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Woodland Park Players auditions for ‘Oklahoma’ are on Thursday and Saturday

November 17th, 2015 by Doree

The new neighborhood theater group Woodland Park Players is holding auditions for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma” this week. Auditions are from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-3 p.m. Saturday at West Woodland Elementary, 5601 4th Ave. NW.

Rehearsals will be in January, February and March, with performances March 18-19 at Ballard High School.

Woodland Park Players is looking for anyone over the age of 18 with all levels of experience, including no experience at all. See their website for more information and audition signups.

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New community theater group Woodland Park Players has first meeting Tuesday

November 9th, 2015 by Doree

The first meeting of the new community theater group Woodland Park Players is tomorrow (Tuesday), at 7 p.m. at West Woodland Elementary, 5601 4th Ave. NW.

The group’s mission is to provide an opportunity for members of all experience levels and backgrounds, to come together, have fun, build community, and really get to know each other. After weeks in rehearsal together, we will put on a Broadway show at Ballard High School.

The group is seeking volunteer members who would like to be involved in all aspects of community theater – performers, crew members, designers, builders, costumers, and more!

Everyone is welcome at the meeting. For more information, contact Producer Linda Joss at lindaannjoss@gmail.com.

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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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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.

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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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