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The cast and crew of Lanikai Mortgage Players’ ‘Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch’ party after the show
The cast and crew of Lanikai Mortgage Players’ ‘Blazing
Guns at Roaring Gulch’ party after the show

Iolani School alumnus Keith Merriam stars in the Lanikai Mortgage Players melodrama Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch directed by Lucille Shreve.

Keith is originally From Pasadena, Calif., and grew up here on the Windward side. I attended the Saturday night show and thoroughly enjoyed the play. Keith plays both the good and bad guy parts with amazing contrast.

He also enjoys recreating medieval arts and skills of 16th century European battles. His favorites are Ron Howard movies and playing soccer. Keith reprises his roles of despicable “Snipe Vermin” and lovable “Harry Heartstone” tonight. Looking around the audience, I saw youngsters and seniors alike. The production is family-oriented and suitable for all age groups. Kudos to Barbara Wilburn, Brenda Hillebrenner, Carole Kirchen, Christine Banziger, Debbie Jackson, Eunice deHay, Jane Lipp, Paul Dillinger, Jim Duca, Walter McGoldrick and master of ceremonies Ted Rodgers. To reserve your tables, call June Tansley at 262-5482. See y’all there ...

The following actors celebrated their birthdays in May - giving them presents is optional: Aline Robey, Bonita Parsons, Donalyn Dela Cruz, Tracy Bautista, Christian Zuckerman, Herman Cobile, Lew Lappert, Sam Polson and Titus Chong. Thanks to all of them for their contribution to the local film industry ...

Actress Connie Stevens was in town representing the Screen Actors Guild as secretary-treasurer. She’s a kamaaina, considering her start as the character “Cricket Blake” in the series Hawaiian Eye which ran from 1959-63. I actually watch the show now in reruns to see what Hawaii was like back then. The show starred Robert Conrad, Poncie Ponce, Doug Mossman and the late Troy Donahue. The surfing double for Troy was local boy Don Stroud, who was discovered at Waikiki Beach. As a proud member of SAG, I attended the meeting where Connie was the guest speaker. She looked stunning with her wavy golden locks and beautiful face. She also appears as Kirstie Alley‘s mom in Showtime’s Fat Actress. Connie is supportive of bringing more film and TV productions to our shores ...

Born and raised in the Lone Star State of Texas is veteran stuntplayer Larry Southard, who was cast recently in the Manoa Valley Theatre production of the Unlikely Lawman starring Joe Moore. The novel The Lawmen by Robert Broomall was adapted into a stage play by Joe himself. Veteran director Bill Ogilvie is directing the star-studded western. Rounding out the cast are Derrick Brown, Katie Doyle, Allen Cole, George O’Hanlon, Matthew Pedersen, Tina Shelton, Robert Jones, Michael deYcaza, Stephen Mead, Sherry Shaoling, Rico Tudor, Bob Whiting, Dezmond Gilla, Don Pierce, Keith Griffin, Rick Roper, Joji Yoshida, Dean Reiners, Colin Fong and Steven De Gruy. For more information about the play, log on at www.manoavalleytheatre.com. Larry has worked on shows such as Lost, Ghostbusters, Hawaii, Chucky and Married with Children. He trains at Hawaii Stunt Association where John Nordlum is president of the premier organization. John stunt doubled for both Jack Lord and Tom Selleck. Next up for Larry? Hopefully the much-talked-about Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I. movies. I’ll keep you posted ...

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