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Jane Benney
Jane Benney

Actress Jane Benney got her first film credit in Mr. Bones. Just out of her teens and she lands a leading role opposite Leon Schuster. The comedy was shot in Sun City, South Africa. Co-starring with her were David Ramsey, Robert Whitehead and Faizon Love. Jane relocated to the Isles two years ago and calls Hawaii home now. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to a British father and Zimbabwean mother, Jane’s career began at a young age onstage. She started entering pageants at 11 years old, eventually securing the title of Miss Teen. It’s hard to keep a talent of her caliber under wraps in Hawaii. The word is out among local filmmakers about her incredible acting range. Her most recent credit is Underdog , directed by Reese Williams, produced by Connie Florez and shot by Martin Troy. When she’s not on the set, Jane likes to hang out at Izakaya restaurant Tokkuri-Tei on Kapahulu.

Award-winning magician Mark Mauricio was born and raised in Hawaii. He graduated from Aiea High School. Mark stars in Magic Island TV show for OC16. His one-hour TV special will debut on Thursday, Thanksgiving evening at 7:30 p.m. on OC16. He’s the current headliner at the Magic In Paradise dinner show at the Hale Koa Hotel. For the past decade, he’s taught a magic course at Punahou School in the summer, and recently moved on to teach private classes, available to all ages. His interest in the magical world of illusions took hold of him at a young age, and now he captivates audiences islandwide. He’s developed a style all his own after training under top illusion-ists in the world. Mark is one of the most-sought-after magic entertainers in Hawaii. Check out his website at www.magicislandtv.com and maybe he’ll create a one-of-a-kind show for your event ...

Here are November birthday wishes for Jeff Ferris, Darcy Donavan, Paul Weber, Gina Hiraizumi, Rico Tudor, Jan McGrath, Tony Grillo and Monina Verano. I’ve seen their work on the screen, the contributions they’ve made to the film and TV industry. The list goes on ...

Acting coach Wayne Ward is getting his troops ready for the annual 2006 Actors’ Showcase. The venue was created to give exposure to local actors by inviting casting directors, filmmakers and producers. Starring in the showcase are Ann Pratten, Herman Stern, Candy Tjarks, James Larson, Cindy Ramirez, Jim Aina, Jane Benney, Larry Wiss, Lauren Wong, Matthew Thompson, Leslie Brown, Michael Lanzo, Stephanie Gregory and Willie McGuire. I’ve had many acting teachers in my career as an actor. Wayne had more influence on me than the others because of his passion and genuine love for actors. I was cast in a film several years ago because of the visibility the showcase offers. Contact Wayne through his website at www.wayneward.net and sign up

for the 2007 Actors’ Showcase. Good luck ...

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