If you thought you saw fairies flitting around Keopuolani Park last Friday, don't be concerned, you weren't hallucinating. There really were fairies - three of them to be exact: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather - practicing their enchantment for Baldwin High School's production of "Sleeping Beauty."
"I wanted the kids to get the feeling of being in the woods," says Baldwin High School drama teacher Linda Carnevale. Last week's furlough day provided an opportunity for a nontraditional rehearsal in an outdoor setting.
As they get ready for Friday's opening night, the cast of 38 students has been working hard but enjoying themselves at the same time. In contrast to last year's crop of seniors, many Baldwin actors this year are freshmen. "It was an adjustment," Carnevale says. "But the new kids who came in have been really eager; they just stepped up, and they're a really lovely group of kids."
Baldwin High School’s production of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” features Dylan Bode as the prince and Russian foreign exchange student Anna Ivanho as Briar Rose, who becomes Sleeping Beauty.
The prince battles Maleficent the sorceress (Anuhea Sebstad.)
Author-humorist David Sedaris will talk and read tonight in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Sally Bowles (Lynnea Barry, in black) performs with the Kit Kat Girls, Karen Stavash (clockwise from left), Sharleen Lagattuta, Lehua Simon, Melanie Seeley, Jessica Dungans and Ellen Peterson in “Cabaret” at the Historic Iao Theater.
Baldwin is returning to the fairy-tale genre that they visited last year with the charming production of "Into the Woods." This time, they present a shortened version of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," complete with all the favorite characters: Princess Aurora (Briar Rose), Prince Phillips, the king and queen, three good fairies, forest animals like owls, raccoons and squirrels, and of course the evil Maleficent and her goons.
"The kids really enjoy doing the children's genre," Carnevale says. "There are so many fun parts, and they realize that you've got to start on little parts that may not seem as big, but it's the frame of mind that's important. They know they're a valuable part of the cast."
Princess Aurora will be played by two girls: Meg Lasater the first weekend, and Anna Ivanova the second weekend. Ivanova is a foreign exchange student from Russia who had never been seriously involved with theater before auditioning for the play. "She won all our hearts with her beautiful voice and the sweet way she portrayed the princess," Carnevale says.
The musical features classic songs like "Once Upon a Dream" and "I Wonder," with musical direction by Kirsten Otterson.
As with all Baldwin productions, the students contribute their time and energy to every facet of the show, from making the props and costumes, to hanging the lights and painting the sets, to serving at Saturday night's gala event. According to Carnevale, each student is required to put in 14 workshop hours in addition to rehearsals. "That's how they buy into it," she says. "They take pride in ownership because they help to make and design everything about the show."
"Sleeping Beauty" runs for two weekends in the Baldwin High School Loudon Mini-Theatre in back of campus (although if it sells out, they may hold it over for a third weekend, as was the case with "Aladdin" a few years back). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays, with one 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on Nov. 14.
* Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for age 17 and younger; available at the door. The "Gala Night Dessert Affair" Fundraiser at 6:15 p.m. Saturday includes pre-show entertainment, early seating, dessert and beverage; tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $13 for students. For gala reservations, call 984-5656, ext. 315.
Humorist David Sedaris brings his knack for finding the funny side of life to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sedaris is known for his best-selling books "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim" and his latest collection of essays, "When You Are Engulfed in Flames." He is also a prolific radio presence on National Public Radio, with the show "This American Life" featuring his dryly witty observations on jobs, education, sexual orientation, cultural differences and life in general. Time Magazine named him "Humorist of the Year" in 2001. Tonight, Sedaris will present readings and recollections, as well as sign books and answer questions from the audience.
* Tickets are $32, $39.50, $47 and $62. Applicable fees are added to tickets for all MACC shows, available at the MACC box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.
Poor Charlie Bucket lives in a tumble-down house with all of his grandparents and never has enough money to buy yummy things like chocolate. Until one day, he finds a precious coin in the gutter, and suddenly he's won a tour of the eccentric Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory! Kamehameha Schools Maui Drama Club presents Roald Dahl's fantasy musical "Willy Wonka," based on Dahl's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Directed by Camille Romero, the family-friendly show features Wesley Kiaha as Charlie, Ekolu Kim as Willy Wonka and Ekela Hill as Grandpa Joe. Final showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Keopuolani Hale on the KSM campus in Pukalani. Admission is free. For information or reservations, call 573-7285.
Life is a "Cabaret" at Steppingstone Playhouse at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, through Nov. 15. The edgy Broadway musical directed by Jonathan Lehman features a top-notch Maui cast, decadent (and skimpy) costumes by Kathleen Schulz, original choreography by Kalani Whitford and a live orchestra directed by Marti Kluth playing familar numbers like "Mein Herr," "Money" and "Maybe This Time." Set in 1931 Berlin, the action takes place at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret full of beautiful girls and boys where people go to hear the music play and forget their troubles - at least for the night. Due to sexual themes, the show is not appropriate for children. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, with one 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on Nov. 14. Tickets are $28 for reserved table seating (available only by phone), $25 for center section, and $22 for side section; available at the mall's Customer Service Desk or by calling 875-4367. For more information, visit www.proartspacific.com.
After being postponed due to a storm threat, "Strangers on a Train" returns to the Historic Iao Theater for Bare Essential Theater - a live reading on a bare stage by local actors. The 1950 psychological thriller by Patricia Highsmith was subsequently made into an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and later adapted for the stage by playwright Craig Warner in 1995. The plot revolves around mama's boy Charles Bruno, who meets successful architect Guy Haines on a train, and shares with him a wild plan for "the perfect murder": Bruno will kill Guy's cheating wife, and Guy will kill Bruno's despised father. Too late, Guy realizes that Bruno has every intention of carrying out the plan. The B.E.T. reading takes place at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. For details, call 244-8680.