Artfully Edmonds: Searching out the bright spots

Juliet Brewster
Juliet Brewster

On cold, dark days like these, it’s hard to remember those warm summer evenings when you could sit on the grass in short or no sleeves, enjoying a picnic to the tunes of local musicians in City Park. The Edmonds Arts Commission is already beginning to make plans for the 2014 Concerts in the Park series. Local or regional musicians are encouraged to submit materials for consideration. If you or your band are interested in playing for the public on sunny Sunday afternoons or weekday evenings, please send a letter of interest, a clearly labeled sample CD, and any promotional material no later than Jan. 6 to:

Edmonds Arts Commission
Concert Coordinator
700 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020

While we lie in wait for warmer weather to return, why not celebrate our own—metaphorical—stars? Edmonds grade-school student Soren Smith has joined Fagin’s gang of thieves for the 5th Avenue Theater production of Oliver! Smith is an Edmonds native and an aspiring “triple threat” actor-singer-speed skater extraordinaire. As a member of the Northwest Boys Choir, Soren is no stranger to the spotlight. He has performed in multiple musicals put on by the Madrona Children’s Theater—including an earlier production of Oliver! The 5th Avenue Theater’s stage will be as packed as the audience, with an ensemble cast of 78, and 17 musicians in the orchestra pit. The show runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31. For show times and ticket info, visit: www.5thavenue.org or call the box office at 206-625-1900

Edmonds actress Mary Davis, to the right of a seemingly “infected” friend, in a still taken from “Benny."
Edmonds actress Mary Davis, to the right of a seemingly “infected” friend, in a still taken from “Benny.”

On a smaller scale, but a bigger screen, another Edmonds native, Mary Davis, makes her film debut this Friday the 22nd at the Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater. The film, “Benny” is a part of the Washington State Studio Networks seasonal showcase, and will be shown as a part of the Bellingham Film Festival on the same night. Andrew Bells of Everett conceived and directed “Benny,” and Wasted Talent Films shot and produced. As Bells describes it, the short film is “the story of two men hiding in the woods to escape a mysterious infection. When one is bitten, they do everything they can to stay calm and stay alive.” Tickets ($7) can be purchased through the WSSN website or by calling the Black Box box office at 425-640-1448. The show starts at 7 p.m., but get there early to secure your seat.

A reminder that the ECA’s calendar shows events scheduled for nearly every day through the end of the year, including the Olympic Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. A highlight of the holiday season, OBT’s Nutcracker opens at ECA on Dec. 13 with new sets and choreography. Visit edmondscenterforthearts.org for tickets.

— By Juliet Brewster

Artfully Edmonds columnist Juliet Brewster, an Edmonds native and Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, has a degree in literature from Bennington College. To have your arts happening listed, email her at brewster.juliet@gmail.com.

 

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