Michael Moore (our Michael Moore, not the documentary guy) tells the story behind Changing Scene Theatre Northwest’s Much Ado About Nothing. This version is “Bremertonized,” taking place at the end of World War II.
“Maggie Brazelle (the daughter of cast member Derek Neigemann) was doing some research, and found out there was a song that placed Rosie the Riveter in Bremerton,” Morris said. “So we felt like we could set it locally, and our Rosie the Riveter could be working at the shipyard.”
That Rosie might be from Bremerton caught my interest. I’d pictured her in Long Beach, Calif., near where I grew up. I realize, of course, that Rosie was a symbol, but I’d not made the Bremerton connection.
Songwriter Linda Allen did, and in 1984 put Rosie in the shipyard.
I moved to Bremerton in l942
I learned to weld, I was the best one on our crew
The work was hard, the heat would burn my lungs all day
But when the paycheck came we girls would feel OK
The song comes from the album Women’s Work, Allen’s tribute to women’s contributions.
Women’s work has always been more than the jobs we do. We use our strong hands and hearts to build ships, soothe the sick, care for children in and out of our homes, to act as labor leaders, teachers and builders of peace.
Our work encompasses relationships with partners, children, grandparents and community. No less important is the work we do as spiritual seekers, keeping the vision alive.
The song itself is sad. I haven’t heard it, but read the lyrics below.
The play, however, has a happy ending, according to Moore.
As with any of Shakespeare’s comedies, there are mistaken and concealed identities, rivalries and multiple romances to contend with — all of which, somehow, end up with everyone paired off and happy.