A flurry of theatrial endeavors with charity-related links await stage fans in the weeks and months ahead.
Thus, you have a chance to see a stage show while contributing to related fund-raising endeavors — a win-win situation for spectator and presenter.
* “Into the Woods,” playing now through March 28 at the the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei. This is Stephen Sondheim’s take on classic Brothers Grimm fairytale characters meeting in the woods, with unexpected twists. In conjunction with the musical, which features a cast of 35, there’s a sidebar project to promote literary. More than 30 books, autographed by celebrities, will be auctioned off during the run of the show. Contributers include “Lost” actor and The Counter co-owner Daniel Dae Kim, music star Jack Johnson (who donated books from his own North Shore home library), local girl and “South Pacific” Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre, Broadway actor Richard Vida and conductor Bob Billig, the Broadway cast of “Wicked,” actress Kelly Hu, flutist Kenny G, “Criminal Minds” co-star Thomas Gibson, footballer Payton Manning, TV host Carson Daly, singer Michael Bolton, entertainer and restaurateur Jimmy Buffett and actor-comedian George Lopez. Details: www.packapolei.org.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 27, 28; 6 p.m. March 26.
Tickets: $6 adults, free for keiki 2 and under; March 26 is a fundraiser, $25 includes pasta dinner at Auntie Pasto’s in Kapolei, followed by show.
* “Mamma Mia!,” the still-on-Broadway and touring ABBA musical, makes its Hawaii debut May 12 through 24 at Blaisdell Concert Hall. This is the show about a daughter’s marriage on an idyllic Greek island and complications she creates when she invites three of her prospective fathers to attend without her mother’s knowledge, all set against the hit songs by ABBA. The gala opening night will benefit the Women’s Cancer Center at Kapiolani Medical Center, with a meet-and-greet the cast session, plus kaukau at Romano’s Macaroni Grill at Ala Moana Center.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 24.
Tickets: $75, $65 and $40 for weekdays and Sunday evenings; $85, $75 and $50 for Friday and Saturday performances and Sunday matinees.
Reservations: 745-3000, Ticketmaster locations, including Macy’s and Times Supermarket locations, www.ticketmaster.com; opening night gala, $100 admission includes VIP seating plus invitation to a cast party after the show, at Romano’s Macaroni Grill; 732-7733; checks, payable to Kapiolani Medical Center with Women’s Cancer Center in the subject line, may be sent to “Mamma Mia!,” 3860 Sierra Drive, Honolulu, HI 96816.
* A fundraiser honoring veteran award-winning Island actress Jo Pruden set for April 12 aboard the MS Zaandam Cruise Ship, which will be docked at Aloha Tower.
The event is a benefit for the Dorothy J. Esser Theatre Foundation, which supports Army Community Theatre at Richardson Theatre, at Fort Shafter.
Singer-actress Shari Lynn, starring in Diamond Head Theatre’s current “Gypsy,” will perform, accompanied by Peter Rucci.
Pruden is a ubiquitous performer on numerous stages, including ACT and Manoa Valley Theatre, who has racked up a stable of acting laurels. She also has been the longtime box office manager at ACT and a narrator at the Army’s Fourth of July spectable at Schofield Barracks for more than a decade.
The event includes an 11:30 a.m. brunch and the 12:45 p.m. show, and atour of the ship. Debarking will be at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $100 ($75.80 is tax deductible).
Reservations: Send checks payable to the Dorothy J. Esser Theatre Foundation and may be mailed to 908 Maunawili Road, Kailua, HI 96734 by April 2.
* "Tuesdays With Morrie," which Manoa Valley Theatre premieres at 7:30 p.m. today (March 18). This is a drama based on the best-selling memoir by Mitch Albom and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Albom, concerning the issue of ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the meaning of life.
A performance at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 19) will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s amyotrphic laeral sclerosis division, with a “Thursday With Peggy” theme, in remembrance of artists Peggy Chun, an ALS victim. A pre-show dinner is available; a post-show discussion follows the play, at about 8:45 p.m., with members of Chun’s support ohana ad ALS patient Vi Jones-Medusky, among oters.
The play feaures Greg Howell plays sociology Prof. Morrie Schwartz, an ALS victim, and Scott Robertson as sportswriter Mitch Albom, in a tale of relationships.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through April 5.
Tickets: $30 general, $25 seniors and military, $15 patrons 25 and younger.
Reservations: 988-6131, www.manoavalleytheatre.com.