Kaua‘i boy to debut on NYC stage

Ethan Shell, a 2006 Kaua‘i High School graduate, will have his New York City acting debut this month in the musical mystery farce “Lucky Stiff.” 

Shell recently graduated from The American Musical Dramatic Academy in Manhattan after two years studying musical theater arts.

While living on Kaua‘i, Shell acted in many musicals with Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre, Kaua‘i Community Players and the after-school public high school drama program Kaua‘i Performing Arts Center.

Among his favorite roles were portraying “Cat in the Hat” in HCT’s 2006 Summer Stars production of “Seusical: The Musical” and Conrad Birdie in KPAC’s 2005 production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

The play “Lucky Stiff” is presented by “Company 1B,” a newly formed nonprofit performing arts production company dedicated to providing up-and-coming actors with the opportunity to not only perform in NYC, but to learn all aspects of the theater.

“Lucky Stiff” began its run this week at The Sage Theater in Manhattan near Times Square. The play is described as a “zany, offbeat and very funny murder mystery farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman forced to take the corpse of his recently murdered Atlantic City croupier uncle on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6 million. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.”

Shell portrays the dead uncle, Tony Hendon, and comes to life to sing and tap dance during a nightmare scene. The production is an Equity Approved Showcase, directed by Samantha Souza.

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