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Taproot Theatre extends ‘Relativity’ by one more weekend

October 11th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre has extended its run of Mark St. Germain’s period drama about Einstein, “Relativity,” by three performnces.

The added shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Candace Vance and Dennis Bateman. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, courtesy of Taproot Theatre.

 

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‘Relativity’ opens at Taproot Theatre Sept. 20

September 13th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre ends its season with the period drama “Relativity,” running Sept. 20 through Oct. 21. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.

In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Fast forward to 1948 – as an insistent reporter searches for answers to Einstein’s secrets, she discovers that not everything adds up.

The show’s cast includes Dennis Bateman as Albert Einstein, Candace Vance as Margaret Harding and Pam Nolte as Miss Dukas.

Candace Vance, Pam Nolte and Dennis Bateman in “Relativity” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Discounted previews are Sept. 20-21, with opening night Sept. 22. Midweek matinees are at 2 p.m. Sept 26 (with post-play discussion, 2 p.m. on Oct 4, and 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 (with guided post-play discussion). There’s a Pay What You Can performance on Sept. 27.

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Taproot Theatre extends run of ‘Persuasion’

July 19th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre has extended the run of its current production, the world premiere musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”

Additional performances have been added on Aug. 23-26.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 206-781-9707 or in person at 204 N. 85th St. Group tickets are available for groups of 8 or more by calling 206-781-9708 or online.

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World Premiere musical based on Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ opens July 12 at Taproot Theatre

July 6th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents the world premiere of Harold Taw and Chris Jeffries’ musical based on Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” from July 12 through Aug. 19. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.

“Persuasion” was part of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s inaugural NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals in 2015, and then was workshopped at the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop in 2016.

Cayman Ilika, Nick DeSantis and Matthew Posner in “Persuasion.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

“Hope is the most tenacious thing.” Jane Austen’s final novel soars to life in this ravishing new musical about love, longing and second chances. Years ago, Anne Elliot was persuaded to abandon true love but now her past mistakes and long-lost hopes have returned. Can she summon the courage to follow her heart?

Lower-priced previews are July 12-13, with opening night on July 14. There’s a midweek matinee at 2 p.m. on July 18, with a post-play discussion, plus post-play discussions following Wednesday night performances (excluding the preview). Pay What You Can is at 7:30 p.m. July 19, and there’s no performance on Wednesday, July 26, due to the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

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‘Room Service’ opens at Taproot Theatre this week

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., opens its 2017 season this week with the comedy “Room Service” by John Murray and Allen Boretz.

Madcap mishaps and little lies take on lives of their own as a theatrical troupe chases their dream of Broadway. Or Off-Broadway. Make that Off-Off-Broadway. Laugh yourself silly with this hit comedy that inspired a Marx Brothers classic.

“Room Service” opens for previews on Wednesday and Thursday, with opening night on Friday. It runs through March 4. It is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Laura Lee Caudill, Christopher Morson and Bill Johns in “Room Service.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Special dates for the production include: Post-play discussions with theater staff and cast members after every Wednesday performance and after the midweek matinee performances on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 7 at 2:00pm.; Pay-What-You-Can performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (limited number of $10 tickets available at noon that day, with name-your-own-price beginning at 5 p.m.); Intergenerational Matinee at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 ($10 student/chaperone tickets, play guides and a guided post-play discussion); Senior Matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 and March 1.

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Taproot Theatre presents ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ with sensory friendly performances

November 17th, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s holiday production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 28 in the Isaac Studio, 204. N. 85th St.

This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! 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.

Molli Corcoran & Benjamin Wippel in Taproot Theatre’s 2015 production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Molli Corcoran & Benjamin Wippel in Taproot Theatre’s 2015 production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

All daytime performances (1 p.m. and 4 p.m.) are for all ages: evening performances (7 p.m.) are for ages 5 and up.

Special sensory-friendly performances are at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 10, with increased lighting, lower sound levels, a smaller audience to allow patrons space for movement, the ability to bring in tablets or other electronic devices to be used with headphones, and the option to bring in special seating devices and fidget toys.

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Woodland Park Players information meeting and auditions for ‘Guys and Dolls’

November 3rd, 2016 by Doree

Woodland Park Players neighborhood community theater group is holding an informational meeting and auditions for its new production of “Guys and Dolls.”

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at West Woodland Elementary, in the library, for anyone interested in learning more about being a part of the cast, crew or orchestra.

Auditions will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at West Woodland Elementary. Sign up here.

Rehearsals begin Jan. 9 with performances March 17-18 at Roosevelt High School.

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Taproot Theatre presents ‘The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge’ this holiday season

October 27th, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s holiday show is Mark Brown’s “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30.

In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive? Full of laughter and goodwill, this is a delightful twist on Dickens’ classic tale.

Steve Manning and Nolan Palmer in "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge." Photo by John Ulman, Taproot Theatre.

Steve Manning and Nolan Palmer in “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.” Photo by John Ulman, Taproot Theatre.

Post-play discussions with Taproot cast members and staff are after every Wednesday performance and after the Midweek Matinee performances at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 is Pay-What-You-Can, with a limited number of $10 tickets available at noon in person or by phone; beginning at 5 p.m. that day, tickets are name-your-own-price for in-person purchase only.

An Intergenerational Matinee is at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 for $10 for student/chaperone tickets, play guides and a guided post-play discussion. Tickets not available online.

Senior Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 21 for those 62 and older. Tickets not available online.

A special Dinner and Theatre Package is available on Dec. 7 and 8. Tickets for Dec. 7 are $75 per person; tickets for Dec. 8 are $80 per person (includes dinner, performance by the Dickens Carolers and ticket to “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”). Tickets not available online.

Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St. The Box Office phone is 206-781-9707.

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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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