September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:25 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
Whoever said nothing is ever new anymore should meet the creative minds behind Village Theatre’s debut of the new musical, “Snapshots.”
Technically, the concept isn’t new — a couple whose marriage is on the rocks re-examines their relationship through the memories elicited from photos stashed in the attic.
The twist here is the tale unfolds through the greatest hits of composer Stephen Schwartz. However, even if you’ve heard such modern-day standards as “Popular” from “Wicked” or “Extraordinary” from “Pippin,” you’ve never heard them like this new, refreshing presentation. Read more
September 3, 2015
NEW — 10:25 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015
After a decade in the works, Village Theatre debuts ‘Snapshots’
Some ideas are so audacious that they literally take years to bring to fruition.
Such was the case in 2005 when young writers David Stern and Michael Scheman and their longtime composer friend Stephen Schwartz proposed a new musical to Village Theatre.
A decade later, that idea has blossomed into “Snapshots,” a full musical production debuting this week.
August 13, 2015
NEW — 1:41 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015
Tickets are now available for Stephen Schwartz’s newest musical to come to Village Theatre, “Snapshots.”
The Issaquah run of “Snapshots” is from Sept. 10 to Oct. 18. Tickets are $36-$68 and are available by calling the Village Theatre box office at 392-2202 or in person from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 303 Front St. N.
Snapshots, conceived by David Stern and Michael Scheman, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of one couple’s changing relationship, from their childhood friendship to their waning marriage decades later.
In an innovative new musical format, the show features a score comprised of Schwartz’s work , with 26 songs from 12 shows throughout his career. Songs featured include “Popular” (“Wicked”), “All Good Gifts” (“Godspell”), “Meadowlark” (“The Baker’s Wife”) and “That’s How You Know” (Disney’s “Enchanted”). Read more
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.
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
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.
April 17, 2012
In the can-do universe of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!” is the mantra.
The latest “think” from the KIDSTAGE program at Village Theatre is “Seussical Jr.” — a musical based on the poetic pulses and colorful characters of Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel.
The musical debuts at First Stage Theatre a little more than a month after students in Issaquah and around the globe celebrated 100 years since Geisel’s birth March 2. The film adaptation of the seminal Dr. Seuss tale “The Lorax” opened the same day.
So, as Dr. Seuss re-enters pop culture in grand fashion, young performers at Village Theatre started rehearsals on Geisel’s birthday.
January 3, 2012
Months after professional actors re-imagined “Jesus Christ Superstar” on the Village Theatre Mainstage, teenage performers plan to raise the curtain soon on “Godspell” — a similar musical from the same era.
Both shows opened in 1971 and offered a contemporary — critics said blasphemous — perspective on the Gospels. In the years since, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Godspell” became rooted in pop culture.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” depicts the last days in Christ’s life. “Godspell” is structured as a series of parables.
January 3, 2012
December 27, 2011
Renewal defined the year, as the community paused after a population boom and economic bust — and positioned Issaquah for the decades ahead.
Milestones from the last 12 months offer contrasts.
Leaders opened showcases for “green” design and concluded a milestone effort to preserve Tiger Mountain forestland. Tragedy left indelible impressions, too, as a gunman menaced downtown pedestrians on a September morning and turned a school campus into a crime scene.
December 27, 2011
Village Theatre’s teenage performers plan to stage the musical “Godspell” at First Stage Theatre soon — and theatergoers can purchase tickets now.
“Godspell” — a stage adaptation of the Gospel of Matthew — runs Jan. 7-22 at the theater, 120 Front St. N. Tickets cost $14 to $16. Call 392-2202 or go to www.villagetheatre.org.
Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak created” Godspell” in 1971. (Schwartz later wrote “Wicked” — a mega-musical about the Wicked Witch of the West.)
In “Godspell” — cast members range in age from 13 to 18 — performers examine parables of a community in a time of uncertainty. The characters test the values of brotherhood and friendship.