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By Dave Donnelly

Friday, May 19, 2000

TV stars on
the move

FORMER KHNL weather anchor Maria Quiban, she with the tube's broadest smile rain or shine, is moving right along inMug shot her career. She's just departed as weather anchor for OCN (Orange City Newschannel) to accept a position at UPN News 13 in Los Angeles, the second largest market in the country. She'll anchor its weekend weather as well as report on lifestyle and entertainment news during the week ... Other TV folks also seem anything but anchored. More than a year after auditioning for the job, KGMB-TV sports director Neil Everett has been hired by ESPN and will start on the sports network in July, working alongside another Isle airwaves alum, Larry Biel ... Meanwhile, Joe Moore showed up on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. No, the KHON anchor wasn't auditioning for work, but was the subject of a report by yet another former Honolulu newsman, Chuck Henry. Moore was interviewed about his film, "Moonglow," and how he's mortgaged his house to the max and spent his life savings on the film. For once, a dedicated actor who puts his money where his art is ...

Stage potpourri

HPU president Chatt Wright has presented an award to the school's theater director, Joyce Maltby, for her work in running the drama department and staging an admirably varied selection of plays over the past several years. She's done works ranging from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde to Lillian Hellman to Arthur Miller, with an original musical written with her husband, Norm Burroughs, tossed in. Most other theater groups, constrained by the necessity of commercial success, choose more "popular" fare such as musicals and inter-active comedies ... LOTS of Isle kids are going strong in their own theatrical world. Jewl Anguay, a Castle grad, is in the second "Miss Saigon" national tour, understudying the lead. She's also in the running for the role of Nala in the upcoming national tour of "The Lion King." Michele Suyama is getting lots of work as a dancer in L.A., having performed with Enrique Iglesias, Jay Z and Hoku Ho. In addition, she's done numerous music videos and TV shows, and was a Rockett in Jim Carrey's "Man in the Moon." ...

Trapped in "Deathtrap"

THERE are more twists and turns in Manoa Valley Theater's current production, "Deathtrap," than along the road to Hana. "Deathtrap" is a five character play about a young man who has written his first work, which happens to be a five character play called "Deathtrap." A veteran whodunit playwright then tries to usurp the script, only to find himself embroiled as part of its plot. The play was well directed by Roger Long with a fabulous set by Paul Guncheon, which has hanging on its walls a collection of tools for murder, some of which come into play. To reveal anymore would be, well, a crime, but if you've never seen the Ira Levin play, be prepared ... AND you may be surprised to learn than Diamond Head Theater's passionate "Phantom" by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston bears little resemblance to the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of the story. But it's tuneful enough and shows off the voices of Lawrence Paxton and, more to the point, Melissa Short, whose bravura performance shows "Cinderella" wasn't a fluke ... IT sounds like I'm getting ready to head off for San Francisco and see some theater there, and well it should. I'll be back in this slot right after Kamehameha Day ...

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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