On The Scene
HOT'S 'NIGHT' GREAT THEATER:
Louis Vuitton exec Dale Ruff, left, and Hawaii Opera Theatre Executive Director Karen Tiller, far right, welcomed cast members Dion Donahue, Mary Chesnut Hicks, Leslie "Buz" Tennent, Diane Alexander and Jake Gardner to the post-show reception for HOT's production of "A Little Night Music" Aug. 3 at Louis Vuitton Ala Moana. HOT's latest foray into musical theater was a success. Veteran actor Donahue made his HOT debut as Frid, Hicks dominated several scenes as Petra, Tennent was excellent as bombastic Count Malcolm and Alexander (Desiree) and Gardner (Fredrik) were perfect as the leads.
"Night Music" cast member Ray Galas, left, talked with Sean Kim, Louis Vuitton director of marketing and communication. Galas, a former Hawaii resident, was one of the last people cast for the show but said he was delighted to get the last-minute call to come back home for a paid engagement with HOT. (Galas stepped out of the ensemble in the final scene for a short but important performance as a fabled Croatian count.)
APPLEBAUM REPORTS MUSEUM'S PROGRESS:
Award-winning museum designer Ralph Applebaum, second from left, shared his plans for Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall Restoration Project at a pau hana reception last Tuesday at Bishop Museum. Applebaum discussed the project's progress with Mimi Basler, left, her husband, Clint Basler, and state Rep. Karen Awana before the start of the formal program.
TRIAS GUESTS AT 'TEEN' SCREENING:
Jasmine Trias, center, autographed a photo for Alex Patino, left, and her grandmother Bless Patino at a preview screening of "American Teen" last Tuesday at Dole Cannery. Meeting the former "American Idol" contestant was a thrill for many filmgoers, even though Trias had no involvement with director Nanette Burstein's fascinating documentary/reality show-style look at the lives of teens in a small Midwestern town. Count "Teen" as a four-star film.
ARTISTS HONORED IN WAIKIKI: Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides and Carl Lindstrom, center, were the guests of honor at a reception hosted by Wyland Hotel GM Robin Graf at the Waikiki property Friday. Kosmides is working on a series of 384 8-foot oils for the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. Lindstrom, who describes his current series of portraits as "Phenomonography," made news last year when his "Securrorism" installation at the UH-Manoa triggered a campuswide security scare.