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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

Play Reading Benefits Pasha Phares Phund

Posted earlier today as part of “The List” for this week’s Kitsap A&E section in the Friday (July 24) Flamethrower:
A reader’s theatre-style performance of the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” will benefit the Pasha Phares Phund.
The performance, at 1:30 p.m. July 26 at Bremerton Community Theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd., will feature a number of prominent area actors who were friends and associates of Phares, who recently passed away after battling lung cancer. The cast will include Ray Deuel as George Bailey and Eden McFadden as Mary Bailey, with Bob Eldred, Rusty Flounders, John Jensen and Carl Olson filling other key roles.
Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to Phares’ family.

Another Chance to See BCT’s Prize-Winner

Bremerton Community Theatre’s one-act play “Overtones,” named co-winner of “Best Production” honors in the recent statewide community theater competition, will be performed at 8 p.m. April 15. The $10 ticket price will help defray costs of taking the show to the regional competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 17 to 19. Eric Spencer is “Overtones’” stage manager and Rana Teresa Tan is in the cast, along with Judy Nichols, Jacquie Taylor and Kim Hart.

More later … — MM

BCT Announces 65th Season Lineup

Bremerton Community Theatre will become a “Cabaret ” for part of its 2009-10 season, according to the venerable community theater’s latest newsletter.

“Cabaret” is one of five shows announced for BCT’s 65th season, which begins Sept. 11 with “The Seven Year Itch .” “Cabaret,” the always colorful, always thought-provoking musical, will be BCT’s spring offering.

The complete season:

Sept. 11 to Oct. 4: “The Seven Year Itch,” directed by Debra Bedient

Nov. 6 to 29: “Murder on the Nile ,” directed by Katrina Baxter Hodiak

Feb. 5 to 28: “Enchanted April ,” directed by Judy Nichols

April 2 to May 2: “Cabaret,” directed by Rana Tan

June 4 to 27: “Cactus Flower ,” director TBA

The Flamethrower will have updates on auditions and previews of all the shows as the season progresses.

In the meantime, BCT is set to open its Spring 2009 musical, “Once Upon a Mattress ” previews soon in The Flamethrower’s Kitsap A&E section and at kitsapsun.com/entertainment, and concludes Season No. 64 with “A Place at Forest Lawn ” in June.

Information: (360)373-5152, bremertoncommunitytheatre.org

More later … — MM

Local Groups Win State Theater Awards; BCT Advances to Regional

Overtones ,” a short play performed by Bremerton Community Theatre , won three awards at the statewide “Kaleidoscope ” one-act competition conducted over the weekend in Edmonds by the Washington State Community Theater Association.
“Overtones” is one of two plays selected by adjudicators Mark Kuntz and B.J. Douglas to advance to regional competition. Its director, Katrina Baxter Hodiak , was one of two directors recognized for outstanding achievement, and BCT was also recognized for best costumes.
Silverdale’s CSTOCK and Poulsbo’s Jewel Box Theatre also garnered awards during the three-day competition. CSTOCK’s “Musical of Musicals ” earned Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and won two member awards — the Washington Treasure and Magic Moment.
Sharon Greany of the Jewel Box’s entry, an original musical by Gwen Adams titled “Empty Orchestra ,” was an honoree for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

More later … — MM

Bremerton’s Got Talent, Too; Here’s Our Chance to Prove It !!

This was forwarded to me from Steve Goupil of Bremerton Community Theatre (thanx, Steve !!):

Hi Steve,

"My name is Lindsay (Tuggle) and I work on the NBC show America’s Got Talent. We are trying to get the word out about our nationwide casting call we are doing in the early part of next year. We are coming to Seattle for the first time this season so I have been contacting arts organizations, theaters, fine arts schools, and other places in the Pacific Northwest that might be able to help us reach the talent in that area of the country. I was told you were the person to contact for your theater.

And blah-dee-blah … Here’s more about the show :

With a talent search open to any act of any age, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing the hottest performers from across the country.

Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage in front of a panel of celebrity judges in the hopes they’ll be chosen a winner by the viewing audience.

For season four America’s Got Talent is currently planning a massive nationwide audition tour. The auditions will be traveling across America to over eight major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Seattle . They will be taking place in January through April of next year, so GET READY!

For the last three seasons this series has truly changed the lives of its’ contestants in ways they never dreamed of. Last year, insurance salesman/opera singer Neal Boyd from Missouri won the $1,000,000 grand prize and achieved his lifelong dream to headline a show in Las Vegas.

What makes this show unique is that any talent goes. We want to see anything and everything…No matter how zany, bizarre or unusual others may think your talent is, on our show, it could make you a star!

To register and for more information please visit our website at http://www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/

So, if you’ve ever had a hankerin’ to be on national television and be evaluated by C-grade celebrities, this could be your chance. Watch this space, and we’ll update you as we get more info.

More later … — MM