Port Gamble Theater brings ‘Heidi’ to life | Kitsap Week

The Port Gamble Theater Company is taking a classic tale of “Heidi” to the stage from Dec. 5-21.

The Port Gamble Theater Company is taking a classic tale of a little girl, and not changing it at all.

The theater company will perform “Heidi” on Dec. 5-21.

The company is sticking “straight with the script,” theater company board president Scott Snively said. “Don’t really want to mess with this one.”

The light-hearted, family-friendly tale of a girl raised by her grandfather fits in with the company’s focus on classic literature and drama, Snively said. As the last production of the year, it also fits well with Port Gamble’s Country Christmas theme.

Snively said the production will interest younger generations, while offering those who remember variations of the tale — such as the 1937 Shirley Temple film — fond memories.

“Heidi” is the story of a girl who goes to live with her aunt after her parents die. In turn, Heidi is taken to the mountains by her aunt so she can live with her grandfather. Her grandfather turns out to be a less-than-pleasant person.

Eventually, Heidi’s infectious personality begins to change the grandfather from grumpy to kind. But that’s just part of Heidi’s tale the Port Gamble Theater Company will tell in December.

The production will be directed by Glenna Snively, who has been assistant director for a number of shows.

The show will run Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; with a special matinee Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

Four productions are scheduled in 2015: “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Sense & Sensibility,” Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”