Music, theater and possibly a regatta planned for this weekend
On this last weekend of February, a variety of theater performances and live music – as well as a sailing regatta if the weather permits – await you on the northern Olympic peninsula.
Here is a sample of things to do, see and hear.
• “Baskertown”, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, opens tonight for a three-week run at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is translated on stage, with Holmes (Tim Thorn) and Doctor Watson (Peter Stone) investigating a legendary curse on the Baskerville family.
The other 40 or so roles are all played by a handful of actors, all of whom change costumes and characters in public view. Meanwhile, multiple projections provide clues and atmospheric effects.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays until March 13. Tickets — $15 general, $8 student — are available at www.pacommunityplayers.org and at the theater the day of the show. All clients must show proof of full vaccination.
• A “Too Hot for Socks” dance is taking place tonight in the Castle Ballroom at 651 Cleveland St., Port Townsend.
Doors open at 6 p.m., swing dance instructor Ben White gives a class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; then the dancing continues until 9 p.m.
A ticket is required to reserve the dance class; multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Doyle provides the music. Masks and proof of vaccination required. To reserve tickets, visit www.thecastleinpt.com/events.
• The Big Tango by Astor Piazzolla is the centerpiece of two free performances by the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra.
Along with cellist Pamela Roberts, the ensemble will take the stage at the Chimacum School Auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum, first for the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. tonight, then for the concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday .
It’s first come, first seated tonight, but reservations are strongly advised for Sunday’s event via [email protected] Spectators aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination at the door and everyone must wear an effective mask inside the auditorium.
More information can be found at PTsymphony.org.
• The 31st Annual Shipwrights Regatta is set for noon Saturday on Port Townsend Bay.
The Port Townsend Sailing Association is hosting the event, with details for boaters on PTsail.org and via [email protected] .
Spectators are welcome to watch the race from the Port Townsend waterfront – unless it’s cleared, organizer Jim Heumann said.
“If the current weather forecast holds, it is likely that we will postpone the race. There are high winds and heavy rain expected,” he said on Thursday, adding that the decision will be made this afternoon.
• Live music at Finnriver Farm & Cidery124 Center Road, Chimacum, includes three concerts this weekend.
Jazz singer Sarah Shea sings Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald and other Great American Songbook classics tonight from 5-7 p.m.; then Jonathan Doyle, Matt Weiner and Eric Eagle play jazz and swing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and finally Chris Miller and Matt Sircely prepare Americana from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
An entrance fee to each of these performances supports the musicians. For details, see https://www.finnriver.com/farm-music-event-calendar.
• Auditions for the showcase of new works at Olympic Theater Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Monday.
The showcase, a collection of eight short plays by local playwrights, has roles for actors of all ages and experience levels.
Rehearsal times will be decided by the cast and crew of each play; performances will take place from March 25 to April 3. For more information, visit olympic theatrearts.org or call 360-683-7326.
• “The blues is a woman”, a theatrical concert celebrating the female history of blues music, comes to the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, Saturday night.
Information and tickets are available on the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts website, JFFA.org.
• The last weekend of “Angel Street (Gaslight)”, The Victorian thriller now on the Olympic Theater Arts stage, has three performances: 7.30pm tonight and Saturday and 2pm Sunday.
This tale, which has been made into a movie twice, is directed by Sequim’s Ginny Holladay.
For tickets, which are $18 general and $12 for students, visit olympic theatrearts.org. Clients must show proof of vaccination.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]