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Annual SketchFest comedy festival comes to Greenwood

September 9th, 2016 by Doree

The comedy festival SketchFest is coming to Greenwood’s Pocket Theater, with performers from all over the country as well as Canada. SketchFest is the world’s first sketch comedy festival, founded in 1999.

This year’s event will bring talent from around the country, with a special showing of acts from Canada. Audiences can look forward to the wit of Ladies & Gentleman, recently seen on Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and at the Montreal Fringe Fest, as well as Winnipeg’s H.U.N.K.S., who have been tearing up the fringe circuit, garnering tons of acclaim (including a 4 star review from the CBC, who called them “among Winnipeg’s finest sketch brands”), in addition to over 25 other groups.

SketchFest has continued to make it a priority to attract diverse acts–and this year boasts the widest variety of performers yet. Los Angeles-based Blade Brown (which includes former Seattleite Myrone Sumner) recently won the 2016 L.A. Scripted Festival Sketch Cage Match Tournament and include members who are writers and performers from the CBS Diversity Showcase. Blade Brown calls themselves “a diverse group of performers that bring that urban slice of life theme to any sketch stage.” Deep Lez is an all queer-identifying group who have performed at Bumbershoot, Seattle SketchFest, and lesbian living rooms all over the Pacific Northwest.

The main shows are on Sept. 23-24 at the Annex Theater, but several preview events are at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.: 7 p.m. on Sept. 15; 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sept. 16-17; 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18; and 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

You can buy tickets online.

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Taproot Theatre presents ‘Joyful Noise’ Sept. 21 through Oct. 22

September 1st, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents “Joyful Noise” from Sept. 21 through Oct. 22. It is recommended for ages 11 and up.

Let us sing of greater things. George Frederick Handel is in crisis. His patron is dead, his operas are unpopular and he’s suffered public humiliation of his own making. From this ruin a joyous masterpiece is born. Witty, scandalous and based on the true story of the creation of Handel’s Messiah, this is a tale to inspire.

Taproot is excited to welcome Gregory Award winner and 2016 Gregory Award nominee Allison Standley (Village Theatre’s My Fair Lady) as Susannah Cibber and Gregory Award nominee Jim Gall (Book-It Rep’s Slaughterhouse-Five) as George Frederick Handel.

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William Kumma and Jim Gall in “Joyful Noise.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Taproot staff and cast members will conduct post-play discussions with the audience after every Wednesday performance (excluding the preview) and after midweek matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 5.

The 7:30 p.m. performance on Sept. 28 is pay-what-you-can, with a limited number of $10 tickets available at 12 p.m. that day, then name-your-price tickets available after 5 p.m. Purchases are in-person only, limit of four tickets per person.

At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, join Classical King FM’s Marta Zekan and other musicians as they discuss their favorite parts of Handel’s “The Messiah” and its history in “Conversation: Echo Through the Ages.” Tickets to this free event will be available at a later date.

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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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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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Woodland Park Players presents ‘Oklahoma’ at Roosevelt High March 18-19

March 1st, 2016 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s new musical theater group Woodland Park Players is presenting its first production, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic “Oklahoma!” on March 18-19 at Roosevelt High School auditorium, 1410 NE 66th St.

Tickets range from $15-$25 and are available online.

The Woodland Park Players is a brand new adult community musical theater company, which draws from the many known–and newly discovered–talents of Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Fremont and Green Lake. Open to any adult member of the Woodland Park community, the Players are not only actors, but also musicians, dancers, set-builders, costume designers and technical crew who live or work in the neighborhood.

Together, we are committed to keeping the arts alive by producing one family-friendly musical a year. We donate all proceeds to arts programs at our neighborhood public schools. Baked goods and drinks will be available in the lobby at both performances. To find out more or to become involved, contact producer Linda Joss, producer@woodlandparkplayers.org or visit us at woodlandparkplayers.org.

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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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Taproot Theatre adds 2 more all-ages performances of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

December 9th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre‘s all-ages performances of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are proving so popular, they’ve added two more. In addition to the extra show already announced for Dec. 19, the theater has added shows at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.

Children under age 5 and babes in arms are welcome at these special performances. Tickets are required for everyone. Tickets are available online, or by calling the box office at 206-781-9707.

Benjamin Wippel and Justin Huertas. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Benjamin Wippel and Justin Huertas. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic.

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