Tag Archives: Bremerton

Kitsap-bred playwright’s work gets staged reading in Seattle

So Damn Proud,” written by Los Angeles-based playwright Justin Neal (pictured below), will receive a staged reading at Northwest Playwright Alliance at the Seattle Rep Oct. 10. Neal was born in Bremerton and raised on Bainbridge Island.

The play, which weaves non-linear scenes surrounding a First Nations brother and sister, had its initial workshop at Native Voices at the Autry Museum as part of its New Play Festival injneal_sb_headshot2-lo L.A. in May 2015. It features two of the most notable up-and-coming Native American stage and screen actors in North America, Lily Gladstone and Shaun Taylor-Corbett. Macha Monkey co-founder Desiree Prewitt directs, with assistance from local choreographer Juliet Waller-Pruzan and filmmaker Melissa Woodrow. The line-up of Seattle actors includes Mark Fullerton, Meaghan Mary Halverson, Adria LaMorticella, Shane Regan and Sarah Winsor.

The staged reading is at 7 p.m. at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. on the Seattle Center grounds. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

INDIEGOGO FUNDING CAMPAIGN (for travel & honorariums): www.igg.me/at/so-damn-proud
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/SoDamnProud
PLAYWRIGHT’S PAGE: www.justinbneal.com/so-damn-proud

— MM

Bremerton’s Ivy Rice in TMP’s ‘Oliver’

Ivy Rice, a Bremerton native, is in the cast of Tacoma Musical Playhouse‘s production of “Oliver,” which opens Sept. 18.

IvyRiceRice plays Charlotte in TMP’s mounting of the beloved Lionel Bart musical based on Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” The show runs through Oct. 11

TMP is in the old Narrows Theater, 7116 Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, and has been throwing down the gauntlet to the area’s other regional theaters with some high-quality productions of late. It’s also been attracting some talent who would be familiar to regular Kitsap theater-goers.

Tickets and other information: 253-565-6867, tmp.org

— MM

Bremerton Youth Symphony ensembles play at Collective Visions

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

— MM

MacMaster was shepherding six kids; but I had it tough …

There’s one thing I’m fairly certain of from an interview I did earlier today with Cape Breton fiddle whiz Natalie MacMaster, who plays the Admiral Theatre on May 8 with her fiddle-superstar husband, Donnell Leahy:

Neither one of us had anything on the other, as far as who went through the most to make the interview happen.

MacMaster was speaking from a playground in Carmel, Calif., where the MacMaster-Leahy “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond” tour had pulled over for a May 1 show on its way up the coast to Bremerton. Hardly rough duty, until you consider that she was trying to talk to me at the same time she having a little family enrichment time with her six kids, ages 10 years to 12 1/2 months.

Me? I was in so0508_KSFE_MacMaster3me sort of rock quarry arrangement off Totten Road near Poulsbo, across the street from where my auto mechanic was awaiting the part that would make my ride, Rocket, whole again. I had picked out a pair of Tom-and-Jerry boulders — the tall one was the desk, the short one was the chair — and found a discarded pizza box to serve as a writing surface. With all my state-of-the-art reporting paraphernalia back at the Sungeon, I took notes with — get ready to kick it old school — a pen and some paper.

MacMaster had her half-dozen offspring. I had some curious little lizards. And, unbelievably, the same sun shone on us both, more than 900 miles separated.

I had to balance the pizza box. MacMaster had to balance the attention lavished on her kids, not to mention dealing with a fall by her youngest, Sadie Agnes, that forced us to take an Interview Break.

Because we’re both dedicated professionals, the interview happened, and the Sun’s preview story will feature MacMaster’s thoughts on the upcoming show, the first official MacMaster-Leahy CD (“One,” which you’ll hear a meaty chunk of during the concert) and the whole idea of taking your kids on the road.

“Our gauge is our kids,” said MacMaster, who home-schools all the school-aged progeny. “If they weren’t liking it, we’d have to do something. But right now, they’re loving it. And it’s great for me having them with us.”

— MM

Tonight: Take a hike through the solar system

Ward_YoheTonight NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador,Ward Yohe will be presenting an hour-long talk about the solar system at McCloud’s Grill House off Sheridan in Bremerton. He works with all ages from elementary students to adult groups, keeping things interesting and funny.

The presentation will cover information about human and robotic exploration up through present day. These presentations are great for school age kids and their families interested in science and the universe. Also perfect for adults like me who have forgotten everything they learned in science class regarding solar systems, planets and exploration (and whatever else I have managed to forget).

The event is free and sponsored by the East Bremerton Rotary. You can find the link to the event on Facebook here.

And the link to learn more about local Ward Yohe here.