THEATER: New musical explores life in Blaine at the beginning of the last century

In a salty milieu of unruly fishermen, violent union activists, boisterous temperance fanatics, anti-Asian bigots, and grief-stricken mothers, can love blossom?

Inspired by real events, “Marina” illuminates the woes and wonders of life in Blaine, circa 1908.

Bellingham TheatreWorks presents the world-premier musical by Semiahmoo playwright Sandy Rood Wolf, with a live orchestra and music composed by former Bellingham musician Justin Melland, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Mark Kuntz returns to the Mount Baker to direct the ambitious musical that celebrates the redemptive power of love.

Starring Seattle actress Katherine Strohmaier as Marina, the brokenhearted proprietor of the Grubstake Cabaret, “Marina” explores what it took for one woman to survive the rowdy fishing industry along the Washington coast.

Tickets are $10, $17 and $24 at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com. More on the company and show: bellinghamtheatreworks.org.