The Artistic Impulse at Ocean Shores
Ocean Shores is proud to share Stage West Community Theater with the world. Each season is a chance to participate and welcome guests from all over the pacific northwest. Our local actors live for their time on on-stage. It’s the same in every acting troupe around the world.
“Honest to God, this is the absolute best kind of moment. The auditorium lights are off except for ones over the stage, and we’re all bright eyed and giggle-drunk. I fall a little bit in love with everyone.” – Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
This is the tenth year of Stage West. The theater officers and board offer a wide variety of talent and history.
“I am just finishing a 6-year term on the Board of Tacoma Musical Playhouse and my third year as Board President there. I previously served as Secretary and Vice President on that Board as well. I look forward to working more closely with Stage West!” – Lorraine Hardin
“Well, I have always leaned toward the creative side of life. Through my childhood and early adulthood I was always drawing or painting something. In junior high I got involved playing bass guitar in a rock band and that continued for the next 20 years.” – Ron Cooper
“I love comedy and improv and am so thankful to be cast in several comedic performances with Stage West. Who knew a quiet accountant by day is really a ‘Rapper’, the diabolical ‘Ma Denny’, a ‘Crazy Aunt’ and a ‘Southern Drama Queen’?” – Pamela Nygaard
Stage West Community Theatre strives to present innovative and entertaining theatre experiences while creating opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in all aspects of theatre arts. ‘A Doublewide Texas Christmas’ in December 2018 set record attendance. Pamela Nygaard says “We were so surprised to see a large tour bus arrive from Rochester and Olympia organized to see our matinee performance after lunch at a local restaurant. I receive inquiries asking whether we will have a production while people are planning their visits and from locals who are anxious to know how soon tickets will be available for the next production. We teamed up with the annual June Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show. The show attracts artists from all over the state and proceeds from the show funds our youth programs. We also have mystery theatre events with the North Beach Artist Guild and the Chocolate on the Beach Festival. There always seems to be something fun to work on next.”
According to a survey conducted by Nielsen Scarborough in spring 2016, over 47 million Americans attended a live theatre event within the past month. When we watch live theater we connect. We feel the emotions of the actors and we see ourselves. Community theater is alive and well in Ocean Shores and invites visitors to experience the fun and joy of our community and our theater.
Visual Arts – Traditional Arts at The Shores
Additionally, The Gallery of Ocean Shores has expanded their local art center to include visual arts, 3D arts and performing arts. They encourage the development of art programs to spread art education into Grays Harbor/Ocean Shores community. They provide art classes and displays located in The Gallery and the adjacent Workshop and Studio 6 pottery facility. Two dozen featured artists create art in blown glass, jewelry, photography, water colors, acrylics, and pastels.
Mary Daniels-Lee is an Ocean Shores pastel artist. She loves the beauty of the ocean and the coast. She and her husband enjoy exploring the enchanted visions of Grays Harbor and the Olympic Peninsula. In addition to teaching at The Gallery, she loves beachcombing, bird watching, gardening and singing. Mary says, “The charm of our beach and coast inspires me. I like to encourage others to see the art around us and explore the connections and possibilities as we share.”
Steve “Lumpy” Poole is fascinated by light and the contrasts of nature. (How could you not love someone with a nickname like “Lumpy”.) He loves to capture nature’s unique and wonderful compositions in black and white and color. Lumpy was born in California, grew up in Nevada and lives in the Northwest where he shares his landscapes with friends. “Steve says, “Ocean Shores is a beautiful part of the Northwest where a quiet community meets the wild of Washington. A perfect playground for a photographer.“
If you enjoy living with or displaying art that warms your body and your heart, you should visit Beach Tyme Quilts. Beach Tyme is a bright, cheerful quilt shop featuring a spacious learning center where quilters of all ages and skill levels gather for classes, retreats, special events, displays, and just plain socializing!