Paradise postpones Gig Harbor re-opening

Paradise Theatre‘s production of “Nunsense” — its first show since moving to its new downtown Gig Harbor location — has been postponed, according to co-artistic director Vicki Richards.

The show was set to open Feb. 5. But delays with construction permits have set back preparations for the new venue at 3114 Judson St., necessitating a push-back for opening night. Richards, who fronts the company with her husband, Jeff Richards, said they hope to open the show on Feb. 18, and determine how the run will fall into place as soon as possible.

“It’s all a moving piece right now,” Vicki Richards said of the project to convert Paradise’s new spac20160113_203250e into a proper performance venue. “We just got to a point with all the permits and the contractors where we were cutting things too impossibly close” to make the Feb. 5 opening.

“It’s coming along,” she added. “The stage is built, a lot of the work is done. We’re doing what we can.” Some work couldn’t be undertaken, though, until the building permits arrived and materials could be ordered.

Paradise lost its home of more than a decade at the end of last year when the Fishermen’s Hall building off Burnham Drive was scheduled for the wrecking ball to make room for new development north of Gig Harbor.

Richards said the Feb. 18 opening will continue Paradise’s opening-night wine-and-cheese nosh prior to the show. The cast (pictured above, clockwise from top left) includes Courtney Turnley, Sylvia Shaw, Nita Wilson, Ashley Roy and Shannon Burch.

Paradise is far from the first area company to postpone an opening in the past few months; their delay is for different reasons, though. Since November, four other shows have been delayed by illnesses or injuries suffered by cast members.

Information: 253-851-7529,

— MM

Indianola’s Sterling wins CVG ‘Best of Show’ honors

Domenica,” a mixed-media painting (pictured below) by Indianola artist Sydni Sterling, was selected for the Mayor’s Award for Best of Show in a recent ceremony to open the ninth CVG Show, a statewide juried art exhibition hosted by Collective Visions Art Gallery.

Award-winners selected by juror Leilani Lewis were announced at the event’s opening gala on Jan. 23 at the Admiral Theatre. The CVG Show is up and running through Feb. 27 at 331 Pacific Ave. in downtown Bremerton.

Sterli0129_KSFE_Sterlingng’s award includes a $1,500 cash prize. In all, nearly $10,000 in cash and purchase awards were collected by the top entrants as selected by Lewis in two- and three-dimensional and digital art categories.

Other award winners include:

Best of Kitsap Award ($1,000):  William Walcott, Silverdale, “Dance Partners,” acrylic painting

Photo/digital Arts: 1, ($1,000) — Stephen Cunliffe, Port Townsend, “Burn,” photography; 2, ($400) — Aaron Brethorst, Seattle, “Adam & Son,” photography; 3, ($250) — Doran Bastin, Seattle, “Building Eater,” photography.

2-Dimensional Arts: 1, ($1,000) — Bonnie Bucknam, Vancouver, “Red Lightning,” fiber quilt; 2, ($400) — Antoaneta Georgiva, Seattle, “Strong,” acrylic painting; 3, ($250) — Mark O’Malley, Snohomish,  “Stonewall ’69,” acrylic painting.

3-Dimensional Arts: 1, ($1,000) — CJ Peltz, Redmond,  “Vertigo,” bronze sculpture; 2, ($400) — Sarah Fetterman, Seattle, “Muse X-Ray Machine,” mixed media sculpture; 3, ($250) — Kathy Thurston and Phil Hulse, Gig Harbor, “Raven Steals the Sun,” mixed media    sculpture.

Kitsap County Arts Board Purchase Prize Awards:  Dinah Satterwhite, Bainbridge Island, “Koi Klass,” photography — $600;  Raymond Gendreau, Bainbridge Island, “Frank Focusing,” — $295;  Gregory Nelson, Bremerton, “Indianola Pier,” photography — $250; Alexander Guptill, Bremerton, “PSNS Hammerhead Crane,” photography — $100

Business Sponsored Purchase Prize Awards: Jane Friedman, Bremerton, “Imagine,” mixed median painting — $4,500; Robert Berg, Orting, “Kalaloch Creek Abstract,” photography — $450; Karen Mittet, Poulsbo, “Celadon Forest,” ceramic sculpture — $150.

Exhibition organizer Alan Newberg noted, “Once again the CVG Show is truly is a museum quality show.  Each show reflects the vision of a different juror.  Leilani Lewis is the youngest juror yet.  I believe I can detect her more youthful vision in the flavor of this show.”

The complete 132-item 2015 CVG Show is on exhibit through 6 p.m. Feb. 27.  Images of all of artworks in the show, including the award-winning pieces, a list of participating artists and a schedule of events can found at Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays.

Voting for the $300 People’s Choice Award started when the show opened and runs through Feb. 25, when the winner will be announced at the gallery at 7 p.m. The event also will feature a gallery talk by Marie Weichman, Olympic College professor of art.

Information: 360-337-8327,,

— MM

Jewel Box pushes back ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ opening

The Cold and Flu Season, and Murphy’s Law, are playing havoc with local theater groups.

Citing multiple illnesses, injuries and cast changes, the Jewel Box Theatre has pushed back the opening of the comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” a week, from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22.

That brings to four the number of Kitsap productions that have been postponed, mainly because of illness, since November, when the One Time Players put their mounting of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” on hold. That production is scheduled for a second opening on Jan. 14 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend.

Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ musical “Mary Poppins” was forced to postpone the final weekend of its run. BPA was able to resume on Jan. 8, and will wrap things up with shows on Jan. 9 and 10.

Bremerton Community Theatre was slated to open its black-box production of the revue “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” That show was to have opened a two-weekend run at the Robert B. Stewart Performance Hall on Jan. 8, but instead will open on Jan. 15.

Ticket holders for rescheduled performances who haven’t already done so, and those checking on ticket availability, can contact the various theaters at the numbers below:

One Time Players: 360-385-6207,

Bainbridge Performing Arts: 206-842-8569,

Jewel Box Theatre: 360-697-3183,

Bremerton Community Theatre: 360-373-5152,

— MM

BCT’s ‘My Way’ delayed by illness

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” Bremerton Community Theatre‘s Sinatra songfest scheduled to open on Jan. 8, has been delayed for one week because of illness in the cast.

According to director Erin McKiernan, the show’s two-weekend run in the Robert B. Stewart Performance Hall now will commence on Jan. 15 and run through Jan. 24. Friday and Saturday shows still will start at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees  at 2:30 p.m.

Information: 360-373-5152,

— MM

Rodeo Drive-In adds a weekend of ‘Hunger Games’

A note from the folks at the Rodeo Drive-In, taken from their Facebook page:

“Starting Christmas Day we’re changing things up a bit. First of all, we are bringing in another double feature. Starting Christmas Day: on Screen 2 we will be running “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” Parts 1 & 2.

“We are also changing up our opening and start times to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the shows. Beginning Christmas Day, the box office will open at 4 p.m. The first movies will start at 5:15 p.m. On Screen 1, the FIRST movie will be “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will play second, starting at 7 p.m. That screen will be out by about 9:30 p.m. On Screen 2, “Mockingjay” Part 1 will play first, at 5:15 p.m., and Part 2 will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. This double feature will end at about 10 p.m.

“Dec. 23 we are running “Star Wars” and “The Good Dinosaur” on Screen 1 and reversing the order (“Good Dinosaur” first) on Screen 2. Box office is opening at 5:30 p.m. and the movies are starting at 7 p.m. Prices are $9 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 5-12 and Seniors 55 and older; ages 4 and younger are free.”

The Rodeo Drive-In will be closed on Christmas Eve.

Information: 360-698-6030,

— MM

BPA’s ‘Mary Poppins’ shows postponed

First, Bainbridge Performing Arts added a performance to the final of its production of the musical “Mary Poppins.”

Then, BPA postponed the whole weekend. Executive director Dominique Cantwell confirmed Friday afternoon that this weekend’s four shows — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday as well — would be postponed until January because of illness. All but the Sunday evening show, which was added earlier this week, were sold out.

In a release, Cantwell said ticketholders for the Dec. 18-20 performances can exchange their tickets for the corresponding performances Jan. 8-10 — Friday , Saturday and Sunday evenings — by e-mailing The 3 p.m. matinee postponed from Dec. 20 can be exchanged for a Saturday matinee on Jan. 9.

Lisa Mandelkorn, who plays the title role, is sidelined by a malady Cantwell described as similar to the illness that shelved “Poppins” castmate Michelle Abad for the first weekend of the run, Dec. 4-6. (Zandi Carlson ably subbed for Abad for those three performances.)

“It seems like the same thing,” Cantwell said of the illness. “She can’t sing, just like Michelle couldn’t sing.”

Cantwell said the difficulty of finding someone who could both sing and act the role — which includes aerial work — necessitated the postponement.

“We want people who come and see it to have the whole experience,” she said. “Having a mimed Mary Poppins just wasn’t going to work.”

BPA will be in contact with ticket holders concerning the postponement and the reschedule dates.

Information: 206-842-8569,

— MM

BPA adds ‘Mary Poppins’ performance

Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ tremendous production of “Mary Poppins” won’t strike set for a few more hours, according to word from the Bainbridge troupe.

BPA’s “Mary Poppins” was scheduled to close following a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 20. Due to good old-fashioned popular demand, though, a 7:30 p.m. performance has been added that evening.

So there are four opportunities (depending on ticket availability) to see it, once you’ve added the Dec. 20 twi-night doubleheader to the scheduled 7:30 p.m. curtains on Dec. 18 and 19.

For ticket info, call 206-842-8569, or log on to

The Sun’s review is here:

— MM

Bumbershoot announces 2016 dates

It must be because AEG is new at this, but Bumbershoot 2016 — the 46th edition of Seattle’s beloved Labor Day weekend music and art festival — will be over before Labor Day.

AEG Live, which propped up One Reel so the 2015 festival could happen, announced that the 2016 renewal will take place on September 2-4 — a Friday-Saturday-Sunday affair.

Bumbershoot Bumbershoot-logoused to include Fridays, back when it was a four-day marathon. It’s been a Saturday-Sunday-Monday thang for more than a decade, though.

Early bird tickets will go on sale at noon on  November 20 at The release didn’t say if early purchasers would be rewarded with discount prices, as had been a Bumbershoot tradition, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday.

The release did say that the festival will again utilize more venues than in recent years, including Memorial Stadium and KeyArena. , a fan favorite in 2015, will return to EMP. All programming will be announced in spring 2016.

— MM

PGT announces 2016 season

Port Gamble Theater Company has announced their four-show 2016 season, beginning on April Fools Day with “Around the World in 80 Days.” That show will have a three-weekend run, April 1-17.

The remaining shows are:

Robin Hood,” July 8-27

Clue — The Musical,” Oct. 7-23

and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” Dec. 2-18

Information: 360-977-7135,

— MM

‘Nutcrackers:’ There’s always room for more

Here’s our current list of upcoming local productions of “The Nutcracker” and other holiday dance shows. If you don’t see yours, e-mail your info to and we’ll add it:


Dance Ensemble Northwest, North Kitsap auditorium, 2003 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, 360-779-7090, recorded music; 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 28, 3 p.m. Nov. 29; $15-$10 advance, $20-$15 door


Dance Arts Theatre, Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th Street, Bremerton, 360-692-4395, Company and student production, with guests Karen Gabay and Ryan DeAlexandro; recorded music; 7 p.m. Nov. 28, 2 p.m. Nov. 25; $20-$10


Peninsula Dance Theatre, Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St., Bremerton, 360-377-6214, Company production, with Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, Alan Futterman, conductor; 7:30 p.m. December 4 and 5, 3 p.m. December 6; $27-$14


Academy of Dance, Win Granlund Perfoming Arts Center, South Kitsap High School, 425 Mitchell Avenue, Port Orchard, 360-769-7277, student performance, recorded music; 7 p.m. December 11 and 12; $20-$10


Just for Kicks School of Dance, Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, 360-373-6743, Student production; recorded music; 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 3 p.m. Dec. 13


Galletta School of Dance, North Kitsap Auditorium, 2003 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo, 360-779-1122, Student production; recorded music; 7:30 p.m. 1 and 7:30 p.m. December 12; $20-$10


Northwest School of Dance, Bremerton Community Theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, 360-373-5152, Student production of an original holiday story; recorded music; 7 p.m. December 18, 2 and 7 p.m. December 19; $14-$12


Olympic Performance Group, North Kitsap Auditorium, 2003 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, 206-842-1205, Company and student production; recorded music; 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, 2 p.m. December 21

— MM