It makes me a little dizzy to keep track of the vast number of Halloween options that are available on Maui every year. I lost count last week. If you've grown tired of roaming aimlessly down Front Street or waiting in line for an hour to hear a band you saw for $3 last month, there are several affordable alternative Halloween shows to choose from.
Starting in Wailuku, Maui OnStage presents a musical version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" at the Historic Iao Theater all weekend. If you're unfamiliar with the tale, it's the one where the guy walls up a guy in his wine cellar and leaves him to slowly die. Vincent Price and Peter Lorre, remember? The musical adaptation by Elliot Baker was originally presented two years ago by Maui OnStage and its original cast led the charge to bring it back this year. Four of those original six cast members return, including Steven Dascoulias as Montressor, Jerry Eiting as Furtunato, Casey Murphy as Lenore and Julie Kawamura as Bianca along with new additions Dylan Bode and David Michaels.
If you didn't catch the show in 2009, it is a perfect little musical. Baker's original music and lyrics make you think Sondheim but his book and staging suggestions give it a miniature "Phantom of the Opera" feel. If you enjoy shows like "Les Misarables," "Phantom" and "Sweeney Todd" you'll love "Cask." Because of the return of the immensely talented cast and the simplicity of the show, director Alexis Dascoulias ("Chicago") needed just one week to stage it. The one-act musical times out at just over one hour, leaving you plenty of time to get back to the Halloween parties. Immediately following "Cask" catch the much anticipated return of "Thriller." Choreographer Aly Cardinalli has made his "Thriller" mob of 30 zombie dancers a Maui Halloween tradition.
Terez Amato will host tonight’s Erotica Slam Poetry and Costume Ball at Casanova in Makawao.
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Steven Dascoulias (left) and Jerry Eiting star in Maui OnStage’s musical “The Cask of Amontillado” at the Historic Iao Theater.
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n "The Cask of Amontillado," Elliot Baker's one-act musical adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's tale of horror, plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at The Historic Iao Theater. "Thriller" follows "Cask" at 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door for $10. For more information, call 242-8680 or visit mauionstage. com.
Just around the corner from the haunted theater, Vineyard Street Deli hosts its first Halloween costume party and buffet from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The spooky spread includes creepy sea shrimp with green slime, freshly flayed flesh on ectoplasm crusts and rats in blood with warm buns, yum? Tickets are $25 for adults in advance, $30 at the door, children younger than 12 get in for $10. Vineyard Street Deli will also be open Halloween night for the Wailuku festivities. For more information call 243-3663.
If you feel like staying Upcountry, catch the annual "Erotica Slam Poetry and Costume Ball" at Casanova in Makawao tonight. Event promoter Ellen Peterson warns, "Come as kinky as you dare, a Halloween-inspired erotic playground awaits you." Poets, spoken-word artists, emcees and actors of all levels are all invited to perform original works of art of three minutes or less and compete for a $100 cash prize. Hosted by Terez Amato, the evening's entertainment also includes pole dancing by Amanda Furgiuele, burlesque by Kit Kat Cabaret, the "Thriller" dancers, chicken-skin storytellers, a coffin photo booth and much more. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. but get there early to get a seat as the event is usually standing room only. Tickets are available at the door for $10.
If you're not exhausted and broke by Saturday night, Island Girl Pin-Ups and Three's Bar & Grill in Kihei hosts the second annual "Dead Hollywood Pin-Ups Party." Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite dead Hollywood celebrity. The event features a red carpet entrance, a fortuneteller and performances by Karli Rose, Kit Kat Cabaret (singer/dancers Karen Stavish, Ellen Peterson, Casey Murphy, KD Churchill and additional guests), drag sensations the Girly Show, and late-night dancing with DJ Del Sol and D.J.C. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the event is free so arrive early because they hit maximum capacity by 9:30 last year.
Just down the street, ProArts Playhouse continues its "Ruthless Film Festival." The films being screened inspired the authors of ProArts' next stage production, "Ruthless! The Musical," opening Dec. 9. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. at the ProArts Playhouse located at the Azeka (Makai) Shopping Center in Kihei. Tonight: "All About Eve" (1950, Bette Davis); Friday: "Gypsy" (1962, Rosalind Russell); Saturday: "The Women" (1939, Joan Crawford); Sunday: "Sunset Boulevard" (1950, Gloria Swanson); Monday: "Valley of the Dolls" (1967, Barbara Parkins and Patty Duke). Admission is free to all films, donations gladly accepted. For more information and a description of films visit proartspacific.com.
"Bride of Rocktober" continues at the Historic Iao Theater on Halloween night with a last chance to catch the "Thriller" dancers followed by a free screening of cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Doors open at 8 p.m. for "Thriller"; the "RHPS" screening follows at 9 p.m. Monday. Complete "Rocky Horror" party packs (toast, party hats, squirt guns and more) will be available for $12 at the theater. For more information, call 242-8680 or visit mauionstage.com.
Also this week, the Maui Preparatory Academy Drama Club and teen rock band 7AM present a double feature performance. "A Year with Frog and Toad" plays Saturday and Sunday at the Maui Theater in Lahaina. It is based on the classic children's Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, with music by Robert Reale, book and lyrics by Willie Reale. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Frog and his reserved pal, Toad, singing up a storm, launching their own version of snail mail, and learning what it means to have patience, compassion, loyalty and love. The musical double feature plays at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday with the 7 p.m. concert to follow at the Maui Theatre (home of " 'Ulalena"). Tickets are $10 and available at Lahaina Music, the Maui Preparatory Academy office or at the door. For more information, call 665-9966.
King Kekaulike Drama presents "Fighting for My Self" by Renee J. Clark, a dramatic portrayal of female teen pressure. Pressure to be popular, pressure to be thin, pressure to have sex and pressure to do drugs are all very real stresses on today's teenage girls, many of whom lose their way trying to survive. Chris Kepler directs the poignant play made up of monologues, mime and a Greek-style chorus at the King Kekaulike student dining room Nov. 4 through Nov. 13.
n Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees at King Kekaulike High School. Tickets are available at the door only, $8 for adults, $4 for students. The box office will open 30 minutes prior to the performances. "Fighting for My Self" contains material that may be inappropriate for children younger than 12.
Baldwin High School Performing Arts Learning Center and the Baldwin Theatre Guild present "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," a musical based on the story by the Brothers Grimm, Nov. 5 through Nov.12 at the Baldwin High School Loudon Minitheater. Book, music and lyrics are by Carol Weiss; Linda Carnevale directs.
"A cast of 35 is anxious to bring this classic fairy tale to life. I love to bring children's theater to the stage. The Baldwin students love to perform shows where they get to use their imagination, have fun, and act out stories they loved as a child" says Carnevale.
n Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Nov. 12. Tickets are available at the door only, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for 17 and younger. The box office will open one hour prior to showtimes and seating begins 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Art with Heart, a Seabury Hall student-run club designed to bring young artists together to make a positive difference, presents its first global project on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Seabury Hall. The club's first benefit performance will fund a children's school in Africa and 15 percent of the proceeds will go toward the Russell family. Michael Russell, a former Seabury Hall Spanish teacher and soccer coach, recently passed away, leaving behind his wife and two baby girls. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria with an art gallery showing. At 7 p.m., guests are invited to the performing arts center to enjoy live music, dance, and poetry readings. Tickets are $18 dollars for adults, $12 for students, children 5 and younger are free. To reserve tickets, call 573-1257.
The Historic Iao Theater celebrates its silent film past Nov. 4 with a true crime murder mystery game "Who Killed William Desmond Taylor?" as part of the Wailuku First Friday celebration. Maui actors play the real-life actor suspects of the famous 1922 murder including Jackie Shea as Mabel Normand, Robyn Grahn as Edna Purviance, Gracie Clarke as Mary Miles Minter and Ute Finch as the original show biz mom, Charlotte Shelby. The evening will also feature a free screening of Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (1921). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the screening is at 8 p.m. For more information, call 242-8680 or visit mauionstage.com.