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‘Rocky Horror’ opens four-day run at WWCA

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 over.

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

— MM

Hannah Spool on the big screen in Portland Film Fest

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’Hannahs 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 Airlines.

“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. 25-27.SeaHorse

Here’s where to learn more about “Sea Horse:” http://www.seahorsethemovie.com/menu/

— MM

Henley-Hicks lands big Seattle Musical Theatre role

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 Ovation!

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.”



WWCA announces 2015-16 season

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 greatest tragedy.

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.

— MM

Intiman hosts Cornish production of ‘Edwin Drood’

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, cornish.edu.