Monthly Archives: August 2009

Memorial for Curtis Miller Planned for Sept. 13

According to a note from Bremerton Community Theatre’s Robert Montgomery, a memorial celebration of the life and talents of Curtis Miller will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton.

Miller, who’s been involved with BCT in both onstage and backstage capacities since 1952, died last week.

The gathering will be a potluck.

Information: (360) 373-5152,

More later …  — MM

Curtis Miller, Original BCT Member, Passes Away

Received several reports this (Thursday 8/27) morning of the passing of Bremerton’s Curtis Miller, after a long illness.

Miller was one of the original members of Bremerton Community Theatre, and was involved in the company for nearly 60 years, both as an actor and in a number of other capacities.

According to actor and former BCT board president Steve Goupil, Miller appeared in more than 120 shows and worked behind the scenes on many more. His last time on the BCT stage was in “Sabrina Fair,” in the fall of 2007. He also appeared at CSTOCK in Silverdale and the old Performing Arts Guild in Port Orchard.

“Curtis was one of those people who could take a small part and make it memorable,” Goupil remembered. “When I was directing ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ I cast Curtis as the old man the sisters intended as their latest victim. One week after being cast, Curtis told me he was going in for quadruple bi-pass surgery, but still wanted to do the part.

“I knew how important it was to him, and wouldn’t recast the part until I absolutely had to, and true to his word Curtis was back the week before opening. He was little low on energy and hurting, but he made that small part so memorable he almost got a standing ovation when he ran out of the house.”

Those of you with memories of Curtis Miller, please feel free to write in, either as a comment to this post or via e-mail to, and we’ll share them with the community.

More later …  — MM

“ZMD” Will Get Port Gamble Screening Oct. 2

This from our good friend Linda Jensen:

Port Gamble Premiere (Outdoor showing with location walking tour)
October 2, 2009
Time: 7-10PM
The cast and crew will be back this October to show the movie, do a short Q & A, and give a tour of the movie locations! This event is free, but space is limited to 100 people! Call 360.297.8074 to make your reservations by 9/26!

More later …  — MM

Argentine Tango Duo Makes Bremerton Stop

Just in from the Charleston Ballroom is news of an appearance by the Argentine tango dancers Julio y Mirabai on Sept. 8.

The ballroom is hosting a “meet-up” group and performance. If you’d like to be included, follow the link below and sign up.

The Charleston Ballroom is at 312 N Callow Ave. in Bremerton, and the phone number there is (360) 373-2205.

More later …  — MM

Farewell and Bon Apetit to Kari Brunson

This from our friend Gary Tucker at Pacific Northwest Ballet, about me favorite dancer there, Kari Brunson — a beautiful dancer who had a smile that you could see from the back row.

Corps de ballet member Kari Brunson announced (Tuesday) that, after nine years with Pacific Northwest Ballet, she will be leaving, effective immediately, to pursue a career in the food industry. Brunson, who for two years has been documenting her experiences as a self-taught cook – and food photographer – in her food blog Anticiplate <> , will be apprenticing in the kitchens of renowned Seattle chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell.

During the PNB dancers’ recent summer break, Brunson interned at Stowell’s newest restaurant, Anchovies & Olives, and documented the experience in a second blog, Summer Spoon <> . That experience led Stowell to offer her the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice at his restaurants.

“I never thought I would find anything in my life that would satisfy my soul like ballet,” said Brunson in her announcement. “Yet, after working in the Anchovies & Olives kitchen over the summer, I realized that I had found a new love. The same parts of me are fulfilled: the preparation before the ‘show,’ the ‘performance,’ and most importantly, the spontaneous creativity. I know I have a massive amount of hard work ahead of me to start a new profession, and I am excited for this challenge.”

More later …  — MM

Ne-Yo Won’t Do the Puyallup, After All

This from our friends at the Puyallup Fair:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the concert featuring Ne-Yo at the Puyallup Fair slated for Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 has been cancelled. While ticket holders can be reimbursed for the concert ticket, the Fair will honor the ticket holders’ plans to attend, and offer FREE Puyallup Fair gate admission to concert ticketholders.

Ticket holders should do the following for ticket return and to obtain their FREE Puyallup Fair gate admission ticket:

Tickets purchased on the Internet or by phone:
Concert Ticket Refund:  Ticketmaster will automatically refund all internet and phone purchases onto the credit card used for payment of the tickets. The price of the ticket will be refunded, plus the convenience charge.
FREE Puyallup Fair Ticket:  Ticket holders can use the concert ticket they received as a gate admission to the Puyallup Fair.

Tickets purchased at Ticketmaster ticket centers:
Concert Ticket Refund:  Take your concert ticket to Ticketmaster ticket center where it was purchased. You will be refunded the price of the ticket, plus the convenience charge. The purchaser will not receive the $2.95 handling fee that Ticketmaster charges for setting up the account.
FREE Puyallup Fair Ticket:  When you take your concert ticket to be refunded, Ticketmaster will provide you with your ticket for free Puyallup Fair gate admission.

More later …  — MM

Bainbridge Cinemas to Add Metropolitan Opera Simulcasts

This from our friends at the Bainbridge Cinemas:

The 2009-2010 Season of The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series
Set to premiere at Bainbridge Cinemas

Bainbridge Cinemas is one of a few select movie theaters in the Pacific Northwest chosen to broadcast all nine performances of the Metropolitan Opera live from the Met stage, beginning October 10. The Met: Live in HD series will be on screen Saturday mornings live via stunning High Definition on Bainbridge Cinemas’ largest screen.

The series will kick off on Saturday, October 10 (with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca, conducted by James Levine) and run through May 1, 2010—nine live performances in all. The complete schedule can be found below.

Tickets go on sale at the Bainbridge Cinemas box office for MET opera members only on Monday, August 31 at noon. All tickets and season tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 8 at noon. Tickets can also be ordered over the phone by calling Far Away Entertainment at (206) 780-0766, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and above) and $15 for children (11 and under). Season tickets can be purchased any time before the opening performance where you pay for 8 performances and receive one free ($176 for adults, $160 for seniors and $120 for children).

“We’ve had numerous requests from our customers throughout Kitsap County to present this series. The exquisite images and Dolby Digital Sound will give our audiences literally the best possible seats in the house,” said Jeff Brein co-owner of Bainbridge Cinemas. “We are even planning a special dining menu for sale during Opera intermissions.”

Depending on the level of interest and advance ticket sales, encore performances on select Wednesday evenings may be considered from time to time throughout the season.

More later …  — MM

Bremerton Symphony Auditions New Players

This from our friends at the Bremerton Symphony Association:

The Bremerton Symphony Orchestra will conduct auditions for all strings, including principal cello, all woodwinds, horn, and percussion in September.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12 starting at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Olympic College music room, 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton

To schedule an audition and obtain the audition repertoire, please call the Symphony office at (360) 373-1722.


More later …  — MM

“Lark in the Park” Plays Shakespeare for Laughs in PT

This from our Port Townsend pal Joey Pipia (too late to make it into the Aug. 21 edition of Kitsap A&E, but we’ll list it the next two weeks):

“A Lark in the Park: An Improvised Shakespeare Tragedy” directed by Joey Pipia opens Thursday, August 27th at 6 p.m. in Chetzemoka Park (Jackson and Blaine streets) for a two-weekend run of amazing theater.

“This is a show of substance – a tragedy with nothing less than human lives in the balance,” and, adds the director, “each play is completely improvised on the spot; Thursday’s play will be entirely different from Friday’s play.”

Each night the play will spring from the audience who will provide three lines of dialogue, a title, and three props (by applause vote).

Audience member are invited, but not required, to bring a prop that may end up being used in the show. Props must conform to the following rules: Weighing more than an ounce and less than ten pounds, objects may not pose a danger to audience or cast members, and lastly, objects may not be alive.

The players are Mike Biskup, Katie Ottaway, Karolina Anderson, Shachaf Ben-kiki, and Rebecca May, with musical accompaniment by Daniel Neville and Jim Parfitt.

A Lark in the Park will be presented in one act lasting just over an hour. And will be staged in near to the entrance of Chetzemoka Park; signs will direct you in.

The show runs two weekends only: Thursday and Friday August 27 & 28, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 4, 5, & 6. Admission is by suggested donation: Adults $15 and kids $10. Contact info: Box office – 379-1068, or

More later …  — MM

‘Frayed’ Released on DVD Aug. 25

The better-than-average horror flick “Frayed,” starring Bremerton’s own Alena Menefee and shot around Puget Sound, is being released by Lionsgate, and will hit video shelves Aug. 25.

Menefee, currently serving as a vocalist with a Navy Band unit stationed in Naples, Italy, comments on the movie, and has high praise for Italian food, in a Q&A posted at

Here’s the link:

More later …  — MM