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Wood Craft

By Ben Wood

Saturday, February 24, 2001

Stice lights up
DHT’s ‘Chess’

Local girl Jade Stice has the goods and her singing and acting talents come shining through in "Chess." The serious Cold War musical runsMug shot through March 4 at Diamond Head Theatre. Jade is a powerhouse and her performance alone is enough to recommend the show, but she is also in good company. Guy Merola as the Russian chess star and Matthew Pedersen, America's low-brow ace, are strong as Stice's romantic interests. The Russian happens to be married and what's more, her Hungarian dad is still held by the Russians. Intriguing indeed. Renee Angelique Garcia, Mikel J. Humerickhouse, Leonard Piggee and John L. Bryan deserve applause for their supporting roles. But it is Broadway performer Stice who lights up the stage ...

Aussies have a grand ball

the Aussies lived up to their reputation and really had a ball at the annual Australia Day Ball last Saturday at the Prince Hotel. Emcee Murray Bawden kept things moving at a fast clip; Consul General Peter Woolcott kept his remarks short and sweet, and John Gilbert led the crowd in a rousing version of "Waltzing Matilda." The Australian American Chamber of Commerce arranged for a dinner of lamb and barramundi, a tasty Aussie fish, well prepared and served by Prince G.M. Ted McAneeley's hard-working staff. Clyde Pound's band, with vocalist Nadia Deleye, singer-drummer Al Erub, David Choy on sax, bassist Tod Smythe, guitarist Bryan Kessler and Mike Morita on trumpet had guests packing the dance floor. Nadia is hot. Tearing up the floor were Brian and Nadine Macnish and Prosecutor Peter Carlisle and wife, Judy ...

Deborah Leopard decided at 3 p.m. Saturday to go to the ball that night. She didn't even go home from her job as manager of Trish McEvoy cosmetics at Neiman. She bought a gown and shoes and a friend did her hair with his butane curling wand and hair spray. He did her makeup and even loaned her his elegant woman's Ferragamo evening bag. Deborah looked great ...

DANCING ON: Mariko Lyons is into the gaucho. She'll be doing that dance with Claudio Otero in Jack Cione's Mardi Gras Follies, opening tonight at Pearl Harbor's Banyans ... The Beatles show "Get Back" plays the Hawaii Theatre tonight at 8 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Members of the Broadway and London casts of "Beatlemania" will showcase Beatles' highlights and songs ... An Audi convertible is up for auction at the Alzheimer gala at the Hilton Next Saturday. Call 591-2771 for tickets ...

Save Our Star-Bulletin member Alice Clay arranged for me to have dinner at Oahu Country Club recently with Eleanor Bilsborrow and Pat O'Brien. Eleanor was my freshman English teacher at UH who pushed me into journalism. The women live at One Kalakaua Senior Living where Alice chairs the facility's board. Al Saake, ex-UH basketball coach, also lives there. He marked his 86th birthday Feb. 10 ... Avid isle fisherman Charley Meyer and Patricia Aubrey wed Feb. 15 in Tucson ...

Honors for Rev. Akaka

Dr. Jeff Akaka sends word that a plaque honoring his late dad, the Rev. Abraham Akaka, will be unveiled tomorrow at Kawaiahao Church. As part of the ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m., Rev. Akaka's oratorio will be performed by the church choir ... Star-Bulletin photog Ken Sakamoto fired a rare double eagle on the 536-yard, No. 7, par-5 hole at the Kahuku course Monday. Ken has two holes in one to his credit ... Here's hoping UH football coach June Jones makes a full recovery ...

Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets
of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of
people, places and things every Saturday.
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