About Town | 4-17-14


‘Godot’ auditions are Sunday, Monday

Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer actors for its June production of Samuel Beckett’s existential tragicomedy, “Waiting for Godot,” at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.

Director Jerry Tracy and assistant director Melissa Atwood will be casting five roles: Estragon, Vladimir, Lucky, Pozzo and a boy. The boy could be a teen or a pre-teen, and all other roles require mature actors; exact ages flexible.

Those auditioning should arrive promptly and plan to stay approximately two hours. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. In addition, each prospective cast member will be asked to share a personal observation or experience related to waiting.

“Waiting for Godot” opened in Paris in 1953, and has since become a cornerstone of the modern theater. A very recent Broadway revival featured Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The story line evolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone — or something — named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

Attendance at both audition sessions is ideal, but not required. A possible invitational callback audition may be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, if necessary. Performance dates are June 13 through 29, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals will begin immediately, and will generally be held Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings. Copies of the script are available for perusal by arrangement with APAC Operations Director Suzanne Murdock.

For more information, or to inquire about script perusal, call 322-9924.

Bird, photography tours offered at Hakalau refuge

The Friends of Hakalau Forest will offer guided birding and photography tours Saturday of the lower portion of the Pua Akala tract of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.

This remote area is seldom visited by the public. The native forest provides habitat for some of the highest populations of native and endangered forest birds and plants on Hawaii Island. Jack Jeffrey will lead a birding tour, Rob Shallenberger will lead a nature photography tour and Rob Pacheco will lead a birding and nature tour.

Each tour is limited to the first eight people who sign up. The tours will be held in conjunction with Hakalau Forest open house Saturday. The group will leave the Pua Akala barn at 8:30 a.m., hike to the bottom of Pua Akala Road, where participants will remain for as long as they like provided they return to the barn by 3 p.m. Cost is $50 per person for members. Nonmembers will be charged an additional $25 to cover their cost of a one-year membership.

For more information and to sign up, send an email with a phone number to friendsofhakalauforest@gmail.com. Tour participants must also make reservations to attend the free, Saturday open house. Call the refuge office at 443-2300.

Philippine Consulate visiting Kailua-Kona

The Philippine Consulate of Honolulu will be in Kailua-Kona to perform consular services to Filipino nationals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. Services include issuance of passports and travel documents, processing of applications for dual citizenship and civil registrations of births, marriages and death of Filipino nationals.

For more information, call 595-6316.

Fashion show fundraiser is Saturday

Nakeu Awai’s annual fashion show fundraiser will be held Saturday at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

A benefit for the theater, the production features Awai’s iconic aloha designs, Easter eggs and songs that celebrate Waimea. Handmade items by local craft makers will also be sold. Doors open at 11 a.m. to give guests a chance to shop or purchase and eat a box lunch before the 12:30 p.m. show.

Attendees may also enter an egg decorating contest with prizes presented in several categories: Sweetest Egg, Best Waimea Egg, Best Ka Lei Egg, Trippiest Egg and Most Stylish Egg.

Tickets are $45 with a box lunch or $30 for the show only. Call 885-6868 or visit kahilutheatre.org for tickets.

HPA hosting Earth Day event

Hawaii Preparatory Academy will host its third annual Earth Day Family Celebration and Environmental Science Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school’s Ulu Malama Terrace Farm, located at the upper campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Nine workshops and activities will be offered by HPA alumna Ashley Goo, HPA students in the Environmental Science, Agro-Ecology and Senior Research classes, and members of the school’s Service Learning Advisory Council.

Workshop and activities include “Bokashi Composting Workshop,” “Healthy Snacks,” “Water Policy in Hawaii,” “Cooking with Methane from the Biodigester,” bamboo construction tour, aquaculture system tour and tree and uala planting. Lunch will follow.

To register, or for more information, contact Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231 or mwkoh@hpa.edu.

Work day benefits Humane Society

A Rotary at Work Day will improve Hawaii Island Humane Society’s new Animal Community Center in mauka Kona. The work day starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and will conclude by 2 p.m.

The shelter also has a list of needed supplies to repaint the welcome center and administration building. Lowe’s gift cards can be dropped off at any of the organization’s shelters. Water and snacks for participants are also needed.

For more information, call Carrie or Donna at Hawaii Island Humane Society at 329-8002.

Sayre Foundation presenting gifts

The Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation will hold a gifting ceremony for the Hawaii County Fire Department at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Hapuna Beach State Park’s large pavilion. All donors, committee members, county and state officials, as well as the public, are invited attend.

The foundation will present nearly $60,000 of equipment. The equipment includes a long range communication system for Hapuna Beach; the purchase of the system was made possible through a gift of $12,502 from the Ironman Foundation. Also to be presented will be 36 buoyancy compensator devices, diving alert systems and safety equipment, cold weather gear, automated external defibrillators, rescue boards, binoculars, CMC harness rescue equipment, an Emergency Medical Services cell booster kit and GPS systems.