Watch Maui TV News for March 6, 2015, Coverage of Maui’s Top Entertainment Stories.
J: BALDWIN PERFORMING ARTS LEARNING CENTER IS PRESENTING THE HAWAII PREMIERE OF DREAMWORKS SHREK: THE MUSICAL , PAUL JANES-BROWN WENT TO SEE HOW THE GREEN GUY IS DOING.
PJB: DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE, WHO WROTE THE BOOK AND LYRICS AND JEANINE TESORI WHO WROTE THE MUSIC DID A MARVELOUS JOB. THIS IS A CASE WHERE THE MUSICAL IS ACTUALLY BETTER THAN THE MOVIE IT WAS BASED ON. THE MUSICAL FLESHES OUT THE CHARACTERS WITH GREAT SONGS THAT ARE FUNKY, ROCK AND ARE FUNNY ALL AT ONCE.
DIRECTOR, LINDA CARNAVALE, OR MAMA CARNE AS SHE IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN BY HER YOUNG THESPIANS, HAS PUT TOGETHER A FIRST RATE ENSEMBLE, GIVEN THEM GOOD PRODUCTION VALUES AND BACKED THEM UP WITH AN EXCELLENT PIT BAND AND GOOD LOOKING CHOREOGRAPHY.
SAYING THAT YOU NEED SINGERS FOR A MUSICAL IS AS OBVIOUS AS SAYING YOU NEED AIR TO BREATHE, BUT THAT NEEDS TO BE THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION IN A MUSICAL AND MAMA CARNE HAS FOUND A PASSEL OF THEM.
IN THE LEAD ROLE OF THE OGRE WITH A HEART, MAMA CARNE WAS UNABLE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WAS RIGHT FOR THE PART AMONG THE CURRENT STUDENT POPULATION SO IN THE WORDS OF THE GREAT MEL BROOKS SHE LOOKED AROUND AND THEN SHE FOUND THE ONE FOR YOU AND ME. SHE BROUGHT IN 85 BALDWIN H.S. GRAD FRANCIS TAUA TO PLAY SHREK.
TO SAY THAT MR. TAUA IS PERFECT FOR THIS PART WOULD BE A GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT. THE GREEN HEAD FITS MR TAUA PERFECTLY AND HIS CELTIC DIALECT WAS SPOT ON. AS GOOD AS HIS ACTING WAS, ITʻS WHEN HE SANG THAT THIS CHARACTER CAME FULLY TO LIFE. MR TAUA IS AN OUTSTANDING SINGER WITH A WIDE RANGE OF EMOTION WHICH CAME THROUGH DESPITE THE IMPLACABLE GREEN MASK HE WORE.
SHREK, WAS A BIG GREEN TEDDY BEAR, WHO JUST WANTED TO BE LOVED, THE DUET BETWEEN HE AND FIONA WHERE THEY TRY TO OUTDO EACH OTHERʻS MISERABLE PASTS IN “I THINK I GOT YOU BEAT” WAS AMONG MANY HIGH POINTS IN THIS SHOW.
SPEAKING OF HIGH POINTS, LANA CANTON, IS CLOSING HER BALDWIN CAREER WITH A MEMORABLE STARRING ROLE. AS FIONA, SHE IS BOLD AND BRASSY WITH A HUGE BROADWAY QUALITY BELT THAT PROBABLY DIDNʻT NEED A MICROPHONE. SHE DEMONSTRATED CONFIDENCE AND POISE ON STAGE AND IT HAS BEEN FUN TO WATCH HER GROW WITH EACH ROLE. HER NATURAL COMEDIC TIMING COUPLED WITH HER MARVELOUS EXPRESSIVENESS ADD UP TO A LEADING LADY WITH GREAT POTENTIAL.
THE TRIO ON “I KNOW ITʻS TODAY” WITH THE YOUNG FIONA, ERIN TSUE, TEEN FIONA, HAYLEY DAUNHAUER, AND FINALLY MS CANTON, WHEN EACH FIONA GOT MORE SURE AND CONFIDENT UNTIL MS CANTON LITERALLY EXPLODED ONTO THE TOWER AND WE KNEW FIONA WAS IN THE HOUSE.
NOMI MACADANGDANG, ANOTHER SENIOR, NEARLY STOLE THE SHOW AS DONKEY. DONKEY WAS A JIVE TALKING, SLICK, DUDE WHOSE BRAVADO MASKED HIS ULTIMATE INSECURITY. MS MACADANGDANGʻS PETITE SIZE BELIED THE POWER OF THE PIPES SHE PACKED AND WAS ALSO COMPLETELY SURE OF HERSELF. I LOVED THE DUET WITH SHREK ON THE BRIDGE “THE TRAVEL SONG” AND THE TRIO WITH DONKEY, SHREK AND FIONA ON “WHOʻD IʻD BE.”
THE OTHER PRINCIPAL, MICHAEL TRIPP, WHO PLAYED THE VILLAIN LORD FARQAAD HAD THE MOST DIFFICULT ROLE, BECAUSE THE LORD IS SUPPOSED TO BE 3 FEET TALL. MASTER TRIPP HAD TO WALK ON HIS KNEES. THE DEVICE THAT SET DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE CARO WALKER EMPLOYED TO CREATE THIS ILLUSION WAS BRILLIANT AND HILARIOUS. MR TRIPP DISPLAYED A FINE BARITONE AND AN ENGAGING ACTING STYLE.
THE OTHER EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER IN THE SHOW WAS THE DRAGON. DANIEL VICKERS, WHO HAS CREATED SO MUCH STAGE MAGIC FOR SO MANY YEARS HAS OUTDONE HIMSELF ON THIS ONE. HIS DRAGON WAS SCARY, FIERCE AND AMAZING. I LOVED THE FLASHING EYES. TSIANNA IGONDJO PLAYED THE PART OF THE DRAGON AND MAMA CARNE CHOSE TO PLAY HER AS IF SHE WERE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHOSE TEMPER WAS NOT TO BE TRIFLED WITH . THIS WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING.
A FUN CHARACTER WAS ANOTHER VOICED BY MS DAUNHAUER. SHE PLAYED GINGY THE GINGERBREAD COOKIE WHO WAS TORTURED BY LORD FARQAAD TO GIVE UP THE LOCATION OF FIONA. THIS CHARACTER REMINDED ME OF MR BILL.
JENNA BUGTONG PLAYED PINOCCHIO AS IF SHE WERE A BOY SOPRANO, HOWEVER SHE NEEDED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE HIGH PITCH DOESNʻT GET IN THE WAY OF BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS SAYING.
CHOREOGRAPHER, YEZZI, CREATED MOVEMENT THAT ENHANCED THE SONGS. I LOVED THE OPENING NUMBER WITH THE BLONDE WIGS AND THE TAP DANCE WITH THE RATS IN THE PIED PIPER NUMBER. WORKING WITH NON-DANCERS IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE AND YEZZI ROSE TO IT ADMIRABLY.
THIS WAS A HUGE PRODUCTION WITH MANY MOVING PARTS THAT WORKED TOGETHER LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE. TANA LARSON GETS THE CREDIT FOR HOW GOOD THE SINGING WAS IN THIS SHOW AND STEVEN RODRIGUES DID EXCELLENT WORK WITH THE MUSICIANS. I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THE SOUND BY RILEY TROYER WAS OUTSTANDING AND LIGHTS BY COURTNEY HOLLAND EFFECTIVELY CREATED THE MOODS. THE MAKE UP FOR THIS SHOW IS A HUGE JOB AND IT WAS OUTSTANDING. HOWEVER, NO PERSON WAS LISTED IN THE PROGRAM FOR CREDIT.
THE SHOW CLOSES THIS WEEKEND performances ARE 7:30 p.m., Fridays, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundayin the Baldwin High School Auditorium. There will also be a pre-show dinner party at 5:30 p.m. March 13 and a meet-and-greet party March 14 after the 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets for both events are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for students and $5 for children. To make reservations, call 727-3297.
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A Kahului man is clinging to life this afternoon after a crash today in Kahului.
Maui Police say the crash happened at 12:32 p.m. today when a black moped executed a left turn from 349 Hanakai Street. MPD investigators say the man failed to yield and was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tacoma traveling south on Hanakai Street.
As a result of the crash, the 56 year-old moped operator suffered critical, life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the Emergencu Room of Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 25 year-old driver of the pickup truck, also from Kahului, was alone – and did not sustain any injuries.
The moped rider was not wearing a helmet. The Toyota driver was wearing a seatbelt. Police say there is – so far – no indication of the involvement of drugs and/or alcohol. They have ruled out speed as a factor in the crash.
HONOLULU – Residential customers who have or are considering an electric vehicle now have a new tool to estimate how much money they can save by using special timeof-use (TOU) EV charging rates offered by the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The new EV Bill Savings Estimators and instructions are accessible at:
“Plug-in electric vehicles are key to a clean energy future for Hawai‘i,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for customer service. “EVs can help reduce our dependency on imported oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save customers money in the process.”
There are estimator versions for:
With a recent electric bill in hand, anyone can input data to discover the amount of savings from using the TOU EV rate. The calculation is illustrative, based on individual factors such as actual household electricity use.
Under the TOU EV rate schedule, the cost per kilowatt-hour for home charging varies depending on the time of day. For example, the O‘ahu TOU EV rate provides a discount of about 6 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity consumed during off-peak hours from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Customers can still charge vehicles at any time, but rates are somewhat higher during other hours.
A typical customer with a battery electric vehicle can save about 30 percent on fuel cost by using the standard residential rate to charge at home compared to a non-electric vehicle fueled at the gas pump.* When applying the TOU EV rate, the Bill Savings Estimator will show an additional 15 percent savings for O‘ahu customers charging an EV at home.
The new savings estimators are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support for electrification of transportation that includes the discount TOU charging rates and companyowned fast chargers. Learn about EVs and signing up for TOU rates for EV charging at hawaiianelectric.com/GoEV.
WAILUKU – Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation’s (HHSC) Maui Region board voted earlier this week to cut $28 million in services and positions for Fiscal Year 2016. The difficult decision came after the latest State budget projections. “We are limited by the options that we have before us,” said Avery B. Chumbley, a member on the Maui Region board.
“We knew this day was going to happen, and while we understand the state cannot continue to fund our financial shortfalls, for three years we have asked the legislature to allow us to move forward on a public/private partnership so we could avoid this very day,” Chumbley added.
Immediate cuts will be made to non-clinical and non-essential contracts that the hospital maintains, as well as 50 – 75 non-clinical administrative positions. These cuts will only save the region a nominal amount compared to the shortfall cited by the board.
“As administrators, as parents and involved citizens in this community, this is a path we have refused to accept in response to the continued financial shortfalls of our region, however, it is now time to address this issue head on, and that involves accepting the reality of our situation,” said Maui Region’s Chief Executive Officer Wesley Lo.
The cuts will also affect various clinical service lines and positions and will require public input in order to shut down various services. Community meetings are currently being set and will be announced once places and times have been confirmed.
The cuts may affect current services to all three of the region’s hospitals. Services such as heart, surgical and intensive care units, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology services and physician call coverage are currently being reviewed for service cuts. “The cuts to our hospitals, facilities, staffing and services we provide our communities, will set us back 20 years,” Lo said in underscoring the impacts.
UPDATE: The accident scene has been cleared and the road reopened as of 2:36 p.m. today.
Alamaha Road is closed in Kahului due to a traffic accident. Emergency units are on scene. The accident was first reported around 12:30 p.m. today, involving a vehicle and a moped.
Traffic is closed in both directions of Alamaha Street between Hanakai Street and Papa Place.
WAILUKU – Due to a manpower shortage, the Kahului area residential refuse collection route was not picked up today.
AFFECTED AREAS IN KAHULUI ARE:
The missed pickup is expected to be made on Saturday, March 28.
The Department apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
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