Artfully Edmonds: Les Miserables at Driftwood, ECA kids dance camp, Saturday night music


Morgan _Take TwoDriftwood Players Summer Teen Ensemble
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
This weekend only!
July 24 and 25, plus Sunday, July 26th
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Les Miserables

The slogan “Art Feeds the Soul” seems the perfect backdrop for an interview with Morgan Heetbrink, director of the Driftwood Players’ Summer Teen Ensemble hit “Les Miserables” which enjoys its run this weekend.

Morgan granted Artfully Edmonds time last week as her cast hit the boards in preparation for this weekend’s opening.

Morgan’s father, “Dutch” Heetbrink, sat in on our interview, and beamed over the fact that he and his daughter have been cast together in 20 shows. Dutch reminded his daughter of their first production, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which they performed when she was a College Place student.

After leaving College Place, Morgan continued her theater-discovery journey as a Running Start student attending Edmonds Community College and from there went on to Western Washington University (WWU) where she earned a bachelor of arts in theatre. She is now studying for a master’s in education at the University of Washington/Bothell and will complete her degree in one year.

We asked Morgan how one prepares for the job of director, theatre instructor. She admitted, “I have taken every class and workshop I can get my hands on.”

During our interview, Morgan recounted her drama experience in college with the Mt. Baker Theatre for the 2012 production, “My Fair Lady.” She credits drama professor Mark Kuntz as being one of her leading mentors. In the ensuing years she began to realize in herself what she characterized as “the full potential of the creative aspect of directing and producing.”

It hasn’t all been easy for this high achiever with vision, however. In the beginning, Morgan recounts that it was a challenge to shift the perception of her on-stage friends who socialized with her off-stage to appreciating her role as their director. Through adopting a professional demeanor, maintaining a strict production schedule, and limiting on-stage socializing she was able – over time – to be taken seriously as a young director.

Ignition Theater students, from left,
Ignition Theater students, from left, Garrett Debner, Katie Dressen, Annaika Prichard and Kat Rodriguez.

Asked what her advice to young people aspiring to the theatre might be, Morgan suggested, “Get as much acting breadth as possible.” She noted that each coach and teacher one encounters will have a different perspective on theatre and stage presence, “So get as much training as possible under as many directors as you can!”

At press time only tickets to the two Sunday performances of “Les Miserables” are available. So grab your tickets right now, at the Driftwood Theatre’s online box office or by calling 425-774-9600.

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The Tarantellas
The Tarantellas

Summer Concert Series This Week

Thursday, July 23
5-6:30 p.m.
Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Avenue South at Maple Street
The Tarantellas feature Richard Sclafani and Pete Cicero, lifelong musicians who grew up in Italian-American families and neighborhoods during the 1950s, the heyday of the Italian American crooners.

The duo met 35 years ago in Seattle and have been musical “paesani” (friends) ever since.

Ten years ago they were asked to play some Italian love songs for a wedding, which set them off on a quest to learn all those great melodies that they remembered from childhood.

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The Fentons
The Fentons

Sunday, July 26
3-4 p.m.
Edmonds City Park
3rd Avenue South and Pine Street

The Fentons are five guys playing rockin’ country and toe-tappin’ twang inspired by the Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young, The Eagles, Hank Williams, Sr. and the Everly Brothers.

All longtime musicians, the band first began playing together in the basement of a North Seattle residence in 2009.

Singing, strumming and songwriting are brothers Jim and David Keller. Rounding out the group is Steve Pearce on lap steel and electric guitar, Chas. Bronson on drums and Kent Caldwell on bass. In 2013 they released their first CD, an EP titled, “Twist In The Twine.” Their second EP, “Little Window” was released in June of 2014. To hear music and find out more about the band visit

For more information on Concerts in the Park contact 425-771-0228 or visit
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Saturday Night Out and About in Edmonds

The Loft
515 Main St.
Joe Carollus
“Piano On The Edge”
9 p.m.

Reservations recommended at The Loft Cafe & Social lounge whenever Joe Carollus is appearing. Call 425.640.5000
Reservations recommended at The Loft Cafe & Social lounge whenever Joe Carollus is appearing. Call 425-640-5000

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Engels Pub
113 5th Ave. S.
Live! Rock!
The Guy Johnson Band is appearing, according to Todd, who keeps Engels pub events calendar full.

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11151072_987740137933472_912605820329475712_n-1Reminder: Happening Nearby

Saturday, July 25
7-10 pm
Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center
17300 Fremont Ave N
Cultural Heritage 2015

My Edmonds News has followed the news of this culturally rich event for the past month.

Here, as a reminder, are the details

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Kids dance with Bailadores

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.
Kids: Dance Camp slots available!
Monday, July 27, 9 a.m.
Folklorico Dance Camp with Bailadores de Bronce
Camps run daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

In this brand-new ECA camp, in partnership with Bailadores de Bronce, students will get an introduction to traditional ballet folklorico dance.

Focusing on dance styles from the mining town of Mexicapan in Zacatecas, participants will explore the exciting convergence of cultures in this region. Activities will also include folklorico stage and costume decoration, craft and piñata making.

Students will share what they have learned in a performance for family and friends at the end of camp week.
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Before and After Camp Care
ECA is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Edmonds to provide child care before and after camp. Rates: $100/week ($20/day) plus $30 one-time membership fee (if applicable). ECA staff will walk with your child to and from the club.

Please contact the Boys & Girls Club directly at 425-774-0630 to reserve your child’s space in this program.
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The Nancy Bittner Scholarship Fund
New this year, ECA is offering financial assistance for Summer Arts Enrichment Camps, through The Nancy Bittner Scholarship Fund.

A limited number of students will be offered discounts (25-50 percent) on camp tuition, based on their eligibility for Washington State’s Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs.

Applicants who qualify for Reduced Lunch receive assistance equivalent to 25 percent of tuition, while those who qualify for Free Lunch receive assistance equivalent to 50 percent of tuition.

For more information about scholarships, contact Gillian Jones, Education & Outreach Manager, at [email protected] or 425-275-9483.
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Coming Soon to the ECA
Saturday, Aug. 1
7:30 p.m.
Laugh Out Loud with Jubal Flagg

Jubal Flagg is known for many things: Standup comedian, radio host, television personality and comedy writer. Jubal has been entertaining audiences on-stage and on the radio for over 10 years with his quick wit and keen – often even strange observations on life and people.

He currently hosts “Brooke and Jubal in the Morning” on Seattle radio’s MOViN 92.5 and can be seen across the nation as a regular on FOX TV’s Dish Nation.

Along with making people laugh on a daily basis by hosting his popular radio show, Jubal also writes and produces comedy bits and daily topical jokes that are used by radio stations coast-to-coast. In other words, his agent tells us, “Jubal loves the craft of comedy so much that he even writes jokes for his “competition”.

Jubal’s online ticket box office is at
For additional information about this adult comedy event contact [email protected]
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Artfully Edmonds would like to point out these worthy community fund drives:

Heritage Bricks

Hot Sale on Bricks!
Edmonds Heritage
Become A Part of History

The Edmonds/South Snohomish County Historical Society and Museum (118 5th Ave. N.) is offering a unique opportunity for you to leave your mark (or your grandchildren’s mark!) on history.

Heritage Brick Paving Stones are being offered for sale in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Edmonds and to offset the costs of the continuing renovation of the Edmonds Historical Museum’s property. A new public space is being created right at the doorstep of the museum, as part of the Museum Plaza.

The Museum Plaza will be an integral part of downtown Edmonds’ historic Fifth Avenue corridor stretching from Hazel Miller Plaza, past the Cedar Dreams Fountain, the Ganahl-Henley Log Cabin, Centennial Square, the Veteran’s Memorial, and ending at the soon-to-be completed 9-11 Memorial at the Edmonds Fire House.

This is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to purchase an inscribed Heritage Brick paving stone. The Heritage Bricks will grace the plaza for years to come, and the inscribed names will become an enduring part of the legacy of our community. Future generations of Edmonds citizens will be reminded of the names of ancestors, friends and acquaintances with each visit to the plaza.

The new space will reflect the classic Georgian architecture of the historic 1910 Carnegie Library, home to the Edmonds Museum since 1973. Several phases of work will include the installation of the Heritage Bricks, display structures, benches, plantings, water features and the placement of a time capsule. It will be a place to step off the street and into peaceful space, engage in conversation, read or simply relax.

For more information about the Heritage Brick program go to the museum website or contact Dave Buelow, Museum Membership Chair, at 425-774-0900.

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Art of Cooking
To Benefit Kids
Washington Kids In Transition (WAKit)

Washington Kids In Transition is collecting recipes to add to the one that Gov. Jay Inslee submitted to the community activist group last month.

The collection of recipes will be published into a cookbook to be sold by the group as a fundraiser.

Washington Kids in Transition is a volunteer organization committed to providing basic needs to homeless children residing in Washington state. There are over 400 children in the Edmonds School District who are considered homeless and part of the McKinney-Vento Act. These children may live in shelters, tents, cars, transitional housing or other temporary housing.

The organization’s mission is to provide food to unsheltered children each day after school. Some of the children will not have meal alternatives from the time they leave school, until they come back to school the next day.

Packaged snacks and meals are distributed on school buses. Currently the Edmonds-based organization, made up mostly of members of Facebook group Edmonds Moms, provides 75 small food bags each school day.

— By Emily Hill

Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for News

Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected].

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