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Showing posts from July, 2016

Theater Schmeater’s chamber musical draws new crowd

Getting audiences indoors takes effort in the summer months, which is why many theaters go dark in July and August or head to free outdoor festivals. At Theater Schmeater, they’re offering their second “chamber musical” to lure a new crowd to their space. To further combat Friday night traffic blues, they’re offering reduced ticket prices as an excuse to hang around downtown and head home a little later. Use ticket code “gridlock” at Brown Paper Tickets for their Friday only special deal.

The 2016 musical The Crossing documents a historic Amelia Earhart flight, but like all good Schmee productions, it’s not about the flight that you expect.

The brand-new, original musical documents Amelia’s successful crossing of the Atlantic, not her later fatal flight and disappearance in the Pacific. With music and lyrics by Paul Lewis, and a book by Paul Lewis and Carissa  Meisner Smit, the show is directed by Schmee’s artistic director Doug Staley.

“Her last flight has been told so many times be…

Mary VanArsdel returns to Seattle with a murderous gentleman

Following Mary VanArsdel’s rousing rendition of “You’re a D’Ysquith” on opening night at the 5th Avenue Theater, a definite friends and family cheer goes up from the audience. Currently in the national tour of “Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” her performances at the 5th will be her first time on a Seattle stage since 1987.

“But I visit Seattle regularly,” she said in a phone interview earlier this month. “I have a huge network of friends here.”

VanArsdel grew up in Seattle, attending the Bush School, and she returned here after college to star in the original cast of “Angry Housewives,” Seattle’s longest running musical hit. In it, VanArsdel played a punk rock cornflakes-throwing mama whose rendition “Eat Your F#@*ing Cornflakes!” became an instant classic. Locals also remember her wide-eyed Nancy Reagan in Gary Trudeau’s “Rap Master Ronnie” at the Group Theater.

More recently, she has been touring the company in large Broadway musicals like “Gentleman’s Guide.”

“I was in ‘…

Engaging the community through dance

Sixth Day Dance's July 10 performance of “Engage Dance, an (ab)Normality Production” will take place at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.  Local artists include director and choreographer Ron Smith, Syncopation Dance Project and choreographer MacKenzie Blue Tapia, and The Good Foot.

Founded in 2001 by Lyndee Breece, April Cunningham and Jen Rowse, Sixth Day Dance uses dance to impact others in a positive way. Currently, the company focuses on producing and performing dance concerts, providing community outreach to at-risk youth and disadvantaged individuals, and providing excellence in dance education through the Sixth Day Dance Apprentice Program.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. For more:

Jewell's fairy tales offer surprising endings

Along with Wooden O and Theater Schmeater, The 14/48 Projects is headed back to Seattle parks this summer. In “The Siblings Grimm,” Jakob and Wilhelmina Grimm travel from the past to test their gruesome fairytales. As Whilhelmina realizes the power of re-writing, she takes some well-known stories in unexpected directions.

“I absolutely cannot wait to share this play with Seattle families,” said playwright Jim Jewell. Directed by Gregory Award winner Shawn Belyea (assisted by David Goldstein), “The Siblings Grimm” features Sharon Barto, Andy Buffelen, Ben Burris, Rachel Delmar, Katie Driscoll, Jordi Montes, and Sarah Winsor.

2016 Performances
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival – Volunteer Park
July 9 and 10 at 2:00 pm
Double feature with Theater Schmeater’s Raggedy Ann & Andy – Volunteer Park July 16 and 17 at 3:30 pm
North SeaTac Park – SeaTac, WA July 20 at 6:30 pm
H.J. Carroll Park – Chimacum, WA July 24 at 2:00 pm
Open Space for Arts & Community – Vashon, WA July 31 at 2:00 pm