Monthly Archives: March 2009

Local Groups Win State Theater Awards; BCT Advances to Regional

Overtones ,” a short play performed by Bremerton Community Theatre , won three awards at the statewide “Kaleidoscope ” one-act competition conducted over the weekend in Edmonds by the Washington State Community Theater Association.
“Overtones” is one of two plays selected by adjudicators Mark Kuntz and B.J. Douglas to advance to regional competition. Its director, Katrina Baxter Hodiak , was one of two directors recognized for outstanding achievement, and BCT was also recognized for best costumes.
Silverdale’s CSTOCK and Poulsbo’s Jewel Box Theatre also garnered awards during the three-day competition. CSTOCK’s “Musical of Musicals ” earned Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and won two member awards — the Washington Treasure and Magic Moment.
Sharon Greany of the Jewel Box’s entry, an original musical by Gwen Adams titled “Empty Orchestra ,” was an honoree for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

More later … — MM

You’ll Be Shakin’ … Snappin’ Your Fingers

You could go see Eddie Money at the end of March when he plays the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.

OR … you could wait a few months and see him when he headlines the Kitsap County Fair Aug. 26.

Yeah, it’s true. Mr. "Two Tickets to Paradise" will be the headliner for Opening Night of the Fair’s 2009 edition. It says so, right on Eddie’s Web site (the aptly named That continues the Fair’s recent trend of opening with 1970s or ’80s rock phenoms — the last two were Three Dog Night (in 2008) and Grand Funk Railroad (2007).

Other entertainment for "The Kitsap" will be announced soon.

Oh, and if you’re a real Eddie Money fan, there’s nothing to stop you from seeing him both in Tacoma and Kitsap. Eddie’d like that.

More later … — MM

Plays Set for ‘Summerplay’ Readings

Here are the lineups for the two Sunday evening one-act play readings at Changing Scene Theatre Northwest , 5889 Highway 303 (behind the Orowheat Bakery). The 15 original one-acts survived the first cut of submissions for "Summerplay 2009 : A Festival of New Works," to be produced this summer, and audience and actor reaction will determine which of these plays will move on to the next round of eliminations.

Both evenings start at 7 p.m., and both pack a $5 admission. With seven plays up March 8 and eight more March 15, the readings should offer a lot of variety, plus the opportunity to hear immediate reaction from the playwrights, the actors and other audience members.

March 8 (in no particular order):
"Sam and Dotty" by John C. Davenport
"Chance" by Fedra Yadzi
"That’s What I Love About Art" by Craig Abernethy
"Tiny Little Gods and Big Giant Men" by Michael C. Moore
"Kitchen Sink Drama" by John C. Davenport
"Belief" by David Schroeder
"In The Shade of the Koran" by Ned Condini

March 15:
"Truckstop" by Arthur Reisch
"A Question of Ethics" by Flip Wingrove
"The Enemy" by Shannon Murdoch
"Who’s Afraid of George and Alice" by James Daly
"Before the Holy Temple" by David Brendan Hopes
"Father and the Cell Phone" by Flip Wingrove
"Doing Lunch" by Ron Ford
"You Don’t Say" by Miryam Gordon

The box office will open at 6:30 each night.

These are literally "readings" of the scripts. There will be no blocking, no special lighting, no sound, no effects of any kind. Just actors in chairs, including one for each script to read stage directions.

Readings will be followed by a "talk-back" at the end of the evening to discuss the plays read. CSTN will ask everyone in the room to fill out a short ballot, helping them gauge the audience response to each script.

Information: (360) 792-8601,

‘Summerfest’ Readings Need Readers, Input

Here’s your chance to hear readings of more than a dozen new original one-act plays being considered by Changing Scene Theatre Northwest for "Summerplay 2009 : A Festival of New Works" this summer, and even to try out your acting chops by participating in the readings.

Here’s the latest from CSTN, which rolled in via e-mail only minutes ago:

The Changing Scene is hosting readings of new one-act plays that are involved in a competition to appear in Summerplay 2009 this year. The readings are being held on Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 15, both at 7 p.m. We still need readers!!! Those of you who participated in Winterfest last year know how much fun these readings, and a chance to discuss the plays (some of the playwrights will be present as well) can be. We are choosing the scripts for Summerplay this year based on audience/actor response, so this is a chance to be a part of the play selection process. We are asking that the readers arrive at The Changing Scene at 5 p.m. to do a read-through of their scripts. We are looking for strong cold readers for these scripts–if you know of anyone else who may be interested, feel free to pass along this email. If you can make it to either day (or both!), please either email us or call Pavlina on her cell phone (360)710-5440 ASAP. We hope you’ll join us!!!!!!!!!!

More later … — MM

Youth Served by Bainbridge Symphony Program, Art Display

Youth — and music lovers of all ages — will be served by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra ’s program “Fables and Fairy Tales,” which will be performed March 7 and 8 at Bainbridge Performing Arts .
Music Director David Upham will be on the podium for the program, which will get a 3 p.m. matinee treatment both days.
On the easels will be the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major (with guest soloist Tyler Sherper ), selections from Edward Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suites and Prokofiev’s beloved “Peter and the Wolf” (with actor Guy Sidora providing the narration.
The music definitely is geared for a young audience, and much of the concerts’ ambiance will be created by young artists. BSO put out an open invitation for youngsters to submit their work, and received several hundreds of responses. More than 100 submitted pieces have bee incorporated into a slide show, which will be shown during the “Wand of Youth” performances each day. The artwork also will be shown before and after the performances in the lobby.
Sherper, a student at Bainbridge’s Hyla Middle School , will front the orchestra for the opening movement of Mozart’s good-natured, optimistic concerto, which also is known as his second “coronation concerto.”
English composer Elgar orchestrated pieces he originally wrote as a child for his “Wand of Youth” suites. The movements, from theatrical pieces created by Elgar and his siblings, were given fanciful titles like “Moths and Butterflies,” “The Sun Dance” and “Faeries and Giants.”
Prokofiev’s whimsical “Peter and the Wolf” debuted quietly in 1936, but gradually grew into a cornerstone of children’s classical repertoire. Its storytelling, which incorporates various orchestral instruments providing the “voices” of the animals, makes it a favorite of audiences — young and otherwise — to this day.
Each performance will be preceded at 2:15 p.m. by a pre-concert chat with Maestro Upham.

‘Fables and Fairy Tales’
Who: Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, David Upham, Music Director; Tyler Sherper, piano; Guy Sidora, narrator
What: Concert of pieces by Mozart, Elgar and Prokofiev
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N
When: 3 p.m. March 7 and 8
Tickets: $18 to $15
Information: (206) 842-8569,