Theatre students, faculty, and alums team up to produce theatre at Bellingham waterfront


illustration of a place mat with some diner food advertising Pump Bpys and Dinettes

In partnership with Western's Department of Theatre and Dance, Bellingham TheatreWorks is producing the fun-for-all-ages juke-box musical hit "Pump Boys and Dinettes" this summer. Performances will be in the Port of Bellingham’s Fishermen’s Pavilion located in Zuanich Point Park.

WWU Student Comp code for opening night is STUDENT22 - Tickets in advance at, or purchase at the door with ID.

Under the direction of Western Theatre Arts alum Billie Wildrick, the production will be set in a dockside diner, highlighting the uniqueness of Bellingham’s maritime heritage, while using the environment of the pavilion to reinforce the setting of the play.

Wildrick leads ensemble of local and regional performers and musicians - including other Western alums Lauren Brigolin, Ian Bivins, Marie Wildfield, and Kharma Stambaugh.

Current Western students on the production include Kiara Zuercher, Sam Grubbs, Morgan Mitchell, Fox Cunningham, Alyssa Whorley, Hannah Smith, Serafima Zavorotny, Hayley Frame, Iris Cohn, Ryan Duke, Tala Martin, Jersey Patterson, Toby Bruce, Megan Erasmus, Jasmine Kaufman and Paul Thelen. The students fill a variety of roles from performer to tech crew to front of house.

Bonus: Boundary Bay will be on site before and during the performance serving beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and a slice of pie for everyone.

Pump Boys and Dinettes opens Friday July 8. Doors open at 6:50 p.m. -  arrive a little early to enjoy the unique venue. 

Western students get in free on opening night with student ID.

Performances continue every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through July. Tickets are available online or at the door. Contact Bellingham TheatreWorks for more details.

Photos by Lauren Brigolin (Theatre Arts alum!): Ryan Duke (Theatre Arts student), Iris Cohn (Music student), Jack Kuntz

three cheerful actors, one holds a trumpet, one a banjo
three cheerful performers at the waterfront with ships in the background
actors in costume walk through a commercial fishing structure with nets and floats laying around

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Jun 15, 2022 12:27pm