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Watch for a local in Hawai'i-bound 'Stomp'

September 27th, 2009

Stuff for your calendar — and get ready for the return of "Stomp," the lone visiting stage show for the rest of the year:

Stage: ‘Stomp’ returning with Islander in cast

When “Stomp,” the pulsating percussion phenom, returns for a two-week holiday run Dec. 22 at the Hawai‘i Theatre, there will be an Islander in the cast.
Details are yet to be announced, but a hometowner in the company in the past has fueled local interest. Watch for his/her identity.
Even if you’ve seen this off-Broadway and international sensation, give yourself a Christmas gift and return for another look-see. Besides some standby faves, there will be updated and restructured segents as well as a pair of full-on new production numbers, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.
As co-creator Steve McNicholas says, “After creating new routines for ‘Stomp Out Loud’ in (Las) Vegas Luke Cresswell (McNicholas’ co-cratore) and I decided it was time to rework elements of our main production.”
The show is known for its creative rhythmic music, with a definite urban flavor, created with household items ranging from plastic bags to cigarette lighters plus a few industrial objects such as steel drums, and performed with “an eccentric sense of character and humor” in McNicholas’ words.
What may look like a junkyard becomes a jukebox of jangle and jubilant syncopation.
Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 for all shows except opening night, when admission will be $15.25, $28 and $40. Group discounts for 10 or more available, with deeper discounts for groups of 40 or more. In addition, special $25 tickets will be available to all students, teachers, senior citizens and military personnel, excluding shows on Dec. 22 and 23, with valid ID. The Dec. 23 show will be a Hawaii Food Bank benefit, with a portion of ticket sales going to the food bank. An additional $5 discount will be given to those providing a canned food donation at the time of ticket purchase.
Jam Theatricals, based in Chicago, is presenting “Stomp!” with New Space Entertainment and Rhythm. Jam last staged “Stomp!” at the Hawai’I Theatre in 2004 and its most recent stage offering here was “Mamma Mia” at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Clubs: Lewers Lounge updates entertainment

Lewers Lounge, the mecca for drinks, music and camaraderie at the Halekulani Hotel, has adjusted its entertainment slate.
The revised schedule:
• Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays —Noly Pa‘a, pianist, performing classics.
• Wednesdays and Thursdays — Bruce Hamada, bassist-vocalist, and Jim Howard, pianist, sharing contemporary and timeless standards.
• Fridays and Saturdays — Rocky Holmes, flutist-clarinetist, and Tennyson Stevens, pianist, in a jazz format.
Lewers Lounge is open from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with music from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Suggested attire: collared shirts for gents, evening dress for women.

Classics: Cavani Strings sets shows, workshops

The Cavani String Quartet, an internationally-acclaimed chanber music ensemble, will be in Honolulu Oct. 8 through 12 for a collaborative residency and concert and workshop slate.
The visit is a project of the Suzuki Association of Hawaii, the Honolulu Chamber Series, the Hawaii American String Teachers Association and ‘Iolani School.
Musicians will not only stage master classes and workshops but help launch the Honolulu Chamber Series season.
The schedule:

• Oct. 8 — Workshops at O‘ahu schools.

• Oct. 10 — Workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ‘Iolani, open to violin, viola, cello and bass tudents. A morning“Team Up With Music” mini-concert will be held.

• Oct. 11 — Concert at 8 p.m. at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Featuring Beethoven’s Sring Quartet, Op. 8, No. 6, and Dvorak’s Quartet, Op.95, “The American.” Tickets: $35.
• Oct. 12 — Master classes, from 2 yo 4 p.m., for string quartets at ‘Iolani. Open to all string quartets.
Information: www.suzukiassociationhawaii.org

Stage: Kapolei youths staging ‘Dear Edwina Jr.’

The Performing Arts Center of Kapolei will present “Dear Edwina Jr.” beginning Saturday (Oct. 2)
at Kapolei High School Forum, 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway.
Annie Espinosa, 14, plays the title character, Edwina Spoonapple.
Performance times are at 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Oct. 3, and 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10.
Doors open a half-hour before curtain; there is general seatig for all shows except on Oct. 3, when those attending sould bring chairs, blankets and mats.
Ticket information: 224-5314.

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