Letters for Nov. 24, 2016

• ‘School of Rock’ deserves to have every seat sold • Bynum, Hooser were calming voices during angry times

‘School of Rock’ deserves to have every seat sold

Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted his music to deliver a message .

In the past, he has been honored by many in the world of music and entertainment for his excellence. Hawaii Children’s Theater was selected as one of two schools to produce his show. Our board members thought about it and concluded that we would do it.

A high risk for us to produce a musical using only actors under 18, finding five young musicians that could play like seasoned musicians. a supporting cast that would blend in as adults, and a support cast. Within a few months the search produced all the above.

Ed Eaton agreed to leave California and take on the directorship. He surrounded himself with the best support staff. auditioned the children and the process began. Thousand of rehearsals within the past three months and many meetings, and schedules for all who took part.

The show opened … smaller audience than normal for the first weekend, but the audience was not disappointed ,they were clapping in sync with the cast, yelling, crying as the tunes and story line intertwined Andrew Lloyd Webber’s message of young minds developing a band.

The children harmonized a blend of talent and desire to achieve excellence far above those critics that were taken back by a few words that may have been alarming to some but not to all.

Ovations were heard blocks away as the band’s young drummer hammered a message to all that attended and in unison we wanted more, more of the Rock … we were moved like never ever before. Please. It is with great urgency that the children be rewarded with a packed house each of the last three shows. We thank you for the last 2o some years of support and we honor the children. All is right when children dare to dream and achieve moments of memories. May we learn from those children a simple truth” music is love, it can replace fear and anxiety and clam the soul.

Rock on cast!

Ronald Horoshko, Vice president Hawaii Children’s Theater

Bynum, Hooser were calming voices during angry times

Allan Parachiniʻs editorial in the Garden Island (Sunday, Nov. 20) was yet again an opportunity to flaunt his ignorance of the issue of the pesticide disclosure ordinances. He kicks sand in the face of two good councilmen, one deceased the same day as this court judgment.

Please remember that Allan is a little more than a tool of the industry and did not even live here at the time. He is very much new to the island and raking up mud to sling around needlessly. This opinion was needlessly hurtful and false. Councilmen Tim Bynum and Gary Hooser did not create the fever of emotion around the pesticide concern on the island; they responded to an overwhelming well-spring of concern from the community.

As a KKCR programmer for a show managing community concerns, this issue was fomenting well before either councilmen got involved. The young generation were sounding the alarm of distress as more and more babies were being born with special needs. The grandmas were stepping in as they have watched their families combat and die from a crazy amount of cancer.

This concern was vivid well before Gary and Tim stepped in to help. They had the courage to work with the community frightened of the industry to create a public pathway to addressing the concern. There were many angry threats from the Westside makua generation to burn the fields and worse. Talk of violence was vibrant.

Gary and Tim were forces of calm. When 5 percent of the population, of all demographics, are willing to march with their babies and grandparents in both strollers and wheelchairs in the dumping rain and the blazing sun; this is more than political manipulation for personal gain.

With all due respect to the accused policy-makers, they simply donʻt have that kind of charisma to whip up such passions. Tim and Gary were calming violence and showing true leadership in the best way they could create as the state legislators were unwilling to step in.

The accusation that these men wanted to create a problem is not consistent with the pattern of positive ordinances and projects focused on solutions that these men have put forth. Allanʻs ignorance is a disservice to the very real pain of the people who are scared for their health and it shames the newspaper’s credibility.

Felicia Cowden, Kilauea


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