There have been a couple of live-music events at Rolling
Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island under the
umbrella of Spacecraft Bainbridge, the group
booking allsorts into the building’s 100-person standing-room
capacity (about 45 stadium-style seats for theater
And the new Swinging Hammer Productions outfit
recently packed the place with a high-quality production of David
Mamet’s “American Buffalo.”
Now, Spacecraft has announced the lineup for their summer series
of concerts, which kicks off on June 6 with Seattle trio
McTuff (that’s them below). The show is at 7:30
p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door (yeah,
good luck with that; 100 people, remember?).
The remainder of the series looks like this:
June 12 — Fauna Shade and Thunderpussy
June 26 — The Fabulous Downey Brothers and
July 10 — Mama Rags and Fox and The Law
July 24 — The Weather Machine and Fly Moon
Aug. 14 — Vaudeville Etiquette
Aug. 28 — A Cedar Suede
Rolling Bay Hall is at 10598 Valley Road on Bainbridge
Information: 206-818-5646, spacecraftpresents.org
Looks like it’s going to be a big four weekends for the
Mountaineers Players and their Kitsap
Forest Theater production of “Mary
Opening-day performances I’ve hiked down to in past Memorial Day
weekends have been sparsely attended, often owing to
less-than-perfect weather. But the show on May 24 drew upwards of
400 — despite
cool conditions and overcast skies — roughly twice what opening
days normally attract.
And you shouldn’t expect the throngs to get any smaller. The
weather should continue to be decent or better, and the draw of the
“supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical won’t get any
The cast is mostly from Seattle, but look for Bremerton’s
Gary Spees in a couple of supporting roles.
A review of the May 24 show is here:
Information: 206-542-7815 (info only), 800-573-8484 (tickets),
After two pretty weighty shows — the thoughtful dramedy
“Over the River and Through the Woods” last winter
and the chamber musical “Next to Normal” in early
spring — the Jewel Box currently is doing an
abrupt about-face with the lightweight, lowbrow comedy “The
Red Velvet Cake War,” which is up through June 14.
Depending on your tolerance for Texas stereotypes and recycled
gags, you might find it pretty funny. It
wasn’t my favorite, but there are some yuks to be had
For me, it was most notable for the returns to the JB of
Kim Hart (absent since 2010’s “The Great American
Trailer Park”) and Carmen Pinto (since 2013’s
“Gypsy”), if I’m reading my scorecard correctly. Good to see them
The review for the May 23 performance can be found here:.
Tickets and information: 360-697-3183, jewelboxpoulsbo.org;
Brown Paper Tickets — 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com.
It’s going to be interesting seeing how the Mountaineers
Players handle the musical “Mary
Poppins,” which opens with 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday shows
during the Memorial Day weekend at the Kitsap Forest
The Broadway show is full of high-tech (and high-price tag)
goodies. Chimney sweeps dance on the ceiling, a kitchen
self-destructs and reconstructs, and just about everybody flies at
one point or another. When I saw the Village
Theatre‘s wonderful version in Issaquah last December, I
loved how the show used the great songs from the 1964 movie version
without being a simple rehash. But I was also distracted by all the
special effects, a reaction Mountaineers director Craig
Schieber said he had to the same show
“I was wowed by the spectacle, but not the story line,” said
Schieber. “We have to rely on telling the story, and let the
audience use their imaginations to supply some of the magic.”
A preview of the Mountaineers’ “Mary Poppins” is here:
If you saw Village Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” in Issaquah or
Everett, or the earlier production in Seattle, and make it out to
see the show at Kitsap Forest Theatre, drop me a note at
email@example.com and let me know how you thought the two
Due to unforeseen health issues, Dan Hicks and The Hot
Licks have cancelled the remaining shows on their current
tour, including their show at the Admiral Theatre
scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 21.
Ticket-holders who haven’t already been notified about a refund
can contact Tiffany Paulino at 360-373-6743 or
firstname.lastname@example.org during box office hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
and three hours prior to all scheduled performances.
Here’s a statement issued by Dan Hicks:
“Dear Hixters At Large:
“The best made plans are sometimes intercepted by unforeseen
Unfortunately this indeed applies to the present Hot Licks touring
Ill health has befallen me again. This time in the form of liver
I firmly believe that the proper treatment will take care of this
problem but good.
In the meantime we’re putting the Hot Licks gigs on hold until
perhaps late summer — doing a few local things for now.
“Who knew? Certainly not me — until recently.
“So thanks for the support and we’ll see ya soon.”
Of course, we wish Dan Hicks a speedy recovery and cancer-free
Island Theatre has announced the selections for
this summer’s edition of their Ten-Minute Play
Festival, which will be performed on Aug. 21 and 22 at
Bainbridge Performing Arts.
The competition, open to Bainbridge playwrights, annually draws
upwards of 50 submissions of short comedies, dramas and sililoquys,
all limited to 10 minutes in length
Each of this year’s nine selected plays (scored by a panel of
judges) will be performed both days. The top play will be
determined by judges following the two performances, and the
winning playwright will receive a cash prize.
This year’s selections (in alphabetical
order): “A Cruise at Sunset,” by John Ratterman;
“Ferblunjit,” by Karen Polinsky; “Hospice: A Love
Story,” by Elizabeth Coplan; “Me and My Shadow,”
by Steve Palay; “My Beautiful Voyage,” by
Paul Lewis; “Second Chance,” by Bob
Burke; “The Play’s the Thing,” by Jeff
Fraga; “The Service,” by Wendy Wallace;
and “Tree For All,” by Noah
Information: 206-842-3502, islandtheatre.org, 206-842-8569,
Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge performed
Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” back in December 2008.
They’ll bring it back seven years later for their 2015 holiday
production, according to an announcement on May 16 at the company’s
annual fundraising gala.
Ovation! has a nice winning
streak going with their holiday shows: An out-of-the-park “Peter
Pan” in 2014, “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 2013 and “My Fair Lady”
in 2012. (Their summer shows hardly have been slouches, either:
“Evita” in 2014, “Les Miserables” in 2013 and “The Pirates of
Penzance” in 2012 all were wonderful.)
“Oliver!”, based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” is filled
with great songs, and thus great opportunities for great singers —
which puts it right in the musicals-only wheelhouse of Ovation!
The company is loading up some more Gilbert and Sullivan for
this summer. They’ll do “H.M.S. Pinafore” from
July 17-Aug. 2.
Performance dates for “Oliver!” have yet to be announced, and an
all-parts-open audition date will be disclosed soon, too.
Information: 206-842-0472, ovationmtb.org.
Changing Scene Theatre Northwest is accepting
new, unproduced one-act scripts for “Summerplay 2015: A
Festival of New Works,” the 13th annual edition of the
The deadline is June 1.
Playwrights may submit up to two scripts for consideration.
Scripts must be in either .pdf or .doc format, and playwrights must
submit statement confirming the play has never been produced up to
the date of submission: email@example.com.
Plays should be no longer than 30 minutes in length, and as this
festival will showcase several plays, should be able to be produced
with minimal set/prop/costume/casting requirements.
There is no monetary compensation, but selected plays will
receive a full production in late summer.
Here’s one that came in too late to get into this week’s
exciting edition of Kitsap A&E, but we can
still inform you about courtesy of this here blog thingie:
Three ensembles from the Bremerton Youth Symphony
Orchestra — the elite strings, elite brass and elite
woodwinds — will perform in the main (upstairs) gallery of
Collective Visions Art Gallery at 2:30 p.m. on May
17. The concert will be free, but space is limited.
The Collective Visions concert is a warm-up, of sorts, for the
BYSO’s final full concert of the year, beginning at 4 p.m. at the
Admiral Theatre. Lydia Buck,
who’ll front the full orchestra for Bruch’s first violin concerto,
will be finishing a full day’s work, as she’s also performing with
the elite strings at Collective Visions.
The gallery is at 331 Pacific Avenue in Bremerton; the Admiral
is just down the street at 515 Pacific Avenue.
Information: 360-373-1722, bremertonsymphony.org
stuck in the May 8 ferry back-up between Seattle and Bainbridge,
fretting that they’d be late for the opening-night curtain of
Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ “The Drowsy
Chaperone,” needn’t have worried: Members of the cast and
crew they were going to see were — so to speak — in the same
The show was about 25 minutes late getting started, and showed
no ill effects of the delay. A number of patrons did arrive late,
however, and were ushered directly in (normal protocol would ask
them to wait for a scene change or other break in the action).
BPA did benefit, in an off-hand way, from the ferry flub. A
KIRO-TV news crew found director Joanna
Hardie and a carload of cast members waiting on the Colman
dock and making them part of their report. Free publicity; can’t be
Further ferry foibles permitting, the “Drowsy Chaperone” runs
through May 24. Information: 206-842-8569,
Read the full review here: