Take an enjoyable romp ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

January 27, 2015

By Tracy Martin / Village Theatre Riding a trail across the Old West while being chased by Indians are (from left) Aneesh Sheth (Aouda), Jared Michael Brown (Phileas Fogg), Chris Ensweiler (Passepartout), Jason Collins (Proctor), and Eric Polani Jensen (Detective Fix) in Village Theatre's production of 'Around the World in 80 Days.'

By Tracy Martin / Village Theatre
Riding a trail across the Old West while being chased by Indians are (from left) Aneesh Sheth (Aouda), Jared Michael Brown (Phileas Fogg), Chris Ensweiler (Passepartout), Jason Collins (Proctor), and Eric Polani Jensen (Detective Fix) in Village Theatre’s production of ‘Around the World in 80 Days.’

In 1873, back before anyone had successfully accomplished the feat, Jules Verne envisioned what it would take to circumvent the globe in a limited time frame. Read more

KIDSTAGE vet takes center stage in Village Theatre’s ‘The Tutor’

March 18, 2014

Village Theatre’s latest fare educates its lead as well as the character she plays.

In the new musical “The Tutor,” opening March 20, 16-year-old Katie Griffith plays a sullen teenage rich kid who gets taken under the wing of an aspiring novelist looking to make a quick buck by educating wealthy high schoolers on the side. The tutor, played by Eric Ankrim, may have bitten off more than he can chew with his newest charge.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Katie Griffith (left), as Sweetie, and Eric Ankrim, as Edmond, enact a scene from the Village Theatre production of ‘The Tutor.’

“He tutors stupid rich kids and he gets me — a punk rocker who couldn’t care about less,” Griffith said. “Chaos ensues.”

While she has had a great amount of experience within the Village Theatre community, this will mark the first time the Issaquah High School student will play the lead on the main stage.

Read more