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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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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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