Seattle Men’s Chorus

Here’s something to tickle your funny bone: the Seattle Men’s Chorus interpretations of some of the funniest musical works that were (not so coincidentally) either written, directed or performed by some this country’s most hilarious gay men. On June 21st, the Seattle Men’s Chorus will treat Bremerton to Comedy Tonight – a concert of familiar works adapted from the likes of The Marx Brothers, Stephen Sondheim, Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, and Noel Coward.
Comedy Tonight features Captain Smartypants (aka the Pants), the Seattle Men’s Chorus’ nine-man vocal comedy ensemble.  Captain Smartypants was formed in 2000 by Seattle Men’s Chorus Assistant  Artistic Director Eric Lane Barnes. They have but one goal: to make you laugh while creating exquisite harmony.

With baritones, bass-baritones and tenors in the group, “sometimes we’re a unit of nine guys, but about half the time the guys are performing as individuals,” Barnes said. “What I like is throwing new thoughts at Smartypants. As of yet, we haven’t found anything we can’t do.

Barnes spent 15 years in Chicago working in musical theater, directing and writing shows, and with ensembles for the Windy City Gay Chorus before Dennis Coleman, the artistic director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus, hired him to run Captain Smartypants   After a few tries at a name, Barnes fixed on Captain Smartypants, based on the childhood taunt, which has inevitably provoked laughs. “We do some serious things, but we’re primarily about the comedy and the theater,” Barnes said. “My style is to get the audience on your side with comedy. We don’t do anything serious in the show until we’ve got the audience laughing for a long time.”

Captain Smartypants has gained a reputation for telling it like it is, telling it like it isn’t, and telling it like it probably never will be. Part improv-comedy troupe, part a capella showcase, part vaudeville extravaganza, these boys sing and dance like the lovechild of ‘N Sync and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. 

Tom Carlisle, a “Pants” member, had been a member of Seattle Men’s Chorus on and off since 1982. To be accepted into one of the largest choral groups of its kind in the U.S. “was a huge milestone,” he said. “The chorus became my surrogate family, and that’s true with a lot of guys that join,” Carlisle said. “It not only provides a musical outlet, it provides a spiritual, emotional and social outlet.”

Comedy Tonight marks the 11th anniversary of Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus concerts in Bremerton, sponsored over the years by the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) and other community groups.

Ann Lovell, of KUUF’s Board of Trustees, remembers “When we first started, we had to have police back stage.  For several years, we would call the police to let them know we had had some threatening phone calls so they would patrol while the chorus was here.”

“This doesn’t happen anymore.  This community is not the same because of these concerts.  Bremerton and Kitsap County are better places for gay and lesbian folks and their families. Some of that directly relates to having the choruses come and entertain everyone.”

KUUF is making special arrangements so that important parts of the community can attend Comedy Tonight.  Complimentary tickets are being distributed to peninsula Gay Straight Alliance high school groups and to the Kitsap County HIV/AIDS Foundation for clients and families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

About the Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus

Founded in 1979, the internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus, along with Seattle Women’s Chorus (founded in 2002), are the largest community choruses in America; and the largest gay choruses in the world. Flying House Productions, home of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, ranks third among the state’s music organizations with over 300 members of SMC and over 200 members of SWC. Their mission is to entertain, enlighten, unify and heal our audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and  their relationships.


Roller Vixens Sponsor Pride

The Slaughter County Roller Vixens, Kitsap’s own Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League has signed on as a sponsor for the 2008 Kitsap Pride event.  We’re excited to have them be a part of our celebration of diversity. Check out their website or MySpace page for more information.  Read on for information about this weekends bout.

Derby Summer Bout

Date/Time: May 31, 2008
Time: Doors: 5:00pm Bout Begins: 6:00pm
Admission: Tickets
Location: Sk8Town
Street Adr: 1501  Piperberry
City: Port Orchard
Zip: 98366
Notes: Double Header featuring the Terrormedixxx vs the Rainy City Roller Dolls and the Death Rattle Rollers vs the Rockin’Roulettes.


Schedule 2009

TIME   Main Stage sponsored by Red Star Details 
 Noon Opening/DJ Music   
 1:00  The Royal Knights – Tacoma’s Drag Kings  
 1:45  Inga Nova – Local Folk Musician  
 2:00  Pride Committee’s Welcome   
 2:15  Guest Speakers – TBA  
 2:30  Kim Archer Band – Heavy Soul & Groove 
 3:15  Drag Queens  
 4:00  The Blue Mouseketeers – Tacoma’s Rocky Horror
 4:15  Poetry Slam  
 5:00  Closing

Pasta, Passion, and Pistols for Pride

We are pleased to announce a really fabulous way to support Kitsap Pride this year.  A Murder Mystery dinner on Saturday, June 7th.  The Italian dinner will be a great way to observe Roma Pride if you can’t make it to Rome this year for their Pride event.  The Murder Mystery will provide a punch of fun and a great way to interact with friends old and new.

We chose this event to bring people together.  Many of us have heard community members express a desire to get together like we would with bingo or movie nights in the past.  It should be a fun evening and murder won’t be the only surprise on the menu.

It won’t be your Granny’s Spaghetti and Meatballs.  We’re planning a terrific and traditional meal with lot’s of flair.  More menu details to come. 

Join us for dinner on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4418 Perry Ave NE  in Bremerton for this unique community event.

We have kept the price as low as possible and still hope to raise money for Kitsap Pride.  Tickets will be $20 at the door and $15 in advance.  We are expecting to sell out, so get your tickets early.  Seating is limited.

Get tickets from our volunteers, online or by sending a check to Kitsap Pride, PO Box 787, Bremerton, WA 98337.


View or Print the flyer here. 

Dine Out. Fight AIDS.

This year the Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation is trying the “Dining Out for Life” fundraiser with some local restaurants.  On April, 24 if you dine at one of our partner establishments, they will donate 30% of the check to KCHAF.  There are dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle has added Kitsap County as one if its neighborhoods and all the funds raised through local restaurants will stay here in Kitsap County.  Visit our website for the list of local restaurants. We are hoping to add a few more in the next few days.

The Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation advocates for those living with HIV/AIDS by offering assistance and education.  We provide a monthly communal meal, deliver free groceries and offer financial assistance.  We are about to launch Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong’s food program, here in Kitsap County next month.  This will be a boost to the quantity and quality of food our clients receive.

We also operate the Q center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-19.  The center is a safe space where we provide youth with information and resources to make healthy choices.  This program, based on HIV prevention, focuses on the whole person while developing self-esteem and decision making skills to reduce harm.  The center provides recreation, art & cultural opportunities, and a monthly meal to youth.  We also stock ready-to-eat items; free for those in need.  Our education and prevention curriculum includes topics such as: Body Image, Suicide Awareness, Safe Sex, Spirituality, Leadership and Self-Advocacy.


The Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to enhance the quality of life, respect, and dignity to those we serve while providing financial, emotional, social, and other support services, unavailable elsewhere, to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS; and to promote prevention and educational efforts to stop the transmission of HIV the virus that causes AIDS.


Sponsorships Available

The Kitsap Pride Network invites you to participate in the pride event at Evergreen Park in Bremerton on July 19, 2008 as a sponsor at this event.  This year’s theme is “Live Love Be”.   Last year approximately 500 people attended the event and we anticipate an even bigger turn-out this year.  Our team of volunteers will work hard to make your support of our event a positive and worthwhile experience.
The planning committee has developed sponsorship packages for this year’s event, which includes some benefits that could be of interest to you.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can indicate your interest now and ensure the advantages for you and your organization.  Sponsorships range from $1000 to $100.



A top-level sponsorship of $1000 ensures you have the best recognition by offering premium space for your logo & name in the program with recognition of your donation.  A description of your business/organization will be placed on our website with a link to your website.  You will be provided an opportunity to speak from the stage.  A vendor space with table & chairs will be made available to you with preferred advance reservation space.



A generous sponsorship of $500 offers great recognition with a logo & name listing of your donation in the program.  A description of your business/organization will be placed on our website with a link to your website.  A vendor space with table & chairs will be made available to you with preferred advance reservation space.



A sponsorship of $250 offers logo & name listing in the program with recognition of your donation.  A description of your business/organization will be placed on our website, a vendor space with table & chairs will be made available to you with advance reservation.



A sponsorship of $100 offers a name listing in the program and on our website with recognition of your support.  Plus, a vendor space with table & chairs.



A donation of $50 offers a name listing in the program and on our website.



A donation of $25 offers a name listing in the program and on our website.


If you are interested receiving the recognition of supporting the 2008 Kitsap Pride event and the benefits of this offer, please contact us.