Monthly Archives: January 2016

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