By Lauren Frasier, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk
Lines are being memorized, scripts read, lights adjusted, and every scene is being meticulously rehearsed until it is acted to perfection. For Capital High School’s drama program, all the practice is worth it as they get ready for their winter production, “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World of Anne Frank.”
This production is very different from what students are used to performing. It’s a multimedia show, using video interviews to tell the story of Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, both survivors of the holocaust who knew Anne Frank personally. Ed and Eva tell their story through interviews, while students act out flashbacks.
CHS student actors find their roles to be both challenging and rewarding. Sophomore Kameron Bustetter, who plays Ed says, “It’s been a journey so far and it’s going to continue to be.”
The cast has done extensive research as a group on the Holocaust and the events that transpired. They want to immerse themselves in it, so they can do justice to the real life characters they play and the difficult era in history. “It’s really hard to imagine something so terrible happening to you, but these are real people and real stories,” says Sophie Bustetter, who plays Eva. “We want to do justice to their story.”
The students have found portraying real life people especially challenging. “You can’t make up how they would act or their mannerisms,” explains Kameron. “You have to go out and find how that person acted, how they said and pronounced things.”
Hayley Kuster, who plays Anne Frank adds, “it’s definitely harder when you play a real character because you can’t make up a story for them.” Though difficult she has found the process rewarding. “It’s been kind of fun researching, watching movies and seeing how different people have interpreted her.”
Director and drama teacher Kristina Cummins believes her cast has done a wonderful job overcoming these obstacles. “I’m so incredibly proud of my cast and crew,” she explains. “They have embraced the material, and are seeking a depth of understanding for the Holocaust and the characters that they’re portraying.”
For the tech crew, the multimedia production has posed different challenges. Timing is everything when it comes to the projection screen that is on stage for the duration of the show. “The challenge of this show is that you have to match it up,” says Stage Manager Grace Anne Moses of the live acting and the recorded real-life interviews. Besides Eva and Ed’s interviews, there will also be pictures of them and Anne that match up to scene being acted out on stage.
The students feel that despite the many challenges, it’s a story that needs telling. While first reading the scripts, the cast immediately felt an emotional connection. Sophie shares of the script, “It’s so intense.” The cast is hoping to move the audience in the same manner with their performance.
Handling such difficult and emotional material is made easier by the close knit relationships among the cast. “It’s easier to do a harder show like this when everyone around you is positive,” Kuster explains.
The cast usually works for a couple hours, every day after school. Outside rehearsals, they also bond together through various team building exercises such as volunteering together at the Thurston County Food Bank.
To the cast, it’s more than just a show. It’s more than a performance or the compilation of hours of rehearsals. It’s more than memorized lines or perfecting the character. It’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a message that needs to be spread.
“We’ve had conversations together about why we need to tell this story,” Cummins explains. “We’ve found that the only way to combat hate is through compassion and love.” It’s a message that can be applied to all aspects of life, in the CHS production, the lives of the cast and crew and in our own lives as well.
Cummins hopes that the audience takes something away from this performance. “We’re hoping to remind our community to continue to have compassion for one another.”
The show continues January 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and January 31 at 2:30 p.m. Each performance will be held in the Performing Arts Auditorium at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Avenue N.W., Olympia.
Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for the general public.
Call the box office at (360) 596-8053 for more information and to reserve your tickets.
Local author and retired SPSCC Professor Michael Shurgotwill read and discuss his new memoir "Could You Be Startin' from Somewhere Else?: Sketches from Buffalo and Beyond". The title is the punch line from an Irish joke the author's mother told every St. Patrick's Day. The obvious answer to the question is "No"; no one can start from somewhere else. With this as his premise, Shurgot explores his early years growing up in a middle-class, multi-ethnic neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s to find the roots of his adult life. The book evokes an era and a culture in post-war America that is worthy of remembrance. These "sketches" evoke fond memories of the author's childhood: an exuberant, witty Irish mother; a reserved, quiet Ukrainian father; often turbulent relations between siblings and parents in an era of prescribed parenting roles in traditional families; and the enduring love that kept this family intact during economic hardships and personal difficulties.
This is a free event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by The City of Olympia
Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015, after 33 years of fire service including 16 years of service to the citizens of Olympia and Thurston County at the Olympia Fire Department. Chief Dale intends to pursue fire service teaching and other fun adventures during his retirement. Chief Dale has the opportunity of a lifetime, teaching Fire Ground Command and firefighting techniques, nationally and internationally, with an established training company based in Phoenix Arizona. Prior to coming to Olympia, Chief Dale worked through the ranks to Battalion Chief at the Kent Fire Department. A life-long area resident, Chief Dale began his fire service career as a volunteer at the Tumwater Fire Department after graduating from Tumwater High School.
Chief Dale contributed more to the firefighters at Olympia and in Thurston County than can be listed here. A few of his many accomplishments include: developing the Olympia command training center for fire officer training – purchase and deployment of Olympia’s first articulated aerial ladder truck – development of a working and training relationship with Bates Technical College in Tacoma – initiated and managed a joint fire training program for Olympia, Lacey Fire District 3 and City of Tumwater – brought to Olympia, International Association of Fire Fighters, Firefighter Survival training class, this is the only such approved course and teaching location in the State of Washington – and earned a number of personal medals for mountain biking at the World Police and Fire Games.
Chief Dale was especially invested in firefighter safety. Along with all of the training programs he developed to Olympia, he worked with one very special safety program that has been seen locally, regionally nationally and internationally by fire service members. Chief Dale was instrumental in producing the Mark Noble safety video for firefighters. Mark Noble, was the first line of duty death in the history of the Olympia Fire Department. Before Noble died of brain cancer from diesel exhaust in fire stations, he sat for a moving video interview in which he talked openly about his cancer, warned firefighters about the risks of firefighting and highlighted measures to assure respiratory safety. Without Chief Dale’s support and subsequent distribution of the video, this incredibly important message might never have been shared.
People may remember the big fires in Olympia over the past 16 years but what is more important in Chief Dale’s career are the many house fires that were contained to just one room and the fire extinguishments at Georgia Pacific in 2007 that averted a major catastrophe. The knowledge, vision, training and energy that Chief Dale brought to his job translated to positive outcomes for Olympia.
Chief Dale’s extensive knowledge of firefighting and his ability to share that information with new officers and firefighters will be greatly missed in Olympia and Thurston County.
Submitted by City of Olympia
The playground area at Sunrise Park will be closed from January 28, 2015 through late March while new playground equipment is installed. The existing equipment is 21 years old and has reached the end of its design life.
The City solicited public input on five playground proposals last year, and a proposal by Northwest Playgrounds was selected as the favorite design.
The new playground will have structures for both 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds including six slides, four swings, and two spinning toys.
The remainder of Sunrise Park will be open during construction, but the public is urged to use caution when traveling around construction equipment.
For questions, please contact Jonathon Turlove, Associate Planner, at 360.753.8068.
The weekend is upon us and our family is surprised by all the white space on our calendar. With no football game this weekend determining our schedule, we find ourselves planning adventures beyond the couch. Luckily, the ThurstonTalk Events Calendar is packed with options, both inside (for today and Saturday where rain is predicted) and outside (for Sunday when the sun is said to return). Use the weekend to reconnect with your family, your community and yourself through the many happenings around the county.
And although there’s no official “Blue Friday” or game day this week, you can bet local 12’s will be wearing Seahawk colors with pride. If you are out enjoying Thurston County wearing your colors this weekend, snap a pic for ThurstonTalk and send it to email@example.com for our 12th Man Gallery.
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By Gale Hemmann
Breakfast is not just the most important meal of the day. In my opinion, it is also the most enjoyable, especially for dining out. What better way to start your day than lingering over coffee and great food (with no dishes to clean up afterwards)?
Thurston County offers literally hundreds of places to get breakfast. You’ll find options in all areas of the county and all price ranges. From classic breakfast dishes to international cuisine to special dietary offerings, these are some satisfying picks for your next breakfast or brunch out.
Great Breakfasts around Town
On the Go Options
In a hurry? I recommend swinging by the Mud Bay Coffee Company drive-thru (West Olympia) for their custom coffee drinks, smoothies, and local pastries (including breakfast quiches and gluten-free goodies from Smiling Mo’s Bakery). In East Olympia, Eastside Big Tom’s offers quick and tasty options including breakfast sandwiches.
I hope this list gives you some fresh ideas for your next breakfast on the town. A bonus: Some of these spots offer breakfast menu items all day long. I, for one, am firmly of the belief that it’s always the right time for breakfast.
“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together,” said funnyman Garrison Keillor. Though the storm is past and life has returned to normal, the gift-giving part of our brain often takes longer to recover. Inspiration, drained dry by the holidays, fizzles when Valentine’s Day rolls around.
Why settle for chocolates and roses when there are so many other wonderful opportunities? On February 7, the dedicated staffers at 95.3 KGY Radio do all the hard work leaving you to reap amazing rewards for pennies on the proverbial dollar.
February 7 marks the sixth annual Big On-Air Auction at 95.3 KGY, showcasing a wide assortment of local and regional treasures. This is the first time the auction falls before Valentine’s Day to help eager shoppers wow while they woo.
The Big On-Air Auction is a business arrangement between local merchants offering over $100,000 worth of items. General Sales Manager Heidi Persson explains that items from food to hot tubs “traditionally sell for 50% of their retail value with no minimum bid and increments as little as $1”.
Persson’s philosophy on the auction is simple; you never know what will be the year’s hot item so there is always a great variety of items for listeners to bid on. Long time supporters include Mercato Ristorante, Panowicz Jewelers, Northwest Harley-Davidson, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, and JnL Stoves and Spas. With a tremendous array of merchants participating, bidders spend the entire day listening to stock up on everything from diamonds to pellet stoves. For those out of 95.3 KGY’s coverage the auction is streamed worldwide at www.kgyradio.com.
Items are listed online prior to the big day. Merchants receive the full market value of all items in radio advertising on either 95.3 KGY or 96.9 KAYO making it a win/win event.
The big day is truly that for station staff. With all hands on deck, the auction is on air live at 8:00 a.m. non-stop until 5:00 p.m. By the time bids are tallied and paperwork sorted, it’s often as late as 10:00 p.m. before stragglers head home.
Locally, repeat bidders become like friends to station staff. Many rearrange their schedules to be available; one even called from the airport…in New York.
For bidders, Persson suggests having a strategy in advance, to avoid being like a husband and wife who spent the day unknowingly bidding against each other. Another long-time fan is legally blind and loves the freedom to shop based on the announcer’s detailed descriptions of so many varied objects and experiences.
While Persson admits that “the interplay on the phone is part of the fun and theater” of the auction, 95.3 KGY keeps the bidding and sales organized via hard-copy, pen and paper recording. To streamline this, bidders are encouraged to pre-register online, reducing the amount of information collected with each call. Callers can simply provide their unique bidder ID, the item number, and their bid amount.
Any items left unsold will be listed at the station’s scenic 1700 Marine Drive NE offices on a first come/first served basis. The station accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards for purchases.
Lucky winners can pay for their treasures at the studio starting Monday, February 9. Persson and her staff encourage buyers to pick up physical items as soon as possible and redeem gift certificates within one year of purchase. Overall, Persson says that while tangible items are a hot seller, experiences and dining gift certificates are equally popular. Whether it is tickets to a Tacoma Rainiers game or experiencing one of our region’s many fine restaurants, Olympia residents love to be out and about.
Interested bidders can pre-register now on 95.3 KGY’s website. You can follow their Facebook page for current news and updates. Local businesses wanting to participate should call or email the station as soon as possible to be included in advertising for the big day. The vendor contact number is 360-943-1240, extension 701 or through their Contact Us page online.
“Radio is the original social media,” explains Persson. “This is meant to be fun and an opportunity for listeners to get a good deal and experience the best our community has to offer.”
Tune in to 95.3 KGY Radio or stream at www.kgyradio.com on February 7 to partake in this amazing whirlwind of bargains, delights, and local treasures.
Submitted by Port of Olympia
Floating docks and moored vessels on Budd Inlet will appear higher or lower than usual this weekend because of the extra-high “king” tides which are normal this time of year. Given the current weather forecast, the tides should cause no adverse effects.
King tides are the largest tidal ranges and are caused by natural increases in gravitational forces. They occur in December and January when the earth is closest to the sun and the moon is closest to the earth.
Budd Inlet is expecting king tides of approximately 17 feet at the high tide points on Friday and Saturday mornings, with Sunday morning’s high tide just under 17 feet.
Highest high tides at Budd Inlet normally range between 13 and 15 feet.
Forecasted winds are expected to be between 5-10 miles per hour over Friday and Saturday, with some rain expected Friday.