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Nymbol stars in two Fringe Festival shows at WICA

“Nymbol’s Secret Island,” staring Nymbol, comes to WICA in Langley on July 22 and 23. - Bill Cass photo
“Nymbol’s Secret Island,” staring Nymbol, comes to WICA in Langley on July 22 and 23.
— image credit: Bill Cass photo

“Nymbol’s Secret Island” comes to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. July 22 and 23 as part of the Whidbey Island Fringe Festival.

"Nymbol’s Secret Island," created by Sam and Bill Cass, tells the tale of Nymbolnuts, a 215-year-old boggart with a knack for mischief, and the fantastical creatures who inhabit his mystical island home. The show includes faeries’ pranks, marauding pirates, glib puppets, talented humans, aerial artistry, a questionable yarn or two, and beautiful music.

In addition to the original cast, there will be a special guest for both Langley performances, and surprise dancer or two will perform as well.

“It’s a bit of an old-fashioned word, but ‘spectacle’ is the best way to describe this show,” said Bill Cass.

“The costumes, special effects, the set and the songs are on an entirely different level from what people might expect from a show like this," he added. "It must be seen to be believed.”

Costumes are encouraged for the audience; come in your faerie finery or best pirate rags and be part of the experience.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youths.

The Fringe Festival is a series of events and classes through July 31.

Other festival events include Ariel Schmidtke, with “Death is the Beginning,” at 7:30 p.m. July 13.

Schmidtke, a South Whidbey High School graduate, returns to Whidbey with a two-person circus rife with dancing, theater, acrobatics, aerials and puppetry. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youths.

Students in the Intermediate Acting Summer Training Program will present “Anne of Green Gables” at 3 p.m. July 21 and July 22. All seats are $5.

Students in the Advanced Acting Summer Training Program will present “The Crucible” at 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 30, and at 3 p.m. July 31.

Written in the early 1950s, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” takes place in Salem, Mass. in 1692 and recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. All seats are $5.

WICA presents “West is West, or the Great American Camel Race” at 7 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Aug. 7.

“West is West” brings together seven misfits in the high Sierra town of Virginia City, Nev. in a show directed by Dwight Zehm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youths.

WIFF festival passes are $51. For tickets or more information, call WICA at 221-8268 or 800-638-7631 or visit

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