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Announcing Auditions for Mary Poppins & Shrek

For over 100 years, The Mountaineers have kept up the centuries-old tradition of entertaining each other around the campfire. Today, we're proud to put on two productions each summer at our magical Kitsap Forest  Theatre. This summer we're showing two greats: Mary Poppins and Shrek. We hope you'll come out to enjoy the show, and read on to take part in these amazing productions. Read more…

Mary Poppins Opens May 24

Did you know that The Mountaineers have a penchant for the theatrical, dating back to our earliest days entertaining each other around the camp fires? Since 1923, The Mountaineers Players have been bringing quality outdoor theater to the people of Puget Sound. Read more…

Celebrate the Return of Salmon - November 14

Celebrate the return of the salmon to Kitsap County on Saturday, November 14 from 10am-2pm. Join us at this free event to watch migrating salmon and learn from fish biologists  on Chico Creek at the Mountaineers Kitsap Forest Theater and Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve. Read more…

Theater in the Wild

When I first learned The Mountaineers had a theater, I thought it was a bit strange. What does acting and drama have to do with mountaineering? The answer, in short, is community. Before forest access roads and rules that limit parties to 12, it was common for large groups of Mountaineers to spend days together just to get to where we now park our cars. To entertain each other in the evenings, animated camp-fire stories and performances, when organized with props, quickly became a type of theater. Read more…

Retro Rewind | Gardner's Purpose: 49 years of service with the Kitsap Forest Theater

The Mountaineers’ Kitsap Forest Theater is one-of-a-kind. Attendees take a winding, quarter-mile path through lush woodlands sprinkled with wild rhododendrons. At the trail’s end, almost as though designed by the forest itself, the theater rises from the greenery. Giant firs surround terraced seating, moss-covered bark forms theater wings, verdant ferns serve as footlights, and sunlight shines through the tree canopy to create spotlights. Read more…

Family Playtime At Kitsap Forest Theater

Last spring, I saw The Wizard of Oz at the Kistsap Forest Theater. When the first notes of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” hit, I was floored at the depth and talent coming out of the young woman singing. Everyone in the show impressed me, but the person playing Dorothy was so young and yet so professional. Where did she get her training, I thought? Where did she get her confidence to be on stage in front of hundreds of people? I learned a lesson I’ve learned many times in The Mountaineers: never underestimate the skill and dedication of volunteers. Yes, the Kitsap Forest Theater is run entirely by volunteers and is a part of The Mountaineers. Read more…