest sailing ship plying the Pacific Ocean before the arrival of Europeans.
The production brings together Peter Espiritu, the artistic director and choreographer of the Oceania Dance Theatre, Igelese Ete, the musical director and head of Performing Arts, and Professor Vilsoni Hereniko, playwright/filmmaker as well as co-director of the production.
Professor Hereniko said: "I'm very excited. I think we have a terrific show. I've done many plays before but I think this has to be one of my favourites. I love working with Igelese and Peter; Peter with his artistry and choreography and Igelese with his musical prowess."