Port Orchard movie premiere brings out the local stars

Downtown Port Orchard was ablaze with light and sound Saturday night, as the world premiere of a TV movie based on Debbie Macomber's "Mrs. Miracle" took place at the Historic Orchard Theater.

The event was a benefit for the South Kitsap High School Band and the Port Orchard Library. It raised more than $5,000 to be shared by these two causes, according to event coordinator Shannon Childs.

Upon leaving the theater, audiences were led down Bay Street by the band, which played a selection of Bon Jovi songs.

Aside from Macomber, who is flying to New York to participate in national promotion, the event hosted two of the movie's actors. As part of the festivities, 8-year-old actors Michael Strusievici and Valin Shinyei, who portray twins in the movie attended.

Both kids were thrilled by the attention, and were asked to sign copies of the "Mrs. Miracle" book that was distributed to attendees.

The event benefited from community volunteerism. The theater donated the space, while the Hidden Treasures Bed and Breakfast provided lodging for the family. And to end the evening, Amy's on the Bay comped the families' meal.

The movie was scheduled to show simultaneously on both theater screens, but a technical glitch delayed the showing in the smaller theater. The projector overheated due to heat from the auditorium rising into the projection room. Upon determining the problem, City Councilman Jerry Childs rushed home and returned with a portable fan, which solved the problem. As a result, the second group arrived to the cocktail reception about 20 minutes after the first.

"I loved it," said Rep, Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) after the showing. “I'm a 'Christmas bug' and I thought it was absolutely amazing. I was so impressed that we could have a local with an imagination like this, and she's right here in Port Orchard."

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