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.
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.
Tags: holidays, taproot theatre, theater
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.
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.
Tags: art, artwalk, Couth Buzzard Books, Empty Sea Studios, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle Folklore Society, taproot theatre, The Not-Its!, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church
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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September 20th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre‘s latest production, “The Matchmaker,” opens this week.
The Matchmaker promises a story of love, adventure and humor with heart. Thornton Wilder’s hit comedy about love, money and the love of money has matchmaking busybody Dolly Levi brokering true love for a wealthy businessman. Will anyone get what their heart desires? Unlikely circumstances and hilarious complications bring surprises at every corner in this play that inspired Hello, Dolly!
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July 5th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre’s newest production, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” called “Illyria,” opens on July 12 and runs through Aug. 10. It’s recommended for ages 8 and up.
This musical adaptation of Twelfth Night has all the hilarious hijinks and unrequited love of Shakespeare’s famous comedy. A mistaken identity sets off a chain of events that has everything topsy-turvy. As these classic characters sing of romance and shenanigans, you’ll be transported to a mythical land of love.
This adaptation translates Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night into contemporary language, turning the soliloquies into songs. By doing this, the musical maintains Shakespeare’s poetic sense while making it approachable for those who are intimidated by Shakespeare and presenting a new perspective for those who are already fans.
Mark Tyler Miller and Helen Harvester in “Illyria.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.
“Illyria” is directed by Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund; music director is Edd Key. The cast includes Jenny Cross, Don Darryl Rivera, William Hamer, Helen Harvester, David Anthony Lewis, Mark Tyler Miller, Simon Pringle, Randy Scholz, Daniel Stoltenberg and April Wolfe.
Tags: Illyria, taproot theatre
June 4th, 2013 by Doree
The mural that once covered the wooden fence where four Greenwood businesses were destroyed in a 2009 arson, has been reborn at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse’s new beer garden.
The so called “arson mural” was created by local artists as a sign of hope and rebirth for the neighborhood, after more than a dozen arsons terrorized the neighborhood over the course of several months. The worst arson destroyed four restaurants next to Taproot Theatre, which owned the building housing those restaurants. Taproot built a fence to cover the scarred ground from view, and artists painted a mural depicting neighborhood scenes, such as the Greenwood Car Show and a firefighter saving a cat, plus a phoenix rising from the flames.
The mural was taken down when Taproot began work on a new building in that space. That new building will house a second theater, scene shop, offices and a cafe. Taproot’s addition will open late this summer.
Tags: arson, arson mural, beer garden, mural, Naked City Brewery, taproot theatre
May 13th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre opens its month-long run of “Bach at Leipzig” this weekend, with previews on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There’s also a Pay What You Can performance on May 22.
Imagine, Leipzig, 1722. Germany’s most renowned music director is dead at the keyboard. As the country’s greatest organists descend to vie for the job, melodies of rivalry, trickery and blackmail compose a fugue of plots and counterplots. Rooted in history but reveling in flights of fiction, Bach at Leipzig is deliciously scored with wild and witty revelations.
Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St.
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April 2nd, 2013 by Doree
Method Prefab began delivering the first of Taproot Theatre‘s 21 modules yesterday for its expansion in downtown Greenwood. Originally scheduled to take three days to place all those modules, Taproot Marketing Director Nikki Visel told me this morning they’re on track to be finished by this afternoon.
Crews get the administrative offices module ready for lifting just after 10 this morning, while Taproot Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte gives an interview.
Then it’s slowly hoisted off the flatbed truck.
The crane swings it over towards its new home.
It’s almost in position.
Less than five minutes after being hoisted off the flatbed, the office module is in place.
This is what the new building looks like from the front, as of 11 a.m.
Each module has windows, doors and molding already in place, and the bathroom and kitchen modules already have plumbing, tile, sinks, toilets, etc.
It will take about six weeks to finish joining all the modules, then a couple of months of finish work inside. Visel says Taproot plans a big community celebration when the new building opens sometime in August.
Tags: construction, Method Prefab, taproot theatre
April 1st, 2013 by Doree
The first set of modular components of Taproot Theatre‘s expansion are being set in place today in downtown Greenwood.
Here’s that same box being carefully lined up with the piece below.
Three more pieces were waiting on Palatine Avenue near the corner of North 87th Street at 1:30 this afternoon. The one on the right says “Roof Deck.”
And three more were around the corner on 87th.
And here the crews get the hoist ready to lift another piece into place.
The rest of the 21 modules will be delivered Tuesday and Wednesday. It will take construction crews about six weeks to fully join the pieces together. The new building (housing a second theater, scene shop, dressing room, offices and a cafe) is expected to be open sometime in August.
The building replaces the empty lot left after the 2009 arson destroyed the Eleanor Roosevelt building, which housed four restaurants.
Tags: construction, taproot theatre
March 26th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre‘s newest production, “The Whipping Man,” asks difficult questions about slavery, war and freedom.
Ryan Childers, William Hall, Jr. and Tyler Trerise. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.
Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves are left to observe Passover together in the wake of the Civil War, prompting the challenging examination and reconciliation of the past while revealing the fear and uncertainty of venturing into a new future. This is a poignant play that The New York Times experienced as, “Haunting, striking, and powerful.”
The show opens on Friday and runs through April 27, with previews this Wednesday and Thursday.
Note: According to Taproot, this play contains profane language and vivid descriptions of war and slavery. It is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Tags: Civil War, freedom, slavery, taproot theatre, The Whipping Man, theater
January 30th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre’s expansion is coming along, as crews get the site ready for the modular construction building to be installed sometime this summer.
The back side of Taproot Theatre’s existing building is on the right.
Taproot’s Producing Artistic Director, Scott Nolte, tells me the plan is for the new building to be finished in late summer. With modular construction, the building components are completed offsite, then installation and finish work takes about four to six weeks.
The expansion takes the place of the former Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which housed four restaurants and burned in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson. The new building will include a second theater, dressing rooms, offices, scene workshop and a café and wine bar at 208 N. 85th Street.
If you’re wondering about the huge mural that was installed along the construction fence two months after the arson, Nolte said it is currently in storage, waiting for someone to come forward with a new site for it. Nolte said the mural would likely need to be touched up by the artists first.
The mural used to cover most of the length of the construction fence.
Tags: arson, mural, taproot theatre
January 29th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents “Jeeves in Bloom” from Feb. 1-March 2 (previews Wednesday and Thursday).
Randy Scholz, Matt Shimkus and Aaron Lamb. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.
Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse…
Wodehouse’s Jeeves series is considered by many to be some of the most humorous writing in the English language. The characters rose in popularity and were made infamous in the 1990’s BBC comedy series, Jeeves and Wooster, starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. The Jeeves character also inspired the phrase “right ho, Jeeves” and the internet search engine, askjeeves.com. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was a master of English prose who was admired by his contemporaries and successors alike.
Taproot Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom is directed by Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund and features Matt Shimkus as Jeeves and Aaron Lamb as Bertie Wooster, accompanied by the talented Marianna de Fazio, Stephen Grenley, Parker Matthews, Kim Morris and Randy Scholz. The production team includes scenic and sound designer Mark Lund, costume designer Sarah Burch Gordon and lighting designer Roberta Russell. Micah Lynn Trapp serves as stage manager, Christine Marie Brown as dialect coach and Tina Polzin as dramaturg.
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