On the Scene
‘Into the Woods’ at DHT
'CHARMING, NOT SINCERE':
Jimi V. Wheeler (Prince Charming) gave Elizabeth Hartnett (Cinderella) a hug Friday as the cast of Diamond Head Theatre's "Into the Woods" celebrated opening night with a post-show cast party at Don Ho's. Wheeler got one of the biggest laughs in the show with his perfect delivery of the punch line in a scene where Cinderella's not-so-faithful prince informs her, "I was raised to be charming, not sincere!"
DHT veteran Friston S. Ho'okano partied at Don Ho's with Sandra W. Lee, left, and Yvette M. Garrison. Lee, newly arrived in Hawaii, is making her local theater debut playing Cinderella's mother. Garrison, who will be returning to the mainland this fall, bows out of local theater with her performance as Cinderella's nasty stepmother.
HE'S A PRINCE:
Elitei Tatafu Jr. wound down at the cast party with musical director Rosyln Catracchia, center, and violinist Arlene Koh. Tatafu's comical portrayal of a handsome and love-struck prince, the younger brother of the prince played by Jimi Wheeler, is essential to the success of several of the funniest scenes.
HAPPY BASTILLE DAY!:
The tent was filled to capacity, but Peter Rockford Espiritu, right, slipped through the crowd to wish Patrick Gey of Fendi and his wife, Marissa, a "Happy Bastille Day" during the pre-show sponsors' reception earlier in the evening. Bastille Day, a national holiday in France, commemorates the destruction of a fortresslike prison during the French Revolution.
RANDL'S LAST PARTY:
Randl Ask, left, and Laurence Paxton talked with Indru Watumul at the pre-show sponsors' reception. Ask leaves for New York in a few days, and that made the DHT party another "last" for him here in Hawaii. FYI, Ask's last stage role was Albin in DHT's recent revival of "La Cage Aux Folles," and his last job as a director was for MVT's current hit production, "Pageant."
WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE:
Scott Moura and his wife, Zenia Zambrano Moura, play a married couple in the show. Scott has one of the most demanding roles but says he's been looking forward to doing "Into the Woods" for years.
THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES:
Gina Schultz and Bruce Liebert enjoyed drinks and dessert in the sponsors' tent during intermission. Act 1 runs a long 90 minutes, and that made the break especially welcome.