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Que Sera comes to Bainbridge Island

Kristi King as Doris Day. - Jim Dorothy photo
Kristi King as Doris Day.
— image credit: Jim Dorothy photo

For nearly 70 years, Doris Day has been stunning the world with her talents. Her songs have become as legendary as her persona.

This weekend, islanders can experience some of that legend.

Que Sera, a tribute to Doris Day, comes to the island Saturday, June 23.

The show is one that has been a lifetime in the making.

"For me, she's always been one of my all-time favorite singers and movies stars," said Kristi King. "I grew up listening to her."

Day was one of the inspirations that led King to become the professional singer she is today. Owning every album ever produced and every film Day stared in, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that King was highly influenced by her.

"I became a professional singer, and throughout the years of my career I was told that I looked and sounded like her," King said. "I always thought that I would do some kind of tribute to her."

That tribute is "Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day," a performance that King tailored to honor the legendary singer and actress.

The production has been so successful that it has sold out every performance so far, including a show at the impressive, 300-seat Venetian Theater in Hillsboro, Ore.

The two-part performance is somewhat of a musical review. The audience is in for more than a mere concert of Day's work, however.

With help from the Northwest's own Hans Brehmer Quartet, King takes the audience on a journey beginning with start of Day's career. Instead of just pounding out song after song, King will appear as Day herself, and speak in her persona. Complete with costume changes and 20 songs spanning Day's career, King will impart a greater, more personal sense of Day.

"Not only do they get to enjoy 20 of her greatest hits throughout the show, they get to know how she started," King said.

The real Doris Day currently lives in Carmel, Calif. In September, King hopes to be able to personally present the celebrated singer a check drawn from 10 percent of the Que Sera's combined proceeds. The funds will go to the Doris Day Animal Foundation — a cause close to the famed performer's heart.

For many, like King, it is Day's talent, charm and originality that has been so attractive all these years.

"She's always been such a wonderful person, you never hear a bad thing about her," King said. "And she was so beautiful, and she really was not given nearly the attention or admiration, at the time, that she deserved."

Que Sera will come to the auditorium of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance through www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006, extension 1. 

 

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