Southern drama ‘Steel Magnolias’ hits HPA stage


Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ka Makani Players will present Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21-23 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which only are available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

HPA theatre instructor Marina Tichotsky is the director, with set and lighting design by Jared Terpak. Original music, written by Tichotsky, will be performed by students Mieyo Abe, Ella Kotner and Tichotsky.

“Steel Magnolias” is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon: Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire; Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

Filled with hilarious repartee and acerbic, but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when the spunky Shelby risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength — and love — which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny, and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

The cast features Jackson Streiter as Truvy, Jessica Ainslie as Annelle, Rei Fujita as Clairee, Eliana Kaplan as Shelby, Angie Shumov as M’Lynn, and Lauren Richards as Ouiser. Churchill Crean is the voice of DJ.

For more information, call 881-4002.

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The USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. RBEG grants are available to eligible public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, and federally recognized Indian Tribal groups to finance and facilitate development of small and emerging private business enterprises located in any area other than a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town.

Chris Kanazawa, state director said, “The RBEG program is designed to promote sustainable economic development for businesses in underserved rural communities throughout Hawaii and the Western Pacific. In addition it is an excellent source of funding to enable public and non-profit organizations with the opportunity to leverage their resources to maximize the impact they make in the community.”

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Mala‘ai the culinary garden at Waimea Middle Public Charter School will present free workshops over the next four months starting with “Cooking From our Island” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Feb. 23. Chef Maria Peterson and Chef Dan Bobo, with his wife Clare, will come to Mala‘ai and harvest and cook from the garden. Tastings will be offered. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make some yummy food straight from your garden or farmer’s market.

All workshops are free of charge, but RSVP is required as space is limited. Email alethea@malaai.org. Donations to Mala‘ai will be accepted. The workshop is taking place at Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School. These workshops are made possible by a grant from the Richard Smart Fund.

Finding the Forest is an Art extravaganza happening now through March 30 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

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“The forest is a refuge, resource and inspiration.”

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center invited accomplished artists and craftsmen from around the state to see how they would perceive and express new ideas on this theme, encouraging investigation of contemporary art-making from conservative to complex. The exhibition outcome will raise public awareness and spark dialog with traditional and non-traditional works in painting, sculpture, furniture, installation, film and poetry.

Participating artists are: Tom Calhoun, Cudra Clover, Shaun Fleming, Mats Fogelvik, Ditmar Hoerl, Shingo Honda, Kirk Kurokawa, Tai Lake, Stephen U. Lang, Robert Lober, Terry Lopez, Sally Lundburg, Wilma Nakamura, Peter Naramore, Chris Reiner, Kirsten Rae Simonsen, Ricardo Vasquez, Jay Warner, Linda Whittemore and Scott Yoel. These artists are from Hamakua: Sally Lundburg lives in Paauilo Mauka with artist husband Keith Tallet, who was featured in last week’s column. Scott Yoell lives in Honokaa with his wife, artist Margo Ray. They own and operate Ironwood Framing in Waimea.

Carol Yurth’s column is published every Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1250 Kalehua Road, Honokaa HI 96727) at least 10 days before the requested publication date, call her at 775-7101, or e-mail waiukahenutz@gmail.com.

 

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