Joji Yoshida
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Friday - August 18, 2006
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Actor Rico Tudor can recite the entire Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by English romanticist poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Another of Rico’s hobbies is throwing the javelin on a deserted beach after sunrise. He can routinely throw it more than 50 yards, which is great for a 60-something-year-old. He retired in Hawaii after 30 years of running NCH KK as president. The company performed maintenance for the automobile and steel industry in Japan. He is a student of acting and took classes with Geoff Heise, Wayne Ward and head of casting for MGM-TV Paul Weber. In the play Unlikely Lawman, Rico was wickedly good as the corrupt judge in the wild, wild west. Rico will soon be co-starring in Taylour Chang‘s Dark Clouds, other notables are Jack Smart, Bob Stevens, Mary Ann Taheny, Scott Francis Russell, Derek Calibre, Matthew Thompson and David Diebold.

Rico is always up for another character role in an indie film ... Upcoming talent Ashley Medrano took a trip to Hollywood to compete in the International Performing Arts Conference. The experience at the event influenced her to get into acting even more. Her tutelage began a few years ago at Barbizon School of Modeling under Doris Bikar Miocinovic. Ashley was born and raised in Hawaii and currently attends Mililani Middle School as an eighth-grader. Her favorite movie is the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, and she enjoys spending quality time at Zippy’s with her family. Ashley’s acting endeavor is evident by her dedication to succeed in schoolwork, too. Stay tuned ...

Young talent Ashley Medrano
Young talent Ashley Medrano

Stuntman Larry Southard is originally from Dallas, Texas, and a longtime resident of the Islands. He started acting in high school theatre productions and he was hooked. He became a member of the prestigious Screen Actors Guild in 1996. Larry was also in the Manoa Valley Theatre production of Unlikely Lawman starring Joe Moore. My favorite scene was when Joe hits Larry in the gut with the butt of his shotgun and he falls on his face. Credit stunt coordinator Colin Fong for his excellent fight choreography. Larry doubled for David Soul of Starsky and Hutch fame back in the ‘70s. His TV credits include China Beach, Hawaii, Lost, Matlock, Murder She Wrote and Tour of Duty ...

Actors Larry Southard (left) and Rico Tudor backstage at Mamiya Theatre after performing in ‘Unlikely Lawman’
Actors Larry Southard (left) and Rico Tudor
backstage at Mamiya Theatre after performing
in ‘Unlikely Lawman’

Mid-Pac Institute junior Sean Jones landed a featured role in Thoroughly Modern Millie to open at Diamond Head Theatre next month. Sean is an actor to keep an eye on for years to come. He has definite screen presence that he was born with, not something you can learn. He made his movie debut at the 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival in Valtor the Great vs. the Universe by Gerard Elmore. Classmate from Mid-Pac Maia Knudsen-Schule also shone in the film. Sean is featured in The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Laine Yoshioka, produced by Masumi Childers and Titus Chong.

Summer is ending, but Sean’s adventurous school year begins…

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