Arts and Entertainment


Party down at Kasteel Franssen
Got an itch for folk music? A predilection for pop? A yearning for the blues?
Check out the lounge at Oak Harbor restaurant Kasteel Franssen.
The homegrown, folk-and-blues band “Funk and Mason” are playing at Kasteel Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. The group consists of Oak Harbor’s own Carl Funk and Anacortes resident Larry Mason.
Herb Day plays everything from blues to country to pop every Thursday and every third Saturday of the month at Kasteel Franssen, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

“Big” musical at Whidbey Playhouse
Whidbey Playhouse production of “Big, The Musical” is sure to bring out the kid in everyone.
“Big, The Musical” burst onto Broadway in 1996, giving new life to the storyline of the movie that the show was based on “Big,” starring Tom Hanks.
The insightful and moving book by John Weidman (“Pacific Overtures,” “Assassins”) and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. (“Baby,” “Starting Here, Starting Now,” “Closer Than Ever”) make this already classic motion picture fantasy an unforgettable theatrical experience.
The Playhouse production will include the show-stopping piano-dance sequence featuring Josh and MacMillan, president of MacMillan Toys. Audiences will also enjoy the boisterous chorus of youngsters.
Performances dates are Nov. 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 11, 18 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 679-2237. Whidbey Playhouse accepts all major credit cards. The theatre is located at 730 SE Midway Blvd in Oak Harbor.

Get schooled in skiing and snowboarding
The Oak Harbor School District ski and snowboarding program at Steven’s Pass starts Dec. 8.
That is, if the weather cooperates.
All North Whidbey students in grades 6 to 12 are welcome to the program. Sign-up forms can be picked up at the main offices at Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor Middle School, North Whidbey Middle School, Oak Harbor Christian School and Coupeville High School.
There wil be eight fun-filled Saturdays in the snow. The cost for the program is $140 for the bus plus $70 for the lessons, for a grand total of $210 for the eight days.
Questions? Call Jim Newberry at 675-6372.

Casting call for ‘Deathtrap’
Whidbey Playhouse will hold auditions for the comic thriller “Deathtrap” Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Scripts for the play, which will be performed in February 2002, are available for checkout at the theater, 730 SE Midway Boulevard. If you can’t audition Nov. 5 or 6, notify the theater of intent to audition on the Nov.12 or 13.
A cast of five is needed: 3 men and 2 women — Sidney Bruhl Male, a playwright age 40-50; Myra Bruhl, wife to Sidney age 40s; Clifford Anderson, a student age 20s; Helga Ten-Dorp, a Dutch psychic age 50-60; Porter Milgrim, male, a lawyer age 50-60.
In addition, set builders, technical staff and other behind the scenes crew are needed. Call 679-2237 or 1-800-606-7529.

The Nutcracker tickets on sale
Early ticket sales have started for “The Nutcracker,” presented by Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and performed by Whidbey Dance Theatre. Performances will be at South Whidbey High School Auditorium, 5675 South Maxwelton Road, Langley.
Whidbey Dance Theatre’s wildly creative and inventive Nutcracker has been thrilling island audiences since 1991.
An opening night gala is set for Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This $25/seat benefit for The Nutcracker includes a post-show reception at WICA.
Regular performances are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1, 7, 8; matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2 and 9. Ticket prices are $15 adults or $12 ages 18 and under. Discount matinees at 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8 are $10 adults or $8 ages 18 and under. Ticket purchase before October 31st are $12 adults and $10 ages 18 andunder.
To reserve tickets, call the WICA Box Office at 360-221-8268 or 1-800-638-7631; visit the Box Office Wed. - Sat. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; or email

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