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.

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‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Cabaret’ headline Village Theatre’s 2014-15 season

March 4, 2014

Village Theatre continues its passion for creating art with a 2014-2015 season that includes the Bob Fosse classic “Cabaret,” the Disney family favorite “Mary Poppins,” the contemporary Broadway hit “In the Heights,” brand new musical comedy thriller “No Way to Treat a Lady” and a straight play based on the Jules Verne book “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Village Theatre’s own Steve Tomkins will direct “Mary Poppins” and “No Way to Treat a Lady.” The theater will welcome Eric Ankrim (director) and Daniel Cruz (choreographer) for “In the Heights.”

Earlier start times (7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings) launched last season will continue, and four- and three-show subscription packages will be available for purchase just before and just after the holiday season.

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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

‘The Gypsy King’ makes world debut

March 16, 2010

Village Theatre Eric Ankrim performs as Prince Alphonse in the Village Theatre production of ‘The Gypsy King.’ By John Pai

This world premiere will leave you rolling in the aisles, if it hasn’t already.

From a groundswell of passionate Village Theatre officials and test audiences, Emmy Award-winner Randy Rogel’s musical “The Gypsy King” debuts on Village’s Mainstage March 17.

It is “an airtight farce with hilarious well-drawn characters and a plot full of twists and turns that rival the classic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s,” Director Richard Gray said in a press release.

Theater officials first spotted the show at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s new works festival in 2007.

“We loved it and immediately brought it back with us to workshop further, in hopes that we would one day be able to put it up on the mainstage,” Executive Producer Robb Hunt said in the release. Read more