Arts and Entertainment

WHAT'S HAPPENING Nov. 14, 2001

Playhouse musical a ‘Big’ hit

The Whidbey Playhouse production of “Big, The Musical” is getting rave reviews. This tuneful, funny, sweet and perfectly enjoyable pop musical is a show the entire family can enjoy, and 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.

In this witty and insightful look at growing up, 12-year old Josh Baskin is fairly frustrated with life as he knows it. But after his wish of being big unexpectedly comes true, he realizes there is much more to being an adult than he had bargained for. With only his 13-year old friend, Billy by his side, he quickly learns what it means to survive on his own as he is thrust into the working world. After being introduced to the adult world of jobs, finance and even love, he learns that 12-year olds don’t have it that bad after all, and that when we are ready, we will all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

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 who bounce around with energy throughout the show.

The Oak Harbor production of “Big, The Musical” is directed by Sue Riney.

Performances dates are Nov. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 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. E mail playhous@whidbey.net.

Three Hits and a Miss tonight

Community Concert Association brings professional entertainment to Oak Harbor tognight. Three Hits and a Miss combine three men from the 1999 show Forever Plaid with a woman to perform hits from the 1940s and 1950s. They will be on the program Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Coupeville High School.

Step up to the mic for karaoke

Every Thursday, the popular Gerlie and Company hosts a karaoke competition at El Cazador Mexican Grill and Cantina in Oak Harbor,

The evening features a $50 prize for the best singer. On Wednesdays, Gerlie and Company are at El Calzador’s for Ladies’ Night. Call 675-6114 for more information.

Nutcracker

Early ticket sales have started for “The Nutcracker,” presented by WICA and performed by Whidbey Dance Theatre. Performances will be at South Whidbey High School Auditorium, 5675 South Maxwelton Road, Langley.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the Christmas production which tells the whimsical story of Clara and her dream-like journey through an enchanted realm where the Rat King makes war, flowers dance, faeries hold court and a handsome prince comes to the rescue.

Whidbey Dance Theatre’s wildly creative and inventive Nutcracker has been thrilling Island audiences since 1991. The redesigning of Act II in 1999 was an immense undertaking, requiring new backdrops, sets, costumes, and props to create a forest of magical dreams. Inspired by the achievements and response to the changes in Act II, Whidbey Dance Theatre redesigned Act 1 in 2000 with enthusiasm and effort to match. The Whidbey Dance Theatre interpretation of this classic includes an underwater ballet, a dragon, sprites, faeries, pixies, the traditional “Waltz of the Flowers,” and Madame Bumble. The performance features more than 70 dancers from the community.

The show takes full advantage of the additional wing space, fly space and technical equipment at the high school theater. Set pieces are designed by local oil painter/designer and muralist Beno Kennedy, Diana Shirley designed masks, and special effects will be by Hollywood designer Bob Riggs.

Choreographers Kyra Barnholt, Charlene Brown, Susan Campbell Sandri, Susan Vanderwood, and Amy Windecker craft the movement to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Principal characters this year will be danced by Alexis Daly as Clara, Logan McInerney as Colonel Drosselmeyer, Amy Berto as the Snow Queen, Katelyn Candelario as the Flower Faerie and Andrea Burr as the Faerie Queen.

The Nutcracker is sponsored by Dr. Ric Prael, D.D.S. and Payless Foods and funded in part by the Glaser Foundation, Judith Yeakel, Nancy Nordhoff, Margaret Waterman and the late Hank Bencala.

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. Enjoy the show at the high school auditorium, then gather at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts to enjoy wine and hors d‚ oeuvres, plus meet the producers, choreographers and the artistic director. Regular performances: 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1, 7, 8; matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2 and 9 Prices: $15 adults / $12 ages 18 and under Discount matinee at 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8 Prices for Discount Matinee: $10 adults / $8 ages 18 and under EARLY TICKET SALE: Ticket before October 31st $12 adults / $10 ages 18 & under

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 wica@whidbey.com

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