Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Brownsville Elementary Celebrates ‘The History of Jazz’

Last night, the 5th grade students of Brownsville Elementary School performed a musical historical timeline on the History of Jazz at Brownsville Elementary School, located at 8795 Illahee Road, just south of the Brownsville Marina.

I had the pleasure of previewing a sneak-peek live rehearsal of the approx. 30-minute performance the day before, and I have to say there are some incredibly gifted singers and dancers at Brownsville Elementary. My son, Elliot, (a 2009 graduate of CK High who came along for the ride), commented that some of the singers were definitely ‘American Idol’ material!

Music Teacher, Shirley Jenkins, has done an outstanding job in helping these students learn, understand, and appreciate the rich history of Jazz music, not the easiest task for 5th graders. One of the selections the kids sang, ‘Birdland,’ is a favorite of mine. It’s an exceptionally difficult piece to perform and the kids pulled it off with flying colors.

Monies from the recently approved CK School Levy renewal help to fund valuable programs like this, so it was a very timely reminder to express my personal ‘Thanks!’ once again to all of our area residents who voted in favor of the levy.

The Value of Live Theater in Kitsap County WA

The current CSTOCK (Central Stage of County Kitsap) production of Meredith Wilson’s ‘Music Man’ is a perfect example of why I’m such a HUGE fan of Live Theater and the value it offers to our community here in Kitsap County WA.

Granted, being involved in a local production is a big time commitment and requires a lot of work. Most of CSTOCK’s shows are large cast musicals, like ’Music Man’ with nearly 50 cast members! Add to that the production crew, costuming, set construction, orchestra musicians, parents/volunteers, etc., and you’ve got the population of a small town! River City, Iowa, to be exact!

What’s so exciting to watch is how everyone works so hard and diligently together, combining their individual talents and abilities, to create and perform as a seamless ensemble.

This is no easy task, especially given the wide range of ages represented among the cast, coordinating all the various elements of the production, and the challenging logistical constraints of performing in a very small theater space.

What I personally find so rewarding is the positive affect our community theater has on our member’s self-worth and esteem, especially for the youth. It’s thrilling to observe a kid gain a greater sense of personal confidence and develop improved social skills. They also learn the valued lesson of hard work, and the satisfying reward of applause.

During the course of intense rehearsals, camaraderie and friendships are fostered among the cast and crew. Many of our shows have enlisted the talents of entire families, providing them with a safe and enjoyable environment to spend quality time together.

CSTOCK community theater offers its audience a muchly needed escape from the everyday worries and cares of  life. A show magically transports you to another time, another place, where you become wonderfully lost within the story.

‘Music Man’ runs for 3 more weekends. Fridays and Saturdays the show starts at 7:30pm. On Sundays, curtain opens at 6pm. Purchase your tickets on-line now because all three shows this past weekend were nearly sold out!

And, allow me to encourage you to invest in community theater and become involved in CSTOCK, as either an active volunteer/participant, or simply as a regular audience member.

Thanks for your helpful support!

For more information on how you  can plug-in, go to

Other Kitsap County Community Theaters:

Jewel Box Theater in Poulsbo

Western WA Center for the Arts (WWCA) in Port Orchard

Bremerton Community Theater (BCT)

Bainbridge Performing Arts

Kitsap Children’s Musical Theater

The Forest Theater on Seabeck Hwy.

Trouble Comes to Silverdale WA!

“Do your kids re-buckle their knickerbockers ‘below’ the knee? Are they memorizing jokes out of Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang? Are certain words creeping into their conversations? Words like ‘Swell’ and ‘So’s yer Old Man!”

CSTOCK’s long awaited production of the ever-popular Meredith Wilson hit musical “Music Man” is scheduled to open this coming Friday, February 12th.CSTOCK-Community-Theater-in-Kitsap-County

An affectionate musical tribute to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Director Chris Borer (1940’s Radio Hour, Damn Yankees) has assembled an amazing cast of nearly 50 talented actors, singers, and dancers to bring this epic musical to life!

Music Man will be playing 4 consecutive weekends Feb. 12th thru March 7th at the CSTOCK Theater, located in the Silverdale Community Center next to the Silverdale Way Walgreens.  Shows start at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and 6pm on Sunday night.

So grab Your Favorite Libertine Men and Scarlet Women and take the nearest Wells Fargo Wagon to see CSTOCK’s ‘Music Man!’

For more information and to purchase tickets online, GO HERE!

CK Schools Levy Renewal – A Sound Investment

Central-Kitsap-School-District-Support-LevyThere’s been a lot of somewhat heated, yet healthy discussion/debate regarding the upcoming local school support levies being voted upon by February 9th.

You can follow one of the ‘lively’ conversations HERE.

A rather interesting and timely article appeared in today’s Kitsap Sun:

Judge Rules State not Fulfilling Duty to Fund Education

KS Staff Blogger Marietta Nelson offers an ensuing commentary that poses the probing question: “What’s Missing?

I can’t speak personally for the other districts within Kitsap County, but I can vouch for the Central Kitsap School District both as a resident and a parent of four CKSD students.

One of the benefits of living here in Central Kitsap is the sense of family and community that we all share. For those of us whose children have attended CK schools we have experienced firsthand the value and quality of education provided by the educators and staff of Central Kitsap School District.

I’ve never seen teachers and administrators who take such an active role in the lives of our kids. Superintendent Greg Lynch and the School Board Members (especially Chris Stokke) can be seen at nearly every school function or activity (even taking time out to personally read books in class to elementary students). Such occasions have afforded me countless opportunities of becoming better acquainted with our school leaders/administrators.

We are most fortunate here in Central Kitsap to have such highly qualified administrators/staff, and dedicated board members, all who possess high ethical standards and personal integrity.

A vote of “YES’ to renew the upcoming CK school support levy is not only a vote for our kids, but it’s also a vote of trust and confidence in our teachers and district leadership, to empower them all to continue their proven track record of educational excellence!