Arts and Entertainment

Blue Stilly Players plan for upcoming performance

ARLINGTON — As summer approaches, the Blue Stilly Players of Arlington are hoping to follow their debut last summer with another active season of performances and drama instruction.

Bridget Clawson, founder of the Blue Stilly Players, explained that the group has been working on ideas for another summer production at Terrance Park, this time on Saturday, Aug. 29.

“We decided to provide a freeform, open-to-the-public opportunity for an audience-participation-rich drama class and demonstration,” said Clawson, who invited those who are interested to attend a production meeting at noon on Saturday, June 8, at Fogdog Gallery in downtown Arlington. “The event may include stage direction overviews and group exercises, classic warmups for body and voice, and an open mic opportunity for exhibitionist members of the public who want to get dramatic. Really, anything that’s improvisational, instructional, inspirational, fun and family-friendly is possible.”

Tentatively titled “Go Ahead, Be Dramatic,” this presentation by the Blue Stilly Players is being designed to engage, entertain and inspire the public, without requiring a three-month production schedule.

“Right now, out-of-the-box and easy-to-stage are our watchwords, as we have a small core of active support and want something sustainable that adds value to the city,” Clawson said. “But ‘Go Ahead, Be Dramatic’ is only loosely structured at this point, and needs form and structure.”

Among the elements that Clawson is considering to provide that needed form to “Go Ahead, Be Dramatic” are an emcee, brief lessons on how to practice dramatic arts in one’s spare time and short dramatic readings or scenes.

“We need to invent this,” Clawson said. “One idea I had was to send families home with tip sheets on how to stage family productions, so that the whole family can go ahead and be dramatic.”

Clawson encouraged people to call 360-631-6814 or email her a with their thoughts or suggestions between now and June 8.

“We really need your support and creative ideas to help bring a touch of dramatic whimsy to our neighbors at Terrace Park on Aug. 29,” Clawson said.

For more information about the Blue Stilly Players, log onto their website at


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