Out of the Jewel Box

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Jewel Box Theatre Board of Directors

Cindy Garfein, President
Jerry Deeter, Vice President
Jennifer Carrier, Treasurer
Kate Nunes, Volunteer Coordinator

Dianne Hieatt
Jim Sund
Alice Ingle
Pat VanDiest

Artistic Director: Gwen Adams

Praise for Winter Wonderettes

Dear Jewel Box Theater,

After the closing applause and the audience leaves a performance---such as “Winter Wonderettes”---it may seem that the performance is over---a couple hours of entertainment evaporating soon after the playgoers leave the theatre. But a good play is much more than that and its effect long term. It takes us to another place, another time; we see the world through other eyes. It reveals, broadens, and inspires; it becomes part of us. In its convincing buoyancy, “Winter Wonderettes" was (and will ever be to us and many other members of the audience) such a play as that.

The production was so successful---spirited, energetic, uplifting, and even thought-provoking. It helped the audience to appreciate more and feel better---and to internalize and project that out into the larger world.

Because of these four talented women (and the director and the crew) we were all there, in 1968, in Harper’s Hardware store. The rendition was convincing, energetic, and captivating. Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean, and Cindy Lou worked together so well (yet each with her own strengths and charms), to make us the employees at the Christmas party.

The show was rich in feelings---alternately deep, sprightly, contemplative, jocund, soaring---and always empathetic, with the people we came to know, and remember.

Every song, without exception, was a complete success. Three (of many) we especially liked were the deeply moving affirmation of “All Those Christmas Cliches,” the robust, attention-grabbing gusto of “?Dondon Esta Santa Claus?”, and the lively, enchanting journey of “Suzy Snowflake.”

Each woman had also mastered those secondary times---when not featured, when the ‘spotlight’ was not on her. We noticed the reactions, the body language, the interplay between the characters, the facial expressions, and the way that each character was a totally credible Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean, or Cindy Lou; they had mastered the less noticeable things---that elevate good acting to the engrossing voyage of a superlative aesthetic experience.

In its robust and touching energy, this play made the world a better place, with a radiance that, like moonbeams dancing on the sea, seems all too short, yet inspires long after, in myriad ways known only to the future.

Sincerely,
Jim Boldt and Krista Walton [12-8-2012]

Rotary Club of Poulsbo–North Kitsap
Supports Jewel Box Theatre with Gift of $3000

Rotary of Poulsbo-North KitsapThe Board of Directors has accepted the very generous initial gift of $1500, with an additional $1500 in matching funds from the Rotary Club of Poulsbo–North Kitsap. This donation goes a long way toward supporting the new light board that was recently installed, as well as the upgrade of the exterior of the theater which was accompanied by a new sign.

Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary has an extensive and proud history of supporting local organizations which contribute to the quality of life that makes Poulsbo such a special place to live. The theater is especially grateful to be among the names on that list.

Thank you very much.

New Seats Installed at Theater

New Seats at the Jewel Box TheatreThe Third Annual Gems of the Jewel Box Gala Fundraiser was held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the beautiful Hood Canal Vista Pavilion in Port Gamble.

The Event Was a Huge Success attracting a sell-out crowd of more than 120 people and raising more than $18,000—a 170% increase from last year! Included in the total is the “raise the paddle” auction for new theater seats which generated over $4,500, nearly one-half the amount needed. The event was held at Hood Canal Vista Pavilion in Port Gamble and included great food, silent and live auctions, and a terrific cabaret-style show with Jewel Box performers singing hits from the big band era of Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller, directed by Gwen Adams, the theater’s Artistic Director.

The support and generosity of Eleven Winery and North Kitsap Auto Rebuild, the event’s sponsors, were key to making the event a success! For more information about the Gala, click here.

Rotary Club of Poulsbo–North Kitsap
Supports Jewel Box Theatre with Gift of $3000

Rotary of Poulsbo-North KitsapThe Board of Directors has accepted the very generous initial gift of $1500, with an additional $1500 in matching funds from the Rotary Club of Poulsbo–North Kitsap. This donation goes a long way toward supporting the new light board that was recently installed, as well as the upgrade of the exterior of the theater which was accompanied by a new sign.

Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary has an extensive and proud history of supporting local organizations which contribute to the quality of life that makes Poulsbo such a special place to live. The theater is especially grateful to be among the names on that list.

Thank you very much.

Central Market Contributes $2,500 to Theater

Central MarketTown & Country Markets Inc., including Central Market in Poulsbo, has contributed $2,500 to the Jewel Box Theatre-the largest single gift from a business the theater has ever received. The funds will be directed toward much-needed improvements in theater facilities, as well as to show sponsorship.

"We want to thank Town & Country and Central Markets for their generous support," said Jewel Box President Gary McVey. "The company strongly believes in supporting the communities it serves, and we're very proud to be one of their community partners. These funds will help us immensely as we continue to improve our facilities and stage high-quality shows that add vitality to downtown Poulsbo and North Kitsap."

“Town & Country Markets Inc. is a locally owned and operated independent retail grocery company. Founded in 1957 on Bainbridge Island, today the company operates six stores in the Puget Sound area, including three each under the Central Market and Town & Country Market banners.

Theater Uses Funds to Complete Lobby Renovations

The next time you visit the Jewel Box, we invite you to check out the recently completed improvements to the theater lobby. The face-lift was made possible by funds contributed at last year's Gems of the Jewel Box fund-raising event in Port Gamble.

The improvements include fresh paint in the theater atrium, lobby, and main hallway. In addition, a new hook-and-rail system was installed in the theater gallery space. The new system allows paintings, photographs, and other art works to be displayed more professionally and without causing damage to the lobby walls. The lobby renovation was coordinated by Jewel Box Board Member Jim Sund.

Fischer Painting of Kingston served as the painting contractor. The company co-sponsored the theater's recent production of Greetings. Ascent Home Repair and Improvement of Poulsbo installed the gallery hanging system. The firm sponsored the theater's production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

"We want to thank all of those individuals who contributed at last year's Gems fund-raising event for making our lobby renovations possible," said Jewel Box Theatre President Gary McVey. This marked the first time since the theater was constructed 10 years ago that we've been able to spruce up the lobby. It's made a real difference in the appearance of the theater, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our donors and sponsors."

Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap and Local Businesses and Individuals Support the Jewel Box Theatre

The Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap agreed to donate $1500 in matching funds if the theater could raise an additional $1500 from local businesses and individuals. Below are the individuals and organizations that stepped forward with contributions. This total gift of $3000 is in addition to the original $1500 donated by Rotary to support the exterior renovation of the theater.

The Board of Directors and volunteers of the theater thank the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap and our community for supporting our theater:

CAbi, Margene Smaaladen; DME Auto Service, Keith Russell; Edward Jones, Todd Tidball; Gresham Well Drilling, Craig Gresham; J.C. Madison, Inc., Chris Madison; KAT's Carpet Care, Julie Katana; Kitsap-Trident Homes, Jim and Justin Ingalls; Lucky Dog LLC, Bob Doane; Martha & Mary, Chad Solvie; Michele Interiors, Michele Doyle; RPM Systems Corporation, Steve Garfein; Ardis Morrow, Karl Hadley, Naveen Chaudhary, and Walt Washington.

The New Face of the Jewel Box

A facelift and renovation to the front entrance initiates the 11th season at the Jewel Box Theatre!

The creativity and vision of Gary McVey, former Jewel Box Theatre Board President, Jerry Deeter, Board member, and Bill Austin, local businessman and Poulsbo historian, made the project a reality.

Work on the project started in April when Richard Thornton, our volunteer designer, submitted several examples of updated logo designs for the theater to the Board.

Bill Austin volunteered to put forth his ideas for upgrading the front entrance and closing in the triangle area in the ceiling so that feathered friends of the theater would be encouraged to find another place to sit.

Bill also suggested the design for a lighted sign. After Jerry’s work with the City on permits, Bill’s construction expertise, and the very generous donation from Hanson Signs in Silverdale for much of the sign’s cost, the theater had a new “face”. The sign broadcasts the location of the Jewel Box to anyone passing by or driving through the Post Office.

Gifts from Central Market and the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap allowed the Jewel Box to go forward with the project in September. The sign was installed in the middle of The Marvelous Wonderettes and contributed to a sellout crowd the final weekend of the performance run.

New JBT sign Jerry Deeter and Bill Austin in front of the theater

Jewel Box Honored Among Best of Kitsap Theater for 2010

Kitsap Sun Theater Critic Michael Moore recently announced his Best of Kitsap Community Theater picks for 2010, and the Jewel Box Theatre and its performers received several accolades.

Steve Nagle, who delivered a riveting performance as Mickey in Greetings, was named Best Actor in the comedy/drama category. Fred Saas received an honorable mention in the same category for his acting work in Scotland Road.

Nicole Bird and Christine Usher received honorable mentions in the Best Actress/Musical category for their terrific roles in the popular, Spitfire Grill, directed by Gwen Adams.

In the Best Show, comedy/drama division, the Jewel Box’s productions of Scotland Road and Greetings were chosen for honorable mentions. Scotland Road was directed by Todd Erler, who also serves as the theater’s Artistic Director. Greetings was directed by Fred Saas - his first production at the Jewel Box and his first full-stage turn as director.

Congratulations to all of these Jewel Box performers and directors, as well to all of those who performed and participated in these award-winning shows. Thank you for sharing your talents with our patrons, and congratulations for being chosen among the best in Kitsap theater!

Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend was named Best Theater for 2010, a distinction the Jewel Box received in 2009. There’s always next year! For a complete list of this year’s best in community theater winners, as selected by Michael Moore of the Kitsap Sun, go to: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/dec/19/from-the-cover-north-continues-to-rule-list-of/


Reviews from past performances:

2011-2012 Season
Almost, Maine
Kitsap Sun: "Almost, Maine" lays on the snow, and the whimsey
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Kitsap Sun: Jewel Box's "Wonderettes" is a marvelous escape
2010-2011 Season
The Price
Kitsap Sun: The Jewel Box scores a big success with Miller's intimate drama
Greetings
Kitsap Sun: 'Greetings' Might Change the Way You Think About Holiday Entertainment
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Kitsap Sun: 'Trailer Park Musical' is Frisky, Funny Fringe Fare
2009-2010 Season
Spitfire Grill
Kitsap Sun: Little 'Spitfire Grill' a Big Success for Jewel Box
Born Yesterday
Kitsap Sun: There's a Lot to Learn from Born Yesterday
Kitsap Sun: Local Theater - Born Yesterday
Scotland Road
Kitsap Sun: Scotland Road is a Buoying Yarn
Sweet Charity
Kitsap Sun: Jewel Box Musical Boasts a Very Sweet 'Charity' and a Lot More