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Mount Carmel plans annual school production

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - While Chamorro Month may be over, students at Mount Carmel School are learning the language every day.  They've been working on their annual school production, Kantan Chamorrita, that will be held Monday night at the Agat campus.

Pre-k to 2nd grade students at Mount Carmel School make up the Children's Choir, who took gold during a recent competition and they'll be the opening act at Monday night's production. Principal Norma Tabayoyong said, "We're inviting everyone to come down to our school, our families are ready for this event. The event entails all the language process." 

Although the production is being held to close out Mes Chamorro celebrations, the school infuses the Chamorro language and culture in its curriculum on a daily basis, not just in March. "Mount Carmel is known, we're the only school probably that offers pure Chamorro language speaking in our school. So our students do their prayers in Chamorro, everything is done in Chamorro We have Chamorro language teachers that give Chamorro language to what it really means, perpetuate the language and culture," she continued.

Elementary students will present a variety of melodies in attempt to take attendees back in time. "Way back in Guam, there's these ladies at the river were busy teasing each other they call it "casse" in Chamorro, so the children in each class are going to attempt to produce a Kantan Chamorrita before they present their classroom show.

The production will also feature the Phoenix Stage Honor Band. Tabayoyong said, "The stage band always accompanies the elementary school programs so we don't use CDs, we don't use anything electronic. Our stage band provides the key to the background music for our children."

The principal says the production is an opportunity for the students to showcase the talents they've developed throughout the year - in the Chamorro language, vocals, and musical instruments. "Students are in contact constantly with the language, constant impact with the culture and all the heritage," the principal added.

The Kantan Chamorrita event begins at 6pm Monday night at Mount Carmel in Agat.  Tickets are $10 per person and there will be food for sale.

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