August 22, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015
For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.
They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.
“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.
Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.
Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking. Read more
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
August 5, 2015
NEW — 12:27 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
Village Theatre recently announced the lineup for its 15th annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 7-9.
Started in 2000, the festival is the nationally renowned birthplace of new musicals and the foundation of the theater’s commitment to new work. This year’s festival features six new musicals with the collaboration of more than 100 artists, performed and directed by the theater professionals and guest artists from across the country. 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
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.
May 20, 2015
Simply put, “Cabaret” is one of the best productions I’ve ever seen at Village Theatre.
However, your enjoyment of the musical will directly correlate with your ability to handle an uncomfortable truth.
May 12, 2015
He’s won a Tony award, not to mention a Pulitzer Prize.
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.
April 28, 2015
The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.
The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.
This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more
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.
Lady killers — How two men handle the women in their lives delivers the laughs in ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’
March 25, 2015
Audiences will be excited that Village Theatre veteran director Steve Tomkins was able to cross off another production from his bucket list — this time, one of the first productions in the Village Originals program in 1999, “No Way to Treat a Lady.”
Adapted from a William Goldman novel, Douglas J. Cohen penned a tale of Christopher “Kit” Gill and Morris Brummel, who are both having mommy issues. How they approach their problems is at the core of the musical.