MOVIES UNDER MOONLIGHT
If your family’s summertime bucket list includes watching a movie outdoors, here are a few upcoming events — all under the stars and free! — to help you check off that item:
>> Sunset on the Beach — “Coco”: Festivities include live music, games, photo ops, food vendors and more. 4:30 p.m. family-friendly activities, 7 p.m. movie (at sunset) Saturday, Queen’s Surf Beach, across from Honolulu Zoo. southwest.com/html/mkt/sunset-on-the-beach.html
>> Cinema in the Park — “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: Dress up as your favorite superhero for a chance to win prizes. Bring blankets for seating; lawn chairs will not be permitted. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Victoria Ward Park. RSVP required: wardvillage.com/events/courtyard-cinema
>> Movie Night on the Lawn — “UP!”: Bring blankets or chairs for seating and cash for snacks, which include $1 pizza slices, $1 bags of popcorn and $1 drinks. 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 16, Kailua United Methodist Church, 1110 Kailua Road. RSVP encouraged: Visit the church’s Facebook page, click on “events,” find the movie night link and mark “going.” Info: 261-6238
RIFF ON CLASSIC FAIRYTALE ‘CINDERELLA’ IS LIVELY AND FUN
This twisted comedy is definitely not your Disney “Cinderella.” The Hawaii premiere of “Cinderella Waltz,” a production of TAG — The Actors’ Group, is Friday at The Brad Powell Theatre and runs Thursdays through Sundays until Sept. 1.
The retelling follows main character Rosey Snow, trapped in a fairy tale world, plus supporting characters described in TAG’s website as “stepsisters Goneril and Regan, her demented stepmother, her lecherous father, a bewildered prince, a fairy godmother who sings salty old sailor songs, a troll and a possibly homicidal village idiot.”
The cast makes the production a must-see with its “amazing energy and chemistry,” said director Alan Shepard. “It’s a real joy to explore this twist on a familiar tale with such exuberance and passion.”
The script, by playwright Don Nigro, is itself a highlight of the show, Shepard added.
“His reimagining of the Cinderella story is unique, yet familiar, and immersive,” he said. “I think every audience member will see a bit of themselves in this version of the story.”
While Shepard encourages families to watch the show, he notes this telling “has a slightly more adult and sarcastic look at the tale,” he said. “We recommend this show for families with children 10 and up.”
Presented by TAG — The Actors’ Group
>> Where: The Brad Powell Theatre, Shops at Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Road
>> When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Aug. 9 through Sept. 1
>> Cost: $20-$30 (appropriate for ages 10 and older)
>> Info: 741-4699, taghawaii.net
A CON FOR ALL IN THE OHANA
Keiki superheroes, assemble! Sea Life Park, Mana Comics and the Hawaii Comic Book Alliance have joined forces to present the first ever Keiki Hero Con — Saturday at Sea Life Park — and families are invited to dress up as their favorite heroes or create their own hero costumes for the event.
The celebration of keiki fans of comics and heroes “will be an action-packed event unlike any other comic convention Oahu has ever seen,” said Christopher Caravalho, founder of Mana Comics. “Keiki and park guests will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the comic book culture and meet local comic book creators, amazing cosplayers and other industry leaders.”
There will be super hero-themed games and activities, such as drawing your own super hero; a panel, meet-and-greet and signings with local comic book artists; and a cosplay costume contest for kids and adults, Caravalho said.
Also, Mana Comics will unveil a cosplay version of one of its comic book characters, the fearless, Waimanalo-born hero, “Sistah Shark” (one of many photo opportunities!) and launch the first issue of a brand-new title, “Baby Sistah Shark #1.”
“Comics are more than just drawings on paper,” Caravalho noted. “They are a means to inspiring creativity, fueling the imagination and generating further interest in reading.”
KEIKI HERO CON
>> Where: Sea Life Park
>> When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
>> Cost: $12.50 for Hawaii residents (ID required) ages 3 and older
>> Info: sealifeparkhawaii.com/hero