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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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‘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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