Island Shakespeare Festival
Island Shakespeare Festival is about people. Well, and Shakespeare. But also, artists, community, learning, connections, collaborations, music, art, life, the Pacific Northwest, and, oh, yeah, we truly believe that everyone should be able to see quality theatre. Performances are “Pay what you will.” We “pass the hat” after performances and appreciate donations. Shakespeare and classical theatre are what we do, but it really is more than that. In some ways, one could say that to us, theatre is sacred.
Oak Harbor Music Festival
The Oak Harbor Music Festival is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day in Historic Downtown Oak Harbor. The 2019 festival runs from August 30 through September 1. There are two main stages with over 30 bands playing throughout the festival featuring all types of musical genre. With two beer gardens, a variety of food vendors and sidewalk cafes there is plenty of food and drink for everyone. Enjoy the arts and crafts vendors as you stroll from one stage to the other. Admission is free.
OutCast Productions is a private, 501(c)(3), not for profit theatre company incorporated in Washington State. As a theatre company that focuses on producing “theatre with a social conscience,” we strive to bring to our audience productions that encourage critical thinking about the social issues of our time. Our goal is to provoke a dialogue about such issues as oppression, human rights, politics, and the psychological and emotional worlds of human beings at large.
We welcome the opportunity to earn the trust of the community and deliver a product that serves and includes them.
Ned Farley and K. Sandy O’Brien are the managing partners of OutCast.
Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island
A non-profit professional orchestra providing great music for all of Whidbey Island. We perform 4-5 concerts each season and provide music for special events island-wide. Our Talent Development Program affords local music students the opportunity for a mentorship with orchestral musicians.
Whidbey Children’s Theater
Whidbey Children’s Theater is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth by creating opportunities to discover, experience, and participate in the performing arts.
We believe that the performing arts have a valuable place in our community, and that through participation in the arts children will develop their unique selves in an environment that embraces the whole person and emphasizes support, collaboration, and trust. We strive to engage in collaborative efforts with the larger community of arts groups wherever possible and recognize the positive impact such endeavors have on the community as a whole.
Visit our website for upcoming events and ways to get involved.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) is dedicated to offering high-quality performances; exposing residents and students to local and nationally recognized artists, musicians, literary works, and authors as well as the chance to be a part of in-house full-scale theater productions.
Whidbey Island Dance Theatre
Whidbey Island Dance Theatre was founded in 1993 to promote dance as a significant cultural resource for Whidbey Island and the surrounding communities, and to provide pre-professional experience for outstanding young dancers. WIDT presents a broad range of dance genres including ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, tap and ballroom. Strict standards of training and choreography provide dancers with opportunities for personal and artistic growth. WIDT was a member of Regional Dance America from 2001-2012.
WIDT presents two major productions each year. Our largest production, The Nutcracker, has enjoyed 18 highly successful seasons. In spring, our Dance & Choreography Showcase highlights the diverse talents of our broadly trained dancers and features the works of both resident and guest choreographers. Guest choreographers in recent years include Eva Stone, Aaron Cash, Danielle Wilkins, Laurentia Barbu, Andrea Binder, Leigh-Ann Cohen Hafford, Jenna Kantor, and Daniel Wilkins of DASS Dance. In 2004, Sharon Tyers, formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company, set the first modern dance master work on WIDT: Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring.
Since 2000, WIDT has performed in Tucson, Salt Lake City, greater Los Angeles, and at the National Dance Festival in Pittsburgh, PA as well as a dozen cities in Washington. Local WIDT guest appearances include a featured evening at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in 2007 and 2004, a performance including Waltz of the Flowers and Appalachian Spring at the internationally acclaimed Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens’ May Day festival, the Festival of Friends at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Seattle, and the Ballet Bellevue Winter Gala at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre in Bellevue.
Artistic Director Charlene Brown began her dance studios, Island Dance, on Whidbey Island in 1987. The daughter of a dance educator, Char‘s whole life has been committed to offering the highest level of dance education and professional instructors to students. Extending this commitment to the art of choreography led to the formation of WIDT in 1993.