2nd Holiday Special in PO gets all in the spirit

The folks at Western Washington Center for the Arts in Port Orchard again will be putting on a Holiday Special.

The holiday-themed family revue, co-written and directed by WWCA artistic director Rebecca Ewen and cast member Katie Richardson, will be back with weekend performances opening Nov. 25 and running through Dec. 18.

“It started off as a way to do something really fun with people that we love,” Richardson said of the Holiday Special, a show built around cast-suggested songs and dances aimed at getting both them and the audience into the holiday swing.

Richardson pointed out that the show also amounts to a fundraiser for WWCA, at a time when the Port Orchard company is strapped for cash after COVID-forced inactivity.

“It’s a lot less expensive to do a show like this than to buy a big musical,” she said.

The cast, most of whom return from the show’s 2021 debut, is long on vocal chops, featuring Richardson, her husband, Eric, Lesley Niemi, Amy Knickerbocker, Angela McDermott and Abby Dickson – all names familiar to local theater habitues. Younger cast members, many veterans of WWCA’s youth classes and camps, supply the dance acumen.

“Last year, people submitted things they wanted to do, and we figured out what would work best,” said Ewen. “This year, we took all the things that were favorites from last year, both with us and the audiences, and added to that.”

The voices will be supported by recorded musical tracks from several sources, including some arranged and recorded by Ewen’s late father, Bruce, who died in December 2020 after having provided the backing for nearly every musical WWCA had produced since even before they moved into the Little Playhouse on Bay Street in 2002.

The center is located at 521 Bay St. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Costs ranged from $10 to $24. Call 360-769-7469 or go online to ww.ca.us.

Michael C. Moore is the Arts and Entertainment reporter for The Admiral Theatre Foundation.