Monthly Archives: October 2015

Spacecraft lands on KEXP’s radar

From our friends at Spacecraft, who’ve been bringing a succession of interesting regional artists to Rolling Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island in recent months. (As much as I’d like to take credit for the above headline, it’s straight off their release. Full disclosure.)

“Spacecraft, the new Bainbridge Island arts non-profit, has gotten the attention of Seattle’s premiere alternative music outlet, KEXP. Two upcoming Spacecraft shows at Rolling Bay Hall have been designated as “recommended,” and will be presented by Audioasis, KEXP’s long running Northwest music program, hosted by DJ Sharlese.

1106_KSFE_BrothersThe first show is Seattle-based hip-hop trio Brothers From Another (pictured at left) on Saturday, November 7 (7:30 p.m., doors open at 7). Travis Thompson, spoken-word poet and rapper, opens. Next up in the series on Friday, November 13, is Gifted Gab (8 p.m. show, 7:30 p.m. doors). “Gabby” Kadushin has been compared to Queen Latifah, and deserves comparison to Missy Elliot as well.

Morgan Terry, Spacecraft co-founder and artistic director, said, “KEXP plays many of the artists who have performed for Spacecraft audiences. It’s an honor to have KEXP checking us out and wanting to be involved in our shows. We’re stoked to have them representing.”
Both shows are presented by Spacecraft at Rolling Bay Hall, 10598 Valley Road NE.

Advance tickets are available for $10, and $12 at the door.

Information: 206-818-5646, spacecraftpresents.org; Brown Paper Tickets — 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com

— MM

One Time Players’ ‘Buried Child’ postponed

One Time Players’ production of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child,” which was to have opened on Oct. 29 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend, has been postponed because of illness in the cast, according to the company’s Web site.

The show has been rescheduled tentatively for January. The ensemble cast includes Lawrason Driscoll, Michelle Hensel, Peter Wiant, David Wayne Johnson, Katie Kowalski, Jason Noltemeier, and Dave Cunningham, and the release said most of those actors would be available for the January dates.

Information: 360-385-6207, onetimeplayers.org. Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com.

— MM

‘Little Shop,’ ‘Reefer Madness have Kitsap connections

If you go to Second Story Repertory‘s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” it’s likely some of the cast and crew will be familiar to you.

Seattle Musical Theatre‘s “Reefer Madness,” winding up a two-weekend run this weekend, also has some familiar faces on stage and behind the scenes.

“Little Shop” is directed by Ken Michels, who’s done a number of shows at Bainbridge Performing Arts, and will be helming BPA’s holiday production of “Mary Poppins.” Joanna Hardie, who was a performer, choreographer and assistant director of BPA’s “A Chorus Line,” also directed last season’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” and will have the helm for “The Little Mermaid” next May. Hardie is playing Audrey, the female lead, at Second Story.

Cherisse Martinelli, who grew up on Kitsap stages and was the 2015 recipient of the Miss West Sound title, is cast in the trio. Doug Fahl doesn’t have any stage credits in Kitsap, was one of the leads in the 2009 film “ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction,” which was shot in Port Gamble. Port Orchard’s Justin Silver is the plant puppeteer for Audrey 2.

Second Story’s next show, which opens Dec. 4, is “A Christmas Carol,” which features John Clark — so memorable teaming with Curtis Jacobson in “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at Key City Public Theater last summer — as Ebenezer Scrooge.

SMT’s “Reefer Madness” is directed by former BPA artistic director Steven Fogell, and his cast includes Bremerton’s Michelle Abad as The Placard Girl.

Second Story Repertory is in the Redmond Town Center. The show runs through November 15, with 8 p.m. shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a closing 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 15.

Seattle Musical Theatre is at 7120 62nd Ave. NE in the Sand Point neighborhood. There are 7:30 p.m. shows on Oct. 29 and 30, and a 10:30 p.m. late-night show will close the run on Oct. 30.

Information: Second Story Repertory — 425-881-6777, secondstoryrep.orghttp://secondstoryrep.org  Seattle Musical Theatre — 206-363-2809, seattlemusicaltheatre.org

— MM

Three Dog Night’s Cory Wells dies at 74

Cory Wells, one of the lead singers of Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly Tuesday at his Dunkirk, N.Y. home, according to a release on the band’s Web site.

“It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton, the band’s other lead singer. “Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”

Wells, a co-founder of Three Dog Night, performed with the band up until September of this year when he developed a problem with severe back pain. One of the shows cancelled as he received treatment was an Oct. 2 show at the Admiral Theatre, which was later reschedu10556435_10202819441836410_2812609378941138398_nled for next March 25. Word from Three Dog Night on the status of upcoming shows is forthcoming.

“Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ Hutton said. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.”

According to the release, “Wells, whose band The Enemys was the house band at Whisky A Go-Go, met Hutton, a solo artist and a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records, when they had both been invited to tour with Sonny and Cher. After that tour, Hutton contacted Wells about forming a group with three lead singers. Three Dog Night went on to have 21 consecutive Top 40 hits. The band, fronted by Wells, Hutton and , recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) songwriters of their time including Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.

“Wells balanced his professional life with family and leisure pursuits.   An avid fisherman, Wells appeared on national TV, filming several episodes on “The American Sportman” in New Zealand and the Amazon.   He also participated in charity fishing tournaments around the country and took time whenever he could to teach his grandchildren to fish and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and Western New York.  Wells is survived by Mary, his wife of 50 years, two daughters and five grandchildren.”

Wells’ loss is the second blow in less than a year to Three Dog Night. Founding keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon died of cancer last March.

Three Dog Night played at the Admiral to a sold-out house in June, 2013. The Oct. 2 date also was sold out. The band also played a Kitsap date in 2008, headlining the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede.

Information on the status of the March 25 show at the Admiral will be available at 360-373-6743 and admiraltheatre.org.

— MM

CD review: Lemolo’s ‘Red Right Return’

I got to caught up with Lemolo‘s Meagan Grandall prior to the release of the new CD “Red Right Return,” and the start of her national house show tour, which kicks off with a CD-release party on Nov. 6 at the Crocodile in Seattle (check out the story at kitsapsun.com/entertainment, and in the October 23 issue of Kitsap A&E, part of that day’s Kitsap Sun print edition.1023_KSFE_Lemolo1

The official release of “Red Right Return” isn’t until November 10, but Meagan was kind enough to supply me with a review copy. That review also is posted at kitsapsun.com and will be in the October 23 A&E.

A preview snippet: “More densely layered than its prececessor, “Red Right Return” still manages to keep the haunting intimacy and musical minimalism that made “Kaleidoscope” so memorable.”

You can also hear sample two of the tracks on the CD, “Low Halo” and “Hold Light,” and pre-order copies of “Red Right Return” at lemolomusic.com.

Read the review here: http://www.kitsapsun.com/entertainment/cd-review_16673101

— MM

Key City adds bonus ‘Spelling Bee’ performance

From our friends at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend:

“Following a run of sold-out performances at its hit comedy musical ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ Key City Public Theatre has added an additional matinée performance this Saturday (October 24) during the closing weekend of the show.

“‘We came the whole way from Edmonds to see the show, and it was worth a ferry boat ride both ways,’ said Stephen Moore, who attended the show last weekend.

“CalBand Members 3led ‘irresistible, riotously funny and remarkably ingenious’ by the New York Times when it opened on Broadway in 2005, Spelling Bee is a Tony Award winning musical comedy that follows six middle-school overachievers as they navigate the chaos of their local spelling bee competition.

“The show is such a blast and it’s a pleasure to give people an extra opportunity to come in and see the show,” says cast member Christa Holbrook, “we don’t want anyone to miss out!”

“‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’, directed by Amy E. Sousa, concludes its run this weekend with 7:30 performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (October 22-24) and 2:30 performances on Saturday and Sunday (October 24 and 25). Tickets are available at keycitypublictheatre.org or at the playhouse box office, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend, 360-385-KCPT.

Pictured with musical director Linda Dowdell (right) are the Pandemonium Big Band (from left), Clover Coupe-Carlin, Aidan McClave, Darrell Plank and Signe Crawford.

— MM

One Time Players take on Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’

It’s been two years, but the One Time Players have returned, and they’ve brought Sam Shepard‘s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, “Buried Child,” back with them.

Performances will be October 29-November 15 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

The One Time Players debuted in 2013 with a production of “August: Osage County” at Port Townsend High School.” Like “August,” “Buried Child is directed by David Hillman. “Buried Child” has had only one other recent area production, by Changing Scene Theatre Nortburied child rehearsal photo 4hwest in Bremerton back in 2006.

“Experiencing a Sam Shepard play is like having a dream,” says  Hillman. “As in a dream, everything is very specific, the characters, the places, the events, yet it feels heightened. Objects take on an increased significance. Memory is suspect. Waking logic is suspended. In Buried Child the dream is itself about a dream: the dream of family, and what a powerful and sometimes destructive hold that dream has on us.”

“For this play, we wanted a more intimate setting. The Chameleon Theater gives us that,”  Hillman said of the Chameleon, also home to Atomic Improv classes, acting workshops, and Port Townsend Children’s Theater.

The ensemble cast includes Lawrason Driscoll, Michelle Hensel, Peter Wiant, David Wayne Johnson, Katie Kowalski, Jason Noltemeier, and Dave Cunningham. Set design is by Terry Tennesen. Costumes are by Ginger McNew. Tickets are $15.

Information: 360-385-6207, onetimeplayers.org. Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com.

— MM

A Zombie musical, just in time for Halloween

A few months ago, Kitsap Opera presented “Carmen,” one of the greatest and sturdiest representatives of the genre, revered by opera buffs around the world.

This will be different.

The founders of Kitsap Fringe OperaKelli McAuley and Heather Freese (front middle and left in the photo, with Brian Minnick and a zombie attack force) love them some opera, make no mistake. But they’re looking for a different and definitely a younger audience than “Carmen” drew.

Hence “Maelstrom, a Zombie Opera,” a multimedia presentation that began life as a  project by two members of a Portland State University student opera group, which Kitsap Fringe Opera will perform in three different Kitsap venues in the coming days.

“We wanted to change the perspective too many people have about opera,” said McAuley, who has appeared onstage in a number of local theater productions — most recently the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore” at Ovation! Musical Theatre Bai1023_KSFE_Zombienbridge last summer, and also plays French horn for the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra. “We want to show people it can be funny and edgy, and it doesn’t have to be this 200-year-old thing.”

The opera, written by Ben Larson (book, lyrics and some music) and Reed Reimer (music), centers around Anna (played by McAuley), who is being treated for a fatal disease by a team of doctors and researchers in a hospital, when an alternate strain of her virus being developed by researchers turns out to be more than deadly. Anna and her husband, Jeremy (McAuley’s real-life husband, Terry), along with their doctor friends Claire (Freese) and Bryan (Minnick, a tenor from Tacoma Opera), must examine their friendships and relationships to each other as they are faced with their world crumbling around them. Who is worth saving? And who will be standing at the end?

The show, directed by Scott Breitbarth (who also produced the film portions) also features a chorus of “zombies” portrayed by local actors, and a ballet choreorgraphed to the opera’s overture by Lynn Galletta and performed by students from her North Kitsap dance school. Music will be performed live by pianist Gwen Adams (artistic director at Poulsbo’s Jewel Box Theatre) and a quartet of string players from the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra.

Performances are Oct. 21 at the Dragonfly Cinema (822 Bay St. in Port Orchard), Oct. 22 at Spacecraft at Rolling Bay Hall (10598 Valley Road on Bainbridge Island) and Oct. 31 at the See-Film Bremerton Cinemas, 655 Fourth St. in Bremerton, all starting at 7 p.m.. Tickets for all three performances are $15-$10 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com.

Information: maelstromzombieopera.com

— MM

Island Theatre takes ‘Copenhagen’ to the library

Island Theatre will perform staged play reading of “Copenhagen,” by Michael Frayn, at the Bainbridge Island branch of Kitsap Regional Library, 1270 Madison Avenue N. at 7:30 p.m. on October 17 and 18.

Directed by Kate Carruthers, “Copenhagen” features Tell Schreiber (at right in the photo), Jennifer Jett and Ken Enright. The play, first performed by Island Theatre as part of the 2003 Bainbridge Island HumaIsland Theatre COPENHAGEN rehearsal Oct. 2015nities Inquiry on “Discovery” with the same cast and director, returns as part of Island Theatre’s 20th anniversary season, a retrospective of favorite productions from past years,

According to a release, the Tony Award-winning play dramatizes the disastrous secret 1941 meeting between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his former colleague and friend, Danish physicist Nils Bohr, on the Nazis’ efforts to produce the atomic bomb. Their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle had revolutionized atomic physics. But now the world had changed and the two men are on opposite sides in a world war. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have vexed historians ever since.

In Frayn’s play, Heisenberg and Bohr meet once again to discuss the intricacies of physics and to ponder the metaphysical—the very essence of human motivation—as well as the creation of the most destructive weapon of war known to humanity.

Copenhagen is recommended for high school age and up. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Information: 206-842-0985, IslandTheatre.org