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This week: Sean Brannock: Breaking a leg for 20 years. BY JORDAN MONROE " Kids at Play, often seen on sweatshirts of Avalon's youth as K@P (with a backwards "K") shares with our community the magic of theater. But it goes much deeper than that as we sat down with Sean Brannock, founder and director of K@P, to find out the Scan Brannock valuable role that performing arts can have if you just take a chance blocking, and how to create char- and try. acters and present the show. For Islander: What is Kids At me what that means is writing the Play? script, developing the characters Scan: It is a non-profit chil- for each individual student. I also dren's theater company I started have a team of costume design- 20 years ago. I teach the kids ers, a set designer, a prop builder, under the guise of theater about children who do the lighting and self-esteem, self-importance, and sound and then throughout the life skills abourbeing kind to one performance weekend parents help another and to work together as a out by making and selling baked team. At the end of the 10-week goods. It takes a lot and we do it program we put on a production, in a short amount of time. and for the last 12 years I've writ- Islander: How much has the ten everything we've done. program grown over the last 20 Islander: What have you years? learned over the last 20 years do- Seam When I started 20 years ingthis? ago my first production had 11 stu- Scan- Actually I've learned so dents in it. I have been averaging much about myself. I've learned over the last 10 years between 35 to be patient, to be kinder and to and 50 students every show. We not take myself, or the work, too do two shows a year. A real bless- seriously. Because they are kids ing is that I've been doing this so and they are up there doing it long now that I have students who we've already won. I've learned their parents were also Kids At that I live in a very supportive and Play kids. amazing community that has real- Islander: What is the current ly encouraged us to continue to be production you are putting on? creative. You see the arts slowly Seam This production is called being stripped away from so many 'Another Tall Tale' and it is writ- schools and communities that it is ten by me. It's a story about an nice to see it alive and well here enchanted forest and all its in- after 20 years, habitants and five daughters of a Islander: What does it take to queen who are on a quest to find put on a K@P performance? . the answer to an ancient riddle. It Seam The clas.swork is 10 is showing the weekend of Nove. weeks long. The first five the kids 9, 10 and 11. Friday and Saturday work on an assignment and they at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2. Admission present that to their parents. Then ' is $6 for adults $4 for students and the second 5 weeks we work on the seniors. All the performances are actual production. For them what to be seen at the school auditori- that means is memorizing lines, um. -- ~.| ! Rest in Peace. Scotty Olimpio Borges Scoto Islander: When you are not creating worlds and stories for the kids to perform what do you do? Seam I am also the director at the High School for their theater The Seaway Compa[ly, Cata- lina Freight Line, and Pebbly Beach Building Suppl3~ family suffered a great loss at the unex- pected passing of one of our tug captains, Scott Scoto. Scotty, as he was kngwn, was department and I'm the Commu- born Olimpio Borges Scoto, in nity Services Director for the city of Avalon. I have been working for the city for the last 18 years. In that position we do everything from parades to Sporting events, things like Fall Fest that just hap- pened on Front Street. Islander: What is one of your favorite things about being in the community of Avalon? Scan: That is a hard one to .put my finger on. I just really believe Stockton on Oct. 13, 1946. He passed away, on Oct. 13, 2012, with his wife Dorothy by his side'. After graduation, Scotty joined the United States Marir~e Corps from Sept. 1964 to Sept. 1967. He was a sharpshooter, serving in Vietnam, returning home with the rank of E-5 Sergeant, and earning two Purple Hearts. He went on to work as .a corrections ture wasn't cooperating, he was known to say "I have to try; I got to get your food over there some- how." He was very well known in the maritime industry, on the East Coast, in the Caribbean, as well as the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. He ~pent over 30 years on the water. Scott is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dorothy; his daughter Jennifer; his grandson Grayson and his sons Mike and Scotty. that this community is supportive officer until beginning his years in so many ways. Of each other, on the water as a deckhand, then He also leaves behind his sisters of programs, I'm really glad I get captain. He worked for over 12 Susie and Darlene. His extended to be a part of that. I also feel like years at Pacific Tow, now known family includes t0 grandchildren my job has allowed me to do a lot as Foss Maritime. He e, ontinued and 15 great grandchildren. of work that focuses on the qual- on as captain,for Crowley Mari- Scotty was a very kind and ity of life for the residents of the time, and captain of the Research humble man, spoken very highly community. I think that is really and Recovery Vessel Recovery of by his past and present co- important, the quality of life of the One. Scott worked tbr Cata-. workers. He iS fondly remem- average citizen who enjoys making lina Freight Line for i~e last 10 bered for his love of cooking and this beautiful island their home and years, bringing all of Catalina's sharing his stories with all who community, and I'm really glad I freight and groceries to Avalon, crossed his path. Hew ill betmly get to be a part of that. rain or shine, When M~ther Na- missed by all who knew ~. Sherman J. Smith Jr. died peacefully at 96, on Oct. 25, 2012, in his son's home in Illinois where he resided for the past 6 years. He was born Sept. 20, 1916 in Spo- kane, Washington and moved to Catalina Island at age 2. He at- tended schools on the I'land un- gether Club met at the Pavilion til he moved to Los Angeles his years later for reunions. During senior year of High sc~ol. He WWII Sherman was drafted into graduated from Santa Monica the Army and finished a military High School and attended college career after serving 23 years, and there. He went on to US('. to study retired as a Major in the U.S. Air engineering.- Force. While serving overseas, he As a youth on Catalilm Island, met and married Vera M. Schia- he worked on the glass bottom vone from Rome, Italy. She pre- boats with his brother William R. ceded him in death, in 2003, after Smith. He obtained his captain 56 years of marriage. They had license for vessels up to 100 feet. three children, William R. Smith His parents.ran the local1 laundry, II, Sherman J. Smith III, who re- bath house and chili ~caf6. The side in Illinois and Charmaine C. Cubs trained there and b}efriended Smith-Warden of Idaho. Sherman Sherman. His brother,William left a legacy of eight grand chil- was a World War II veteran, Ma- dren and 15 great grand children. rine pilot who' now has a plaque Sherman, a lifetime VFW on the "sidewalk entry into Ava- member, will be laid to rest Thurs- Ion. The brothers were known as day, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. at Avalon Catfish" and Codfish. The Get To- Cemetery with military honors. Phase 2 workstarts " Phase 2 of the Avalon Roadway Improvement Program is begin- ning this next coming week, start- ing on Monday, Nov. 5. City officials anticipate the pro- cess will be completed in four da),s, weather permitting. This Phase 2 is the application of a specialized SlurrY Seal, which will produce a smooth surface, as well as a protective agent on our asphalt roadways. The application process will not take too long, however, the climate and weather conditions could hin- der our progress and thus, change our schedule. All residents and business own- ers affected by this roadwork will receive notification of the sched- ule. These notices will begin being delivered on Friday, Nov. 2. 8 1 Friday, November 2, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER