Love is on the Stage

The bad news is that if you’re reading this and you haven’t made Valentine dinner reservations, you’re probably in trouble. The good news is that there are many wonderful performances happening tonight and throughout the weekend if you’ll need to “make up.” Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day brings out the best and the worst aspects of love.

The Arts at Marks Garage and sizzling entertainers of “Kiss Kiss – a Valentine’s Burlesque Extravaganza!” will treat audiences to a variety of acts showcasing the beautiful and not-so-beautiful facets of love at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Historic Iao Theater.

For the first time, Maui’s Kit Kat Club Cabaret, The Ultraviolets and Oahu’s Cherry Blossom Cabaret will team up for a steamy, love-themed evening of live burlesque entertainment. These ladies are encouraging all to “dress to impress” and arrive early for the best seats. Don’t miss the pre-show photo booth and be prepared to be completely entertained. For mature audiences only.

* Tickets are $20 to $40 (VIP seating available). For reserved seating or more information, visit

Can’t get enough burlesque? Then catch “Valentine’s Day Cabaret” at 9:30 p.m. tonight at Fleetwood’s on Front St. in Lahaina. Kit Kat Club Cabaret will host a fun and flirty, love-themed revue that will captivate from beginning to end. Known for their high energy, fancy footwork and vibrant vocals, the ladies of the Kit Kat Club draw their inspiration from the style and sophistication of the roaring ’20s to the swinging ’40s and beyond. The performance will also feature international burlesque sensation Violetta Beretta from Oahu’s Cherry Blossom Cabaret and the Don Tiki Show of Honolulu.

For mature audiences only. This one may be sold out, but to reserve last-minute seats for dinner and a show, call 669-MICK.

Nothing says love like Peanuts. I’m actually being serious. You can’t walk down the Valentine isle with out finding the gang. There’s Linus’ love of his blanket, Sally loves Linus, and Snoopy loves suppertime. To quote Charlie Brown, “Happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.”

The Maui Preparatory Academy Middle School Drama Club will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” this weekend at the Pueo Playhouse on the Napili campus. For more than 60 years, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang has been making childhood just a little more wonderful. Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz, with music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner, this entertaining and fun-filled musical is a great family Valentine event suitable for all ages.

* Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Reserved seating tickets are $15, $10 for general admission, $5 for children 3 to 11, and free for ages 2 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 665-9966. For more information, contact Vania Jerome at

Also this weekend

Maui Academy of Performing Arts continues its run of Dale Wasserman’s “Man of La Mancha” through Feb. 24 at Steppingstone Playhouse at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. The show features lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh; directed by David C. Johnston.

* Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $18 for students (18 and younger). For more information or tickets, call 244-8760, visit or purchase them through the customer service kiosk at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Catch “RAM’s Got Talent” talent show from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Iao Theater. The event will feature performances by local realtors Al Alfonzo and P. Denise LaCosta, Reggie Audant, Tess Cartwright, Larry Feinberg, Debbie Guimond, Kit Okazaki, Greg Periera, Yvienne Peterson, Bob Wills and Ron Wilson, plus house band Fred’s Garage, burlesque dancers and a special performance for “Shout!: the Mod Musical.”

Proceeds will help raise funds for the Realtors Association of Maui’s Presidential Scholarship Fund and Maui OnStage. Celebrity judges include Jack Gist, Owana Salazar and Kathy Collins.

* Tickets are $25 per person with a pre-show dinner and pupu party at Saeng’s Thai Cuisine for $25 per person. For details, visit on buy tickets online at


ProArts of the Pacific presents the Tony Award-winning comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” from Feb. 22 to March 10 at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei.

Directed by Lisa Teichner, the farcical tale portrays tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as “il stupendo,” who is scheduled to sing for the Cleveland Opera Company. Chaos ensues when Merelli is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers to calm him. Determined that the show will go on, an assistant must impersonate the opera star.

* Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. Reserved seat tickets are $20. Ask about the ProArts $15 kamaaina discount nights (with valid Hawaii ID). For reservations or more information call 463-6550 or visit

Seabury Hall presents “Hello, Dolly” during weekends, Feb. 22 through March 4 at the school’s A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center.

Based on “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, this classic American musical will feature music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; directed by David Ward.

* Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students. For reservations, call 573-1257 or visit

Gala season is upon us once again, and you’ll need to make reservations far in advance for Maui Academy of Performing Arts “Red Carpet Mystery” party. Described as “Hollywood’s most exclusive celebrity party,” the annual murder mystery affair will be from 6 to 10 p.m. March 15 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Mix and mingle with fellow celebrities, directors, agents, has-beens, and up-and-comers as secrets will be revealed, scandals uncovered and a murder will be committed. Hollywood party attire is suggested.

* There are several ticket options such as a “Bogart & Bacall” sponsor table for $5,000 (up to 10 people), which includes two bottles of wine at your table, two drink tickets per guest, dinner buffet, party photographs and favors. Other levels include a “Tracy & Hepburn” table for $2,500, “Astaire & Rogers” table for $1,350 or individual tickets for $160, which include two drink tickets and the dinner buffet.

For tickets or more information visit or call Peggy Harmon at 244-8760.

Maui OnStage will present its annual “Sneak Peek” fundraiser on April 6, where it reveals the five shows chosen for the 2013-14 season. Attendance is limited at this intimate 21-and-older affair to be held at a private oceanfront estate in Kihei.

The all-inclusive event includes “peeks” from the upcoming productions, a buffet by Soup to Nuts catering and beverages courtesy of Pau Vodka, Sammy Hagar’s Maui Beach Bar Rum, Maui Brewing Company and fine wines from Whole Foods Market.

* Tickets cost $125 per person. The exact location and directions will be provided when purchasing tickets, available by calling 242-6969 or online at


Maui OnStage will hold auditions for “Hollywood Arms” by Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Iao Theater. All roles are available and include: Nanny (50s), Louise (30s), older Helen (20s), young Helen (10-12), Alice (10-12), Malcolm (10-12), Jody (40s), Bill (40s), Dixie (30s) and two cops (any age).

Audition appointments are required and actors should prepare a two-minute monologue. Auditions will be scheduled in 10-minute intervals with call backs to be held on Feb. 20. To schedule an audition, call Maui OnStage at 244-8680, ext. 23.

Congratulations to the Maui Fringe Theater Festival winners. Qurrat Ann Kadwani’s “They Call Me Q!” was chosen as best show, followed by Will Hausman’s “John Brown’s Body,” and Julia Wackenheim’s “Turner & Hooch 2: Murder at the Wackenheim Manor.” Wackenheim also won the Hoku Award for best performance. Paul Janes-Brown, in “John Brown’s Body,” by Will Hausman received the first standing ovation as well as the first shouts for “author” in Maui Fringe history.