Practically Perfect — Village Theatre’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is a visual, technical tour de force

November 18, 2014

Village Theatre knows spectacle.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

Once again, the Issaquah company has unveiled a visually stunning production in its latest musical, “Mary Poppins.” Every aspect proved to be a feast for the eyes and ears, as Village Theatre spared no expense to bring the magic of the Disney production to the stage.

Installation of a flight system to help a nanny fly? Check. Countless, colorful costume changes? Check. Magical props that prove to have a life of their own? Check. Impressive choreography helping bring memorable Disney classic songs to life? Check.

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High schools revive ‘Almost, Maine’ that almost wasn’t

November 18, 2014

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity.

By David Hayes Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

By David Hayes
Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

Issaquah High School has joined the bandwagon of other secondary drama programs across the United States that are producing the hot property “Almost, Maine.”

The play by John Cariani features several short vignettes about ordinary people finding relationships in unexpected places of one small town.

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Patriot Players present ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

November 18, 2014

The award-winning Liberty High School drama program will present Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22.

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Wine Walk returns to Gilman Village on Nov. 20

November 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 18, 2014

The second annual Gilman Village Wine Walk is from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20.

Enjoy the live music of the Dave Card Trio, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations at Gilman Village retail shops. Tickets to this event are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event.

New this year is a local author meet and greet at various merchant locations throughout the village. The Writers Cottage, home of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association is partnering with Barnes & Noble, which will sell signed copies of each author’s work.

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ParentMap hosts ‘Glee’ actress at special-needs event Nov. 15

November 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2014

ParentMap will host an event geared toward those with special needs and their families, Living A Glee-ful Life: Possibilities and Potential for Every Child, from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue.

The event features “Glee” actress Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson. Potter, an anti-bullying activist and Special Olympics ambassador, will give a presentation from 4-5 p.m.

A resource fair for special-needs families and speakers Steven Ferreira and Ben Wahl is from 2-4 p.m.

Tickets for this all-ages, open-to-the-public event is $10 per individual or $20 per family. Purchase tickets here.

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Skyline High School’s Lyceum Players to perform ‘Noises Off’

November 11, 2014

The Skyline High School drama department opens its 2014-15 season this week with performances of “Noises Off,” an energetic and humorous farce from English playwright Michael Frayn.

Show times are at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-14, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 15. at Skyline’s Lyceum’s Theatre, 1122 228th Ave. S.E. General-admission tickets are $8; Skyline students and staff tickets are $4. Tickets are available at the door only with cash or check payments.

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‘Mary Poppins’ flies into Village Theatre for the holiday season

November 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 8, 2014

In 1978, Hollywood made us believe a man could fly in “Superman.”

Now, 36 years later, Village Theatre will have audiences believing the same for a woman and her parasol in its musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

Village Theatre is transforming its stage with a complex flight system for the “Mary Poppins” run from Nov. 13 to Jan. 4.

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Free film series returns Nov. 8

November 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 7, 2014

The Second Saturday Film Series continues Nov. 8 with the showing of the 1962 comedy, “If A Man Answers.”

The free movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, although donations will be accepted for snacks.

“If A Man Answers” stars Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee, Stephanie Powers and Caesar Romero. Dee, a perky cleanup woman, pretends to own her employer’s plush penthouse to impress her boyfriend, Darin.

 

Author Hank Thomas examines history, demise of government

November 4, 2014

There seems to be an unwritten rule among friends, whether at the poker table or out on the golf course — don’t talk politics.

By David Hayes Hank Thomas, of Issaquah, disheartened by the ‘vitriol’ of the 2012 elections, hit the Internet to research the Founding Fathers’ original intent for our government. The result was his book, ‘A Broken Sausage Grinder: Is Our Government Fundamentally Flawed?’

By David Hayes
Hank Thomas, of Issaquah, disheartened by the ‘vitriol’ of the 2012 elections, hit the Internet to research the Founding Fathers’ original intent for our government. The result was his book, ‘A Broken Sausage Grinder: Is Our Government Fundamentally Flawed?’

Hank Thomas would like to change that.

The retired Boeing engineer has had plenty of time to take up the new hobby of golf in his retirement. As the longtime Issaquah resident, and one-time member of the Issaquah City Council, strives to get better each time out on the links, he said ever since the 2011-12 presidential election run up, the political vitriol in the nation has gotten worse.

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‘Mary Poppins’ flies into Village Theatre for the holiday season

November 4, 2014

In 1978, Hollywood made us believe a man could fly in “Superman.”

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Greg McCormick Allen, as Bert, and Cayman Ilika, as Mary Poppins, star in the Village Theatre production of ‘Mary Poppins.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Greg McCormick Allen, as Bert, and Cayman Ilika, as Mary Poppins, star in the Village Theatre production of ‘Mary Poppins.’

Now, 36 years later, Village Theatre will have audiences believing the same for a woman and her parasol in its musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

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