By Wayne Harada
Director Ron Bright will be saluted Sunday (April 7), following the 3 p.m. matinee performance of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the Castle High School theater bearing his name, with a host of alumni will be hand to cheer the "retired" (but still active) educator-director for 50 years of theatrical triumps.
The tribute coincides with the 50th anniversary of theater brand. He started staging musicals in the cafetorium of Ben Parker Elementary School, and after he moved to Castle and the reputation of his endeavors spread to townies, a new legit facility was build in Kaneohe.
So stage alumni like Jodi Leong, Jade Stice and Kimi Balimero will gather, and the “Business” cast will sing a tribute to the legendary stage mentor and magician, to raise funds for the Ron Bright Scholarship Fund for aspiring theater wannabes.
Matthew Mazzella, Rachel Wong and Gabriel Wright, starring in the musical, were KidStart youngers when Bright was teaching; this year, they are graduating from Castle, so they've come full circle.
Other vets from past shows will share their aloha with song. “The legacy continues,” says Karen Meyer, the current Castle drama honcho who is staging the salute to raises fund for the Ron Bright Scholarship Fund for aspiring theater students. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, available at www.ShowTix4U.com. ...
Loretta Ables Sayre: Back to roots.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Loretta Ables Sayre makes a rare performance, returning to her jazz roots, when she reunites with her ol’ club cronies Jim Howard, the pianist, and Steve Jones, the bassist, in a gig from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (April 4) at Mezz 127 in the downtown TOPA Tower at the foot of the Fort Street Mall.
“I am going to dust off the jazz standard book and pull out some great tunes I haven’t been able to do the past six years,” says the Tony Award nominee for her Bloody Mary role in “South Pacific” a few seasons back. The Broadway then London commitment meant Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes night after night; now, she’ll hand-pick some of the jazz ditties that made her a Waikiki staple prior to her stage endeavor.
She worked with Howard for 10 years at the Halekulani, and with Jones for seven years at the Kahala resort. A reunion “of the most wonderful kind,” however belated, was inevitable.
A $10 tariff prevails, along with a one-drink minimum. Seating is first-come, first-served. The club is on the mezzanine; parking is available under the facility, with access from Nimitz Highway. ...
SEEING ‘RED:’ Vanita Rae Smith’s Readers Theatre production of “Red” will be presented at 7 p.m. today (April 2) and Thursday (April 4) and 2 p.m. April 7 at the Pohai Nani Retirement Center’s Bacon Auditorium in Kaneohe.
Peter Clark participates, in the role of artist Mark Rothko. Scott Francis Russell plays the young assistant Ken.
Admission is free, with calabash donations accepted. Reservations are not required but are suggested, by calling 254-4885. Parking is available and free on the Pohai Nani grounds.