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Miss the Bellydance Superstars? They’re on TV

Really glad I got to see the Bellydance Superstars at the Admiral Theatre in B-Town 10/9. Not life-altering, but close. Sorry you couldn’t be there.

Anyway, if you missed them, their Web site (www.bellydancesuperstars.com) has a listing for a show called “Bellydance Superstars Live in Paris,” which will be on at 10 p.m. Sunday 10/11 on KBCT (channel 3 on most local systems).

I don’t know what the show is like, but if it’s anything like their live show, it’ll be well worth watching.

More later …  — MM

See the Bellydance Superstars on the Cheap

The Admiral Theatre has announced it will have a limited number of half-price balcony seats available for the Oct. 9 performance by the Bellydance Superstars, the season-opening show in this year’s subscription season.

The Bellydance Superstars appeared at the Admiral in March 2008 and nearly sold the theater out. Their performance incorporates a number of dance styles in fusion with more traditional bellydance, accompanied by both live and recorded music.

Full-price balcony tickets for the show are $18. So, do the math — act fast, and you could go for $9.

Information: (360) 373-6743, admiraltheatre.org

More later …  — MM

Rose Adds Live Theatre to HD Simulcasts

This from our friend Rocky Friedman at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend:

As the Rose Theatre prepares to begin its third season of High Definition Live and Encore simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera on Oct. 10 with Puccini’s “Tosca,” it is expanding its innovative programming with High Definition plays from the National Theatre in London.

This inaugural season of NT Live began in June 2009 with “Phèdre,” starring Helen Mirren.  The Rose will be presenting two, time-delayed presentations of each remaining play in the 2009/2010 National Theatre season.

October 17 and 31 at 11 a.m.: William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.” The feisty but lowly Helena falls in love with Bertram, a haughty count.  To gain his hand she is set on a string of impossible tasks.  Even if accomplished, they can hardly guarantee his love.  Set against a background of sexism, snobbery and a battle between the generations, Shakespeare’s wondrous, bittersweet play turns fairytale logic on its head.

February 13 and 27 at 11 a.m.: “Nation,” an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s witty and challenging adventure story.  The year is 1860, and two teenagers are thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on a South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home.  Neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive.  Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.  Suitable for 10 years and older.  World Premiere

May 2 and 8 at 11 a.m.: “The Habit of Art,” a new play by Alan Bennett.  Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W.H. Auden.  During this imagined meeting, they are observed and interrupted by amongst others, their future biographers and a young man from the local bus station.  Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry and music.  It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and reflects on growing old, on creativity and  persisting when all passion is  spent: and ultimately, on the habit of art.

The Rose joins the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon as the only two venues in Washington presenting NT Live.  Tickets to NT Live go on sale Oct. 7 at the Rose or at  HYPERLINK “http://www.rosetheatre.com” www.rosetheatre.com.  General Admission $22, Seniors $20, Students and Children $16

Information: (360) 385-1039), rosetheatre.com, ntlive.com

More later …  — MM

Get Your Zombie Fine On at the Fairgrounds

This from our friends at the RockIt Roost:

“Zombie 4 Ransom” – Kitsap County’s Premier Halloween Party. Kitsap County is about to be taken over by Zombies — Pinup Zombies, Pinup Angels, and Roost’R Vixens.
They’re all coming carrying a license for Mayhem & Fun. “Zombie 4 Ransom” is a Halloween/Costume Party with a wicked twist. Featuring 4 live bands, a DJ, Go Go Dancers and a kidnapped Zombie being held for ransom to raise money for charity.

Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Presidents Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. 18+ to get in and Beer/Wine Garden for those that are 21+
NOTE: No one under 18 years old will be admitted.

This event will include:
Four Live Bands;
8:00 p.m. Performance by “Safari” – myspace.com/safaritheband
9:15 p.m. Performance by “Billy Dwayne and The Creepers” – myspace.com/billydwayneandthecreepers
10:30 p.m. Performance by “Hard Money Saints” –myspace.com/hardmoneysaints
11:45 p.m. Performance by “Wreckin Machine” – myspace.com/wreckinmachine There will be a D.J. at this event to play in between bands
Beer and Wine Garden provided by “The Toad House Pizza Pub”
Beer Garden will feature “Silver City Brewery” Beers
Local Food Vendors
Local Business Vendors
Live radio Broadcast by Outlaw Radio – outlawradionetwork.com
Costume Contest Giveaways
Zombie Pinup Contest

Everyone is encouraged to dress up as whatever they want (preferably “Zombified”) but a costume is not required. We just want everyone to come and have a good time whether you are in a costume or not.
Zombie Hair and Make-up service will be available at the event from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
There will be a fee for this service and all the information will be provided on a price list available at “The RockIt Roost”.

There will be a caged kidnapped Zombie during the event. The caged Zombie will be released during the event once we have reached our charity goal of $2,500.00. The charity of choice for this event is the Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation. You can check them out at www.kchaf.org
<http://www.kchaf.org/> Advance tickets for the event can be purchased at “The RockIt Roost” for $15 per person.
Advance tickets can also be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80107 <http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80107>
Tickets will be $25 at the door on the day of the event.

The Kitsap County Fairgrounds will also be holding “The Haunted Fairgrounds” at the same time as Zombie 4 Ransom. Participants of Zombie 4 Ransom will have the option of doing “The Haunted Fairgrounds” for an additional $10.

Information: (360) 908-8291, hanah@therockitroost.com

More later …  — MM


Encore! Musical Revue Has Kitsap Konnections

Encore Theater‘s current production  of the musical revue “A … My Name Will Always Be Alice” features several performers with Kitsap connections.

Deborah Emans, the Theatre instructor at South Kitsap High School, directs and plays Alice 5. Nita Wilson (familiar to audiences at CSTOCK ) is Alice 1. And Martha Ellis (Port Orchard) is the music director and pianist.
The show runs through Oct. 11 (7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays) at 6615 38th Ave. in Gig Harbor. Tickets run from $18 to $8.

Information: (253-858-2283, encoretheater.org.

More later …  — MM

Hannah Spool Gets Some TV Time

According to her Facebook page, Port Orchard actress Hannah Spool will be doing “featured extra” duty tonight on the season-finale episode of the TNT original series “Leverage.”

The show (on Channel 54 for most cable systsems), airs at 9 p.m., and — it being cable — probably will be re-run at least once later in the week.

Spool recently was in the cast of Western Washington Center for the Arts‘ production of the musical “Company,” and worked as an extra in the feature film “Twilight,” which was shot on the Olympic Peninsula.

She wrote,  “I’ll be wearing all black with my hair in low buns, a headset, and possibly wearing a clipboard.” She didn’t say when in the show her scene might be, and hinted that, well, it’s probably not huge. So don’t go to the kitchen for a refill until the commercials.

Anyway, it’s a start. And “Leverage” is a cool show.

More later …  — MM


“Timetravel_0” to Be Screened in Seattle Festival

The film “Timetravel_0,” written by Olalla’s Raphael Carlo, will be screened during the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF) Sept. 18 to 20 at SIFF Cinema in McCaw Hall.

“Timetravel_0” is a semi-documentary about self-professed time traveller and prophet John Titor. The film recently was screened for the first time and won an award during the Washougal International Film Festival.

The MIFFF screening, which the festival Web site refers to as a “special presentation,” will be at noon Sept. 20.

Ticket information is available on the festival Web site, mifff.org

More later …  — MM

Changing Scene Needs a … Change of Scenery

This from our good friends at Changing Scene Theatre Northwest. The first paragraph is good news … the rest, not so much:

“Dear Patrons, Artists past and present, and Friends of The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest,

“The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest will hold an encore performance of their current show, the World premiere of Scott Gibson’s “Six Sour Raspberries,” Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.

“It is with much sorrow that we report that it is to be the last performance in our little black box space on Highway 303 unless circumstances change significantly.   Many of you have been aware of our struggles to stay open in this difficult economy.  The owner of our building generously helped us the past several months by reducing our rent, which allowed us to continue to weather this financial storm, while the owner searched for tenants who can afford the rent.  We have not been given our 30 days notice yet, but all indications tell us that this is imminent.

“Since we do not have another show ready to rehearse and perform, our best bet at this point is to have a final performance of “Six Sour Raspberries,” an exceptional show that embodies our mission, and a farewell party for anyone who wishes to attend.   Tickets to the performance will be free, as will be the party afterward (if you are involved with another production in the area, please come by after your performance … we would love to see you, and have you spend some time in our little playhouse that could!)   We will ask for any kind donations you wish to make to help support our move to a storage unit in preparation for whatever the future holds for The Changing Scene.   We promise each of you to live up to our name, and make a Change to a new Scene as quickly as we can.   We welcome any leads on new performance spaces any of you may have.

“Thank you all for your continued support!  We are grieving already for the loss of our space that has shown nine original full-length plays, 32 original one-act plays in 7 “Summerplay” productions (plus public readings of countless others), 11 edgy and innovative published works, eight Shakespeare productions, two adaptations of the Classics, two musicals (one original), one original children’s production, two staged reading series, three productions off-site of Shakespeare in the Park, and three productions at The Panda Inn, for a total of 48 productions of over 70 plays since our first production in October of 2002.

“Please come to the performance on Saturday, Sept. 12, and/or the party afterward, and help us celebrate the success of our past and hope for our future!

Thank you,

The Board of Directors of The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest:

Pavlina Morris (Founder, President, Artistic Director)  Involved since incorporation in 2002

Briana Osborne (Vice-President) Involved since “The Taming of the Shrew” in 2005

Darren Hembd (Secretary, Treasurer) Involved since “Twelfth Night” in 2003

Kyle Boynton (Board Member) Involved since “The Taming of the Shrew” in 2005

Rachel Cummings (Board Member) Involved since “Summerplay 2005”

Kenadi Lewis (Board Member) Involved since “As You Like It” in 2006

Jane “Maggi” Brazell (Board Member) Friend of The Changing Scene since 2006

Bill Smith (Board Member on Leave) Involved since “Summerplay 2006”

If you have any leads about a possible new performance space for CSTN, please include them in a comment and we’ll pass them along.

More later …  — MM

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, bremertoncommunitytheatre.org.

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 mmoore@kitsapsun.com, and we’ll share them with the community.

More later …  — MM