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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.


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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Greenwood actress performing ‘The Two Step’ at The Pocket Theater

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood actress Christine Longé will perform her solo show, “The Two Step,” at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., this Sunday and the following Friday, before traveling to Australia to perform in September.

Show times are 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26, and 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31. Audience members can take part in a special potluck in the lobby after Sunday’s performance. Tickets are $10 online or $14 at the door. The performance runs 55 minutes without an intermission, and is suitable for ages 10 and above.

THE TWO-STEP media photo 2 by John Small-resized


Photo by John Small.

Edith is an enchanting woman who dares to dream big. From sleepy suburbia to sweltering Saudi Arabia, she struggles to marry her independence with her need for love. THE TWO-STEP explores how music, travel, and memory influence a life well-lived.

THE TWO-STEP is a solo show inspired by the life of my worldly grandmother, who is a longtime Queen Anne resident and local legend among senior citizens. She teaches folk, line, and ballroom dance for seniors at the Seattle Center in addition to multiple retirement homes and senior communities throughout the Puget Sound region. She’s an avid traveler, matriarch, and opinionated optimist.

I’ve performed THE TWO-STEP for many audiences in the 2014 Winnipeg, Chicago, and Seattle Fringe Festivals (where my show was voted as the Audience Choice Award winner), and my next adventure is overseas in the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival come September. THE TWO-STEP is a whimsical, physical play directed by the talented Paul Budraitis which features an original musical number composed especially for this show by UW graduate Tom Freeman.

Off stage, the Cornish College graduate teaches theater and coaches gymnastics at Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Ballard.

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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.


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.


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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New musical theater group needs director

March 24th, 2015 by Doree

A new musical theater group called Woodland Park Players is looking to hire a director to work with adults at all levels of theater experience. The group’s goals are to “build community, have fun, and benefit the arts in our local schools.”

For more information, contact Producer Linda Joss at lindaannjoss@gmail.com.

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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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‘The Whipping Man’ opens at Taproot Theatre this week

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.

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Christ the King Catholic School presents ‘Annie Jr.’ at Shoreline CC

November 20th, 2012 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School’s middle school students will perform “Annie Jr.” at the Shoreline Community College Campus Theater on Dec. 13-15. The show is suitable for all ages.

Christ the King is at 415 N. 117th St. Shoreline Community College Campus Theater is at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; or online.

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Taproot Theatre now selling subscriptions for 2013 season

October 28th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., is now selling subscriptions for its 2013 season, which runs from January through October (single tickets go on sale in January).

Jeeves in Bloom – Adapted by Margaret Raether from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse
Feb 1 – Mar 2, Previews January 30 & 31

Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Ahhh … 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, this confectionary treat is a delightful respite from the daily grind.

The Whipping Man –  By Matthew Lopez
Mar 29 – April 27, Previews March 27 & 28

Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier returns from war to his house in shambles. Two former slaves greet him, one who stayed and one who is returning. As they observe Passover and remember the Jewish exodus from Egypt their shared pasts and secrets threaten the freedom of all three men.

Bach at Leipzig – By Itamar Moses
May 17 – June 15, Previews May 15 & 16

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.

Illyria – Book, Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills, Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
July 12 – Aug 10, Previews July 10 & 11

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.

The Matchmaker – By Thornton Wilder
Sept 20 – Oct 19, Previews Sept 18 & 19

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!

Patrons can buy tickets online or through the box office at 206-781-9707 or email box@taproottheatre.org. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m., and until show time on performance nights.

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