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Whidbey Xtra! WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016 | Vol. 1, No. 43 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | FREE

Last weekend to see Playhouse’s ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

By RON NEWBERRY

rnewberry@whidbeynewsgroup.com

Dann Davies’ lines came back quicker than he thought they would. Three months ago, the actor from Anacortes won the part of George Hay, the central character in the comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo,” which opened Feb. 5 at the Whidbey Playhouse. At 66, Davies figured that memorizing his lines could pose a bigger challenge than during his earlier years in theater but knew he had a big advantage. Davies had played the same character in the same play at the same venue in 1998. “It was easier that I knew the character and also it was a blessing because the lines all came back,” Davies said. But there was one problem, Davies admitted with a chuckle. He started hearing voices from 18 years ago. “When I first started learning the lines, of course, I’m used to hearing the other actors’ voices in their roles giving me my cues,” he said. “So now pretty much I’ve got this cast in my mind. Now these voices have replaced those voices.” Bringing back popular plays from the past has been a theme of the Whidbey Playhouse’s 50th anniversary season. All six plays this season have been performed before on the playhouse stage. “I’ve done a lot of shows that I love to do and this was certainly

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Ingrid Schwalbe plays Charlotte Hay in the comedy, ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ which wraps up at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor on Feb. 21. one of them that we had the most fun,” Davies said. “So when I heard that this was going to be done this season for the 50th anniversary, I thought, ‘I think I could still play that role again.’ It’s a completely different cast. Gaye Litka was my wife before. And Gaye was very nervous the opening weekend because her daughter was due to deliver her first grandchild. And now she’s a senior in high school. That’s how the years slide by.” This time around, the wife, Charlotte Hay, is played by Ingrid

Schwalbe, an actress with a professional theater background who moved to Oak Harbor a year ago and made her Whidbey Playhouse debut during “The Lion in Winter” in November. The door-slamming farce, written by Ken Ludwig, revolves around the bickering Hays, two traveling theater actors who have more drama in their own lives than onstage. Set in 1953 in Buffalo, N.Y., the play centers on the conflicting dreams of Charlotte Hay, who aspires to be a Hollywood film star,

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and George, who is content with the theater, which he believes to be superior. When it is discovered that George has had an affair with a young actress, who is pregnant with his child, the couple’s marriage starts to come apart at the seams and Charlotte is determined to leave her husband. Her stance softens, however, when she learns that a famous film director is looking for emergency replacements for a current film and wants to see the couple perform onstage. But by that time, George has complicated matters by drowning himself in self-pity and alcohol. Bob Hendrix, the show’s director, said he laughed out loud the first time he read the play and knew it was a comedy he wanted to be a part of. He is teaming up with his wife, Rusty Hendrix, the show’s producer. Both are pleased with the cast and crew and also proud of the latest Hendrix to be a part of a playhouse production. Their grandson, Landon Hendrix, 11, is handling the lights while grandma watches at his side. “He’s amazing,” Rusty Hendrix said. “I don’t do anything. I just sit here. I watch.” “It’s fun,” said Landon, a fifth grader at Broad View Elementary. “I like doing it.” The production hasn’t come without challenges. One of the original cast members had to depart the show in December, leaving Bob Hendrix to

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re-cast the role of Eileen, the young actress who has the affair with the play’s main character. Kaitlin Barrailler, a freshman from Oak Harbor High School, was one of two acting students from the playhouse’s youth drama program, the Would Be Players, who auditioned, and she won the part. In her playhouse debut, Barrailler, 14, plays a character who is supposed to be in her early 20s and learns she’s pregnant. “I was kind of nervous at first because I was like, ‘I’ve never been pregnant before! How do you play a pregnant woman?’” Barrailler said. “And then my dad was like super not cool with it. But everyone was super supportive, especially Ingrid and all of the other women in the cast for giving me tips on how to be a more mature woman. It was really wonderful.” Rusty Hendrix, who’s also the playhouse president, said extra care was taken to be sure Barrailler and her family understood the nature of the mature role she was about to tackle. Hendrix said Barrailler has done an excellent job during rehearsals. “Little things don’t embarrass her,” Hendrix said, “so I think she can pull the part off 100 percent.” Hendrix also gave credit to Stan Thomas, who directs the playhouse’s youth program. “He trains students to do any role,” she said. The play concludes Feb. 21.


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Xtra!CALENDAR Wednesday Feb. 17

AARP Tax-Aide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, Coupeville Library. Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income, especially those 60 and older. Call 360-678-3000 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday Feb. 18

House of Hope NarAnon meeting, 7-8 p.m., every Thursday at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd St., Oak Harbor. All that is required for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. karol@whidbey.com Meet the Author: Edward Drum, MD, 4-5 p.m., Feb. 18, Coupeville Library. “Quarantine Access,” a novel set against the backdrop of the AIDs epidemic, leads readers through a web of political and medical intrigue. Lt. Cmdr. Peter Tierney searches for answers after the sudden death of his friend. Friends of the Coupeville Library potluck business meeting, 5:45–7:45 p.m. , Feb. 18, Coupeville Library. Bring a dish and a friend — join this “can-do” group for fellowship and an update on 2016 activities. New members always welcome. For all ages. Supported by Friends of the Coupeville Library. “Moon Over Buffalo,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Whidbey Playhouse in

Oak Harbor. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The show runs through Feb. 21. www. whidbeyplayhouse.com

Friday Feb. 19

Coffee: From Bean to Cup, 1:30-3 p.m., Feb. 19, Coupeville Library. Discover coffee’s rich history and learn about its cultivation. This program also leads participants through a coffee-tasting. Coupeville Elementary School production of “Treasure Island,” 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 and noon Saturday, Feb. 20, Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center. Third to fifth graders will showcase their talents in this musical production. 360-632-4653.

Saturday Feb. 20

Island County Republican Party Caucus, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 20, North Whidbey Middle School and Freeland Hall. The Island County Republican Party Caucus is a chance to get involved with like-minded individuals. Residents north of Race Road attend the caucus in Oak Harbor; south of Race Road attend the caucus in Freelend. Fruit tree grafting day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Pacific Rim Institute. Graft your own apple tree. Admission is free. 360-678-5583.

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WHIDBEY GENERAL TOWN HALL-STYLE TALKS: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Whidbey General Conference Room A and B. Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics continues its series of town hall-style dialogues with the community. The talk will include updates on the inpatient wing building project, introductions to new providers and information on healthcare services. A question-and-answer period will follow. Refreshments will be provided.

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required for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. karol@whidbey.com

Saturday

Astronomy for Everyone, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Members of the Island County Astronomical Society will discuss basic astronomy principles and other select topics. No experience necessary. 360-675-5115.

Mystery Lovers Book Group: Jill Churchill, 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Choose any of the Grace and Favor mysteries by Jill Churchill and join the discussion. 360675-5115.

Langley Mystery Weekend, Feb. 27-28, downtown Langley. Without fail, every February someone commits a terrible crime in Langley and it’s up to you to figure out who-dun-it. www.visitlangley.com

Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Let imaginations run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. Play time or crafting may follow. For children age 3 to 5 years. Caregiver required.

Sunday Author and neuroscientist Dr. Marjorie Woollacott “Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind” book signing and discussion, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, The Yoga Lodge, 3475 Christie Rd., Greenbank.

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Ready Readers: Baby and Me Storytime, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Wiggle and giggle with your baby through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes and activities that inspire a love of reading. Play time will follow. For children age newborn through 24 months. Caregiver required. 360675-5115. AARP Tax-Aide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Coupeville Library. Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income, especially those 60 and older. Call 360-678-3000 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday Feb. 25

House of Hope NarAnon meeting, 7-8 p.m., every Thursday at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd St., Oak Harbor. The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. All that is

Feb. 26

Self-Defense for Girls, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Coupeville Library. Learn the basics of self-defense and assertive boundarysetting in this free 2-hour beginner’s class led by 5th degree black belt Michelle McVadon of Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu in Seattle. Open to girls ages 11-19. Class size is limited to 25. To register, email landerson@sno-isle.org Oak Harbor Book Group: “Redeployment,” 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Check out a copy of “Redeployment” by Phil Klay and join the discussion.

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Feb. 29

Ready Readers: Toddler Storytime, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories, magic, music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers. Play time or crafting may follow. For children age 2 to 3 years. Caregiver required. 360-675-5115.

Wednesday March 2

Ready Readers: Baby and Me Storytime, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Wiggle and giggle with your baby through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes and activi-

ties that inspire a love of reading. Play time will follow. For children age newborn through 24 months. Caregiver required. 360675-5115. Wednesday Night with the Stars: “Max,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, Coupeville Library. Rated PG. Runtime 111 minutes. Popcorn provided. 360678-4911. AARP Tax-Aide, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, Coupeville Library. Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income, especially those 60 and older. Call 360-678-3000 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday March 3

Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Let imaginations run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. Play time or crafting may follow. For children age 3-5 years. Caregiver required. 360-675-5115.

Friday March 4

Sew quilts for veterans, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Deer Lagoon Grange. Quilters meet on the first Wednesday of each month to sew quilts for veterans. The patterns are simple and easy to learn. Contact Anita M. Smith at margins@whidbey.com or 360-


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321-8302 for details. Computer Frankenstein, 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, Coupeville Library. Teens are invited to give new life and purpose to computer parts. Contact Ashley Green at agreen@sno-isle.org or 360-678-4911 for more information.

Saturday March 5

Whidbey Gardening Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Oak Harbor High School. Visit www.whidbeygarden ingworkshop.org, or call 360-240-5527 for more information. Whidbey Playhouse Presents: Whidbey Has Talent, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and 2-7

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p.m. Sunday, March 6. The Playhouse invites children in grades K-12 to audition and showcase their talents in Whidbey’s first islandwide youth talent show. Applications and information can be found at www. whidbeyhastalent.com

Monday March 7

Ready Readers: Toddler Storytime, 9:30

a.m. Monday, March 7, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories, music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers. Play time or crafting may follow. For children ages 2 to 3 years. Caregiver required. 360-675-5115. Beginning Novel Writing Workshop: Creating Characters, 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, Coupeville Library. Learn the basics of book writing,

including how to create believable and threedimensional characters. This session focuses on subjects like creating protagonists, antagonists, supporting casts, archetypes and character arcs. 360-678-4911.

Wednesday March 9

March 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.

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