On the Scene
‘A little (more) night music’ for MVT
'HAPPY 25TH, DWIGHT!':
Manoa Valley Theatre Producing Director Dwight Martin was greeted by Donna Bebber after he was named this year's honoree at "Manoa Marquee: A Little Night Music," MVT's annual fundraiser, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on April 8. Martin recently celebrated 25 years at MVT. A crowd of more than 400 local theater supporters enjoyed performances by the stars of MVT's recent production of "A Little Night Music" before the formal presentation, and then got a career-best performance by jazz vocalist Ginai after dinner.
STEFANIE PARTIES NO. 1:
Stefanie Smart, who starred as Desiree Armfeldt in MVT's "A Little Night Music," talked with Douglas S. Scheer, who played one of Desiree's two lovers in the MVT show.
STEFANIE PARTIES NO. 2:
Stefanie Smart gave Laurence Paxton, her other leading man in "Night Music," equal time as the cast members sipped champagne and mingled with the guests before dinner.
READY TO BID:
Kainoa Lee, center, joined MVT board member Joey Caldarone, left, and Caldarone's father, Giorgio, in checking out items at the silent auction before dinner. Bidding was highly competitive for several temptingly priced items.
FRONT AND CENTER:
Janis Akuna, president of Manoa Valley Theatre and chairwoman of the successful MVT fundraiser, welcomed MVT supporter Alan Carrell to her table. Akuna's guests had a great view of the action onstage and on the dance floor.
COMING SOON TO MVT?:
Cathy Foy and Keoki Kerr entertained the crowd with a musical parody of "Brokeback Mountain." Foy joked that it's only a matter of time before someone does the story as musical theater.
STAR-BULLETIN EXECS KNOW HOW TO PARTY:
Star-Bulletin executive Dave Kennedy, left, and his wife, Fiona, enjoyed the evening with Cathy and Gerald Shintaku. While some partiers left as soon as the silent action closed, this group stayed on for the music of Ginai & the PBS Little Big Band.