Monthly Archives: August 2015

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:”

— 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.”…/Cast-Announced-for-Seattle-M…#…/Cast-Announced-for-Seattle-M…#

Admiral adds Keb’ Mo to 2015-16 lineup

Keb’ Mo’, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist and songwriter, will play a March 16 concert at the Admiral Theatre, bolstering the 2015-16 subscription season for which single-show tickets recently went on sale.

Keb’ Mo’ has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America.” His post-modern blues style is infKebMo2luenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop.

The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name, Kevin Moore.

The show will be at 7 p.m., with a dinner for those with separate reservations served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will range from the main-floor-with-dinner premium of $89 to $20 reserved seats in the balcony.

Information: 360-373-6743,

— MM


Sound’s ‘Indian Ink’ a voyage well worth the voyage

Had a busman’s holiday Saturday night — both because I’m a fan of Seattle’s Sound Theatre Company and because Tom Stoppard is my favorite playwright — to see a performance of “Indian Ink” at Seattle Center Armory.

Wonderful play, great performances (especially by Caitlin Frances and Dhiraj Khanna, pictured) and well worth the trip. There are a few Kitsap connections to mention, too: Jonathan Shue, who has a supporting role, was in Swinging Hammer Productions‘ Bainbridge mounting of “American Buffalo” earlier this year. Jen0821_KSFE_Inknifer Ewing, the Port Townsend-bred actress who was in Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ “A Chorus Line” a couple years back and did much wonderful work at Key City Public Theatre before shifting her base of operations to New York and then Seattle, painted the two portraits used in the show and collaborated with director Andrew McGinn on how the imagery worked with the staging, scenery and lighting. And STG artistic director Teresa Thuman has helmed a number of shows at BPA, most recently “The Who’s Tommy.”

One thing to keep in mind: If you’re ferrying over to see the show might want to try to see one of the 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. At nearly three hours, with a 7:30 p.m. start, it’s impossible to make the 10:30 p.m. Bremertron boat. If it’s an evening show you’re bent on, either catch your boat from Bainbridge, or plan on a late night — the next boat bound for Bremertron is 12:50 a.m.

Anyway, here’s a review, with ticket information:


Lee Grant and Dinah Manoff in town Thursday

0807_KSFE_LeeGrantThis week Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island welcomes actress Lee Grant (Detective Story and Shampoo) and her daughter, actress and director Dinah Manoff (Marty from Grease) who is a local resident. This is a great chance to get a peek into Hollywood from Grant’s perspective.

The pair will be discussing Grant’s autobiography “I Said Yes to Everything.” The actress had a busy childhood as a performer, worked on Broadway and made her first hit movie Detective Story with Kirk Douglas in 1951. Shortly afterward she was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era for not testifying against her husband at the time, preventing her from being offered any major screen roles. After 12 years on that list and one child—Manoff—later, Grant went to work again starring in films like In the Heat of the Night and won an Oscar for Shampoo. She went on to direct an award-winning documentary among other works, and continues to act and educate today.

The event is free, and will take place on Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Books. Customers who purchase books in advance will get preferential seating and signing.

Blackberry Festival music lineup announced

The main stage at the Bremerton Blackberry Festival will rock from start to finish for this year’s Labor Day weekend to-do, including sets from a number of acts familiar to Kitsap audiences and a seemingly annual visit from venerable Seattle rockers Jr. Cadillac.

Things get started on Sept. 5 with the National Anthem, flag presentation by the USS Nimitz Honor Guard and an official welcome from Mayor Patty Lent, all starting at 10:30 a.m. The music kicks in with Pop Cycle at 11 a.m., and doesn’t shut down until local cover band Payday Daddy (pictured below) blow out their last amp at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.

The whole lineup for the weekend goes a little something like this:

Saturday, Sept. 5

10:30 a.m. — USS Nimitz Honor Guard, National Anthem, welcome from Mayor Patty Lent

11 a.m. — Pop Cycle (rock)

1 p.m. — Clave Con Jazz

3 p.m. — Afton Prater (country)

0807_KSFE_PaydayDaddy5 p.m. — Jr. Cadillac

Sunday, Sept. 6

10:30 a.m. — Bremerton Police Honor Guard, National Anthem

11 a.m. — Scott Cossu (jazz-blues piano)

12:30 p.m. — Fingertips (funky R&B)

2:30 p.m. — Fabulous Roof Shakers (rock, blues)

4 p.m. — Navy Band Northwest “Puget Sound Machine” (brass show band)

Monday, Sept. 7

10 a.m. — National Anthem, followed by Carrie Kay (Motown)

11:30 a.m. — Mark Lewis Quartet (jazz)

1:30 p.m. — Joy Mills Band (country)

3:30 p.m. — Payday Daddy (rock)


— MM

Music and outdoors meet at Moonfest


MoonFest—started by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Roger Fisher to bring outdoors and music together—is coming August 21-22 in Lake LeLand, just across the Hood Canal. Now is the time to get tickets and reserve camping spots for the festival.

The line-up so far this year includes:

Bill Carter—well-known rock artist on the Austin music scene,

Geoffrey Castle—electric violinist closing out Saturday night,

Ian Moore—another singer-songwriter from Austin rolling together rock, folk and blues,

the Herbivores—a local Seattle favorite with reggae sounds

and Billy Stoopes, Tina Hendrix, Randy Linder and more.

The weekend will include tye-dyeing class (because, why not) on Saturday, a raptor exhibit from Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue, tai chi (you are there to relax) and options to kayak and explore the shore of the Hood Canal. Food available includes everything from vegan spreads to teriyaki chicken, brunch with berry pancakes and later on salmon dinners. Oh, and beer. There will be beer.

And while you are out there, take the time to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula too. Hike, relax, read, and then enjoy the music.