Arnold’s ‘Fat Kid’ film makes another festival stop

The indie film “Fat Kid Rules the World,” which co-stars Bainbridge Island’s Dylan Arnold, has taken an unorthodox approach to promoting itself, including screenings on the recent Van’s Warped Tour.
Now, director Matthew Lillard has booked the film — an award-winner at SxSW and one of the fan favorites at the recent Seattle International Film Festival — for a midnight screening at another music festival, the Summer Meltdown at Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater in Darrington (in the foothills of the North Cascades). The film, about a misfit kid who joins a punk band and finds acceptance, includes an original score by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. Arnold, who appeared in a number of productions at Bainbridge Performing Arts and attended Bainbridge High School, will be in attendance for the screening before heading east for his freshman year at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
The festival will have music going on several stages from Aug. 9 to 12, with “Fat Kid Rules the World” closes things out. Performers during the festival include Blitzen Trapper, Vicci Martinez, the Moondoggies, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Kore Ionz and dozens of others. Information about the festival is available at

‘Summerplay’ 2012 will feature a half dozen new one-acts

First-time directors, a first-time playwright and several returning favorites mark the 10th edition of Changing Scene Theatre Northwest‘s “Summerplay” festival of new one-acts plays, the line-up for which recently appeared on the company’s Web site (

The capper of the festival’s first decade will be presented Aug. 31 to Sept. 9 at the Bremerton Eagles Aerie 192, 205 Sixth St., according to Changing Scene artistic director Pavlina Morris. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Playwrights John C. Davenport, Scott Gibson and Josh Hartwell, all of whom have extensive histories with the Bremerton troupe — who have been celebrating summer by producing evenings of original short stage works from around the country since their inception. At the same time, Darren Hembd, one of Changing Scene’s longest-tenured members as an actor, director and technician, takes the play-writing plunge with a show titled “The Playwright.”

Morris has doled out two of the plays each to two first-time directors, Jeffrey Bassett and Dray Young, and Samantha Camp, who’ll be making her Changing Scene debut. Bassett, one of the area’s busiest actors, just completed a tour-de-force run as Arnold Beckoff in Changing Scene’s production of “Torch Song Trilogy.” Young, another “Torch Song” veteran, is a CSTN regular. And Camp has worked on stages in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Port Orchard, notably Western Washington Center for the Arts’ production of “Hot L Baltimore.”

Bassett will direct Davenport’s “Collector’s Edition” and “Airport Diner,” by Californian Carol Roper. Another California writer, Stanley Toledo, contributed “Introductions,” to be directed by Camp, who’ll also helm Gibson’s “Professional Eye-Opener.” Young gets the director’s chair for Hembd’s debut piece, as well as Hartwell’s “The Extraordinarily Mundane Adventures of Earth Boy.”

Seattleite Davenport and Colorado-based Gibson and Hartwell make up a sort of all-star team of providers of original material to the Bremerton-based fringe company, which is an offshoot of the original Changing Scene Theatre in Denver. Among them, they’ve had five full-length plays and a festival full of one-acts produced in Bremerton.

Another franchise player in the “Summerplay” pantheon, L.A. playwright Mark Harvey Levine, is notably absent from this year’s lineup. But Morris has hinted that an evening of selected Levine one-acts might be in the offing in the near future.

Film director Lynn Shelton visits Rose Theatre

Director Lynn Shelton, whose latest film “Your Sister’s Sister” has just been released, will visit the Rose Theatre, 235 Taylor St. in Port Townsend on July 16.

Shelton will attend the 7:20 screening of the film, then be available afterward for a Q&A session.

The comedy, starring Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt, was filmed entirely in Seattle and the San Juan Islands.

Information: 360-385-1089,

Changing Scene auditions “Summerplay” players

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest will hold auditions for “Summerplay 2012:  A Festival of New Works” on Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm at The Bremerton Eagles Aerie 192, 205 6th Street, in Bremerton.  Readings from the Scripts.  Needed are actors and actresses of all ages and types.  Questions/Information:  360-813-1820 or find us on Facebook:

Paradise pulls a coup by grabbing ‘Spamalot’ for next summer

Gig Harbor’s Paradise Theatre, which annually pulls off an ambitious seven-show season in addition to its regimen of acting and dance classes and youth productions, announced a 2012-13 season that includes the first Kitsap-area production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot.”

The zany musical comedy, based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is slated for the theater’s early-summer slot, opening June 21, 2013 and running through July 7.

Other shows set for productions at Fishermen’s Hall next season include: “9 to 5: The Musical” (Sept. 21 to Oct. 7); “Oliver!” (Nov. 23 to Dec. 9); “Of Mice and Men” (Jan. 18 to Feb. 2, 2013); “Cabaret” (March 8 to 24); “Steel Magnolias” (April 19 to May 5); and “Forever Plaid” (Aug. 2 to 18).

Of course, Paradise is still busy with its 2011-12 season, performing “Anything Goes” through July 1, and finishing up with “Annie Get Your Gun” Apg. 3 to 19.

Paradise will conduct general auditions for its 2012-13 shows by appointment on July 14, and asks that auditioners prepare a 1-minute monologue and 1 minute of a Broadway-style song. Appointments can be requested by e-mailing Vicki Richards at

Information about all of Paradise’s shows and programs is available at 253-851-7529 or

Admiral confirms a Three Dog Night for next spring

The Admiral Theatre has inked over a couple of penciled-in additions to their 2012-13 subscription season, both of which were tentatively announced a couple of weeks ago: Three Dog Night and Wilson Phillips.

Three Dog Night, one of the biggest hit-making bands of the 1970s, will appear in early June. The band, with two of its original three-vocalist lineup (Danny Hutton and Cory Wells) leading the way, headlined the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede several years ago (when the fair experimented for a few years with bigger-name attractions, including TDN, Grand Funk and Eddie Money), and tore the joint up.

Wilson Phillips were pop darlings in the 1990s, the daughters of music icons Brian Wilson (the Beach Boys) and John and Michelle Phillips (the Mamas and the Papas).

Tickets for the 2012-13 season go on sale July 2. More information is available from the Admiral, 360-373-6743,

Bremerton movie house open in time for ‘Brave,’ ‘Abe Lincoln’?

Learned colleague Stevie Gardner reports that the latest plan for SeeFilm’s Bremerton Cinemas is to open on June 22.

That’s the week that Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” come out, as well as what could be one of the really fun movies of the summer, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

That’s an assortment that should test the capacity of the BCs’ various auditoriums, which range from upwards of 250 seats (for a biggie like “Brave”) to about 50 (for “End of the World”) and points between (“Abe Lincoln”).



Lascelles’ film to screen in Columbia Basin festival

Former North Kitsap resident Debora Lascelles is the director of the film “Upon Release,” which has been named an official selection to the Columbia Basin International Film Festival Aug. 15 to 19 in Vancouver, Wash.

Lascelles, who began her film studies at Olympic College before earning a scholarship for the prestigious cinematic arts program at the University of Southern California, was selected to direct the school-financed short film last year as a senior project.

The announcement isn’t just good news for Lascelles. One of the film’s stars, Kelly Huddleston, is a former Central Kitsap resident now working as an actress and comedian in Los Angeles.

Write a play! Make a film! But do it soon!

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest and Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council both have ways for you to show your creativity … if you act fast.

Bremerton’s Changing Scene Theatre Northwest is calling for submissions for the 10th edition of its popular “Summerplay” festival of one-act plays. Unproduced short plays can be submitted until May 30, with selected plays earning a spot in “Summerplay 2012: A Festival of New Works” later this summer at CSTN’s digs upstairs at the Bremerton Eagles Aerie 192 (205 Sixth St., at the corner with Washington Avenue). Plays must be no longer than 30 minutes, and should be submitted electronically, in either a pdf or doc format, to Questions can be directed to CSTN artistic director Pavlina Morris, 360-813-1820 or

The Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council is gathering entries fo the 2012 Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, a full day of screenings of short and feature-length films that have a Bainbridge connection — filmmakers, locations or subject matter. Submissions can be made until 5 p.m. June 1 (check for details, or call 206-842-7901. Celluloid Bainbridge is set for Oct. 21 at the Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Road.

Music students win opportunities to play with Bremerton Symphony

Fifteen-year-old violinist Kelly Lanzafame earned the chance to front the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra during its season finale concert on May 12 at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center.

Lanzafame, a student of Katherine Davies, won the BSO’s annual Concerto Competition, winning a spot on stage to play the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with symphonic backing, under the baton of music director Alan Futterman.

According to a dispatch from Futterman, five piano students of Dr. Irene Bowling all earned honorable mention in the competition, and two of them — Mencius Leonard, 16, and Lucinda King, 10 — receiving Conductor’s Choice notice, which includes the opportunity to play with the symphony in its Feb. 5 OrKidstra concerts for student audiences. Honorable mention also was accorded to Ariel Mesenbring, 15, Alessandra Fleck, 15, Victoria Fleck, 12, and Mya King, 12.

The Concerto Competition is open to students in grades 6 to 12 from the studios of teachers around Kitsap County.

More information is available at 360.373-1722 or