Arts & Entertainment Briefs

South Beach

Grayland Players to

present “Bus Stop”

The Grayland Players community theater group is presenting “Bus Stop” at the Grayland Community Hall. Final performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available at City Drug in Aberdeen and Twin Harbor Drug in Westport and also online at or at the door. Tickets are $10. “Bus Stop,” written by William Inge and directed by Carolyn Barker, is that nostalgic story about a group of bus passengers being stranded in a rural restaurant during a terrific snow storm.

Pianist Strickland to

play at Bishop Center

Pianist and composer Mike Strickland performs with the Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra on at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert program, which includes famous symphonic dance selections, will be at the Bishop Center on the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Strickland has spent much of his career in the Pacific Northwest performing, composing and recording. He is about to release his 22nd CD entitled “Fantasy,” which features all original compositions for piano. As a soloist, he performs well-known selections, mixed with his own works, music ranging from The Beatles and romantic film theme songs to ‘finger-busting boogie-woogie’ jives.

William Dyer conducts the orchestra, choosing a program of famous symphonic dance numbers.

Tickets for this musical event are on sale now at or by calling (360) 538-4066.

“Polar Express” is holiday

movie at 7th St. Theatre

“Polar Express,” the 2004 big-budget motion capture Christmas movie, is this year’s holiday film at the historic 7th St. Theatre in downtown Hoquiam. The animated hit will screen on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm.

Director Robert Zemeckis is known as a special effects whiz from films such as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” “Back to the Future,” and his Oscar-winner, “Forrest Gump.” “Polar Express” was his next big step, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “first all-digital capture” film, where all acted parts were done with the use of motion capture techniques to digitally record the physical performances of the actors before “skinning” them with their animated forms.

For “Polar Express,” Zemeckis reunited with one of his favorite actors, Tom Hanks, who also won an Academy Award for “Forrest Gump.” Hanks plays five different characters, including the “Hero Boy,” who boards a powerful magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home on Christmas Eve. What unfolds is an adventure in which a doubting boy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that teaches him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showings. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children, and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug, Books on 7th, and at For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website,

Hurley’s works, reception

at Frames-N-Things

The works of popular Raymond artist Ken Hurley, often noted as “The Buffalo Man,” are now on display at Frames-N-Things for his annual November show. Known throughout the Northwest for his oil paintings, watercolors and drawings of the West, his buffalo and Native American paintings have been extremely popular, and displayed at his studio north of Raymond, are ribbons and trophies won at various fairs and festivals.

Hurley regularly participates in local festivals in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties, demonstrating his skills, often donating the completed art towards a worthy cause. He has designed various event posters, his artistic design winning a first place ribbon at a Yakima Washington State Fair Association Convention.

Hurley will be demonstrating his talents during a holiday open house on from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 113 E. Wishkah Street in downtown Aberdeen.


Willapa Harbor Chorale

sets yuletide concert

The Willapa Harbor Chorale will present a “Journey to Bethlehem” in celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season during their 41st annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the historic Raymond Theatre. Thirty-one singers will join their voices to perform Christmas and holiday music. The choir is directed by Rick Gauger with Beth Ginther and Kathy Holland as accompanists. Additional support is given by flutists Connie Bevington and Beth Ginther and violinist Karen Tully.

There is no charge for the concert although, donations are accepted. A reception follows the concert.


Willapa Players present

an early Christmas gift

The Willapa Players are presenting an early Christmas gift to the Twin Harbors community — “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” by Laurie Brooks, opening the first weekend in December.

The Raymond Kiwanis are sponsoring a gala opening night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Hannan Playhouse on Eighth Street in Raymond. Christmas punch and Christmas cookies will be served. Tickets for that show are available from any member of the Raymond Kiwanis or by calling (360) 942-5239.

The play is based on the famous “Little House on the Prairie” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The cast features Heidi Stonebraker, Curt Harris, Linda Strozyk, Chloe Crane, Kennis Harland, Avery Harland and Eliot Niles.

Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1; Friday, Dec. 7; and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at Everyone’s Video and More in Raymond and at the South Bend Pharmacy, or at the door a half-hour before curtain.

"Elf" to play at 7th St.

for one night only

The Hoquiam Business Association and Ho Ho Hoquiam join with the 7th St. Theatre to present a one-night-only showing of holiday hilarity with “Elf.” The 2003 comedy will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the theater, located at 313 7th St. in downtown Hoquiam.

“Saturday Night Live” veteran Will Farrell plays Buddy, who was a baby in an orphanage when he stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, he has become an adult human who inadvertently wreaks havoc with the elves who raised him. Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, and comical complications follow as Buddy experiences the delights of the Big Apple (and human culture) as only an elf can.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showing. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children, and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug, Books on 7th, and at For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website,

“Christmas with the Celts”

set for D&R

“Christmas with the Celts” will come to the D&R Theatre in Aberdeen on Wednesday night, Dec. 19. Tickets are on sale now and range from $20 to $90. They can be purchased at Backstage Espresso, next to the theater, during regular business hours or online at

Ocean Shores

North Beach Singers

set for holiday concerts

The North Beach Singers will present their annual Winter Holiday Concerts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Chapel By the Sea Church, 4612 State Route 109, in Moclips and again at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or money to benefit the North Beach Food Banks. For further information, contact Judy Snow at (360) 289-4499 or

Hoquiam’s Walker

in CWU production

Brandon Walker, a 2009 graduate of Hoquiam High School, is playing Gonzolo in Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble production of the “The Tempest,” which opened Nov. 8. Walker, a senior at CWU is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts-musical theater.

Lighthouse Ballet to

present "The Nutcracker"

The Lighthouse Ballet Academy of Hoquiam will present "The Nutcracker" at the Hoquiam's 7th St. Theatre. Performances dates are Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and $32 for a family Tickets are available at the studio at 526 8th Street in Hoquiam, Harbor Drug, Tullys, The Recipe Box, and at Rosevear's Music in Aberdeen.