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July 15, 2009 www.mukilteobeacon.com Mukiltqo Beacon - 7 ., .... 'Showboat' is the flagship of Broadway musicals BY MEREDITH PECHTA THEATER REVIEWER ere it is! The mother of all musicals. It is liter- ally the first Broadway musi- cal written that told a story. It is the wonderful and glorious "Showboat." The Village Theatre has done a marvelous job with it. Many of course have seen both versions of the movie this, the play version is very different. The story covers 47 years in the Hawks family, who owns the showboat of the 'title. Led by Cap'n Andy, the group of performers go downstream to many towns where the folks get a great show on the wa- ter. This used to be a very pop- ular venue of show business. It's faded away now, but "Showboat" captures it in its heyday. Cap'n Andy is exceed- ingly proud of his show. His daughter Magnolia dreams of a life on stage although she hasn't broken into it yet. On their stage is Julie La- Verne who has a dark secret that has made life very diffi- cult for her. There are also Frank and Ellie May who are a couple and do most of the comic re- lief skits. One day, a new perform- er named Gaylord Ravenal comes aboard when he needs to leave town in a hurry and they need a replacement ac- tor. Once aboard he shakes up Magnolia's world and falls in love with her. The rest you will have to see for yourself. But what a sight it is. The Village Theatre, as usual has again surpassed it- self with one of the greatest sets ever done, featuring the boat, which takes up most of the stage and splits in half. The costumes are incredible too. But the actors are what re- ally make this show magical. Megan Chenovick plays the lovely Magnolia. She has a challenge as she goes from gullible teenager to world-weary star. Gaylord is played by Rich- ard Todd Adams, who gave a masterful performance last fall in "Phantom of the Op- era." Here, he makes us pity him even thoug h we shouldn't. Magnolia's father is well played by Larry Albert, who's making a hilarious comeback after a 10-year absence from that stage. Village Theatre veteran Leslie Law plays Magnolia's disapproving mother Parthy Ann, giving many layers to what could have been a one- note performance. The part of Frank Shultz is played by Greg McCormick Allen, whom you may remem- ber from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" last winter. Kathryn Van Meter plays his girlfriend Ellie May. She's a terrific singer. Just listen to her playful- ness when she sings 'Life Upon a Wicked Stage.' The role of Julie LaVerne goes to Cayman Ilika. She creates a breakout per- formance in her Village The- atre debut. She has a voice that makes you want to cry. And last but not least is Joe, the African-American hired hand. He's well played by Ekello Harrid. His powerful rendi- tion of 'Old Man River' brings down the house. Don't miss the great show of "Show Boat." All aboard! "Show Boat" plays at the Everett Performing Arts Cen- ter through Aug. 2. For ticket information call: (425) 257- 8600. Smoke alarm saves lives couple safely escaped a fire at a home north of Lynnwood last week after being awakened by a smoke alarm. The couple reported the fire at 12:53 a.m. at a split- level house n the 5200 block of 145th St. SW. They told firefighters they woke to the sound of the smoke alarm to find smoke in the hall outside their bedroom and fire on the back deck. They exited the house and called 911 from a cell phone. "This couple is safe be- cause the smoke alarm did its job," said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Sno- homish County Fire District 1. ' fire at this time of the morning when most people are asleep has the potential to be deadly in a home without a working smoke alarm." Flames were coming from back of the house when fire- fighters arrived. Crews from Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Mukilteo responded. It took them about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. There were no injuries. Red Cross and Support 7 responded to assist the resi- dents. The house is uninhab- itable. The homeowner has insurance. An investigator from the Snohomish County Fire Mar- shal's office determined the fire was most likely started by a cigarette discarded in a flower box on the backdeck of see FIRE, page 9 FESTIVAL, from page 6 to turn around by the Light- house." Kerscher isn't intimidated by the change in venue; in fact, he'd like to see the wa- terfront be the permanent site for the festival if things work out. That's because he already has ideas on how to grow and expand the already popular event. With the additional space available on the waterfront, Kerscher envisions added attractions such as a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round for the kids, and possibly a car show. There's no Tour De Muk (bike race) this year, not be- cause of lack of interest, but rather lack of willing volun- teers. Kerscher hopes to bring it back next year along with expanding the artists' booths and inviting more food ven- dors. "There are a lot of things going through my head that I'd love to see," he said. "I want to make it BIG!" There's also a million things to juggle to ensure this year's event is as successful as its predecessors. Kerscher is in charge of merchandis- ing, advertising, signs, ban- ners, managing volunteers and helping out with whoever needs him. This year's location change alone requires about .100 ad- ditional signs, Kerscher said, along with the usual parking, directional, parade and gen- eral signage. "We'll have lots of banners for the various events," he said. While this is a lot to take on, Kerscher emphasizes he's not going it alone. Literally hundreds of volunteers put in thousands of hours to help make the festival the success it is, working throughout the year and more extensively in the weeks and days leading up to the event. A significant part of Ker- scher's job is making the most of the vast array of tal- ent at his disposal. "Kathy Wisbeck (former festival director and longtime Mukilteo volunteer) with her knowledge and wisdom guided me through the first couple of months; she gave me a list of duties that need- Snohomish County Fire District 1 firefighter' Eric Larson cleans up after a fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to a house north of Lynnwood in the 5200 block of 145th St. SW. ed to be done," he said. "She's my rock for this, there for me whenever I need anything." For more information, vis- it mukilteofestival.org. This is the first in a weekly series of articles leading up to the festival. Look for stories on the food, activities, competi- tions and music in upcoming issues. Have something festi- val-related you'd like to see spotlighted? Send your sug- gestions to editor@mukilteo- beacon.cam --Ed. Sharp, Stabbing, Shooting Pain in Your Feet? 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