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Free music nights at Stage Door Café in February

February 3rd, 2016 by Doree

The Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St., at Taproot Theatre offers free music on Monday nights in February. The café’s full dinner menu is available during the concerts, along with beer and wine.

Hanschen & Ilse are Seattle actor-musicians Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland. Hanschen and Ilse are also characters out of Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening, characters who sought fulfillment beyond the confines of their present society. Justin and Kirsten appeared on stage together for the first time since college in Balagan Theatre’s Seattle premiere of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s adaptation of Spring Awakening as Hanschen and Ilse. Justin and Kirsten met at Pacific Lutheran University where they each earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Since graduating, they’ve appeared together on Seattle stages in Spring Awakening, Avenue Q (Balagan Theatre), Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and Grease (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

Stage Door Café invites you to live music with one of Seattle’s “boldest unheard of voices” (Northwest Music Scene). Combining hammered dulcimer, guitar, and piano with layered vocals and synth beats, Ninjanun delivers a folktronica twist to a quirky pop style. Her songs are just as likely to speak of the cosmos and comic books as they are to romanticize relationships.

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.: IvyLane

Stage Door Café invites you a free music event with the musical combination of the skilled and eclectic Ivan Lee with the talented and effervescent Elaine Skeffington. With a growing fan base throughout the area, this Seattle area-based duo is a potent match of vocal and guitar talent resulting in not just the expected harmonies and repertoire, but also a consistently unique and engaging knack for re-arranging familiar tunes into IvyLane-itized versions!

Add to this the reputation for their wry and spirited stage presence, these two are a rare and special musical match. With a blend likened to Lady Antebellum and Pink Martini, they tackle everything from Yes to The Civil Wars and Jason Mraz to Squeeze & everything in between (even Nirvana!) with impressive musicianship & wit.

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Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café hosts free music nights

January 5th, 2016 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St., is hosting a series of free music nights this month with local musicians David Johnson, Alek White, Ginny Holladay, Ethan Jessee, Alanna Gordon, Melanie Hampton and award-winning musician Jessie Siren. The café offers beer from Naked City Brewery, plus wine, espresso, and a full dinner and lunch menu.

Monday, Jan. 11, 5-7 p.m.: Family-friendly music with David Johnson. “Combining melodic arrangements on guitar & piano with grippingly honest lyrics, David’s music is unique and thoughtful. His style has been likened to Nick Drake, Joan Baez and Elliot Smith.”

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m.: Taproot Showcase with Alek White, Ginny Holladay, Ethan Jessee, Alanna Gordon and Melanie Hampton.

Monday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.: Jessie Siren. “Jessie has been composing since she was 9 years old. Her music tells stories of heartbreak and love, life and loss. Jessie was voted Best Local Musician in 2015 on KING5’s Best of Western Washington.”

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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’s Stage Door Café hosting jazz night and Santa on Dec. 21

December 10th, 2015 by Doree

Stage Door Café, part of Taproot Theatre, at 208 N. 85th St., is hosting a night of live jazz, cookie decorating and a special visit from Santa from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21.

Pictures with Santa (bring your own camera) and cookie decorating are from 4-5 p.m. (cookies and frosting can be purchased from the Stage Door Café). Then from 5-7 p.m. there will be live jazz from Taylor Zickefoose.

Zickefoose has worked with some incredible musicians and has won 9 international awards. This past February, she was selected as the Adult winner of the 2015 Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Contest, winning the opportunity to perform again in Kobe, Japan. Having won the High School Division in 2012, Zickefoose is the only individual to have won both divisions. After completing two years at Central Washington University, she is now in Graz, Austria studying vocalist jazz with Dena DeRose.

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Taproot Theatre announces 40th anniversary season

October 29th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., has announced the lineup for its upcoming 40th anniversary season, starting in January. Season subscriptions for three or five plays are now available; single tickets go on sale in January.

Silent Sky | January 27 – February 27
At the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt has dreams as big as the starlit sky, but women can’t touch the telescope at Harvard Observatory. With irrepressible brilliance, Henrietta pushes earthly boundaries to discover a universe larger than even she imagined, changing the way science views space forever. A true story of discovery, Silent Sky invites you to revel in the magic of the universe on this historic journey of love, family, science and determination.

Cotton Patch Gospel | March 23 – April 23
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. You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to stand up and dance when the music plays and the action begins in Cotton Patch Gospel.

The Realization of Emily Linder | May 11 – June 11
Retired college professor Emily Linder knows the time of her death and she’s pulling out all the stops. Summoning her daughters to share her news, she has a list for them to accomplish within the week. As they scurry to fulfill her every whim, a new caregiver calls Emily’s bluff and teaches her a lesson or two. Pull up a chair, find the remote and get ready to laugh at this quirky comedy about an eccentric family’s preoccupations, recognitions and realizations.

Big Fish | July 6 – August 13
Edward Bloom has 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 as a son fishes for the answer to the looming question: Is Edward Bloom a lunatic, a liar or a living legend?

Joyful Noise | September 21 – October 22
George Fredrick 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.

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City Council Districts 5 and 6 candidates forum is tonight at Taproot Theatre

October 12th, 2015 by Doree

A reminder that tonight (Monday) Greenwood Community Council is hosting a candidates forum for City Council Districts 5 and 6 beginning at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre‘s Isaac Studio, 212 N. 85th St. District 5 generally covers Greenwood north of 85th Street, while District 6 generally covers the area south of 85th Street.

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Taproot Theatre presents ‘Dracula’ Sept. 23 – Oct. 24

August 24th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s next production is “Dracula,” which Taproot regular Nathan Jeffrey has adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker.

The battle between light and dark erupts in a brand new adaptation of this classic thriller. Far from the romanticized vampires of recent years, this monster is a dire threat to humanity. Dracula lurks in the shadows, plotting to prey on the people of England. As night falls over London, intrepid heroes join forces to defeat him with the only weapon he fears — a heart willing to sacrifice everything.

“Dracula” runs from Sept. 23-Oct. 24 at 204 N. 85th St. It is recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Aaron Lamb and Melanie Hampton in “Dracula.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

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Taproot Theatre extends ‘Godspell’ to Aug. 22

August 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., has extended its run of “Godspell” by one week, through Aug. 22.

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Tyler Todd Kimmel, Bethanie Russell, Jessi Little, Mike Spee, Ryan Childers, Daniel Stoltenberg, Michael James Adams, Simon Pringle, Katherine Jett and Asha Stichter. Photo by Erik Stuhuag.

“Godspell,” first performed in 1971, is a modern take on Jesus and his apostles. Taproot’s musical is set in Pike Place Market.

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‘Godspell’ opens at Taproot Theatre this week

July 6th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s latest production, “Godspell,” opens this week, with previews on Wednesday and Thursday and opening night on Friday. It runs through Aug. 15.

Fresh. Fabulous. Fun. You’ve never seen a Godspell like this one. Set against the backdrop of Seattle’s public market, our multi-talented cast sings, dances and plays their own instruments as they tell this high-energy, re-imagined story of loyalty, laughter and unconditional love. Join the celebration—it’s summer in Seattle!

The cast includes Ryan Childers, Katherine Jett, Tyler Todd Kimmel, Jessi Little, Sara Porkalob, Simon Pringle, Bethanie Russell, Mike Spee, Asha Stichter and Daniel Stoltenberg. “Godspell” is directed by Karen Lund.

Tickets are available online, by calling the box office at 206-781-9707, or in person at 204 N. 85th St.

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Bethanie Russell, Mike Spee and Asha Stichter in “Godspell.” Photo by John Ulman, courtesy Taproot Theatre.

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