Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This North Coast Weekend

Opening Thursday (October 16) at Van Duzer Theatre, HSU presents Coraline, an unconventional musical, from the famous children’s book by Neil Gaiman, with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt, script by David Greenspan. Directed by Rae Robison, produced by HSU Theatre, Film & Dance.  The run continues Oct. 16-18, 23-25 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.

Erin Harris plays Coraline, with Anna Duchi as her evil Other Mother and Patrice Elise-Byrd as Cat. Other cast members include Erin Henry, Mickey Thompson, Jesse Chavez, Hanna Jo Clark, Kyle Rispoli, Bryce Luna, Justine Bivans and Valerie Castillo. Dakota Dieter, Mary May and Hanah Toyoda handle the puppets, while Brian Post and Charles Thompson accompany the singing cast.

Tina Toomata is the Music Director. Scenic design is by Jared Sorenson, costumes by Marissa Menezes, makeup and mask design by Hanah Toyoda, lighting by Santiago Menjivar and sound by Charles Thompson.

Director Robison cautions that parts of the musical may be too scary for children under age 9. But children who do attend the 80- minute show (no intermission) can meet the characters in the JVD lobby afterwards.  Ticket: 826-3928 or at the door.  More information: HSU Stage and Screen.

At the Arcata Playhouse, Playhouse Arts in association with Humboldt Breast and Gyn Health Project presents Jonna's Body, Please Hold starring Jonna Tamases, directed by Randy Schulman, on Friday October 17 at 8 p.m.  This one-woman comedy about real-life bouts with cancer has been praised by Daily Variety and the Los Angeles Times.  Showmag. com: "Jonna stole my heart..Heartfelt, funny and poignant." Tickets: Wildberries Marketplace, online at or by calling 822-1575.

North Coast Rep and Blue Ox Millworks present The Haunted Mill Tour 2014, on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1, 7 p.m. to midnight.  This event is a fundraiser benefiting NCRT and Blue Ox Youth and Community Radio, a program of the Ink People Center for the Arts. Tickets and information:

The Addams Family Musical continues at Ferndale Rep.

And speaking of coming attractions, there will be more soon on this blog concerning the recent unpleasantness with the North Coast Journal.  Stay tuned.

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