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‘The Fantasticks’ cast announced

As North Hawaii’s community theater company enters its 51st season, the group has cast the beloved musical “The Fantasticks.” With book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, this charming love story ran for a record-breaking 42 years off-Broadway. “The Fantasticks” is the only off-Broadway show to ever win a Tony Award honor for Excellence in Theatre.

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HPA students take stage this week

A cast of 23 seventh- and eighth-grade students at Hawaii Preparatory Academy will present “C-Rhyme and Pun-ishment” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center in Waimea. The musical performance is free and open to the public.

Versatile apples to start month

October is National Apple Month, with an abundance of varieties at their peak. Eaten out of hand, they offer vitamin C in the “meat” of the apple and fiber in the peel. Add apple slices to a sandwich for crunch and a satisfying sweet-savory mix. Chop apples into humdrum coleslaw for a lively, crisp freshness. And while an apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, these versatile recipes may tempt the doctor to make a house call, just to be invited to dinner.