On the Scene
‘Cats’ Opens At ACT
Elizabeth Ananij Harrison, left, and Shawna Masuda came out with their makeup on to greet the audience after "Cats" opened Thursday at Army Community Theatre. Harrison injured her left shoulder when a male dancer she declines to embarrass by naming him dropped her during rehearsals, but in the time-honored tradition of "the show must go on," removed her sling, blocked out the pain and gave a stellar performance.
"Cats" sponsor James Berger of Saab Hawaii, right, no relation, welcomed cast members Ashley Layfield (Cassandra), left, Jimi V. Wheeler (Rum Tum Tugger), Elizabeth Ananij Harrison (Bombalurina) and Shawna Masuda (Jemima/Jellylorum) to the opening-night post-show cast party, which was also sponsored by his company. Harrison bravely tried to enjoy the party without having her left arm immobilized by a sling, but decided after a few minutes to listen to the pain; she returned wearing the sling, bandages and an ice pack. Layfield, whose portrayal of Val was one of the most memorable in Castle High School's most recent production of "A Chorus Line," displayed equal talent Thursday as a fashion designer as she customized a conventional "Cats" T-shirt into a contemporary top.
NOW HE SINGS, TOO:
Kainoa Lee, left, and "Cats" sponsor Joey Caldarone, center, congratulated Philip Amer Kelley on his performance as Skimbleshanks. Kelley, a versatile dancer, quit a show several years ago during rehearsals saying, "I don't sing." That was then, this is now and "Cats" proves he can do both.
Lynn Kinoshita (Rumpleteaser) and Arthur "AJ" Johansen (Mungojerrie) found a place to sit in ACT set designer Dennis Hassan's junkyard set. Kinoshita recently opened a dance and massage studio in Pearl City. Johansen plans to rejoin to the cast of a Waikiki show when "Cats" closes.
THE THINGS MEN LEARN:
Tony Young (Muskustrap) and Don Richards (Alonzo) learned a lot about makeup and pantyhose during rehearsals. Young now buys waterproof liner pencils so his makeup won't drip on his dance partners. The men also learned to put on the pantyhose they wear under their costumes.