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Playhouse offering a twist on Dickens’ Christmas Carol By RON NEWBERRY

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As if the action onstage wasn’t frantic enough, the chaos behind the scenes might’ve had it beat. Andrew Huggins wriggled through a narrow corridor headed in one direction while Heather Good squeezed past him going the other way. Some actors popped in backstage to grab a cap or wig, while others slipped into a new dress or jacket. The costume changes must take place in seconds to keep up with the frenzied production. “The pace is crazy, to say the least,” Good said. All this chaos was part of a recent rehearsal for an off-season play is being performed at the Whidbey Playhouse in December. “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts” is intentionally out of control. It’s part of the comedy centered around a traveling theater company bringing to the stage one of the holiday season’s favorite stories only to watch it come apart at the seams. “The conceit of the show is they are all actors playing characters playing actors playing characters,” said

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Jim Reynolds plays Scrooge in a holiday play at the Whidbey Playhouse this month. ‘A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tulmutuous Acts’ plays through Dec. 20. Kevin Wm Meyer, who codirects the play with Julia Locke. “It’s a play within a play,” Locke said. Things go haywire when the company’s diva, who earlier feigns illness hoping the show will be canceled, decides to return mid-performance and upstage her young understudy after the show had gone on without her. That’s mostly when chaos ensues, sending actors

scrambling into strange and foreign roles on the fly to try to keep the show from total collapse. “The show’s all about improv,” Locke said. “It’s a really fun show. “And because the show features actors doing many different roles, it’s constant (costume) changes, so we have a big crew backstage helping people pull things off and put things back on, which makes it really fun and crazy.”

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Huggins gets the worst of it. In his acting debut at the Whidbey Playhouse, Huggins switches into nine characters involving 18 wardrobe changes. Fellow actor Thomas Clatterbuck isn’t far behind. “I’m over here as one character,” Huggins said. “I run back here and come out as another character and go back over there as the first character and come back here as the other character then go back.”

“Exactly,” Clatterbuck interjected. “The character on this side has an English accent,” Huggins continued. “The character on the other side has a Scottish accent, so I’ve got to know what I’m doing and what costume I’m in to make sure I get the right one.” The hilarity is squeezed into about 90 minutes, giving the audience a kick-start to the Christmas season and following the playhouse’s 50th anniversary theme this season of providing shows that been performed there in the past. About eight dressers and other crew backstage help to make sure costume changes go as quickly and seamless as possible while stage manager Julie McNutt keeps her fingers crossed. When they don’t, the actors are empowered with the freedom to improvise. Admittedly having it easy by comparison is Jim Reynolds, who plays Sir Selsdon Piddock, who in turn plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Reynolds can focus on just one character, though it’s the key role the play revolves around. “I can pretty much get

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away with murder because everybody else is doing the hard work,” Reynolds said with a laugh. Reynolds is tackling his biggest role in his 11th show at the playhouse since retiring from the Navy. He said he loves playing the role of the “old crotchety, kind of spry” Scrooge. He had to become a quick study after spending several weeks recently overseas aboard an aircraft carrier. He still is a consultant for the Navy. The cast also includes Mary Waters, Tamara Sykes, Coqui Herken and Good, four actresses who’ve played significant roles in past productions in Oak Harbor. Clatterbuck is another face familiar to the playhouse. While the characters run wild grabbing wigs and garments, the set also is at times spinning. To quickly change the scenery onstage, three areas of the set are built on turntables. And there’s plenty of chaos onstage and off. “I have a problem with that crazy blond wig, getting it on so it doesn’t fall off,” Good said. “The pacing is just wild.”


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Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Dec. 9 and 20, in the Whidbey General Hospital conference room. Contact Tim M. at timmondk@hotmail. com or 360-320-8936 for more information. Suicide Grief Support Group meeting, 6 p.m., Dec. 9, at Hospice of Whidbey General. This is a time for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide to meet with others and learn coping strategies and methods of moving forward through grief and other feelings. Register by contacting Dave Bieniek, bereavement coordinator, at bienied@whidbeygen.org or 360-321-1372. Literature & Laughter

Book Group: Favorite or Holiday Book, 6:15 p.m., Dec. 9, at the Coupeville Library. Share your favorite holiday-themed book. Contact Leslie Franzen at lfranzen@sno-isle.org or 360-678-4911 for more information.

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Coupeville Late-night Holiday Shopping. 5-7 p.m. at Coupeville’s Historic Waterfront Association. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” will run Dec. 10-20 at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Call the box

Friday 2nd Friday Nonfiction Book Group: “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” 10:30 a.m., Dec. 11, at the Coupeville Library. Join the discussion about this book by Tracy Kidder. Contact Leslie Franzen at lfranzen@sno-isle.org or 360678-4911 for more information.

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Dec. 12, at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Full holiday dinner with all the trimmings. Dale Sherman will auction off wrapped bottles with surprise contents. Advance reservations are required. $10 per person. Call Deb at 360-320-2284.

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Navy Band Northwest free holiday concert, 3 p.m., Dec. 13, at the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center. The 35 rated Navy musicians perform in various musical units including the Ceremonial and Parade Bands, Popular Music Group, Brass Band, Brass Quintet, woodwind chamber groups and a Protocol Jazz Combo. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Dec. 13, in the Whidbey

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Meet the Author: Judy Lynn, 4 p.m., Dec. 14, at the Coupeville Library. Local historian and longtime resident Judy Lynn has collected 101 oral interviews of Coupeville’s Front Street merchants, building owners and local residents, weaving together a colorful history of one of Washington’s oldest settlements. Lynn will discuss her adventures gathering these stories and will also talk about the new ebook she and Robert Elphick created for the Island County Historical Museum. 360678-4911.

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Coupeville Late-night Holiday Shopping. 5-7 p.m. at Coupeville’s Historic Waterfront Association. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com Holiday Celebration with the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library, 3 p.m., Dec. 17, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Celebrate the season with friends, food and

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