LOST's headliners stepped up to the plate to help the Honolulu Theatre for Youth raise money by sitting in for selected readings from plays in the theaters upcoming season. Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) is Hawaii’s only professional nonprofit theatre. Founded in 1955, HTY produces theatre and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of young people, families, and educators in the state of Hawaii.
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Among the cast members lending their talents to the theaters fund raising efforts are LOST stars Matthew Fox (Jack) , Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Terry O'Quinn (John Locke), and others. The stars read from the plays "Ferdinand the Bull," "Maui vs. Hercules," "Obake Tales", "Rap's Hawaii", and other indigenously themed works. Visitors to the event will pay between $100 and $300 for tickets.
LOST has been a boon for the Hawaiian economy since the production touched down there three years ago. Not the first production to be filmed in Hawaii, LOST none the less reawakened the sluggish film industry in the state that previously played host to productions such as '50 first dates', and 'Pearl Harbor'.
Besides taking part in charity events such as this, the LOST crew has participated in other charity events including hosting 'Make a Wish Foundation' clients which gives terminally ill children the chance to meet their heroes.
In celebration of the enormous success that the series has received, Mayor Mufi Hannemann issued a mayoral proclamation dedicating Sept. 14 “ ‘Lost’ in Honolulu Day.” For the last two seasons, LOST has celebrated by holding a free screening of the season premiere at the 'Sunset on the beach' festival, including autograph sessions with the cast and crew. LOST concludes its season three shooting in May, 2007.