A&E briefs — June 19, 2024

Skwim Toastmasters to teach how to be a top presenter

Ever wondered how excellent public speakers get to be that good? From 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, join the Skwim Toastmasters to learn how.

For the third consecutive year, the club hosts the opportunity to witness the transformative magic of speaker coaching without being in the pressure-filled hot seat.

Register online at ccc625.eventbrite.com. This event is free and open to the public, both online and in person at the KSQM 91.5 FM broadcasting offices at 609 W. Washington St.

Skwim Toastmasters Club boasts world class speakers and coaches. On two separate evenings, two coaches will offer their skills and experience to two International Speech Contest contenders, assisting them in making their bid for the World Championship.

On June 25, the first of the two events, those coaching are Kyle Hall and Lindy MacLaine. Both Distinguished Toastmasters, Kyle took third place in the 2003 World Championship of Public Speaking, Lindy took third in 2020.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” says MacLaine. “I reached the world championship through this kind of focused process — learning to receive and apply specific feedback to my contest speech. This is how I improved my speaking skills so quickly.”

Those being coached June 25 are district winners Alexa Medhus (District 2) from Black Diamond, and Jon Wolheim (District 57) from Los Altos, California.

“Last year I participated as a coaching recipient,” continues MacLaine. “Redoing my speech and turning around to give it to the audience again was an amazing challenge.”

Save the date for July 30, when two more district champions are being coached on their journey forward.

Skwim Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit that “empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.” The Sequim club meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the KSQM 91.5 FM broadcasting offices at 609 W. Washington St. The club is hybrid, also meeting on Zoom; join through the club’s website at skwimtm.org.

City of Sequim seeking arts commission applicants

The City of Sequim is seeking applicants to fill a Sequim Arts Commission vacancy for a resident who lives within the Sequim School District boundaries. The appointment will expire on Dec. 31, 2025.

The commission meets at 3 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

The positions will remain open until filled.

To apply, visit sequimwa.gov/214/Boards-Commissions-Committees, download and complete the application for appointment, and send it along with a letter of intent and resume by email to the city clerk at clerk@sequimwa.gov, or mail your application to: City of Sequim, Attn: City Clerk, 152 West Cedar Street, Sequim, WA, 98382.

Music on tap at Wind Rose

Check out live music this month at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St. The lineup for this months’ remaining performances include:

• 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 20 — Jason Paul & Friends

• 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 — Ahmann Brothers Band (rock)

• 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 27 — Jason Paul & Friends

• 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 28 — Sarah Shea with Jason Paul (vocal jazz)

• 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 — Hannah Hockett (rock)

Call 360-681-0690 or visit windrosecellars.com for more information.

Ghostlight Production prepping ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Ghostlight Productions is bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” to the stage in Sequim in July.

Tickets are available now (at glp.ludus.com/index.php) for the show that opens July 12 and runs for nine more performances through July 27. All performances take place at the Sequim High School auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave. The show is appropriate for audiences ages 8 and older.

The production is directed and choreographed by Anna Pederson, with music direction by John Lorentzen. The production stars Mark Lorentzen as Judas, Shahida Shahrir Melon as Mary Magdalene, and Jeremy Pederson in the title role. They are joined by an insanely talented company of actor/singer/dancers and a live onstage orchestra.