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Taproot Theatre’s musical “Big Fish” opens with previews tonight

July 6th, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s newest production is an adaptation of the musical “Big Fish” playing tonight (Wednesday) through Aug. 13, at 204 N. 85th St.

Every man wants to be a hero to his own son. Edward’s never been much of a dad, but as fantasy wages war with reality his tall tales of mermaids and giants may make his son a better man. Let yourself be reeled in by this adventurous and romantic musical based on the beloved novel and award-winning film.

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Tyler Todd Kimmel and Chris Ensweiler in “Big Fish.” Photo by John Ulman.

Post-play discussions by Taproot staff and cast members are after every Wednesday performance (excluding July 6) and after the midweek matinee at 2 p.m. on July 12.

Pay-What-You-Can performance is at 7:30 p.m. on July 13, with a limited number of $10 tickets available at noon in person or by phone. Beginning at 5 p.m. on PWYC day, tickets are name-your-own-price, in-person only, limit four tickets per person. Seating for PWYC performances is general admission with no reserved seating. If you have accessible seating needs, call the Box Office at 206.781.9707.

Seniors and students always receive a $5 discount off regularly priced tickets (except for previews or specially priced performances). Midweek matinee tickets are $20.

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Pay-What-You-Can at Taproot Theatre tonight for ‘The Realization of Emily Linder’

May 18th, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s pay-what-you-can performance for its new show “The Realization of Emily Linder” is tonight (Wednesday). $10 tickets are on sale this afternoon, with pay-what-you-can sales beginning at 5 p.m. at the box office at 204 N. 85th St. A $3 per ticket fee will be added to all credit and debit card sales). Limit four tickets per person.

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Charity Parenzini, Annelih GH Hamilton and Laura Kenny in “The Realization of Emily Linder.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Control is an illusion… Where’s the remote? Retired college professor Emily Linder summons her daughters to share her recent realization: she knows the precise time of her death. In this quirky comedic drama one eccentric family will amuse and surprise you with their preoccupations, recognitions and realizations.

Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey said, “Richard Strand [the playwright] captures a family dealing with the new challenges of an aging parent and the old rivalries of competitive siblings. This story’s honesty and hilarity will not only touch mothers and daughters and caregivers of aging parents, but everyone who has dealt with the difficulty of growing up and watching the world change drastically around them.”

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“The Realization of Emily Linder” up next at Taproot Theatre

May 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, at 204 N. 85th St., will premiere the regional debut of Richard Strand’s “The Realization of Emily Linder” from May 11 – June 11. It’s recommended for ages 14 and up.

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Charity Parenzini, Annelih GH Hamilton and Laura Kenny in The Realization of Emily Linder at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Control is an illusion… Where’s the remote? Retired college professor Emily Linder summons her daughters to share her recent realization: she knows the precise time of her death. In this quirky comedic drama one eccentric family will amuse and surprise you with their preoccupations, recognitions and realizations.

Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey said, “Richard Strand [the playwright] captures a family dealing with the new challenges of an aging parent and the old rivalries of competitive siblings. This story’s honesty and hilarity will not only touch mothers and daughters and caregivers of aging parents, but everyone who has dealt with the difficulty of growing up and watching the world change drastically around them.”

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Fundraising concert for Greenwood gas explosion at Stage Door Café Saturday

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Two local musicians will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St.

Singer songwriters Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane will perform. The show is free, with all donations going to the businesses affected by the blast. There also will be a $10 raffle for the chance to win tickets to a Taproot show and a gift certificate to the Stage Door Café.

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UPDATE: POSTPONED — Naked City Brewery fundraiser for Taproot Theatre on Wednesday

March 8th, 2016 by Doree

Update Wednesday: The fundraiser has been postponed until Thursday and will now benefit the businesses affected by Wednesday morning’s explosion.

Earlier: Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an all-day fundraiser Wednesday for Taproot Theatre, on its 40th anniversary. All proceeds from the purchase of the specially brewed Taproot Pale Ale will go directly to Taproot’s emergency fund, which was depleted after the theater racked up huge legal bills from a lawsuit related to construction of its addition after the 2009 arson. Additional donations are welcome.

A second fundraiser for Taproot is set for 5-9 p.m. Sunday, also at Naked City, with a live and silent art auction. All proceeds go to Taproot.

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Taproot Theatre’s upcoming production is revival of ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’

March 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre just wrapped up its run of “Silent Sky” and is now preparing for “Cotton Patch Gospel,” which runs March 23 through April 23. This is a revival of Taproot’s previous productions in 1994 and 2001. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.

Theresa Holmes, Benjamin Hunter, Randy Scholz, Sam Vance and Edd Key. Photo by John Ulman.

Theresa Holmes, Benjamin Hunter, Randy Scholz, Sam Vance and Edd Key. Photo by John Ulman.

It’s a rare play that can boast favorable reviews from both Rolling Stone and Christianity Today. That’s why we’ve revamped this bluegrass musical, based on the story of Jesus’ birth, and put it back on Taproot’s stage. Experience the soul-stirring power of excellent storytelling and inspiring music.

 

The cast features Taproot favorites Randy Scholz (Taproot Theatre’s Illyria, Village Theatre’s My Fair Lady) as Matthew, Theresa Holmes (Taproot Theatre’s Appalachian Christmas Homecoming), Edd Key (Taproot Theatre’s Appalachian Christmas Homecoming, Godspell), Sam Vance (Taproot Theatre’s A Charlie Brown Christmas) and Taproot newcomer Benjamin Hunter (CityArts 2016 Future List, 2015 WA Governor’s Arts & Heritage Young Arts Leader Award Recipient).

There’s a Pay What You Can performance at 7:30 p.m. on March 30; and post-play discussions with staff and cast members after every Wednesday performance (except for March 23), and after mid-week matinees at 2 p.m. on March 29 and 10 a.m. on April 6.

Tickets are on sale online or at the box office at 204 N. 85th St.

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Free music nights at Stage Door Café in February

February 3rd, 2016 by Doree

The Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St., at Taproot Theatre offers free music on Monday nights in February. The café’s full dinner menu is available during the concerts, along with beer and wine.

Hanschen & Ilse are Seattle actor-musicians Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland. Hanschen and Ilse are also characters out of Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening, characters who sought fulfillment beyond the confines of their present society. Justin and Kirsten appeared on stage together for the first time since college in Balagan Theatre’s Seattle premiere of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s adaptation of Spring Awakening as Hanschen and Ilse. Justin and Kirsten met at Pacific Lutheran University where they each earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Since graduating, they’ve appeared together on Seattle stages in Spring Awakening, Avenue Q (Balagan Theatre), Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and Grease (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

Stage Door Café invites you to live music with one of Seattle’s “boldest unheard of voices” (Northwest Music Scene). Combining hammered dulcimer, guitar, and piano with layered vocals and synth beats, Ninjanun delivers a folktronica twist to a quirky pop style. Her songs are just as likely to speak of the cosmos and comic books as they are to romanticize relationships.

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.: IvyLane

Stage Door Café invites you a free music event with the musical combination of the skilled and eclectic Ivan Lee with the talented and effervescent Elaine Skeffington. With a growing fan base throughout the area, this Seattle area-based duo is a potent match of vocal and guitar talent resulting in not just the expected harmonies and repertoire, but also a consistently unique and engaging knack for re-arranging familiar tunes into IvyLane-itized versions!

Add to this the reputation for their wry and spirited stage presence, these two are a rare and special musical match. With a blend likened to Lady Antebellum and Pink Martini, they tackle everything from Yes to The Civil Wars and Jason Mraz to Squeeze & everything in between (even Nirvana!) with impressive musicianship & wit.

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Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café hosts free music nights

January 5th, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St., is hosting a series of free music nights this month with local musicians David Johnson, Alek White, Ginny Holladay, Ethan Jessee, Alanna Gordon, Melanie Hampton and award-winning musician Jessie Siren. The café offers beer from Naked City Brewery, plus wine, espresso, and a full dinner and lunch menu.

Monday, Jan. 11, 5-7 p.m.: Family-friendly music with David Johnson. “Combining melodic arrangements on guitar & piano with grippingly honest lyrics, David’s music is unique and thoughtful. His style has been likened to Nick Drake, Joan Baez and Elliot Smith.”

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m.: Taproot Showcase with Alek White, Ginny Holladay, Ethan Jessee, Alanna Gordon and Melanie Hampton.

Monday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.: Jessie Siren. “Jessie has been composing since she was 9 years old. Her music tells stories of heartbreak and love, life and loss. Jessie was voted Best Local Musician in 2015 on KING5’s Best of Western Washington.”

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Tickets on sale Jan. 2 for Taproot Theatre’s ‘Silent Sky’

December 28th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents the first show of its 40th season beginning Jan. 29 with the northwest premiere of “Silent Sky.” It runs through Feb. 27, and is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Hana Lass in "Silent Sky." Photo by John Ulman, Taproot Theatre.

Hana Lass in “Silent Sky.” Photo by John Ulman, Taproot Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 2, 2016, through the box office at 206-781-9707 and online.

Let one scientist’s quest take you beyond the stars. At the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt maps the night sky, intent on measuring the distance to the stars. A true story, Silent Sky invites you to revel in the magic and romance of the universe with this history-making journey of love, family, science and determination.

Previews are Jan. 27 and 28; Pay-What-You-Can performance is Feb. 3. Post-play discussion with staff and cast members are held after every Wednesday performance (except for the preview), and after midweek matinees on Feb. 2 and Feb. 10.

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