Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Portrait of Ka'ahumanu

Source: Scanned from page 46 of the following book:
Grant, Glenn (2004). Hawai`i Looking Back: An illustrated History of the Islands, 454pp, Mutual Publishing.
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Casting and First Rehearsal

Auditions were held on Thursday, March 19, 2006. Overall, they went well. Fourteen women auditioned for five roles. Ten additional women who signed up to audition, mostly represented by the same modeling agency, never even showed for their audition time slots.
The five cast are:
Debby Andres as Pali
Wilma Consul as Hannah
Rebecca Ellis as Lucy
Charity Pomery as Sybil
Melonie Leihua Stewart as Ka'ahumanu
The cast was approved by the museum management and the playwright. A special "Mahalo" (Thank you) goes out to Shirley Queja of Halau O'Aulani, who was a great help in promoting the auditions!

Rehearsals began March 28 with a read-through of the play. The reading went very well.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Casting 5 Women for Hawaiian Play
(Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)

The National Museum of the American Indian will produce Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's
in mid May and seeks a female cast:
Sybil Mosely Bingham, Caucasian, 30s
Lucy Goodale Thurston, Caucasian, 30s
Ka'ahumanu, Hawaiian, 40s
Hannah Grimes, Hawaiian/Caucasian, 20s
Pali, Hawaiian, 20s

Set in Hawaii during the early 19th Century, this poignant piece explores the complex relationships between Christian missionaries and indigenous women forty years after the islands' first contact with the West.
You will be asked to do a cold reading from the script, usually paired with another actor. If auditioning for Ka'ahumanu, please come prepared to perform a chant that is culturally appropriate to share at an audition.
Auditions will be held in the museum's Rasmuson Theater on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please email to schedule an audition time.
Play will be performed on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2009 in the National Museum of the American Indian's Rasmuson Theater.

Play is directed by NMAI theater manager, Vincent Scott