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‘Jeeves Intervenes’ opens at Taproot Theatre this weekend

May 12th, 2015 by Doree

Jeeves Intervenes” opens at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., this weekend, the sequel to last year’s very funny “Jeeves in Bloom.”

P.G. Wodehouse is back on the Taproot stage! Gertrude is eager to marry Bertie; Eustace is eager to marry Gertrude; and Aunt Agatha and Uncle Rupert are eager to see their nephews at the altar. While the scheming young men race to disaster the quick-witted Jeeves must devise their rescue. This delicious comedy is based on P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and the Hardboiled Egg.

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David Roby and Chris Ensweiler in “Jeeves intervenes” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Recommended for ages 8 and up, “Jeeves Intervenes” opens this Friday (with low-cost previews on Wednesday and Thursday) and runs through June 13. (A pay-what-you-can performance is on May 20.) Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the box office from 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by calling 206-781-9707.

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Taproot Theatre and Greenwood Senior Center present ‘The MemoryCare Plays’ this weekend

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center has partnered with Taproot Theatre and Full Life Care for a staged reading of award-winning plays about living with memory loss at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Each performance of  “The MemoryCare Plays” will be followed by a conversation with The University of Washington’s renowned memory loss expert, Dr. Soo Borson.

The shows will be in Taproot’s new Isaac Studio Theatre, 212 N. 85th St.

Tickets for the Friday performance are $50 for patrons, $100 for benefactors. Both include a preshow reception. Benefactors will receive a signed book by local author Esther Altshul Helfgott. The Saturday performances are $25 general, $15 seniors and students.

Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit ongoing arts programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

The MemoryCare Plays came about through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Noel and the MemoryCare organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The organization put out a call in 2012 for one-act plays that highlight the issues families face when a loved one suffers from dementia. The result was 91 submissions from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. The final scripts which comprise The MemoryCare Plays were selected by a juried committee based on the playwright’s insight and skill in communicating themes and ideas in a way that would deepen understanding for families, caregivers and the larger community.

The MemoryCare Plays received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards which honor the year’s best independently published books. The 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas. For more information go www.memorycareplays.org

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The MemoryCare Plays: Three one-act dramas about living with memory loss at Taproot Theatre

March 31st, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center has partnered with Taproot Theatre and Full Life Care for a staged reading of award-winning plays about living with memory loss at 7:30 p.m. on May 8 and 9. Each performance will be followed by a conversation with The University of Washington’s renowned memory loss expert, Dr. Soo Borson.

The shows will be in Taproot’s new Isaac Studio Theatre, 212 N. 85th St.

Tickets for the May 8 performance are $50 for patrons, $100 for benefactors. Both include a preshow reception. Benefactors will receive a signed book by local author Esther Altshul Helfgott. The May 9 performances are $25 general, $15 seniors and students.

Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit ongoing arts programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

About the MemoryCare Plays: The MemoryCare Plays came about through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Noel and the MemoryCare organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The organization put out a call in 2012 for one-act plays that highlight the issues families face when a loved one suffers from dementia. The result was 91 submissions from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. The final scripts which comprise The MemoryCare Plays were selected by a juried committee based on the playwright’s insight and skill in communicating themes and ideas in a way that would deepen understanding for families, caregivers and the larger community.

The MemoryCare Plays received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards which honor the year’s best independently published books. The 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas. For more information go www.memorycareplays.org

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Election forum is TONIGHT at Taproot Theatre

October 21st, 2014 by Doree

Don’t forget the election forum tonight (Tuesday) starting at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. It’s jointly hosted by four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  1. In favor of 1A: Laura Chandler, Preschool teacher/trainer
  2. In favor of 1B: Michael DeBell, for Seattle School Board member
  3. Opposed to both: Melissa Westbrook, Public education advocate
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  1. In favor: Shannon McCann, 3rd Year Special Ed. teacher
  2. Opposed: Jami Lund, Education policy analyst
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
  1. In favor: Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember
  • 8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  1. In favor: Elizabeth Campbell, Initiative sponsor
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates
  1. Senator: Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, incumbent); Sabrina Forbes (R)
  2. Representative, Position 1: Reuven Carlyle (D, incumbent – not confirmed); Leslie Klein (Republicanspirit – did not reply)
  3. Representative, Position 2: Gael Tarleton (D, incumbent – cannot attend); Paul Addis (Libertarian)
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe will be open before and after the forum.

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Election Forum Tuesday evening at Taproot Theatre

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

Four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge – are jointly hosting an election forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Please join your neighbors next Tuesday evening to make sense of ballot measures as the fall election closes in. The election forum gives you an opportunity to hear from the campaigns and ask them your questions.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
    8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates* have been invited to introduce themselves
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

*Not all candidates are able to attend

Space is generously provided by the Taproot Theatre. There is no charge to attend, but donations to offset the Taproot’s costs will be appreciated – and please plan to stop by Taproot’s Stage Door Cafe before or after the event.

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Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe grand opening is today

February 26th, 2014 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., is celebrating the official grand opening of its new Stage Door Café today. The café will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It also will serve theater patrons during intermission and after shows.

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The new Stage Door Cafe from the outside looking in. Photo by Miller Hull Partnership.

The café is on the ground floor of Taproot’s new addition, the Kendall Center, which replaces the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which was destroyed in an October 2009 arson.

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Taproot Theatre presents holiday show ‘Le Club Noel’

November 13th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s holiday show, “Le Club Noel,” is an original Christmas play by local playwrights and frequent Taproot performers Candace and Sam Vance.

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Candace Vance and Faith Russell. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Step into a 1930’s Parisian Cabaret and fall under the spell of Le Club Noel, where the band is hot and the songs sung by a beautiful chanteuse. Together they create music to awaken love in the coldest of hearts. With money scarce, and WWII on the horizon, this close-knit band of musicians reminds us that Christmas has always been a time for miracles.”

“Le Club Noel” runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 28, with low-price previews on Nov. 22-23.

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Artwalk, live music, theater in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

October 11th, 2013 by Doree

Plenty of fun in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar for more.

The monthly Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday night at nearly four-dozen Greenwood-Phinney art galleries and businesses. Corinna Sinclair will present her oil paint/mixed media creations at In The Red Wine Bar, 6510 Phinney Ave. N.

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Francine Seders Gallery’s October show is Philip Govedare’s “Distant Places” and “The Mt Waddington Reliquary” by Anna McKee (with sound by Steve Peters.) And it’s the opening reception for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition at the PNA, starting at 7 p.m. Check out the Artwalk website for a list of all participating venues and a map.

Family-friendly Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St.

Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the PNA in the Brick Building.

School Board member Sherry Carr is hosting a meeting with District II constituents from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr., in the Christian Education Building.

Kindiependent band The Not-Its! rocks Ridge Romp at the PNA in the Brick Building starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Keith Murphy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $15 general, $13 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price. Reserve seats online or call 206-528-8523.

A founding member of the ensemble Nightingale, a trio that broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music, Murphy’s direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Carolyn Cruso in a Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffee House Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Oktoberfester — The Whateverly Brothers concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Music Improv Workshop with Kenny Mandell, Lamar Lofton and Greg Campbell at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Empty Sea Studios presents Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire at 8 p.m. Saturday, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of the comedy “The Matchmaker,” which has been extended through Oct. 26.

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Taproot Theatre extends ‘Matchmaker,’ moves offices into new expansion

October 9th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., is extending its run of “The Matchmaker” by one week, through Oct. 26. This Thornton Wilder comedy about love and money inspired the Broadway hit “Hello, Dolly!”

“The Matchmaker” is Taproot’s final regular season play of 2013. Its holiday show, “Le Club Noel,” runs Nov. 22 through Dec. 28.

And the grand opening of Taproot’s expansion is almost here. The theater has announced it’s moved its administrative offices from down the street into the new building. The expansion also houses a second, smaller theater, plus a scene shop, dressing rooms and café. Taproot says the expansion will open to the public “soon.”

The Kendall Center expansion replaces the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which housed four restaurants and was destroyed by arson in October 2009.

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