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Cherisse Martinelli plays ‘Evita’ in Redmond production

Silverdale’s Cherisse Martinelli will play the title role in Second Story Repertory’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita,” which opens with a preview performance March 3.

No straCherisse_Martinellinger to Kitsap audiences, Martinelli has been making her mark in theaters around Puget Sound, including recent shows at Stageright (“The Great American Trailer Park Musical”), Seattle Musical Theatre (“Man of La Mancha”) and Leavenworth Summer Theater (“Annie Get Your Gun”) She also appeared recently at Second Story, located in the Redmond Town Center, in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

She was a regular in shows at both CSTOCK and Klahowya  Secondary School before moving on to Central Washington University, where she earned her BFA in Musical Theater. She was also Miss West Sound for 2015.

Performances of “Evita” are on Thursdays through Sundays through April 3 at SecondStory,7325 166th Ave. NE. Ticket information is available at 425-881-6777 and secondstoryrep.org.

— 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