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The prince, Anthony Dreessen, and Belle, Ila Faubion, in “Beauty and the Beast.” - Courtesy photo
The prince, Anthony Dreessen, and Belle, Ila Faubion, in “Beauty and the Beast.”
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Kitsap Forest Theater debuts “Beauty and the Beast”

On the stage of what is arguably the “most magical” theater venue in all of Kitsap, the Mountaineers Players will kick off their 85th annual spring production this weekend at the Kitsap Forest Theater.

Located on a 360-acre rhododendron preserve off of Seabeck Highway outside of Bremerton, the Kitsap Forest Theater is at the end of a quarter-mile trail which winds through the woods and off the side of a hill, descending into a natural ampi-theater where they say “the cares of the world disappear.”

The spring production annually coincides with the blooming of the rhododendrons. That, in addition to the sound of a babbling stream somewhere backstage and other woodsy aesthetic, provides a unique augment to the theater experience.

This spring, the Mountaineers Players will be transforming the Kitsap Forest Theater into a small town in 18th century France for its rendition of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The show premieres this Memorial Day Weekend (Sunday and Monday) and will run four weekends through June 15.

All shows are at 2 p.m., rain or shine, while theater-goers are also invited to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy before the show at the trailhead.

For tickets or more info, visit

One more weekend of “The Pajama Game”

There’s just one weekend left to find love at the Sleep-Tite pajama factory in Port Orchard.

Western Washington Center for the Arts will give its final performances of “The Pajama Game” the 1950s-era American musical with a score from Alder and Ross, based on the novel “7 1/2 cents” by Richard Bissell.

The love story follows the ebb and flow of emotions between the Sleep-Tite company superintendent Sid Sorokin (Justin Carroll) and the leader of the workers’ union grievances committee Babe Williams (Amy Musselwhite) as the company struggles with the union’s demand for a seven-and-a-half cent raise.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

For tickets or more info, go to or call the theater at (360) 769-SHOW.

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