On The Scene
"LION KING" HELPS LOCAL SHOW:
Cast members from Disney's "The Lion King" national tour donated their time and talents Oct. 22 as they presented a "Lion King" cabaret show to raise money for a local television show, "Destination: Groove Dance Hawaii," at the Halekulani. The "Lion King" cast demonstrated impressive talents in genres from gospel to pop, contemporary dance to video production, and stand-up comedy. Christine Yasunaga, executive producer of the television show, in red, thanked Nicholas Ashe, left, Jeremiah Tatum, Clifton Oliver, Geno Segers and Deanir Young as the evening ended.
CELEBRATING A CD SUCCESS:
KITV weathercaster Ben Gutierrez was the co-host of the party Oct. 26 as Jon Almosara marked the success of his debut album, "Thankful," with a show for family and friends in Waipahu. Almosara released the album in April but has been so busy promoting it here and in the Philippines that he did not have time for a party until October.
"SPOOKY KABUKI" A HIT FOR HTY:
Aubrey Hawk joined her husband, Jeff Hawk, and "obake musician" Swaine Kaui Oct. 26 as they waited for the doors to open for "Spooky Kabuki," a Japanese-themed costume fundraiser for Honolulu Theatre for Youth at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. The theme was inspired by HTY's superb production of "Obake," which closes at Tenney Theater on Saturday.
"PLAID TIDINGS" MAKE PERFECT CHRISTMAS FUN:
Aaron Komo, left, Mike Dupre, Sean Jones and Andrew Sakaguchi enjoyed opening night for "Plaid Tidings" last Wednesday at Manoa Valley Theatre. They play members of a third-rate pop quartet who died in a freak accident in 1964 but are back on Earth to do a Christmas show. The script recycles many of the ideas that made "Forever Plaid" a hit at MVT in 2000, and they're every bit as funny the second time around.
MVT board President Jeff Portnoy, left, congratulated "Plaid Tidings" musical director Melina Lillios and producing director Dwight Martin after the show. Portnoy told the audience that when he stepped down as president eight years ago, "I wasn't coming back till (Fidel) Castro died -- but I got tired of waiting!"