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Wow!  What a raving success was our recent joint production with Island Stage Left:  From this Desk: A Reflection on Thomas Jefferson in Three Acts.  We sold out all the reserved seats and Saturday’s pay as you can was a close sell out!  Reviews were great, including shouts from at least one fan: “take it on the road—more people should see this!”  We’ll see what writer Don Pollard has planned, but are pretty sure we’ll hear much, much more about the play. 

That’s Don below (middle) with Island Stage Left’s Daniel Mayes and Helen Machin Smith.

And here’s Daniel Mayes on stage in the one-man play.

New President!

It was the “changing of the guard” at this month’s SJCT Board of Trustees meeting.  Pictured below is Pat Nieman handing over the key to the Theatre to Susan Mazzarella.  Pat steps down as the board president and Susan takes on the job for the 2013-2014 season.  Fortunately, we still get to see Pat as she’ll stay on the board as a trustee.  Secretary Rick Thompson and treasurer Bruce Hansen have also finished their terms. 

The Board of Trustees for 2013-2014 are:

Susan Mazzarella, President        Madelyn Busse, President-elect 

Ken Blaker, Treasurer            Ralph Hahn, Secretary

Trustees:  Dave Aas, Elaine Keefe, Pat Nieman, Mary Sliger, Susan Sterner David Vanderwal, Barbara Von Gehr, Bill Wertz, Brad Williamson,      Duncan Wilson, Jack Yelverton


Wow! Talk about young talents.  Look at the number of island youth cast in our upcoming Family Theatre and High School productions.  The photo is from the ever popular auditions for the Family Theatre’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.  Performances are November 22-24.  The high school’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Jane Maxwell Campbell is slated for January 16-19.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King CAST (characters to be assigned soon; includes a few adults too!).

Carolyn Talbott  Hank Erickson  Aaron Orozco  Ryker Mattox

Presley Clark  Else Dora Arendt   Faith Embler

Fionnoula Bourne  Anne Marie Ryan  Ayla Ridwan

Zoe Wegemer  Olivia Monin  Chiara Power

Allison Fleming  Hannah Greene   Raylee Miniken

Elanor Gislason   Inga Harold    Darcy Ayers

Brenna Crouse   Aiyanna O’Prussack    Madison Miller

Siri Dow  Sidney Herda   Fela Andrews

Dani McKay   Lucy Marinkovich   Eve Hulse

Katie Holmes  Gabe Moonkuster   Isaiah Embler

Bryce Ridwan   Zora Ebanks  Sage Penwell

Sonora Tate  Sierra Fitts  Sofia Kasper  Fallon Taylor

Rachel Starr  Bella Netherton  Lucy Martin

Ava Martin  Meg Carrier  Thea Flierl  Cyrus Rollins

Emily Fitts  Satchel Bourne  Maggie Zehner  Alison Power

Eleanor Rollins  April Cain  McKenna Clark   Betty Furber

Lucy Furber  Sofia Duke  Atziry Orozco   Natalie Morton

Caylee Morton  Ally Sandwith   Floyd Bourne  Tori Zehner 

Stephanie Mattox  Heather Cain   Rita Miller  Carmen Orozco

Scott Dow  Tera Hulse

Alice in Wonderland CAST

Alice 1 Madrona Jameson
Alice 2 Courtney Bell
Alice 3 Summer Fox
Cheshire Cat Skyler Moeder
White Rabbit Kendall Calvert
Caterpillar Tyla-Lynn McKay
Footman Marina Bienenstock
Cook Isabella Brown
Duchess Essine Kilpatrick-Boe
Humpty Dumpty Emmie Reynolds
Five Flower Girls Meagan Anderson, Roxanne Bormann, Jillian Urbach, Cady Wilson & Danielle Reitan
Mad Hatter Halla Warner
March Hare Katana Mathews
Dormouse Rachel May
Queen Libby Andersen
King Nelson Wynn
Two Ladies in Waiting Meagan Anderson & Roxanne Bormann
Two Soldiers Beatrice Grauman-Boss & Josh Sheppard (SHARE THE KNAVE AND COURTIER LINES)
Three Gardeners Jillian Urbach, Cady Wilson & Danielle Reitan
Executioner Tia Wilson
Tweedledee Helen Phelps
Tweedledum Maddy Marinkovich
Mock Turtle Audrey Sable
Gryphon Eric Sable


News from the Film Festival

Here’s the latest from the folks at the Friday Harbor Film Festival..many of the films will be shown here in the Whittier and Gubelman.

Documentary Film Festival Debuts in Friday Harbor October 11-13

The First Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival will be held on October 11-13 featuring an array of 25 acclaimed and award-winning documentary films that spotlight stories of the Pacific Rim.

 A feast of exciting films and special events, including the Filmmakers Soiree, Kidz Cinema and Filmmakers Forum, this weekend is sure to entertain, inspire and enlighten all who attend.

 Many filmmakers will be on hand throughout the event to introduce their films and participate in a forum on documentary filmmaking, mingle with filmgoers and answer questions. 

 Ranging far beyond the iconic orca and salmon of the Pacific Northwest, the films have been specifically selected for their relevance to this area of the world – covering such topics as fascinating island cultures, revealing marine ecology, heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, social justice concerns, current environmental issues and stirring human-interest stories.

 Grouped by theme, the following documentaries will be presented.  Descriptions of each of these films will be available soon on the Film Festival’s website,, and trailers of many of them can also be viewed there. 

 Local Heroes: Honor and Sacrifice. Salmon Confidential, Shining Night, The Whale

Explorers And Adventures: Kon Tiki – 2012, Kon Tiki – 1950, Wayfinder, Eastern Rises, Poseidon Project, AWIM – The Awim People of Papua New Guinea

 Things To Consider: Blackfish, Black Wave – The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez, Coal, Good Food, Keiko the Untold Story, Pandora’s Promise, Red Gold, Tiny

 Tales From The Heart: Back to the Garden, Baraka, Brightwood, Girl Rising, Smokin’ Fish, Taylor Camp, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

 The Friday Harbor Film Festival will be easily accessible for visitors.  Screenings will be held at four venues, right in downtown Friday Harbor, all within easy walking distance of the ferry.  For complete information about the event, tickets and travel planning assistance, visit the website Purchase tickets from the San Juan Community Theatre box office in person (100 Second St.), by telephone at 360-378-3210 or on-line at San Juan County residents: Ask for the locals’ discount!

 This is also your opportunity to discover the historic seaport of Friday Harbor, located on San Juan Island, Washington State — named by TripAdvisor as the #1 USA island destination, and the 4th best island to visit in the world!  Getting here is half the fun! For more information visit

 The Friday Harbor Film Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our community.  We are grateful to our numerous local sponsors. 

Workin’ in Style

Julie sure knows how to work backstage in style.  She’s here on curtain duty during the recent premiere of our new LIVE in HD programs.  Julie wasn’t really the only one dressed up that night…all the staff got spruced up—you’ll get to see us in our elegant attire in the new Playbill coming out in September.  Julia’s dress and several of the staff’s, in fact, were from our own Costume Shop!  And by the way, Lou tells us that she’s ready to start renting out for Halloween.  Costume rentals will be $25 with a $100 deposit.  The shop is open on Wednesdays from 11 am to    5 pm.  378-6708.


The Friday Harbor Film Festival is just a few weeks away and here’s a chance to preview some of the films.
Have you tried surfing or ever wished you could? Here is your opportunity to surf vicariously in Hawaii, on the Gulf Coast, in Ireland and Rapu Nui.

Come out Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm to view STEP INTO LIQUID, the weekly documentary offering from the Friday Harbor Film Festival at the FHFF office (10 First St., next door to The Toy Box.)   Admission is by donation, including free  popcorn. Seating is limited.
STEP INTO LIQUID takes us from the terrifying, monstrous waves of Oahu’sNorth Shore to the Texas waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Ireland and Rapu Nui. Told through the voices of legends, pros, and everyday surfers alike, it is not just a film for
surfers, but for anyone with an appreciation for sport and an inkling of what it means to be “stoked.”

The Friday Harbor Film Festival, happening
October 11-13 in Friday Harbor, is presented by
The Pacific Islands Research Institute, a non-profit
organization that supports field-based scientific
research and exploration of some little known
areas of the Pacific Ocean. PIRI furthers research in those areas undergoing significant environmental or
cultural change. This encompasses archaeological research, anthropological & ethnographic studies of
its present inhabitants, as well as medical and educational issues. They address through multidisciplinary
projects other important environmental issues (e.g. loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of population
pressures, pollution) affecting these areas.
Preview Films Coming in September and October:
September 10 - Alone in the Wilderness
September 17 - SUKHAVATI
September 24 - Vision of Mustang
October 1 - Coral Reef Adventure
Tickets are now on sale for the exciting First Annual Friday
Harbor Film Festival!
Purchase from San Juan Community Theatre box office in person (100 Second St.), by telephone at 360- 378-3210 or on-line at Festival information is available at

Oh, What a Night!

Sunday’s A Taste of Opera benefit at SJCT was more like a big beautiful delicious bite!  The lobby, garden and Gubelman were transformed into an elegant, rose decorated oasis in honor of the premiere of our new The Met: Live in HD program— featuring an encore performance of Bizet’s Carmen and a gourmet dinner from former Duck Soup chef/owner Gretchen Allison.

The event also raised money for Theatre operations and the George and Sidney Thorson Endowment Fund.  Check out the photos below…oh, and since everyone loved the new curtains so much in the.lobby, they’re staying!

Tickets for the 2013-2014 season of The Met and National Theatre Live go on sale THIS Wednesday, August 21.  Check out our website at for the details. NOTE:   If you’re planning on buying tickets for several events and want the same seats each time, it’s easier to do that via the box office at 378-3210 (hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm).

Fall Play CAST!

We’ve got most of the cast members for our upcoming production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.  The comedy is set for the Whittier stage October 17-20 and 24-27.  Director Michael McElrath will start rehearsals real soon.  Here’s the cast we can look forward to seeing under the bright lights!

Milt…………Michael Herber

Val………….Dan Lampard

Brian………Frank Mulcahy

Kenny…….Floyd Bourne

Carol (TO BE CAST)

Max……….Eric Concord

Ira………….Bo Turnage

Helen (TO BE CAST)

Summer Workhop Success!

SJCT’s week-long theater workshops for island kids and teens were quite a hit—we had 47 students involved!  Our own island instructors…Penelope Haskew, Amanda Smith, Lisa Duke, Traci Wilson and Grace Castle… kept the them busy learning various facets of theater production, including acting, dancing, singing and behind-the-scenes work.  At the end of the week, each class got to present what they’d learned to friends and families. 

What a great partnership!

Look at this great montage that Susan’s husband, Keith, put together of last week’s Seattle Children’s Theatre workshops out at the PARC!  This was the first-time SCT teachers have headed to Friday Harbor and what a great time was had by all!  Lots of students signed up and local instructors/staff Penelope Haskew and Amanda Smith were on hand to help as well as Julie Hagn and Fiona Small.

Below are a few more, more closeup shots from both the younger and older classes.  This new partnership all came about thanks to very generous donations during our Holiday Festival last year.  And with the great response this year, we’re planning on SCT returning again next summer.

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