Zander Martin has a little experience playing
Dr. Frank N. Furter, the mad transvestite scientist of “The
Rocky Horror Show.”
Martin played the part in CSTOCK’s black-box production in
October 2011. He’ll be back in the fishnets and heels this weekend
when Western Washington Center for the Arts puts
on a four-show run of Richard O’Brien‘s kinky
little cult class at the Little Playhouse on Bay Street.
The show, directed by Rebecca Ewen, also
features a number of WWCA regulars in the iconic roles. Brad and
Janet, the unsuspecting couple who duck into Furter’s mansion to
get out of the rain and call a tow truck, will be played by
Glenn Milligan (“A Little Night Music” earlier
this season) and Erika Miller (“Caught in the Net”
a little later this season).
Ewen herself has been involved in two shows at once at WWCA. She
also directed the two-person chamber musical “The Last Five Years,”
which wound up its run the weekend prior to “Rocky Horror” taking
Martin returns to WWCA for the first time since the spring 2014
production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Taylor Herbstritt, recently in Paradise
Theatre’s “Next to Normal,” plays Riff Raff (the part originated by
O’Brien when “Rocky Horror” made its debut on London’s West End in
1973, and also played the part in the 1975 film adaptation, which
remains a Halloween midnight-movie staple to this day. Ty
Bolin (from WWCA’s “You Can’t Take It With You” last
winter) is cast as Rocky.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and 31, with a 5 p.m.
Sunday show Oct. 30 at the WWCA playhouse, 521 Bay St. in Port
Orchard. Tickets are $12.
Information: 360-769-7469, wwca.us
Hannah Spool used to live in Port
Orchard before moving to Portland via Los Angeles. During
her time in L.A., she was in a movie called “Sea
Horse,” which will screen several times during the
upcoming Portland Film Festival.
The film, a survival tale directed by Kamell
Allaway, actually was shot in Spool’s native Alaska.
It’s been making the
rounds of film festivals, and garnering positive reviews, like the
one from Cinequest’s Vivien Yuen: “Stunningly shot against an
otherworldly Alaskan backdrop … a surreal journey through a
strangely beautiful reality.”
Spool broke into the movie biz working as Kristen Stewart’s
stand-in during filming of the first “Twilight”
movie on the Olympic Peninsula. She also did some local community
theater, including the 2009 musical “Company” at Western
Washington Center for the Arts. She’s been based in the
Portland area since going to work as a flight attendant for Skywest
“Sea Horse” screens at 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the festival,
which runs Sept. 1-7. Unfortunately, it’s not on the roster of
films at the upcoming Port Townsend Film Festival Sept.
Here’s where to learn more about “Sea Horse:” http://www.seahorsethemovie.com/menu/
South Kitsap’s Sara Henley-Hicks will play
Judas in Seattle Musical Theatre’s upcoming production of “Jesus
Christ Superstar,” according to a release from the company.
Billie Wildrick, a staple of the Seattle
musical-theater scene, makes her directing debut with the
production, with Brandon Peck serving as musical
director. Peck filled the same role when Ovation! Musical Theatre
Bainbridge mounted “Superstar” on Bainbridge Island in December
2013. He also music directed last winter’s “Peter Pan” for
Two other actors easily recognizable to Kitsap audiences
also are in the cast: DeSean Halley, who has
numerous credits with Bainbridge Performing Arts, will play Simon,
and Justin Carrell, who has appeared on several
local stages, is in the ensemble.
Henley-Hicks appeared in numerous Kitsap shows at Port Orchard’s
Western Washington Center for the Arts, and more
recently at Cornish College of the Arts. She was
in SMT’s recent production of “Sweet Charity.”
Western Washington Center for the Arts‘ program
for the May 2 production of “The Addams Family” included a list of
shows in their 2015-16 season. No exact dates yet, but the season
looks like this:
Fall — “Something’s Afoot,” a comic spoof of
Agatha Christie-style mysteries.
Holidays — “A Year in the Life of Frog and
Toad,” an all-ages charmer making a return to The Little
Playhouse on Bay Street.
Winter — “You Can’t Take It With You,” classic
George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart comedy.
Spring — “Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare’s
Later spring — “A Little Night Music.”
Sondheim, inspired by Ingmar Bergman, and a show that hasn’t been
performed around these parts in at least a decade.
Summer — TBA. I always look forward to TBA.
We’ll post more information as it becomes available, or you can
contact WWCA at 360-769-7469, wwca.us.
On the subject of Kitsap student-actors with big things going on
in Seattle, Port Orchard’s Sara Henley-Hicks is in
the cast of Cornish College of the Arts’ production of “The
Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which will be performed April 10
to 14 at the Intiman Theatre on the Seattle Center grounds.
Sara will be familiar to regular attendees at Port Orchard’s
Western Washington Center for the Arts, where
she’s appeared in a number of shows — most recently last summer’s
“Into the Woods” — before moving on to Cornish.
“Edwin Drood” is Cornish’s first production at Intiman. It’s a
musical based on an unfinished novel by Charles
Dickens, and the audience at each performance is invited
to decide the ending.
Performances are 8 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinee on April
14. Ticket prices are $15 to $8. Information: 206-726-2787,