By Dave Donnelly

Friday, October 22, 1999

Bright lights draw Schick

BROADWAY bound? After performing in Japan as Miss Waikiki 1999, Aiko Schick took off for Miami and the New World School of the Arts on a scholarship. But while she loves everything about the Mug shotschool, she's going to be auditioning for "The Lion King" on Broadway, a private audition arranged by the school. Parents Mike and Paulie Schick are ambivalent, as they want her to finish school, but recognize the seductive lure of the Great White Way ... Speaking of which, Hawaii expatriates Janu Cassidy and Christine Souza (like Aiko, former students of Castle Theater Group's Ron Bright) are touring with Bette Midler. The two are doing a hula to "The Rose," a dance choreographed by Cassidy, who is director of the Hawaii Cultural Foundation in NYC. Midler, another island expat, became pals with Cassidy when the latter first assisted the Divine Miss M with "Hulaween," her yearly fund-raiser for helping clean up Central Park. The 30-city tour began in Boston and ends in Las Vegas where they'll all see in the Millennium together ...

MY claim to fame was directing Bette in the last show she did in Hawaii before setting off to seek fame in the Big Apple. The show, a production of the Honolulu Theater for Youth, was "Young Tom Jefferson," and she played Young Tom's girlfriend. The running gag is, "I wonder what ever happened to her?" ...

Caught 'em in New York

FORMER St. Andrew's Cathedral organist John McCreary and wife Betsy are enjoying their temporary stay in New York. McCreary is music director of St. James Church, and on Oct. 29 he'll play for the musical, "Hunchback of Notre Dame," keeping up a tradition, albeit 5,000 miles from home. He'll even be wearing the green cape he wore each year for the event at St. Andrew's. Larry Gay, who annually loaned McCreary the cape, packed and sent it off to him in New York. Then on Nov. 1, All Saints Day, the St. James choirs will perform the New York premiere of Iolani School chorusmaster John Alexander's "Requiem." ... Meanwhile, Betsy McCreary went to the Duffy Theater and who should she run into and speak with but Honolulu attorney Brook Hart. She should have known, since the show playing there was "The Perfect Crime." ...

LEAVE it to Vegas to spice things up: Jackie and Shu Kawamoto are back from visiting the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in the new Bellagio Hotel in Vegas. They were more than a bit surprised to hear an audio description of a 1902 Gauguin panting called "Bathers," in which the taped narration says the man in the middle was a priest of the island, and was known as a "mahu." You suppose they meant "kahu," or do they know something in Vegas we don't ...

Cape Cod livers

ONE of our newest entrepreneurs, Cecily Tatibouet, is in town visiting with parents Jane and Andre Tatibouet. A graduate of Cornell's hotel school, Cecily is launching her first venture next week, Five Bays Bistro in Osterville, the newest upscale boutique restaurant on Cape Cod. Meanwhile, brother Cartier Tatibouet is expanding his gourmet food business, E.E.C. Swift Co., begun two years ago in Cape Cod. His is a traditional neighborhood store, featuring the freshest of produce and fine wines with old-fashioned butchers serving customers prime cuts along with aloha spirit. His second store is slated to open nearby in mid-November. The apples don't fall far from the tree ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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