Guam – John F. Kennedy High School students have taken on a big challenge being the first school island-wide to put on the Chamorro musical Guahu Taotao Tåno.
The unique musical written by the late assemblyman Carlos P. Taitaino and UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood showcases the true identity of the indigenous Chamoru people of the Marianas.
Director and Choreographer Sinot BJ Terlaje describes the musical as a journey from the ancient times to the modern day of Guam. He said, “It brings to life the indigenous practices and the influences of the Spanish then going to the contemporary dances of Western cultures into the island. There’s a lot of dancing, singing, and and chanting. The audience can expect a sense of identity when they leave from this play.”
READ the release from JFK below:
“Guahu Taotao Tåno” – “I Am a Native of the Land” is a Chamoru musical written by the late assemblyman, Carlos P. Taitano and Dr. Robert Underwood, President of the University of Guam.
This unique play brings the history of the Chamoru people alive through the art of dance, singing and chanting and gives a glimpse of our Ancient period 4,250 years ago, the Spanish Colonialism in 1521, and the Americanization of Guam since 1898.
This play was written to teach our Pacific brothers and sisters about who we are as an indigenous Chamoru people and was taken first taken to the Festival of Pacific Arts in Tahiti in 1984. It was performed again 25 years later in 2009.
John F. Kennedy High School (JFKHS) will be the first school island-wide to take on the task of showcasing this unique play. With the support of the Guam Visitor’s Bureau and Pa’a Taotao Tåno’, we hope to educate our community about the true identity of the indigenous Chamoru people of the Marianas.
Show times for this production are on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 P.M., and on Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. at the Southern High Auditorium in Santa Rita. Doors open an hour before the performance.
Prices for tickets are: $5 for students and $10 for general admission. Children ages 4 and below are free. Tickets may be purchased at Faith Bookstore, BestSeller Bookstores, and at JFKHS with Mrs. Lisa Santiago-Castro (ext. 4354) or Mrs. Carol Nguyen (ext. 4342) in the Counseling Office.
Please join us and witness the beauty of our peopLE and culture, and most especially, the wonderful talents of our Islander community! Biba Chamoru!