By Wayne Harada
Happy Thanksgiving! A few tidbits on show-related matters on the horizon:
Stage: Manoa Valley sets ‘Hair’ auditions
Manoa Valley Theatre will hold auditions for “Hair,” the American tribal love rock musical exploring the Age of Aquarius, at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the theater, 2833 E. Manoa Road. As mentioned in this blog earlier, the MVT will produce the hit musical without nudity.
Rob Duval will direct, Kenji Higashihama will conduct the orchestra and Katherine L. Jones will choreograph.
The production will run March 4 through April 18.
“Hair,” the landmark musical by Galt McDermott, Gerome Ragni and James Rado recreating the turbulent and controversial spirit of the hippie-era 1960s, is currently in a hit revival run on Broadway. It boasts a cache of hit tunes, including “Hair,” “Age of Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Easy to be Hard” and “Where Do I Go?”
A multi-ethnic cast of 23 is sought to portray members of the “tribe,” a group of young Americans searching for peace and love during the Vietnam war era.
Those trying out should be ready to sing 16 to 32 bars of a high-energy rock or R&B tune that displays strong vocal range; an accompanist will be provided. A capella or karaoke singing will not be allowed. Auditioners may be asked to learn a simple dance combination or read from the script.
The male principals are Berger and Claude.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 5, with 35 performances scheduled between March 4 and April 18.
Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Information: 988-6131.
History: Track WWII on film and a tour
Historian Steve Fredrick will host a two-part program of vintage films and a tour to Remember Pearl Harbor.
Fredrick will screen “Hawaii During World War II: The Movies and the Music of the 1940s,” on Dec. 4. The film includes original newsreel footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a rarely-seen cartoon featuring Porky Pig and musical shorts featuring Lani McInire and His Aloha Islanders.
On Dec. 6, Fredrick will lead a four-hour walk through historic sites frequented by U.S. servicemen during their wartime stay on O’ahu, with treks through Honolulu and Chinatown streets where GIs visited theaters, dance halls, diners, pool halls and taverns. A lunch break is part of the tour.
The film program, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, is $10; call for location.
The tour, at 1 p.m. Dec. 6, is $20, beginning at Fort Street Mall.
Reservations are required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.stevestoursandfilms.vpweb.com.
Concert: Toys for Tots holiday event Dec. 9
A holiday concert for Toys for Tots Hawaii, Na Mele O Na Keiki (Music for the Children), will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Blaisdell Concert Hall.
It will feaure the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, with Danny Kaleikini and Carole Kai as emcees. Other performers include Anita Hall, Steve Hott, the Honolulu Boy Choir, Jake Shimabukuro, Amy Hanaiali’I and Honorary Marine Cpl. Jim Nabors of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” fame.
Tickets are free, limited to four per person, and available at the Blaisdell box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Marines will be on hand at the concert to accept donations to Toys for Tots; this year’s goal is 45,000 toys.
Toys and funds collected remain here to make keiki Christmases a bit happier.
Nightclubs: SOS LV on vacation starting Sunday
The Society of Seven Las Vegas (SOS LV), Waikiki’s contemporary entertainment group, will be on vacation Nov. 29 through Dec. 10.
The SOS show in the Main Showroom of the Outrigger Waikiki hotel will resume at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11.
Nightclubs: Pipeline bustling in the weeks ahead
Pipeline Café continues to be a hub for nightlife activities.
Booked in the weeks ahead:
Pipeline’s 10th Anniversary Party, 9 p.m. Dec. 4; $10 pre-sale, $25 VIP; for 21 and older.
English Beat, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; $34 general, $65 VIP.
Strung Out, 10 p.m. Dec. 11. $20 advance, $25 at the door, $50 VIP; 18 and older.
Comedian Doug Stanhope , 7 p.m. Dec. 13; doors open at 6 p.m. $20 general, $45 VIP.
Comedian Ahmed Ahmed, 8 p.m. Dec. 23; doors open at 7 p.m. $20 general, $40 VIP; 18 and older.
Comedian Michael Winslow, 7 p.m. Dec. 30; doors open at 6 p.m. $20 general, $45 VIP priority seating. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Utada, 8 p.m. Jan. 15; doors open at 7 p.m. $30. Sold out.
Tickets: GrooveTickets.com, Pipeline Café box office.