Arts & Entertainment Briefs 6/27


Willapa Players to present “Barrel Full of Pennies”

The Willapa Players latest production is “A Barrel Full of Pennies,” which continues with three final performances this weekend.

This romp, written by John Patrick and directed by Rebekah Cowell, tells the tale of the father of a lovable and zany family. Adonis Samaritan (played with aplomb by Russ Wiitala) has a soft heart and can’t resist taking in strays — both animals and people. In fact, this show has more animals in it than people. There are only six human actors — but they share the stage with six live dogs and a live duck.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for general public and $8 for seniors (65 and older) and students (through college) and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone’s Video and More and at the door.


Navy Band Northwest to wrap up S.A.L. season

If a spirited band performance puts a spark in your step, the place to be is the Raymond Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, when 31 members of Navy Band Northwest of Bremerton warm up the stage.

Sunday Afternoon Live will present the final concert of the series, free of charge, to wind up the 2012-2013 10th anniversary season. The military band has become a popular tradition to end the season.

Admittance will be honored to those holding season tickets. The concert is free, but attendees must have a complimentary ticket, obtainable at the ticket outlets or the ticket desk in the theater lobby.

For more information, call Adella Hougan at (360) 875-5831.


2 countries, 2 cousins,

1 poetry reading

Heather Taylor-Johnson is from Adelaide, Australia, and has a doctorate in creative writing. Her third and latest book of poetry — “Thirsting for Lemonade” has just been published. Her first novel, “Pursuing Love and Death,” published by HarperCollins is due out later this year.

Dwight Johnson, of Aberdeen, will be reading poems and short vignettes, mostly from his book in progress — “Faces of D*A*R*L*A (Damned Affliction, Ruined Legs And…) — which deals with living with chronic disease and pain. Johnson has a form of muscular dystrophy. His poems and short stories are often humorous and, at times, poignant.

The cousins will be doing a joint poetry reading from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Diedra’s Deli inside the Grays Harbor Farmer’s Market, 1956 Riverside Ave. in Hoquiam. Admission is free. A Q&A will be followed by a reception.


Driftwood Players present “Shakespeare — abridged”

Three actors bring 37 of William Shakespeare’s plays to life in just 97 minutes. Pop culture, history and good intentions collide to provide an evening of Shakespeare that is neither dry nor boring. Fast-paced, witty and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.

Directed by Steven Puvogel, performance dates are:

• Friday, Saturday: July 5, 6

• Friday, Saturday: July 12, 13

• Friday, Saturday: July 19, 20

• Friday, Saturday: July 26, 27

Curtain time for all shows is 7:30 p.m. There is no Sunday matinee for this production.

Tickets are $13 and are available at Valu Drug in Montesano, Top Foods and City Center Drug in Aberdeen, Harbor Drug in Hoquiam and Delores’ and Fay’s in Ocean Shores.

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