'Mood' musical to recreate 1940s

Port Angeles is getting "In The Mood."

There will be one performance at the Port Angeles High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

With a big-band orchestra, singers and swing dancers, "In The Mood," is a 1940s musical that brings to the stage the music that moved a nation's spirit and helped win a war.

All America was listening and dancing to the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskin Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940s.

An on-stage company of 19 is joined by the String of Pearls big-band orchestra.

Tickets are available at Pacific Mist Books in Sequim and Northwest Fudge and Confections in Port Angeles, by calling 452-8299, or online at

"In The Mood" takes a look at the life and time when up-tempo big-band rhythms and mellow intimate ballads inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity.

The National Archives in Washington, D.C., brought "In The Mood" to its audiences as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of World War II.

The response was extraordinary, with crowds lining up for hours before curtain time. The engagement was extended twice.

In 1993, the archives presented a repeat performance, outdoors on Constitution Avenue. Thousands attended, and many stayed to dance the night away.

As a result, "In The Mood," in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours that played to audiences across the United States during the 50th commemoration of World War II.

The show's association with the National Archives and the USO was appropriate for much of the research for the show was from resources of these national organizations.

"In The Mood" has visited Europe and in 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd presidential inauguration ball. "In The Mood" was conceived and created by Washington, D.C., musical producer Bud Forrest.

What: "In The Mood," 1940s big-band, swing dance musical

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13

Where: Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave.

Tickets: $21-$31

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