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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘SMOKEY’ SHINDIG?FOR?MVT ?
Dave Kennedy, left, Manoa Valley Theatre board member and senior vice president of marketing for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, greeted “Uncle Tom” Moffatt and Gov. Neil Abercrombie at “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” a Manoa Marquee fundraiser inspired by the 1995 jukebox musical of that name, April 13 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Moffatt emceed and entertained the crowd with stories about his experiences with old-time teen idols and rock stars. Abercrombie helped with the live auction.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'GAPPERS' DEBUTS, DODD DEPARTS Freelance lighting designer Stephen Clear, center, met “Gappers” cast members Timothy Callais and Amy Allyssa Johnson after the performance. Callais steals the show with his portrayal of a man and his wife. The faster Callais has to switch between characters and costumes, the funnier he gets. “Gappers” closes with a final show at 2 p.m. Sunday. For information, go to www.etickethawaii.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'GAPPERS' DEBUTS, DODD DEPARTS Veteran University of Hawaii at Manoa set and properties designer Joseph D. Dodd, left, was congratulated by retired professors Dennis Carroll, Sandra Finney and Mark Boyd April 11 at a reception after the opening of “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip” on Kennedy Theatre’s main stage. “Gappers,” a surprisingly sophisticated piece of children’s theater, is Dodd’s final show as a member of the UH faculty; he is retiring after 29 years. Carroll was at UH for 41 years, including 11 as theater department chairman; Finney taught costume design for 38 years; Boyd taught technical direction and lighting design for 30.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM Kip Wilborn, Shawna Lynn Masuda and Megan Mount made an eye-catching threesome after they performed in a musical revue of songs from the show. Wilborn was showcased on “Spanish Harlem,” while Masuda and Mount shared the stage with Jody Bill and Natalie Capino in a dramatic “girl group” arrangement of “I’m a Woman.” For more party photos, go to www.honolulupulse.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM MVT producing director Dwight T. Martin joined Manoa Marquee co-chairs Nancy Evans Tudor, left, and Donna Bebber, and committee member Joanne Wood as they surveyed the results of the silent auction outside the ballroom. Guests received packs of candy cigarettes and pink bubble gum cigars as part of the theme but no real smoking was allowed.