Skagit Opera – HMS Pinafore 2007


Cristina Villareale and Scott Rittenhouse as Josephine and Ralph

Skagit Opera Presents:

Gilbert and Sullivan’s
HMS Pinafore
Extreme silliness and beautiful music on the high seas!

Information at

At Beautiful McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon
Tickets (toll-free) 866 624-6897

Fridays and Saturdays, October 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 7:30 pm
Sundays, October 7 & 14 at 2:00 pm

Please join us for an
Opening Night Gala – Oct. 5 at 6 pm at McIntyre Hall
Refreshments, Specials Guests
$5 donation – free for season ticket holders – no-host bar

Discounted Season Tickets for Skagit Opera’s 2007/2008 Season
Buy HMS Pinafore, Amahl and the Night Visitors & La Bohème tickets and get the October 28 Seattle Opera Young Artist show for free . Now at the McIntyre Hall ticket office

Individual non-discounted tickets available
on the telephone or at


Cabaret Flambe – Oct 12-13 2007 – Lincoln Theater




Northwest Theatre Arts/the Conway Muse

Proudly present

Cabaret Flambé

The Lincoln Theatre

(360) 336-8955

Friday and Saturday

October 12th & 13th @ 8 PM



Northwest Theatre Arts (producers of the Moulin Rouge Cabaret) proudly presents Cabaret Flambé, an unforgettable night of song, dance, laughter and intrigue served in a New Orleans club setting. Features special guests, NANDA, an amazing juggling, dancing, acrobatics, stage fighting, music and comedy act you won’t soon forget!

The intention of the show is to excite the imagination and nurture acceptance and a lifelong passion for the theatre arts.

The production was inspired by New Orleans, created by Elfa Gisla as a show to raise funds for the 200.000 people that are still homeless as well as the Conway Muse, opening in the fall, so it can continue to help New Orleans.

With Special Performances by

Elfa Gisla, Jennings Watts, Lindsey Bowen, Ria Peth, Peggy Wendel, Sarah Simmons, Sarah Webber, Kate Kypuros-

Conrad Askland & Orchestra.

Tickets $16, $19, $22

NANDA –four extremely creative young men who are destined to greatness and this is a unique opportunity to see their performance before they hit it BIG!

“Following on the footsteps of the wildly popular Rick Epting Benefit for the Arts in September, producer Elfa Gisla creates a similarly dazzling presentation of amazing local talent and whimsical comedy. This is a show you won’t forget & you won’t want to miss!” Rusty Robertson.

The Soul Plays by Nicola Pearson

The Soul Plays by Nicola Pearson
Phillip Tarro Theater, Skagit Valley College Campus
Thursday, Sept. 27 – 2:30pm
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 & 29 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $5 and you can call (360) 416 7723 for information and reservations.

This is a great opportunity for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see “The Soul Plays” when they were performed at the college earlier this summer.  Written by local playwright, Nicola Pearson, this series of one acts is delightful, humorous and thought provoking. The cast is charming and obviously has fun with the material. I really recommend that you try to see this, particularly at these bargain prices. Performances will be at Phillip Tarro Theater.

Rocky Horror Show 2007


Theater Arts Guild presents the ageless cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show, live on stage! Brad (Matt Riggins) & Janet (Karen Pollack) take a wrong turn and arrive at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (James Padilla). Uh-oh, here come Riff-Raff (Nathan McCartney), his sister Magenta (Joey Van Pelt), groupie Columbia (Martha McDade) and Frank’s delicious creation, ‘Rocky’ (Morgan Witt). Brad & Janet, dazed in sexual confusion, are saved by Dr. Scott (Randy Pratt). Did I mention Eddie (Joe Johnson) gets euthanized?

Costuming is welcome- grab your fishnets & stilettos. RHS contains mature themes, sexual situations, and strong language! Parental discretion is advised.

Rocky Horror Show
Lincoln Theater
712 S. 1st St. – Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Oct 26, 27, 31
Nov 1,2,3,8,9,10
8:00 pm
$20 All Seats; All Shows
$1 Preservation Fee
Reserved Seating


On the way to visit an old college professor, the two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss run into trouble and look for help at a light down the road. The light is coming from the old Frankenstein place, where Dr. Frank N Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments…Follow Brad and Janet on a trip they (and you) will never forget! Get ready for some fun, frolic, and frivolity. Rocky Horror is an ageless classic bursting at the seams with such memorable melodies as Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, and, of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Show can’t stop partying! This is the boldest bash of them all, so fish out your fishnets, and sharpen your stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life!

Washington State Fun Facts

1. It is America’s coffee capital, with more coffee bean roasters per capita than any other state.
2. “The Wave”, a popular fan cheer for the past 25 years, was started by Husky fans at the University of Washington.
3. Adam Morrison, a Washington State native and Gonzaga University basketball star, led the NCAA Division I in scoring last season.
4. The state is the nation’s largest exporter, representing $34 billion and 5 percent of all U.S. exports: forest products, aerospace products, apples, tulips, hops, mint, wheat and several other quality food products.
5. Leading innovators — Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, wireless pioneers the McCaw family, and the Boeing family — live in Washington State.
6. Washington State is America’s gateway to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
7. Washington leads the country in technology industry employment.
8. Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in North America, is in Washington State.
9. Washington’s residents are educated; it’s the state with most residents holding high school diplomas. (?) Seattle leads the country in residents with more college degrees per capita.
10. Father’s Day was founded here in 1910
11. The state is home to the world’s largest private car collection featuring over 3,000 vehicles.
12. Washington is home to the largest land mollusk in North America, a foraging banana slug that grows up to 9 inches long.
13. In Washington, a Seahawk is an athlete, not a bird. The closest thing to a Seahawk is an osprey hawk.
14. Washington’s entrepreneurial climate has made it the leading state for both startup and gazelles, or fast growing young companies.
15. Washington, the 42nd state in the union, is the only state named for a president
16. Seattle gets less rainfall annually than Atlanta, Boston, New York, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami, with 37 inches.
17. Seattle has the highest concentration of aerospace jobs in the world, led by Boeing’s 50,000 workers.
18. Our homegrown musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Kenny G, Conrad Askland, The Wailers, Pat Boone, Bing Crosby, Quincy Jones, among others. And now add Blake Lewis, 2007 American Idol final two. Oh, yeah, and Sanjaya.
19. Petrified wood is the state’s gem, and there’s a petrified forest here that’s considered the most unusual fossil forest in the world.
20. Washington State defines innovation. Some of the leading employers include Microsoft, Amazon.Com, Nordstrom, Boeing, Costco and Starbuck’s.
21. Washington has hosted the World’s Fair twice: 1962 in Seattle and 1974 in Spokane.
22. Washington produces 70 percent of the nation’s hops used to brew beer. Coincidentally, to overcome beer breath, the majority of the nation’s mint is also grown in the state.
23. The longest accessible beach in the U.S. is in Washington, the 28-mile-long stretch aptly named Long Beach.
24. Washington is a leader in health sciences research; it ranks tops in scientists and engineers as a percentage of workforce.
25. “Tales from the Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson is a Washington native.
26. Washington has the largest ferry system in the nation — 26 million passengers travel by ferry each year.
27. The state’s nickname is the Evergreen State for its abundant Evergreen forests.
28. It is America’s raspberry capital, harvesting more than 57 million pounds of raspberries each year.
29. Washington is the country’s second largest producer of wine, with its more than 350 wineries gaining international attention.
30. More people in Seattle commute to work on bicycles than any other city nationwide.
31. Washington’s Hells Canyon is the deepest River Gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon at over 5,500 feet deep.
32. One in every six Washingtonians owns a boat in this state where recreational and the commercial boating industry leads the country.
33 Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, the oldest ever discovered in the Americas, was found in Washington in 1996.
34. The first revolving restaurant in the continental U.S. was built in Seattle’s Space Needle for the 1962 World’s Fair.
35. The cleanest air in the nation is found in a Washington community, Bellingham, according to the EPA and American Lung Association.
36. Washington’s cows produce more milk pe r cow than any other state, totaling 1.3 billion pounds of milk each year.
37. Seattle’s world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly has put Washington on the international map, second only to Venice in number and skill of glassblowing artists.
38. Mark Rypien, 1992 Super Bowl MVP, is a Washington native and resides in Washington State.
39. Washington is the nation’s top apple producing state, with 10-12 billion apples handpicked annually.
40. Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other major city in the nation

The First Father’s Day

Father’s Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a “father’s day” was first proposed there were no Father’s Day cards!

Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a “father’s day” in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd’s mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a “father’s day.” In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father’s Day.

HSM DVD Release Party

hsm_dvd_sleeve.jpgFrom HSM Producer Harold Paige

Yea! It’s finally going to be here! Cast, crew and production staff are invited to a premier showing of the DVD of Theater Arts Guild’s presentation of Disney’s High School Musical.

Cast, crew and production staff should have already received an email with the time and place of the showing – this is a private showing and not open to the public.

Disney HSM 2007

Disney’s High School Musical run at McIntyre Hall (Mount Vernon, WA) has wrapped. Thanks to all for a very fun run. Special kudos to our tech crew on this show – thank you for all your hard work.

Here on my website I have a whole section just for High School Musical related articles and photos – check out the “High School Musical” link on the right bar navigation.


Disney’s High School Musical
Book by David Simpatico
Original songs by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley; Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd and Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle; David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston.

Music adapted, arranged and produced by Bryan Louiselle

Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by Peter Barsocchini

Theater Arts Guild Production March 23 – April 7, 2007
Produced by Jann Barem, Clarence Holden and Harold Page
Directed by Scott McDade
Musical Direction by Conrad Askland
Choreographed by Donna Carroll and Jennifer Newell
Lighting Design by Steven Craig

Troy Bolton – Ryan McNamara
Gabriella Montez – Miranda Zickler
Sharpay Evans – Havalah Calderon and Adria Finch
Ryan Evans – Cody Adelman
Chad Danforth – Mikel Armstrong
Taylor McKessie – Emma Lynn
Kelsi Neilson – Sarah Damstra and Mandy Vander Mey
Zeke Baylor – Stefan Vanden Kooy
Martha Cox – Kaela Springer
Jack Scott – Mason Eger
Ms. Darbus – Laurie Miller
Coach Bolton – Bruce Vilders

Cheerleaders – Ellis Jones, Haylie Ingman, Carly Richter and Lisa Wallace

Jocks – Jake Updegraff, Justin Lawrence, Connor Crosby, Tyler Luvera, Miles Lee, Jeff Huschka, Michael Peterson

Braniacs – Emily Lester, Alec Hernandez, Madeline Furlong, Lauren Leer, Mathias Struck

Thespians – Pete Grace, Rebecca Wright, Amelia Furlong, Lauren Sigfusson, Chloe Roberts, Emma Ferguson, Nicole Jennings

Skaters – Lindsee Nichols, Demi Fair, Chelsea Hawkinson, Courtney Blunt, Jana Collins, Kyle Mitchell

Wildcat Dancers – Mikalah Barem, Adria Finch, Gina Wallace, Braelyn Whited, Miranda Peterson, Malia Woodard, Felisha Palomera

Wildcat Students – Teylor Wilber, Kiralee Nichols, Ashley Christoferson, Dorothy Howard, Laura Andrich, Emily Watilo, Emily Shapiro and Hanna Ermi.

Voice of Ms. Tenny – Shelby Celia
Voice of Decathlon Moderator – Rebecca Wright

Gabriella Montez – Lauren Leer
Taylor McKessie – Lauren Sigfusson
Zeke – Jake Updegraff
Martha Cox – Miranda Peterson
Ryan Evans – Pete Grace

Producers – Jann Barem, Clarence Holden and Harold Page
Director – Scott McDade
Musical Director/Conductor – Conrad Askland
Choreographers Donna Carroll and Jennifer Newell
Stage Manager – Dave Wright
Set Designer – Scott McDade
Design Consultants – Harold Paige and Steven Craig
Costumer – Cathy Pfahl
Lighting Designer – Steven Craig
Makeup / Hair Designer – Amy Vermulm
Makeup Assistants – Nicole Trepus and Claire Miller
Props Managers – Amanda McDaniel and Suzann McLamb
Director’s Assistant – Shelby Celia
Choreographer’s Assistant – Tessa Bisby
Costume Assistants – D.J. Walker and Cecilia Andress
Dance Captians – Adria Finch and Miranda Peterson
Audio Engineer – Kyle Blevins
Audio Tech 2 – Milton Grambo
Baksetball Coaches – Anton Fero and Bruce Vilders
Volunteer Coordinator – Ann Nelson
Set Construction Lead – Don Willcuts
Set Construction Crew – Mark O’Brien, Phillip Brown, Bob Jones, Joriah Barnett, Walter Pfahl, Aaron Haba, Roger Ragusa, Leif Barem, Glen Huschka, Bruce Vilders

Scenic Painter – Karen Bakke
Set Painters – Elizabeth Haba, Alicia Huschka, Glen Huschka, Elizabeth Risser, Kathy Lester, Karen Gardner-Brown, Kathy Brackett, Clarice Lee, Ebony Lee, Debbie Mitchell and Dave Mitchell

Productin Photographers – Gary Brown and Eric Hall
Program – McDade and Company
Program Assistants – Jann Barem and Harold Paige
Program Photographer – Scott McDade

Fly Lead – Dave Mumford
Fly Crew – Spencer Demarais, Nate Young, Roger Ragusa and Leif Barem
Stage Crew – Chelsea Lankford, Madelynne Nore, Lauren Reilly and Anna Oomen
Light Board Operator – James Yandel
Follow-spot Operators – Wes Furlong and Cameron Craig

Conductor/Keyboard 1 – Conrad Askland
Keyboard 2 – Brianne Weaver
Guitar 1 – Luke Hansen
Guitar 2 and Saxophone – Kyle McInnis
Bass Guitar – Peter Bridgman
Percussion – Oscar De La Rosa
Drums – David Bridgman