Art Beat: Last weekend of Sherlock Holmes, Shoreline Arts Festival, jazz music galore


Jay Vilhauer as Watson, Jenifer Rifenbery as Lillie Langtry, Jacob Livinston as Oscar Wilde, and Scott C. Brown as Moriarty. (Photo by Dale Sutton)

Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily

By Katie Forgette, Directed by Martin J. Mackenzie
Ends Sunday, June 30
Wade James Theater
950 Main St.

$28 for Adults, $25 for Juniors, Seniors & Military

The Edmonds Driftwood Players close the final show of their 60th season June 30 with Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily.

The opening scene of this play gives us a glimpse of the mysterious crime. Those opening minutes spark curiosity and push us to the edge of our seats. When the curtain rises on Baker Street, you are transported to England in the 1890s. Jay Vilhauer as Sherlock Holmes is effective and immediately likable while Joe Wack as Dr. Watson delivers wit and eloquence with one-liners and asides, adding the comedic touches. Sherlock and Dr. Watson bring you there with British accents, florid language, impeccable set design and effective costuming. Leaving out the deerstalker hat and stereotypical pipe, the pair snatch your attention with crisp dialogue and well-timed humor. The case unfolds in typical Sherlock Holmes fashion with the introduction of plot, characters and additional intrigue.

Written by local playwright Katie Forgette, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts. The wit of Oscar Wilde meets the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when Wilde brings his dear friend, Lillie Langtry, to Baker Street. Someone has stolen the highly intimate letters Lillie exchanged with the Prince of Wales, and now she is being blackmailed. Only Holmes can solve the case, going so far as to disguise himself as an early version of Lady Bracknell from Wilde’s latest play, The Importance of Being Forthright, while Watson falls head-over-heels for the Jersey Lily and a wicked professor attempts to bring the Crown to its knees. Plot synopsis by Playscripts, Inc.

Jenifer Rifenberry fills the role of Lillie Lantry, friend of Oscar Wilde, who is played by Jacob Livingston. Livingston’s Oscar Wilde is thoughtfully ornate in his line delivery and representation of this historically significant and well-known character. Rifenberry’s Lillie Lantry is lovable and mysterious, and Dr. Watson is understandably smitten as Lillie is an enchanting figure.

Scott C. Brown as Professor Moriarty plays a bold and physically engaging character on stage that is matched with big and brusque dialogue. The intelligence of the character paints him equally cruel and controlling to his subordinates as he manipulates John Smyth (Gabriel Ponce), and Mrs. McGlynn (Sarita Benson). Benson’s use of dialect is especially effective in her dual portrayal as housemaid to Lillie Lantry, Mrs. Irma Tory and the nefarious Mrs. McGlynn.

The theater’s creative team is led by director Martin J. Mackenzie. The overall production value herein in worthy of praise. Stage management by Sean McKay, assisted by Erin Sutter and Sydeny Kaser. Production manager, Joanne Branch, is assisted by Kaelyn Langer Mendonca. Fight choreography by John Lynch. DIalect coaching by Brainna Landrie. Designers include Tom Williams, Melina Boivin, Gwyn Skone, Nancy Johnson and Arian Smit.

With the story in the hands of this capable cast and crew, the action unfolds and the laughs happen naturally. This production showcases the dedicated and professional approach to quality theater that the Edmonds Driftwood Players are so well-known for. Earning the 2018 People’s Choice Gregory Award, the effect of critical acclaim is apparent in a well-tuned production and marks another success for this local theater company.

For tickets and more information visit: Edmonds Driftwood Players has announced their upcoming 2019 – 2020 season. For details, subscription sales and ways to customise your subscription call 425-774-9600.

Live Music

Kelnero Piano Bar

Piano with Guitar – Rick & Bruce
Friday, June 28, 7-9 p.m.,

Solo Piano – Josh
Saturday, June 29, 6-8 p.m.

545 Main St.

Kelnero is celebrating Negroni Week with a benefit to the Surfrider Foundation with signature cocktails featuring Campari. See their facebook page for daily specials. The piano bar will host two live music sessions September 29 and 30.

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Sunset Live Series – Birch Pereira

Birch Pereira

Friday, June 28, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
190 Sunset
190 Sunset Ave.
Complimentary for guests of the restaurant

The Sunset Live Series this week with Birch Pereira. Birch is a freelance gigging upright and electric bassist in Seattle. After graduating with a B.A. in Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Washington in 2005, he has been playing in Seattle for more than a decade.

Shoreline Arts Festival – Performers on multiple stages

Saturday, June 29
10;30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 30, Noon – 5 p.m.
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline

Cellist Gretchen Yanover will play at the Shoreline Arts Festival June 30, 10 a.m.

Shoreline Arts Festival has two stages of performance over the weekend. Conveniently located and totally free, the diverse lineup of musicians and dancers are scheduled throughout day. The stage at the college’s theater offers community groups, non-profits, schools and other semi-professionals and amateurs while the Main Stage at Showmobile features headliners and professionals from around the region. Conveniently located near the food truck food court, grab a bite and drop in for some live music.

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Sunday Jazz at 190 Sunset – Jake Bergevin with Milo Peterson
Sunday, June 30
11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

190 Sunset
190 Sunset St.
Complimentary for guests of the restaurant

Jake Bergevin returns with Milo Peterson on guitar for their weekly engagement of Sunday Jazz at 190 Sunset. Milo is a guitarist and drummer with decades of ascribed successes in the Seattle jazz community. 

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Reserve your table here.  

Sea Jazz – Musicians from the Edmonds School District

June 19 to Sept. 1 – Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. and Sundays 1-3 p.m

Port of Edmonds Plaza
336 Admiral Way

Sea Jazz continues this week and all Wednesdays from 5-7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1-3:00 p.m on the Port of Edmonds Plaza from June 19th to September 1st. Musicians from the acclaimed and award-winning schools of the Edmonds School District perform here twice a week during the summer. Sea Jazz – Port of Edmonds

Studio Art  

Shoreline Arts Festival

Saturday, June 29
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.and Sunday, June 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave. N.

Shoreline Arts Festival happens Saturday and Sunday this weekend. There is something creative and fun for everyone at this free two-day community event. Hundreds of local artists have entered their artworks in juried exhibits, one of the festival’s highlights. There are more than sixty artists displaying ceramics, painting, jewelry and more in the Artist Marketplace, where you can support local artists and bring a little art home with you. The youth art show exhibits more than three hundred artworks. While you’re there, stop in the Hands-On Art stations for kids and adults alike. All the supplies are provided, you only need to bring your imagination!

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Woodland Reverie – The Art of Helen Loggie

Woodland Reverie Collection, Artist Helen Loggie at Cascadia Art Museum.

Final Weekend through Sunday, June 30,  11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset Ave. S., #E
$10 adults, $7 Military & Seniors (65+), $25 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 18)

June 30 marks the end of this featured exhibition by Helen Loggie. Loggie, from Bellingham, is known for her landscape etchings with a distinct Northwest look. This exhibit combines private and public collections in a variety of mediums.

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Toy Story 4 [G]

June 21 to July 11
See listing for details and time

Edmonds Theater
415 Main St., Edmonds – $9 General (13-61), $8 Seniors (62+), & $7 Matinee/Child

The beloved toys return for the fourth installment of the highly-anticipated Disney/Pixar film. Woody and his friends embark on a road trip adventure with “Forky,” the new toy. Learn more at


— By Royce Napolitino

Royce Napolitino actively pursues his passion for live performance. Easily entertained, he is always ready to offer a round of applause or a hearty laugh. Royce finds joy in the expression of art, and you may find him singing, acting, or supporting other performing groups in Edmonds and around the Sound.  

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