By Wayne Harada
Reece’s piece: modeling reality show
Kim Taylor Reece, award-winning photographer best known for his sepia- tone hula images, will launch a modeling reality show this summer on KITV4.
Reece will appear on the ABC affiliate tomorrow morning (April 30) to discuss the series, envisioned as an eight-week summer competition that will re-run for another eight weeks through mid-September.
Auditions will be held form 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday (May 2) at the Kim Taylor Reece Gallery, at 1142 Bethel St. in Chinatown.
The show is searching for women aged 18 to 34; bring a headshot (3 by 5 inches) and portfolio. Modeling or hula kahiko experience is advantageous but not required.
Suggested wardrobe: casual, Hawaiian print attire, with heels or sandals (no slippers). Light make-up is OK, but no stage make-up.
Details: Karlel Crowley, editor of Look Hawaii Magazine, 371-5700.
MVT: Age of Aquarius, sleuthing, pidgin parody
Four musicals, including “Hair,” “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit” and “Winter Wonderlettes,” top Manoa Valley Theatre’s 2009-2010 season — the theater’s 41st year — beginning this fall.:
* “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit,” Sept. 3 through 20. A musical revue by Gerard Alessandrini, off-Broadway’s kingin of send-ups and spoofs of mainstream shows. Directed by Elitei Tatafu. This edition includes parodies of “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia,” “South Pacific,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked.” Show creator Allesandrini will again lend personal assistance, assuring a spot-on spoof.
* “Winter Wonderettes,” Nov. 12 through 29, a holiday musical by Roger Bean. Directed by Brett Harwood. The 1960s provide the backdrop to a holiday party for the soon-to-close Harper’s Hardware, and the score is rich with winterly wonderments like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and yes, even “Mele Kalikimaka.”
* “The Dixie Swim Club,” Jan. 14 through 31, a comedy-drama by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Betty Burdick. Five Southern women whose friendship dates back to their college swim team ear, go on an annual August weekend to recharge those roots; the play spans a 33-year period.
* “Hair,” March 4 through 21, an American tribal love-rock musical by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt McDermot, currently in revival on Broadway. Directed by Rob Duval. It’s a 1968 flashback to the Age of Aquarius, with a dawn of such Top 40 hits as “Good Morning Starshine,” “Hair,” and “Let the Sunshine In,” amid anti-war and love-and-peace themes.
* “Sleuth,” May 20 through June 6, a thriller by Anthoy Shaffer. Director TBA. A mystery writer ensconced in an English manor lures his wife’s lover to his home and convinces him o stage a robbery of her gems for their mutual benefit, triggering a chain of events that test the audience’s ability to define where reality and fantasy begin and end in a game with murderous consequences.
* “Once Upon One Time,” July 8 through 25, an award-winning local-style musical comedy parody, by Lisa Matsumoto, Paul Palmore and Roslyn Catracchia. Directed by Bree Bumatai. This local fave combines pidgin with parody, as family fairy tales unwind with familiar characters and situations, cloaked with loco local lunacy: Noelani and da Six Menehunes, Red Rose Haku, Kekoa and Maile, and Da Keed Who Wen Cry Mongoose. It’s the first revival of a popular series by the late playwright Matsumoto. Mythic and manic fun-kine stuff.
Season tickes go on sale shortly.