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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Royally funny ‘Gypsy King’ keeps you laughing long after the show

March 23, 2010

Jose J. Gonzales, as Prince Dijon (center), and the ensemble, enact a scene in the Village Theatre world premiere production of ‘The Gypsy King,’ by Emmy Award-winner Randy Rogel. By Jay Koh / Village Theatre

If laughter is the best medicine, get to a performance of “The Gypsy King” at Village Theatre, because the doctor is in.

You won’t experience the occasional chuckle or snicker. You’ll howl with sidesplitting, belly-aching raucous laughter.

This musical starts with a rousing opening. (Who would laugh at a blind joke? You will.) It continues with sumptuous costumes in luscious colors. Then, there’s the amazing set design. (Seriously, is there anything they can’t pull off on this small stage?)

Then, there’s the delightful but pure evil Sergei laying out a plot so outrageous, well, you’ll have to see for yourself. Read more

Program makes theater membership affordable

May 19, 2009

As a young professional, it can be hard to savor the finer things in life when your budget is a shoestring, but Village Theatre can help you combat the lack of art in your life with a sweet deal. Read more

Village Theatre announces its 30th anniversary season

April 13, 2009

Village Theatre announced its 2009-10 Mainstage schedule, its 30th anniversary season. It boasts a collection of shows never before produced for the Village Theatre Mainstage.

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Village Theatre presents world premiere of ‘Stunt Girl’

March 16, 2009

Bellevue native relishes role of pioneering reporter Nellie Bly

When Sarah Chalfy was offered the starring role of Nellie Bly in Village Theatre’s world premiere of the new musical “Stunt Girl,” she was a little incredulous.

Sarah Chalfy stars as Nellie Bly in the Village Theatre production of ‘Stunt Girl.’By John Pai/ Village theatre

Sarah Chalfy stars as Nellie Bly in the Village Theatre production of ‘Stunt Girl.’By John Pai/ Village theatre

See, the Bellevue native recalled memories of Issaquah’s theater scene from 15 years ago, before the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre was built.

“I thought, how can someone with a little, tiny theater afford to fly me from New York,” said Chalfy, who lives in New York City. “But I said, ‘OK. Why not?’”

Having met the musical’s writers in New York, Chalfy is glad she was recruited for the lead. Read more

Writer debuts original play in return to stage

January 12, 2009

Actors give a reading of ‘The Gypsy King’ at the Village Originals Annual Festival of New Musicals in August 2008. By Sam FreemanActors give a reading of ‘The Gypsy King’ at the Village Originals Annual Festival of New Musicals in August 2008. By Sam Freeman

In the 1980s, there seemingly wasn’t a regional theater Randy Rogel hadn’t worked at, including the Seattle Repertoire Theatre, The Empty Space, 5th Avenue and the Seattle Children’s Theatre.

But as the theater veteran currently pays the bills writing songs for the likes of Steven Spielberg-animated projects, he realized there was one theater he longed to be a part of — Issaquah’s Village Theatre. There are even old acquaintances he shared the stage with in the ’80s who now roam the halls of Village Theatre, including Executive Producer Rob Hunt and Artistic Director Steve Thomkins.

The Emmy and Peabody award-winning writer believes he’s got the perfect project — “The Gypsy King” — to bring to Village Theatre’s Originals program, where unfinished works are brought to further work out the kinks.

“‘Gypsy King’ is less like ‘Rent’ and ‘Miss Saigon’ than it’s more like the old school productions of ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘The Music Man,’” Rogel explained. Read more