Peerless playwright

July 14, 2015

“It really was a small town back then,” Brian Yorkey said while relaxing prior to a dress rehearsal of his vision of “Cabaret” at Village Theatre.

By Greg Farrar Brian Yorkey was in town in 2000 working at Village Theatre to fine-tune ‘Making Tracks,’ the breakthrough musical he co-wrote.

By Greg Farrar
Brian Yorkey was in town in 2000 working at Village Theatre to fine-tune ‘Making Tracks,’ the breakthrough musical he co-wrote.

Yorkey was talking about when he lived here as a child and first became involved with Village Theatre. For being surely the only Issaquah native to land a Pulitzer Prize, Yorkey is casual, relaxed and seems genuinely sincere about his enjoyment of the city he grew up in and its effects on his ongoing career. Read more

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Summer KIDSTAGE shows are unveiled

July 2, 2015

Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program recently unveiled its summer schedule of productions.

‘Catch Me If You Can’

  • July 11-19
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 for youth and seniors

The KIDSTAGE Summer Independent program presents “Catch Me If You Can,” from July 11-19 at First Stage Theatre.

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‘Cabaret’ performances will draw you in, universal message will bring you back

May 20, 2015

Simply put, “Cabaret” is one of the best productions I’ve ever seen at Village Theatre.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

However, your enjoyment of the musical will directly correlate with your ability to handle an uncomfortable truth.

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Brian Yorkey returns to direct ‘Cabaret’

May 12, 2015

He’s won a Tony award, not to mention a Pulitzer Prize.

By Greg Farrar Award winning director Brian Yorkey discusses his return to Village Theatre to helm the musical ‘Cabaret.’

By Greg Farrar
Award winning director Brian Yorkey discusses his return to Village Theatre to helm the musical ‘Cabaret.’

Still, virtually every year he makes a return to where it literally all started for him, Village Theatre.

“Not to get mushy, but this is home,” Brian Yorkey said, explaining why he keeps coming back to Issaquah despite a full plate of movie scripts, other plays and projects of various kinds.

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Tickets on sale now for ‘Cabaret’ at Village Theatre

April 21, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Village Theatre’s musical production “Cabaret.”

Tickets for the musical, which runs from May 14 through July 3 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., are $39 to $67.

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Village Theatre announces 2015-2016 season lineup

March 17, 2015

Village Theatre recently announced its productions for the 2015-16 season.

The lineup includes “Snapshots,” a new musical scrapbook featuring the music of Stephen Schwartz, creator of “Wicked”; “My Fair Lady,” the glamorous Lerner-Loewe musical classic; “Crimes of the Heart,” a southern, gothic comedy; “My Heart Is the Drum,” a spirited, new coming-of-age musical set in Ghana; and “Billy Elliot,” the smash Broadway hit with music by Elton John.

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Village Theatre’s ‘Foreigner’ feels like an old friend

January 28, 2014

Much of the success of Village Theatre’s latest production, “The Foreigner,” rides on the shoulders of actor Erik Gratton. Or, dare I say, his face?

When he first shuffles on set, Gratton must be channeling Droopy from the 1940s MGM cartoons. That he can maintain that hang-dog look while co-star Patrick Phillips prattles on, laying the background for the plot, lets the audience know they’re in for something special.

By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre Erik Gratton (left, as Charlie) listens in on a conversation between Jonathan Crimeni (Reverend David) and Angela DiMarco (Catherine) in a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Foreigner.’

By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre
Erik Gratton (left, as Charlie) listens in on a conversation between Jonathan Crimeni (Reverend David) and Angela DiMarco (Catherine) in a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Foreigner.’

In a play, written by Larry Shue, filled with over-the-top characters from the early ’80s South, Gratton’s interaction with them hinges upon his successful take of a man of a thousand faces.

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KIDSTAGE revisits popular musical ‘Trust Me’

January 7, 2014

Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE TeenSelect program’s latest production, “Trust Me,” brings the musical full circle for several of those involved.

Regan Morris, a 16-year-old student at Issaquah High School, has been involved in KIDSTAGE since she was 9. Her brother Collin played the original lead role in the musical’s debut in 2006. She is excited to play the primary love interest in the tale.

By Greg Farrar Bryan Sevener (left), in the role of commanding officer Markus Brennan, gets punched by Trent Moury, in the role of Turner, as they learn the choreography of a fight scene during a street-clothes rehearsal for the KIDSTAGE production of ‘Trust Me’ at Village Theatre’s First Stage.

By Greg Farrar
Bryan Sevener (left), in the role of commanding officer Markus Brennan, gets punched by Trent Moury, in the role of Turner, as they learn the choreography of a fight scene during a street-clothes rehearsal for the KIDSTAGE production of ‘Trust Me’ at Village Theatre’s First Stage.

“This was my favorite production my brother was in,” Morris said. “He was such an inspiration to me and was the reason I got into theater.”

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What is the Festival of New Musicals?

August 7, 2012

The summertime festival at Village Theatre is a laboratory to test original musicals before audiences.

Often, selections from the festival re-emerge later at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, or Mainstage, and sometimes on Broadway.

The festival introduced audiences to “Next to Normal” precursor “Feeling Electric” and “Million Dollar Quartet” before the musicals carted off Tony Awards on Broadway. “Next to Normal” also garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rarity for musicals.

The recent Mainstage productions “Take Me America” and “It Shoulda Been You” debuted to Issaquah audiences at the festival.

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Village Theatre receives $25,000 grant

March 20, 2012

Village Theatre received a $25,000 grant from the city and Puget Sound Energy to maintain and upgrade Issaquah facilities, officials announced Feb. 23.

Bellevue-based PSE awarded the grant to the city and requested the funds benefit a local nonprofit organization. In the process to craft a 2012 budget, City Council members selected Village Theatre as the grant recipient.

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