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BPA’s ‘Amadeus’ wins critics’ ‘Best Play’ award

Amadeus,” Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ ambitious winter-spring 2016 production, has been recognized by the South Sound Critics Association as the “Best Play” of their 2015-16 season.

“Amadeus,” directed by Kate Carruthers and featuring an award-winning Supporting Actor performance by Luke Walker (Mozart) and a nominated Lead Actor effort by Nelsen Spickard (Salieri), was one of two BPA offerings nominated for “Best Play,” along with the 2015 holiday-season production of “Mary Poppins.”

The production, which the Kitsap Sun’s review called “rich and incredibly detailed,” featured an evocative set by Will Langemack, period costumes by Barbara Klingberg and atmospheric lighting by Tess Malone, is technically a non-musical. It does feature a soundtrack of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers of the era, but normally is perforDSC_0592_grandemed with that soundtrack pre-recorded.

That’s where the ambition comes in. BPA employed a chamber orchestra, with fresh orchestration by Jon Brenner, and a choir/ensemble, both live on stage with pianists Josh Anderson (the musical director) and Elizabeth Faye.

BPA’s “Amadeus,” according to the Sun’s review, was “crisp and comprehendable, draped in luxurious visuals and accompanied by exquisite playing and singing throughout.”

(For the record, the Sun and its theater reviewer, Michael C. Moore, are not affiliated with South Sound Critics Association. The Sun annually publishes its own “best of” survey, but culls its nominees from the calendar year — January to December — instead of the fall-to-spring theater season. The Sun will run its “best of” compilation at the end of 2016.)

Shannon Burch, a frequent contributor at Paradise Theatre, won Best Actress honors for her role in the Gig Harbor company’s “Next to Normal.” The chamber musical was another Best Play nomination, and also earned a Supporting Actor nomination for Taylor Herbstritt and a Supporting Actress nod for Ashley Roy.

Spickard was one of three actors with Kitsap ties to earn Best Actor nominations. The others were Pete Benson (for BPA’s recent “Bard at Bloedel” production of “Much Ado About Nothing“) and Jeffrey Bassett (for Paradise’s “Scrooge the Musical“).Joseph Grant, playing Willie Loman in the Lakewood Playhouse’s “Death of a Salesman,” was the Best Actor honoree.

Lisa Mandelkorn, who played the title role in BPA’s “Mary Poppins,” joined Burch among the Best Actress nominees. Jenna McRill, who’s appeared in several shows at Paradise, was a Best Actress nominee for her title-role performane in “Romeo and Juliet” at Tacoma’s New Muses Theatre.

Bremerton’s Diana George was a Supporting Actress nominee for the Lakewood Players’ production of “Noises Off!”

Other best play nominees came from Tacoma Little Theatre (“Second Samuel”), Lakewood Players (“Death of a Salesman”) and Tacoma Musical Playhouse (“Mary Poppins”).

— MM

Jewel Box pushes back ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ opening

The Cold and Flu Season, and Murphy’s Law, are playing havoc with local theater groups.

Citing multiple illnesses, injuries and cast changes, the Jewel Box Theatre has pushed back the opening of the comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” a week, from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22.

That brings to four the number of Kitsap productions that have been postponed, mainly because of illness, since November, when the One Time Players put their mounting of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” on hold. That production is scheduled for a second opening on Jan. 14 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend.

Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ musical “Mary Poppins” was forced to postpone the final weekend of its run. BPA was able to resume on Jan. 8, and will wrap things up with shows on Jan. 9 and 10.

Bremerton Community Theatre was slated to open its black-box production of the revue “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” That show was to have opened a two-weekend run at the Robert B. Stewart Performance Hall on Jan. 8, but instead will open on Jan. 15.

Ticket holders for rescheduled performances who haven’t already done so, and those checking on ticket availability, can contact the various theaters at the numbers below:

One Time Players: 360-385-6207, onetimeplayers.org

Bainbridge Performing Arts: 206-842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.org

Jewel Box Theatre: 360-697-3183, jewelboxpoulsbo.org

Bremerton Community Theatre: 360-373-5152, bremertoncommunitytheatre.org

— MM

BPA adds ‘Mary Poppins’ performance

Bainbridge Performing Arts‘ tremendous production of “Mary Poppins” won’t strike set for a few more hours, according to word from the Bainbridge troupe.

BPA’s “Mary Poppins” was scheduled to close following a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 20. Due to good old-fashioned popular demand, though, a 7:30 p.m. performance has been added that evening.

So there are four opportunities (depending on ticket availability) to see it, once you’ve added the Dec. 20 twi-night doubleheader to the scheduled 7:30 p.m. curtains on Dec. 18 and 19.

For ticket info, call 206-842-8569, or log on to bainbridgeperformingarts.org

The Sun’s review is here: http://www.kitsapsun.com/entertainment/local-theater-bpa-creates-an-eye-popping-poppins-ep-1402314731-361008141.html

— MM

CSTOCK’s 2015-16 season opens with ‘Godspell’

CSTOCK won’t be at the Silverdale Community Center when they start their 2015-16 season in September. But they’ll be in business nonetheless.

The company have announced and posted their season, with all shows to be performed at a new venue. The company is in negotiations with the Central Kitsap School District (for the use space in Central Kitsap Middle School (the former Central Kitsap Junior High). CSTOCK learned earlier this year that they must vacate the community center space by summer’s end. Their popular “Camp CSTOCK” summer youth workshops will go on as scheduled, with four two-week sessions through August.

The entire 2015-16 season looks like this:

Sept. 11-Oct. 4 — “Godspell

Nov. 27-Dec. 20 — “Shrek

Feb. 12-March 6 — “Mary Poppins

April 15-May 8 — “Anne of Green Gables

June 17-July 3 — “Children of Eden

CKMS also will host a pair of CSTOCK’s talent showcases, an all-age edition on Oct. 17 and a youth version on May 21. The theater also announced that Friday and Saturday performances would continue to have 7:30 p.m. curtains, but the 4 p.m. Sunday matinees and non-reserved seating they began with the current younger-than-21 production of “The Pirates of Penzance” will carry over to the new season.

More details as they become available. You can also check for updates here: cstock.org

— MM

Folks flock to ‘Mary Poppins’ in the forest

Looks like it’s going to be a big four weekends for the Mountaineers Players and their Kitsap Forest Theater production of “Mary Poppins.”

Opening-day performances I’ve hiked down to in past Memorial Day weekends have been sparsely attended, often owing to less-than-perfect weather. But the show on May 24 drew upwards of 4000522_KSFE_Poppins6 — despite cool conditions and overcast skies — roughly twice what opening days normally attract.

And you shouldn’t expect the throngs to get any smaller. The weather should continue to be decent or better, and the draw of the “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical won’t get any weaker.

The cast is mostly from Seattle, but look for Bremerton’s  Gary Spees in a couple of supporting roles.

A review of the May 24 show is here:


Information: 206-542-7815 (info only), 800-573-8484 (tickets), foresttheater.com

‘Mary Poppins’ will look different in the forest

It’s going to be interesting seeing how the Mountaineers Players handle the musical “Mary Poppins,” which opens with 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday shows during the Memorial Day weekend at the Kitsap Forest Theater.

The Broadway show is full of high-tech (and high-price tag) goodies. Chimney sweeps dance on the ceiling, a kitchen self-destructs and reconstructs, and just about everybody flies at one point or another. When I saw the Village Theatre‘s wonderful version in Issaquah last December, I loved how the show used the great songs from the 1964 movie version without being a simple rehash. But I was also distracted by all the special effects, a reaction Mountaineers director Craig Schieber said he had to the same show

“I was wowed by the spectacle, but not the story line,” said Schieber. “We have to rely on telling the story, and let the audience use their imaginations to supply some of the magic.”

A preview of the Mountaineers’ “Mary Poppins” is here:


If you saw Village Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” in Issaquah or Everett, or the earlier production in Seattle, and make it out to see the show at Kitsap Forest Theatre, drop me a note at mmoore@kitsapsun.com and let me know how you thought the two compared.

— MM

Old news, but good news: BPA 2015-16 season is out

This is old news to many of you, but since we’re on a theaters-announce-new-seasons tear right now, we’ll add in the already-revealed 2015-16 season for Bainbridge Performing Arts:

July 9-26 — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare at his most comical, performed at Bloedel Reserve.

Oct. 9-25 — “Hair,” the 1960s Hippie Musical.

Dec. 4-20 — “Mary Poppins,” very different from the movie, but still Practically Perfect in Every Way.

Jan. 22-24 — An evening of David Ives one-acts titled “All in the Timing,” presented by Swinging Hammer Productions.

Feb. 5-14 — “Love Letters,” classic A.R. Gurney comedy.

Mary 11-27 — “Amadeus,” a little night (or afternoon, if matinees are your thing) music.

May 13-29 — a TBA entry BPA is billing as “a new family classic,” but can’t reveal the title just yet.

Check out BPA’s Web site — bainbridgeperformingarts.org — or call 206-842-8569 for more information on tickets and packages.

— MM

TMP announces six-show 2015-16 season

OK, OK, I know it’s on the wrong (south) side of the Narrows Bridge. But Tacoma Musical Playhouse is just barely across the bridge, after all, in the old Narrows Theater building on Sixth. And the company’s acting roster is swelling lately with performers from Kitsap, including Alena Menefee, who’s playing the title role in the current well-reviewed production of “Evita.”

TMP just released its lineup for the 2015-16 season. If they keep attracting some of the talent from up our way — and even if they don’t — the list of upcoming shows, including the two yet to come in the 2014-15 season, are worth a look:

May 5-June 7: “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story”
July 10-Aug. 2: “West Side Story”

And the just-announced 2015-16 schedule:

Sept. 18-Oct. 11: “Oliver!”
Nov. 27-Dec. 20: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
Feb. 5-28: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
April 8-May 1: “The Scarlet Pimpernel”
May 20-June 12: “The Wiz” (the “Ease on Down the Road” one, not the “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” one)
July 8-31: “Mary Poppins”

The theater is at 7116 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma, with free parking across the street.
Tickets and information: 253-565-6867, tmp.org