Show bits: A potpourri of things to do
See a Broadway favorite, “Guys and Dolls,” in a new production.
Get your kids enrolled in a summertime educational activity that develops creativity.
Check out students in a May Day pageant with a Hoku-winning guest entertainer.
Or hear a pianist at a May Day show at a local yacht club or at a fun-raiser with a former Broadway performer at Church of the Crossroads.
Stage: DHT revives ‘Guys and Dolls’ May 14
Diamond Head Theatre will revive the Broadway classic, “Guys and Dolls,” May 14, retelling the fabled stories of characters created Damon Runyan.
The musical comedy, set in New York City, features a bushel of vivid figures: Sarah Brown, the upright doll of the title, played by Lydia Pusateri; Sky Masterson, the high-roller gambler, portrayedby Mick Gallagher; Adelaide, the nightclub trouper engaged for 14 years, enactedby Aubrey Lee Glover; and Nathan Detroit, the betrothed but not ready to wed guy always ready for a floating crap game, played by Larry Bialock.
The show features a rich score by Frank Loesser, including hit songs like “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” The book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
Rob Duval is director, Emmett G. Yoshioka is musical director and Christine Yasunaga is choreographer.
Performances will be May 14 through 30, with curtain at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 3 p.m. May 22 and 29.
Tickets: $12 to $42, with discounts available for children under 18, full-time students, seniors 62 and older and active-duty military.
Reservations: 733-0274 or www.diamondheadthreatre.com.
Summer: HTY plans vacation-time ‘Fables’ for kids
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth will stage its 2010 Summer Drama Adventure, themed “Fables From Afar and Anear,” from June 7 through 25 at its Tenney Theatre headquarters at Saint Andrews Cathedral.
The program is open to youths 7 through 12, offering three weeks of creative adventure in movement, games, dramatic exploration and storytelling. Classes will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays.
The process will enable youngsters to collaborate with peers in small groups to strengthen their team-building skills, develop problem solving, and promote creative thinking.
With help from adult professionals Lily Brennick and Michelle Hurtubise, the youths will create an original play based on fantastic fables from around the world to perform on the Tenney Theatre stage in the final week of the program.
Tuition is $490 and scholarships are available.
To register, call Courtney at 839-9885, ext. 704, or download an application form and scholarship form at www.htyweb.org.
May Day: Zuttermeister joins Sacred Hearts program
Hoku Zuttermeister, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning entertainer, will guest on Sacred Heart Academy’s May Day celebration tomorrow (April 29) at the school’s Kaimuki campus gym, at 3253 Wai’alae Ave. His appearance will be at 1 p.m.
Zuttermeister will be joined by Kula Abiva and Pokii Vaughan and Ryan Souza in a program directed by SHA kumu hula Pohai Sousa, who trained under Maiki Aiu Lake.
The program, open to parents, family as well as the general public, is expressly for the student population but outsiders are welcome, though space may be limited.
Programs will be at specific times and audiences: 8 a.m., for junior kindergarten through grade 2; 10:30 a.m. for grades 3 to 6 and 1 p.m. for grades 7 through 12.
Using mele and hula, stories with Island roots will be staged, dealing with Laieikawai, one of the twins born at Laie, Oahu, Kahalaopun, the goddess of Manoa Valley, and the benevolent goddess Kaiona, who in her bird form guides lost travelers out of Oahu’s forests. Kananaka, the mermaid of Lahaina, Maui, will also be featured.
The Big Island will be represented with Poli’ahu, the goddess of snow, with Pele, the goddess of Kilauea, also depicted.
The May Day queen will dance to the mele Akahikuleana i ka piko, written by Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett to honor the mother of chief Umi-a-Liloa.
Information: Betty White, at 734-5058, extension 226.
Shows: May Day at Yacht Club, fun-raiser at church
Pianist Don Conover will feature a May Day special at his regular first-Saturday-of-the-month gig, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, at the Hawaii Yacht Club’s piano bar.
Attendance is invitational (you have to be on a guest list) so to gain access and a spot on the list, email the keyboarder at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further, Conover and his partner, Ernest Harada, will present “A Gift of Love,” a music scholarship fun-raiser, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, at the Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. Admission is free, but calabash donations will be accepted to fund the scholarship.
Harada (no relation) is a former Broadway performer with numerous stage and film-TV roles, including an original role in the Stephen Sondheim classic, “Pacific Overtures.” His repertoire includes Broadway music, jazz, pop, gospel and more; he has appeared in a roster of roles in such shows as “Charlie’s Angeles,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Ironside,” “Mannix” and “Roseanne.” With his New York ties, he will tackle excerpts from “A Little Night Music,” “Chicago,” “Sunset Boulevard” and more.