Practically Perfect — Village Theatre’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is a visual, technical tour de force

November 18, 2014

Village Theatre knows spectacle.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

Once again, the Issaquah company has unveiled a visually stunning production in its latest musical, “Mary Poppins.” Every aspect proved to be a feast for the eyes and ears, as Village Theatre spared no expense to bring the magic of the Disney production to the stage.

Installation of a flight system to help a nanny fly? Check. Countless, colorful costume changes? Check. Magical props that prove to have a life of their own? Check. Impressive choreography helping bring memorable Disney classic songs to life? Check.

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‘Mary Poppins’ flies into Village Theatre for the holiday season

November 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 8, 2014

In 1978, Hollywood made us believe a man could fly in “Superman.”

Now, 36 years later, Village Theatre will have audiences believing the same for a woman and her parasol in its musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

Village Theatre is transforming its stage with a complex flight system for the “Mary Poppins” run from Nov. 13 to Jan. 4.

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‘Mary Poppins’ flies into Village Theatre for the holiday season

November 4, 2014

In 1978, Hollywood made us believe a man could fly in “Superman.”

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Greg McCormick Allen, as Bert, and Cayman Ilika, as Mary Poppins, star in the Village Theatre production of ‘Mary Poppins.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Greg McCormick Allen, as Bert, and Cayman Ilika, as Mary Poppins, star in the Village Theatre production of ‘Mary Poppins.’

Now, 36 years later, Village Theatre will have audiences believing the same for a woman and her parasol in its musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

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Tickets go on sale for ‘Mary Poppins’

October 21, 2014

Tickets are now available for Village Theatre’s production “Mary Poppins.”

Based on the timeless books of P.L. Travers and complete with all the beloved songs from the Academy Award-winning Disney film, “Mary Poppins” tells the tale of the flying nanny.

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Off The Press — Tourism should tread the boards

October 7, 2014

I had several qualms about Roger Brooks’ tourism presentations to the good people of Issaquah. However, I completely agree with his basic advice that the city should choose one aspect and focus on that as the main draw to get outsiders to visit and spend their money.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

He left this up to residents and city leaders to decide what that main draw would be, advising it should be a year-round affair that would guarantee a unique and beneficial experience that would keep people coming back. In two remarkably similar presentations, Brooks said Issaquah tourism dollars could go to highlight the divergent trail system or maybe even the penchant for paragliding.

I would like to offer my humble opinion and say Issaquah should prop up its fantastic theater culture as the focus for tourism.

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‘In the Heights’ elevates Village Theatre’s new season

September 23, 2014

Village Theatre begins its season at the top.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Perry Young as Usnavi, leads the ensemble cast through the opening number in Village Theatre’s season opener ‘In the Heights.’ Many of the production’s varied musical stylings and dance routines are previewed during the impressive song.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Perry Young as Usnavi, leads the ensemble cast through the opening number in Village Theatre’s season opener ‘In the Heights.’ Many of the production’s varied musical stylings and dance routines are previewed during the impressive song.

“In the Heights,” a rousing, energetic feature about a largely Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, opened the 2014-2015 season with a raucous performance Sept. 18.

Though the story itself relies heavily on old “gotta-get-outta-here” tropes and steers well clear of anything approaching the gritty reality of living in an urban environment, the spirit of the music, the talent of the cast and exuberance of the dance brightly shines.

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Get your tickets now for fun, fresh ‘In The Heights’ at Village Theatre

August 19, 2014

The rhythm takes over in “In The Heights,” a Broadway dance spectacular that brings the passion and power of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood to Village Theatre.

Set in a community where everyone knows your business, things are about to shake up as romances bloom, dreams are challenged and one winning lottery ticket threatens to change everything.

Nominated for 13 Tony awards, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “In The Heights” is a fun and fresh hip-hop musical with an infectious salsa beat.

Two members of the national “In the Heights” touring cast will be a part of this regional production: Perry Young as Usnavi and Kyle Robert Carter as Benny.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The Broadway hit ‘In the Heights’ comes to Village Theatre Sept. 18, staring two members of the national touring cast, Perry Young as Usnavi and Kyle Robert Carter as Benny.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The Broadway hit ‘In the Heights’ comes to Village Theatre Sept. 18, staring two members of the national touring cast, Perry Young as Usnavi and Kyle Robert Carter as Benny.

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Village Theatre announces Festival of New Musicals

July 15, 2014

Village Theatre presents its 14th annual Festival of New Musicals Aug. 8-17.

The festival invites Village Originals members to help critique the theater’s upcoming original musical productions. For example, the musicals “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” got their start through the Village Originals program and went on to win multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize between them.

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ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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Village Theatre digs deep into its bag of tricks for its latest musical

May 20, 2014

The cast enacts the showstopper from a musical number in the Village Theatre production of ‘Funny Girl’ showing at the Fraancis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah.

The cast enacts the showstopper from a musical number in the Village Theatre production of ‘Funny Girl’ showing at the Fraancis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah. By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre

 

No cloud rains on Village Theatre’s latest parade.

In its last production of the 2014-2015 season, the regional theater brings “Funny Girl” to the stage in all its roaring glory. Recounting the life of vaudeville and Broadway star Fanny Brice, the 1964 musical (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart) takes the audience on a whirlwind, rags-to-riches journey of Brice’s life.

The classic story, with Brice famously portrayed by Barbra Streisand on stage and screen, is well-known and I should note immediately that I find it lackluster. Struggling, gutsy girl meets boy. Gutsy girl struggles less, and then weds boy. Boy turns rotten. Girl stays gutsy.

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