The Sounds of Aloha Chorus returned to the Hawaii Theatre on October 7, 2017, with its latest original musical comedy, Monsters in Our Neighborhood! Written by bass member/in-house playwright Scot Izuka and musical director Mark Conching, the production told the story of how a scientist, called simply the Doktor, tries to create his own monstrous bass for the upcoming village quartet contest. His scheme goes terribly awry when his assistant Igor makes a mistake in the recipe that results in *gasp!* a tenor! The rejected monster wanders the woods befriending other sppoky creatures, while the Bürgermeister, his cronies, and the townsfolk rise up to the confront the perceived menace.
Directing the show was repeat SOA collaborator Shannon Winpenny, and the cast included local actors Mathias Maas as Doktor, Zach Creech as Igor, Jason Cavinder as the Monster, Sean Koegel as the Bürgermeister, Mari Nakamitsu as Dolph, Harrison Saito as Rolph, Justin Chun as Dracula, Eriq "Q" Gudoy as the Mummy, Rasa Fournier as Karla, and talented Sounds of Aloha thespian Adam LeFebvre as the Headless Horseman. Also appearing were the quartets Wong Fu, Funny Bones, and Full Measure.
The second half of the performance kicked off with the quartet Resonance, followed by our featured guest quartet, The Newfangled Four, fabulous performers who in 2013 were the international collegiate quartet champions and this year ranked in the top ten in the international quartet competition.
To top things off, a generous patron, Jan Clark, contributed blocks of tickets for Wounded Warriors and their families as well as for music students and music teachers. The Sounds of Aloha were pleased to be able to welcome these special guests to the show.